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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.
Marines Toys for Tots Program
The Marines Toys for Tots program is an excellent way for military families who are in the midst of a financial hardship to give their child a new toy for Christmas. Learn how to receive a toy from the Marines Toys for Tots program.
LES for Active Duty – Understanding Your...
Detailed instructions to help active duty servicemembers understand their Leave and Earnings Statements (LES).
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.
How to Create a myPay Account
Create a military myPay account by following these myPay Login instructions.
Military Families: How to Enroll in DEERS
DEERS Enrollment - Learn the steps you need to take to enroll spouses and children in DEERS.
9 Things You Need To Know Before Refinancing...
Know the facts before you refinance your current VA loan through the IRRRL program.
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.
Military Pay Allowances for 2013
Listing of 2013 rates for BAH, BAS and other allowances.
U.S. Military Rank Chart
Military rank charts and photos for all branches of the U.S. Military.
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.
TRICARE Dental Program - MetLife
The TRICARE Dental Program, which is administered by MetLife, is a dental insurance program that's available to military families.
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.
What Does the Gold Star Represent?
Learn about the gold star that's affixed to US Military service banners.
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.
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.
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.
Star Spangled Banner Lyrics and History
Learn the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner and test your knowledge about our national anthem.
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.
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.
Care Package Prohibited Contents
Before you send a care package to a deployed servicemember, see this list of prohibited items.
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.
How To Enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program
Instructions for enrolling in the TRICARE Dental Program
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.
United Concordia – Tricare Dental Program...
Premium rates for the Tricare Dental Program which is administered by United Concordia.
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.
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.
What You Should Know About VA Home Loans
Get answers to common questions regarding VA home loans.
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.
2014 Military Payday Schedule
Listing of paydays in 2014 for Active Duty and Reserve military members.
Scholarships and Grants for Military Kids
Organizations and foundations offering scholarships and grants to military kids.
Services Not Covered by the TRICARE Dental...
Comprehensive list of services and treatments that are not covered by the TRICARE Dental Program.
New Beginnings – A Financial Assistance...
New Beginnings program helps military families find financial assistance by matching applicants with sponsors.
Pledge of Allegiance History and Interesting...
History and interesting facts about the Pledge of Allegiance.
Grief Quotes
Numerous quotes about grief compiled to help you with your grief and sorrow.
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.
Buying a Home as a Military Family
For some military families, buying a home is a good choice. Others will be better off renting. Here's how to tell which option will be best for you.
Military Moves - Changing Your Driver's License...
Before you PCS learn about your new state's laws and requirements regarding changing your drivers license.
Care Package Shipping Tips
Increase the odds that your servicemember will receive his or her care package in the best possible condition.
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.
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.
FAQs About TRICARE Reserve Select
Answers to common questions regarding the TRICARE Reserve Select health plan.
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.
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.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Okinawa...
Contact information for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located in Okinawa (DoDDS-P)
What Are the PTSD Statistics for Military...
PTSD statistics for current and former military members.
Care Package Shipping Supplies
List of necessary shipping supplies you'll need when sending care packages to deployed servicemembers.
United Concordia – How to Enroll in the...
Learn the necessary steps to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program , administered by United Concordia.
TRICARE Coverage for Newborns and Kids
Through their well-child program, TRICARE covers numerous routine exams, vaccinations and tests for newborns and kids.
Roadside Assistance Programs May Buy Peace of...
Whether you visit family miles away or take a mini-vacation, if you plan on traveling by car during your spouse's deployment you may want to consider purchasing a roadside assistance program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gifts for Navy Moms
Large selection of gifts for Navy moms. Selection includes notecards, calendars, drinkware, apparel, throw pillows, keepsake boxes, aprons, iPad cases, iPhone cases, journals and much more.
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.
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
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.
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.
United Concordia - Contact Information for the...
Contact information for the Tricare Dental Program, administered by United Concordia.
PTSD Resources, Support Groups and Tools for...
PTSD resources and support groups for Veterans suffering from PTSD
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.
Holiday Crafts for Kids
Looking for holiday craft ideas for your children? Here you'll find a variety of fun, simple projects, sure to entertain and educate young kids.
Does TRICARE Cover Stepchildren?
Learn the necessary steps you must take to enroll your stepchild in TRICARE.
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.
