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How Water Can Boost Your Energy
Need an energy boost? Drink water. Staying hydrated by drinking water will help increase your energy and assist you in fighting fatigue. Learn aboout the benefits of drinking water.
LES for Active Duty – Understanding Your...
Detailed instructions to help active duty servicemembers understand their Leave and Earnings Statements (LES).
How to Create a myPay Account
Create a military myPay account by following these myPay Login instructions.
How To Request a Certified Copy of a Birth...
Birth certificates are an important document to keep on hand. If yours (or an immediate family members) has been lost, stolen, soiled or destroyed you'll need to acquire a replacement. Learn how to request a certified copy of a birth certificate.
6 Things to Expect When Your Child Leaves for...
Your child signed their enlistment contract and took their oath. Now what? For parents of servicemembers, knowing what to expect often helps reduce anxiety and unravel the mystery of basic training.
Military Families: How to Enroll in DEERS
DEERS Enrollment - Learn the steps you need to take to enroll spouses and children in DEERS.
Save Money at AAFES
Love to shop at AAFES stores? Use these tips and suggestions to help you save money at the PX and BX.
9 Things You Need To Know Before Refinancing...
Know the facts before you refinance your current VA loan through the IRRRL program.
5 Great Vacation Resorts and Cruises for...
Before making your travel arrangements, check out these military-friendly resorts and vacation destinations. Listings feature military discounts and numerous accommodations for travel within the U.S. and various countries worldwide.
What Does the Gold Star Represent?
Learn about the gold star that's affixed to US Military service banners.
Military Move: Renewing an Out-of-State...
When PCSing, military personnel and their dependents will at some point be faced with making a decision about renewing a driver's license.
Scholarships and Grants for Military Kids
Organizations and foundations offering scholarships and grants to military kids.
TRICARE Dental Program - MetLife
The TRICARE Dental Program, which is administered by MetLife, is a dental insurance program that's available to military families.
What is the Commissary Early Bird Program?
Learn about the commissary's Early Bird program.
Hotels Offering Military Discounts
Military families can save money on hotels by using military discounts.
U.S. Military Rank Chart
Military rank charts and photos for all branches of the U.S. Military.
Support the Troops by Donating Your Unwanted...
Support the troops and military families by donating your gently used clothing, books, toys, furniture and household items to these organizations.
Military Pay Allowances for 2013
Listing of 2013 rates for BAH, BAS and other allowances.
Services Not Covered by the TRICARE Dental...
Comprehensive list of services and treatments that are not covered by the TRICARE Dental Program.
Teaching Kids About Veterans Day
Activities, tips and suggestions to help you teach your child about Veterans Day.
What You Should Know About VA Home Loans
Get answers to common questions regarding VA home loans.
VA Loan Requirements for Reserve and Guard...
Showing proof of service is a VA loan requirement. Learn which proof of service forms are required for current or former servicemembers in the Reserve and Guard.
PCS and Other Common Acronyms Related to...
Learn the meaning of the various acronyms related to military moves such as PCS, HHG, MALT and others.
How To Enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program
Instructions for enrolling in the TRICARE Dental Program
Everyone Should Use the NATO Alphabet and...
All of us—civilians incluided—should use the NATO alphabet and the 24-hour clock: It’s professional, standardized, and could possibly save lives.
PTSD - Support for Military Spouses Married to...
Military spouses of servicemembers battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder often feel isolated and unsupported. Help is available through these resources.
Military Moves - Changing Your Driver's License...
Before you PCS learn about your new state's laws and requirements regarding changing your drivers license.
FAQs About TRICARE Reserve Select
Answers to common questions regarding the TRICARE Reserve Select health plan.
How to Send a Care Package to Someone in the...
Would you like to send care packages to deployed servicemembers but don't know of anyone that's serving overseas? Learn how you can locate a unit that needs care packages and letters.
