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  • How to Carve a Military-Themed Pumpkin: Free Pumpkin Stencils

    How to Carve a Military-Themed Pumpkin: Free Pumpkin Stencils

    It's the season for colorful leaves, cooler weather, costumes, and of course, carving pumpkins. And what better way to combine your autumn spirit with your military pride than to carve a military-themed design in a pumpkin? If you’re not sure how to go about this, let Military Spouse Central help. Our Veterans United crew crafted some military-themed pumpkins, and we included the free pumpkin stencils to get you…

  • The Military Spouse’s Comprehensive Guide to the VA Mortgage

    The Military Spouse’s Comprehensive Guide to the VA Mortgage

    You've stood beside your veteran or active duty spouse through thick and thin; deployment and PCS. Now you have a chance to make another impact: this time on his or her VA home loan application. Whether you have a full-time job or stay at home, your life is hectic. That's why I've listed the five most important things you, as a military spouse, can do to improve the likelihood of obtaining a VA home loan on the first try. Pull a Credit Report There are several different rules when it co…

  • Skip the Kit: Gingerbread House DIY

    Skip the Kit: Gingerbread House DIY

    Of all the Yuletide traditions in my home, my favorite is our annual construction of a gingerbread house. Throughout my family's many moves to various places and spaces, this tradition has remained. We've created miniature dream homes during times when we were less than thrilled with our own dwelling. By the time everyone in the family contributes their own little touch (like chicken coops, American flags and back…

  • Keys to the Past: 5 Crafty Ways to Remember Your Former Homes

    Keys to the Past: 5 Crafty Ways to Remember Your Former Homes

    Members of the military community often struggle to get a true sense of home while they are constantly moving. One way to improve your attitude is to create crafts and art that represent the different places you have lived so you'll always remember where you've been and be able to take them with you. Check out these great crafts and ideas to help you channel your memories of past homes into great visual and…

  • Understanding The Leave and Earnings Statement

    Understanding The Leave and Earnings Statement

    One of the most difficult parts of being a military spouse is understanding and getting through all of the bureaucracy that comes with being part of a government agency. Understanding the Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) is one of the most basic and important parts of handling family finances, especially during a deployment. The Leave and Earnings Statement is essentially a military paycheck. For many of the…

  • Eleven Employers Pledge to Add 15,000 New Military-Friendly Jobs

    Eleven Employers Pledge to Add 15,000 New Military-Friendly Jobs

    Nearly a U.S. dozen companies have pledged to add 15,000 jobs for military spouses and veterans over the next two years. First Lady Michelle Obama recently made the announcement as her "Joining Forces" program neared its one-year anniversary. The initiative aims to spread awareness and support military families by focusing on education, employment and wellness. “We’re working hard on their behalf becaus…

  • Unemployment: Do military spouses qualify for benefits?

    Unemployment: Do military spouses qualify for benefits?

    Being jobless is tough on all members of a military family. Filing for unemployment can be a big help in getting your feet back on solid financial ground. Laid Off Most Americans who receive unemployment compensation have been laid off, either permanently or temporarily. Normally being laid off means that you lost your job through no fault of your own, or, in other words, that you had no intention of leaving wo…

  • 5 Things to Know Before Attending a Military Ball

    5 Things to Know Before Attending a Military Ball

    At least once a year each military branch hosts a formal military ball in which spouses can attend. It’s an exciting time for military communities to get together, but often times, spouses get anxious about what to expect as they honorably represent their service member. Each branch runs their event differently, so some of the following advice varies, but here are a few general things spouses may want to know about military balls: What to Wear In a military ball, service members …

  • The Decision: Living On or Off Base

    The Decision: Living On or Off Base

    There comes a time when military members and their families face the question of whether to live in or independent of military housing. Seeing as there are perks and downfalls to each option, you may need to spend some time weighing your options before you decide. Also be sure to research the specific base and the surrounding areas, amenities and neighborhoods vary widely from place to place. Here are some of the …