With all the moves military families tend to make, finding--and keeping--a job can be a real challenge for military spouses. And those challenges are magnified when jobs require certifications that don't easily transfer from state to state, or when the spouse doesn't have the advanced skills that might help her or him start a new job somewhere other than the bottom of the ladder. In "Benefits of Pursuing Higher Education: Options for Military Spouses Pursuing Education," we talk about why military spouses should consider going back to school and how they can use distance learning to achieve their career goals.
Having dad or mom return from a deployment can be great for everyone in the family. But after the initial "honeymoon period," many kids--especially those who were very young when the deployment began--can have a lot of trouble adjusting. And plenty of parents--whether they were deployed or stayed at home--have trouble too. In "Returning from Deployment: Helping Young Children Cope," we talk about the four stages families go through when a parent returns from deployment. The last one is the "new normal," but getting there isn't easy. Read the article for some practical tips that can help everyone adjust.
It seems strange to be talking about summer vacations when it's still snowing in many parts of the country, but a quick look at the calendar makes it perfectly clear that school's almost out. And that means the kids will be home. In "Summer Camps for Military Kids," we talk about the great benefits--to kids, parents, and families--of sending the kids to summer camp. We also talk about some great options specifically designed to help military kids cope with the unique challenges they face.
Although only one spouse's signature is on the reenlistment contract, the decision to stay in uniform for another six years is one that affects every single other person in the family. In "When Your Spouse Reenlists," we discuss the many factors that any family considering reenlistment should consider.
Military families face a number of challenges that civilian families don't. One of the biggest is keeping relationships strong.
Click here to read about the secret ingredients every military marriage needs to have.
Being a civilian married to a military servicemember is tough. But when two servicemembers are married to each other, all sorts of unique issues can come up. Click here to see how to keep dual-military marriages strong.
Click here for some advice on how military dads can support mom.
Click here for some great tips on how families can stay close even when they're very, very far away.
PTSD affects not only the servicemember, but his or her entire family. Click here to see how, and what you can do to help each other cope.
If you've been thinking about enrolling your child in an Operation Purple summer camp but weren't sure where the camps were being held, then I've got good news for you. The National Military Family Association has released their 2013 Operation Purple Summer Camp schedule. This year the schedule includes camps in AK, AL, CA, CT, FL, IN, MN, NC, NY, OR, PA, TX, WA and WV.
To learn more about Operation Purple and the various programs they offer, please visit their Web site.
More Resources and Information for Military Kids
- Choosing a Summer Camp
- Camps for Military Kids
- Horses4Heroes Family Programs
- Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
- Army FMWR Arts and Crafts Centers
- Helping Kids Cope with a PCS Move
- Easy Ways to Help Your Kids Reduce Their Stress
- Is Your Child an Introvert, Extrovert or Ambivert?
- Scholarships and Grants for Military Kids
- United Through Reading Helps Comfort Military Kids
If you're in need of a few ideas on how you can support the troops, here are some suggestions that you may want to consider:
- Volunteer your time or make a monetary donation to organizations such as Horses4Heroes or the Fisher House Foundation.
- Send a cookie care package through the Butter Maid Bakery.
- Send a letter or care package to a deployed servicemember.
- If you're clearing out the clutter from your house, here's a list of several military-friendly places where you can donate your stuff.
Beginning in February there will be an increase in some of the TRICARE Pharmacy copays. A breakdown of the new prices is as follows:
- If you purchase brand name medications at a retail network pharmacy you will pay $17 instead of $12.
- If you use the home delivery service for brand name medications you will pay $13 for a 90-day supply instead of $9.
- New copayments for non-formulary medications increase from $25 to $44 if purchased at retail pharmacies and $43 if you use the Home Delivery service.
No Change for Generics
Despite the price hike, the good news is that there is no price increase for generic medications that are purchased at a network pharmacy. You will still pay $5 when filling these prescriptions. Also, there is no copay if you fill your generic prescriptions through the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program. Furthermore, you'll still pay nothing if you fill your prescriptions through a pharmacy at a military hospital or clinic.
Additional information about this price increase is featured on the TRICARE Web site.
Additional TRICARE Information