Care Packages for Deployed Servicemembers
Care packages are an important part of deployments. For family members of deployed servicemembers it's a way of showing support and love. However, not all items transport well. Learn how to create an ideal care package that will put a smile on the face of your special solider, sailor, airmen or Marine.
Care Package No-Nos - Don't Send These...
Before you send a care package to a deployed servicemember, see this list of prohibited items.
United Concordia - Contact Information for the...
Contact information for the Tricare Dental Program, administered by United Concordia.
Military Discounts and Freebies
Many businesses and organizations offer military discounts and freebies to military families. Browse through this comprehensive list to find a military discount or free offer on numerous products and services.
Military Child Development Program
The Military Child Development Program offers military families various options to meet their child care needs. Learn about this program and view the sliding scale fee chart.
How Can Military Spouses Determine if the...
Learn how to verify you family's enrollment in DEERS.
Before Your Spouse Deploys
The time leading up to deployment is precious for all parties in a military family. Minimize pre deployment stress and anxiety by taking the following suggestions into consideration.
Who are the Blue Angels, Thunderbirds and...
Learn about the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S.A.F Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team.
Does TRICARE Cover Stepchildren?
Learn the necessary steps you must take to enroll your stepchild in TRICARE.
Free Marriage Retreats for Navy, Marine and...
Through the Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO) members of the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and their spouses can attend free marriage enrichment retreats.
What to Expect When Sending a Red Cross Message...
Instructions and what to expect if you need to send a Red Cross message to your deployed loved one.
Basic Information for New Military Spouses
Are you a new military spouse? Use this primer to help ease your transition from civilian life to military life.
Money for Military Spouses Pursuing Non-Degree...
Financial resources for military spouses wanting to earn a certification or license in a chosen field.
United Concordia – How to Enroll in the...
Learn the necessary steps to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program , administered by United Concordia.
Operation Homefront Provides Free School...
Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade program provides backpacks and free school supplies to military kids.
Understanding TRICARE Prime
Get answers to frequently asked questions about TRICARE Prime, including information about enrollment fees along with instructions on how to enroll.
Support Groups for Parents of Servicemembers
Support groups for parents with a child in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
DoDDS in Germany
Contact information for the schools in the Kaiserslautern, Heidelberg and Bavaria districts of DoDDS-E.
Air Force Base Commissary Directory
Listing of commissaries on U.S. Air Force Bases.
Fisher House provides lodging for families of...
Fisher Houses are located in the U.S. and abroad, Fisher House takes care of the lodging needs of families visiting wounded or ill servicemembers.
Child Care Programs for Military Families
Learn about the various subsidized and low cost child care programs available to military families.
TRICARE Coverage for Newborns and Kids
Through their well-child program, TRICARE covers numerous routine exams, vaccinations and tests for newborns and kids.
Is Your Child Introverted, Extroverted or...
There are many benefits to be had by understanding whether your child is an introvert, extrovert or ambivert and then planning their activities and social interactions accordingly.
PTSD Resources, Support Groups and Tools for...
PTSD resources and support groups for Veterans suffering from PTSD
Pledge of Allegiance History and Interesting...
History and interesting facts about the Pledge of Allegiance.
Financial Assistance for Military Families
Many financial assistance programs are available to military families. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines along with their dependents can get the financial help they need.
VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility for...
When veterans apply for a VA loan a certificate of eligibility is required. Learn how to get this important document.
What is myPay?
Military members, learn how to manage your LES and other pay-related documents with myPay, an online pay management system designed and maintained by DFAS.
VA Regional Loan Centers
Learn about VA Regional Loan Centers and how they can assist you with questions related to your VA loan benefits.
Can I Get a VA Loan if I Have No Credit History?
You can get a VA loan with no credit history. Learn what the lenders look for if you have no credit history.
Protocol for Flying the American Flag at...
Learn the proper protocol for flying the American Flag on Memorial Day.
Post-Deployment – Common Adjustments...
The post-deployment time period brings about numerous adjustments for military couples. Learn what to expect when your spouse returns from deployment.
TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery Program
The TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program offers military families an economical and convenient way to fill their prescriptions. Learn about their new fee schedule to include zero copays for generic medications.
Subsidized Child Care Programs for Army Families
Army families in need of subsidized child care can learn about the various options available to them.
Military Cookie Cutters
Various assortment of military cookie cutters including flags, tanks, ribbons, ranks and more.
The Army's Strong Bonds Couples Program Helps...
The Army's Strong Bonds Couples Program offers marriage enrichment retreats and courses to servicemembers and their spouses.
Dual Military Marriages: Can They Work?
Dual military marriages can and do work. But it takes planning, flexibility, and mutual support--like any other assignment. This guide will help.
Care Package Shipping Tips
Increase the odds that your servicemember will receive his or her care package in the best possible condition.
What Are the PTSD Statistics for Military...
PTSD statistics for current and former military members.
Give an Hour Offers Free Counseling to...
Give an Hour provides free mental health services to current and former servicemembers and military family members to include fiancees and parents of servicemembers.
LES for Reserve and Guard - How to Understand...
Understanding your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) is simplified with these comprehensive explanations specifically designed for members of the Reserve and National Guard.
Military Couples Retreat
The military lifestyle can take a toll on marriages and family members. A military couples retreat that may include workshops can help strengthen military marriages and rebuild post-deployment bonds.
When Can I Start Sending Care Packages?
After a loved one deploys, family members are anxious to start sending care packages. Learn why you may need to wait a few weeks before shipping and mailing items.
Locate the Red Cross Phone Number Before Your...
Before your spouse deploys it's imperative that you post the Red Cross phone number in an easy to find place.
Information about the military's health care insurance provider, TRICARE, and DEERS enrollment.
Are Military Family Members Automatically...
Learn the necessary steps to enroll military family members in TRICARE.
Army Emergency Relief – Financial...
Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides soldiers with financial assistance. Learn to how to apply for AER help.
Care Package Shipping Supplies
List of necessary shipping supplies you'll need when sending care packages to deployed servicemembers.
Common Reactions You May Experience When a...
List of common reactions people have when a loved one dies, including mood swings, loss of appetite, short attention span and more.
Gifts for Army Moms
Large selection of gifts for Army moms. Merchandise includes drinkware, apparel, keepsake boxes, throw pillows, calendars, iPhone cases, iPad cases and much more.
PTSD Books for Wounded Warriors and Military...
Wide variety of books about PTSD for wounded warriors and military families.
Care Package Preparation - Shopping and Baking...
Not all homemade or pre-packaged foods make the best care package items. These tips will help you determine what to send and what to avoid.
Free Online Tutoring for Military Kids
The Department of Defense has created a program that offers free online tutoring to military kids. Discover how your military child can access free online tutoring services.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Okinawa...
Contact information for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located in Okinawa (DoDDS-P)
OMCC Offers Subsidized Child Care for Military...
The Operation Military Child Care (OMCC) program offers subsidized child care to military families. Learn more about the OMCC program including eligibility requirements and how how apply.
Learn About Your Next Duty Station Before You PCS
Once you receive your orders take some time and learn about your new duty station and the surrounding community.
United Concordia – Tricare Dental Program...
Premium rates for the Tricare Dental Program which is administered by United Concordia.
PATH International Horses for Heroes Therapeuti...
Horses for Heroes is a therapeutic riding program for wounded warriors and combat veterans that are suffering from PTSD, TBI or recovering from physical wounds sustained in combat. Learn more about the Horses for Heroes program that's provided through PATH International.
Star Spangled Banner Lyrics and History
Learn the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner and test your knowledge about our national anthem.
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted...
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted Servicemembers
Support Organizations for Military Widows
Organizations that provide support, information and resources to military widows.
Grief Quotes
Numerous quotes about grief compiled to help you with your grief and sorrow.
Our Military Kids Offers Grants to Children of...
Our Military Kids provides grants for military children of servicemembers in the National Guard and Reserve component to help pay for youth programs and activities.
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Plan
Learn about the TRICARE health plan for Reservists and their dependents.
ACE Suicide Prevention Card
Learn about the ACE suicide prevention card for veterans and military families.
How Do I Explain My Deployment to My Kids?
For many military parents, explaining their deployment to their children is a task they don't take lightly. Numerous resources are available to help you determine the best way to share your news.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Korea...
Contact information for Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Korea.
Respite Care for Military Parents of Exceptiona...
Learn about the various respite care options available to military parents of exceptional (special needs) children.
The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act and...
Civilian military spouses enjoy many of the same legal protections as their uniform-wearing spouse. But the laws are complex. This article can help.
TRICARE Dental Program Eligibility
Curious about whether or not you're eligible to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program? Learn about their eligibility requirements here.
Help for Wounded Warriors--Organizations That...
Wounded Warrior resources for servicemembers wounded in action on or after September 11, 2001.
LES for Reserve and Guard - Your Leave and...
Understanding your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) is simplified with these comprehensive explanations specifically designed for members of the Reserve and National Guard. Page 2.
Lodging Facilities and Leisure Travel: A Guide...
As a servicemember or dependent, you have access to military lodging and resorts around the world. Here’s a quick rundown of some of your options.
Army FMWR Arts and Crafts Centers
Learn about the Arts and Crafts Centers provided by the Army's FMWR program and see if there is a center at your installation.
Can Happily Married Couples Benefit from...
Many military couples are under the impression that marriage enrichment retreats are only for couples with troubled marriages.
VFW Program "Operation Uplink" Helps Deployed...
Deployed troops can make free calls home twice a month through Operation Uplink, a program provided by the VFW.
Who Are the Gold Star Wives?
Information about the Gold Star Wives of America.
Army Installation Commissary Directory
Listing of commissaries on U.S. Army installations. Directory includes contact information and more.
Money in the Military--Basic Pay is Just the...
Basic pay is just the beginning. With time, effort, and possible separation from family, you can increasing your military earnings.
TRICARE Dental Program
Contact information, premium rates and enrollment instructions for the TRICARE Dental Program, administered by United Concordia.
VA Loan Information for Members of the Reserves...
Members of the Reserves and National Guard may qualify for a VA loan. Learn about the VA loan requirments and get answers to FAQs.
Operation Purple - Free Summer Camp for...
Operation Purple, a free summer camp program provided through the National Military Family Association (NMFA),offers military kids a chance to escape the stress that often accompanies the military lifestyle.
Camps for Military Kids
Numerous camps are available specifically for military kids of all ages. Learn more about the various programs and how your child can benefit from them.
Family Care Planning for Single Military...
Single parents can't enlist in the military. But circumstances can turn a once-married servicemember into a single parent. You need a Family Care Plan
April is Month of the Military Child
April is Month of the Military Child. Find out what you can do to pay tribute to these young heroes.
Military Themed Maternity Shirts
Large variety of military themed maternity shirts specifically designed for military wives and girlfriends.
PCS Entitlements
Comprehensive breakdown of the common PCS entitlements available to military families.
Kids Clothes and Merchandise for Military...
Large variety of kids clothes specifically designed for military homecomings.
Your Spouse Military ID Card: What It is and...
Your spouse military ID card is key to accessing benefits available to you as a military spouse. Here's what your card can do an why it's so important
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Puerto Rico,...
Contact information for DDESS in Puerto Rico, Guam and Cuba.
New Beginnings – A Financial Assistance...
New Beginnings program helps military families find financial assistance by matching applicants with sponsors.
Navigating a Long Distance Relationship
Navigating a long-distance relationship is hard. Fortunately, technology can bridge the communication gap and make the separation much easier.
Operation Kid Comfort Consoles Military Kids of...
ASYMCA's Operation Kid Comfort program provides free photo-transfer quilts or pillows to military kids of deployed servicemembers.
9 Tips to Improve Your Finances
Saving money on a military salary isn’t easy, but with planning and patience, you’ll be amazed at how much you can save for retirement or a rainy day.
Basic Training for Military Spouses: Everything...
Whether you are newly married or an old pro, having a spouse join the military and start basic training can challenging. Here's what you need to know.
Free Grief Counseling and Support Services for...
A list of places that offer military survivors free grief counseling and support services.
Paying for Your Child’s College...
What sorts of options do military parents have for paying for their education once high school is over? This article explores many excellent options.
Military Housing: Assessing Whether Living On-...
The housing options open to you depend on your marital and/or rank. In this article, you'll find advice on the pros and cons of each option.
Having a Baby: A Brief Guide to Military Family...
The decision to have children is a big one for any couple. But especially for military families. In this article, we explore your options
Look into Veterans’ Benefits
Veterans and their families have great benefits, but many don't know where to look and miss out. In this article, we’ll explore some VA benefits.
Where to Find Financial Support for Active...
Military personnel and their families have a wide range of financial tools. This article will help keep financial troubles from becoming nightmares
Parenting a Child with Emotional Disorders
Military children are more likely than civilian children to develop mental health conditions, including emotional disorders.
Grocery Budgeting for Military Families
Shopping at your base commissary can save you money. Using coupons, buying in bulk, and planning your meals based on sale items can save you even more
Quotes About Courage
Find a large assortment of quotes about courage.
PATH Intl. Horses for Heroes Therapeutic Riding...
PATH International Horses for Heroes is a therapeutic riding program aimed at helping wounded warriors who are battling PTSD, TBI or are recovering from physical injuries sustained in combat. Use this list to find a facility near you.
Schools and Educational Options for Military Kids
Learn about the various educational options available to military kids.
Taking the Stress Out of Moving
If you're in the military, you're going to move. A lot.This guide can take the stress out of military moves and make you a PCS expert
Gifts for Air Force Moms
Large selection of gifts for Air Force moms. Drinkware, apparel, journals, keepsake boxes, throw pillows, iPhone cases, iPad cases, notecards and much more.
Is the TRICARE Dental Program Available For...
What you need to know if you're a Reserve/Guard family that's interested in enrolling in the TRICARE Dental Program.
Maximizing Your Chances of Getting Your Child...
Many military families need childcare. Getting into on-base child care isn't always possible, but there are steps you can take to boost your odds.
Resources To Help You Plan and Prepare for a...
Resources and information to help you plan and prepare for a PCS move.
Commissarry's on Navy and Marine Corps...
Listing of commissaries on US Navy and Marine Corps military installations.
Child Care for Military Families: What You Need...
For military families, finding quality, affordable child care can be a challenge, This article explains your options and shows exactly where to look.
Teen Rebellion is Often More Than Just Hormones
Having a teenager can sometimes be a real challenge. Here are some strategies that will help you and your teen get through these difficult times.
Keeping Family Ties Strong During Deployment
For deployed military, staying connected to family back home and keeping relationships strong is hard. This article includes many helpful strategies
Unlimited Commissary Privileges for Reserve and...
See immediate savings on your grocery bill by shopping at the commissary.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Definition
What is a Veterans Affairs Medical Center? Learn about the services that a Veterans Affairs Medical Center provides to polytrauma and TBI patients.
A Servicemember’s PTSD Affects the Whole...
One in four veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from PTSD. But they're not alone. Their spouse and children are affected too.
Summer Fun for Kids and Families
Find numerous summer activities for military kids and/or the entire family.
Military Treatment Facility Definition
What is a Military Treatment Facility ? Learn the definition of Military Treatment Facility (MTF) as it relates to polytrauma and TBI.
Modest Needs and Code of Support Foundations:...
Modest Needs Foundation and Code of Support Foundation both provide support and resources to veterans and their family.

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