DoDDS in Germany
Contact information for the schools in the Kaiserslautern, Heidelberg and Bavaria districts of DoDDS-E.
TRICARE and DEERS
Information about the military's health care insurance provider, TRICARE, and DEERS enrollment.
Child Care Programs for Military Families
Learn about the various subsidized and low cost child care programs available to military families.
Operation Homefront Provides Free School...
Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade program provides backpacks and free school supplies to military kids.
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.
Recipes for Christmas Goodies and Meals
Find recipes for Christmas cookies, Christmas breads, pies, desserts, Christmas punch and much more.
Military Ornaments
Large variety of porcelain military ornaments. Great for Christmas trees, wall decorations or placing atop a gift for a unique personal touch.
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.
Army Installation Commissary Directory
Listing of commissaries on U.S. Army installations. Directory includes contact information and more.
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.
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted...
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted Servicemembers
Fisher House Locations
There are numerous Fisher Houses located within the United States, Hawaii and Germany that are ready to serve the lodging needs of military families. Find a location that's near the medical facility where your loved one is receiving treatment.
Trees for Troops
Learn how you can help give a Christmas tree to a military family or a servicemember that's deployed.
7 Survival Tips for New Military Spouses
Being a new military spouse is a challenge, but these tips will make it one you can easily handle.
How Can Military Spouses Determine if the...
Learn how to verify you family's enrollment in DEERS.
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.
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.
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.
PTSD Books for Wounded Warriors and Military...
Wide variety of books about PTSD for wounded warriors and military families.
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.
Are Military Family Members Automatically...
Learn the necessary steps to enroll military family members in TRICARE.
Free Grief Counseling and Support Services for...
A list of places that offer military survivors free grief counseling and support services.
PTSD Help and Information for Veterans and...
PTSD help, resources and information for Veterans and military families.
Support Groups for Parents of Servicemembers
Support groups for parents with a child in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
Can I Purchase Commissary Gift Cards?
Learn how you can purchase gift cards to the commissary.
Support Organizations for Military Widows
Organizations that provide support, information and resources to military widows.
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.
Include Plastic Containers in Care Packages to...
Learn why it's important to include inexpensive plastic containers in care packages to deployed troops.
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.
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.
Gifts for Army Wives
Large variety of gifts for Army wives. Selection includes mugs, apparel, journals, calendars, tote bags, clocks, throw pillows and much more.
Suicide Bereavement Support Groups
Listing of bereavement and grief support groups for military families who've lost a loved one to suicide.
The Fisher House Program Helps Families of...
The Fisher House Program provides free temporary lodging to military family members of hospitalized servicemembers that are receiving treatment at a medical facility located miles away from home.
Military Gifts for Siblings of Veterans
Large assortment of military merchandise for brothers and sisters of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties. Selection includes apparel for adults and kids, drinkware, stationary and home decor items.
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.
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.
2013 Military Payday Schedule
Listing of paydays in 2013 for active duty and Reserve military members.
Grantham University Provides Free Blue Star...
Grantham University is providing free Blue Star Flags to servicemembers and military families.
Air Force Base Commissary Directory
Listing of commissaries on U.S. Air Force Bases.
Teaching Kids About Veterans Day
Activities, tips and suggestions to help you teach your child about Veterans Day.
Understanding TRICARE Prime
Get answers to frequently asked questions about TRICARE Prime, including information about enrollment fees along with instructions on how to enroll.
Military Cookie Cutters
Various assortment of military cookie cutters including flags, tanks, ribbons, ranks and more.
Army Emergency Relief – Financial...
Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides soldiers with financial assistance. Learn to how to apply for AER help.
Benefits Information for Wounded U.S....
Benefits information, organizations and resources for wounded warriors.
Military Acronyms and Dictionary
Learn the meanings of military acronyms and terms.
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Plan
Learn about the TRICARE health plan for Reservists and their dependents.
Scholarships for Dependents of Fallen U.S....
A list of scholarships and grants available to military spouses and children of fallen U.S. servicemembers.
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
Finding the Perfect Home: 5 Steps for Every...
Finding the perfect home is a priority when military members receive PCS orders. Here are 5 steps that will ensure that you get the right home for you.
VA Regional Loan Centers
Learn about VA Regional Loan Centers and how they can assist you with questions related to your VA loan benefits.
Gifts for Marine Moms
Large variety of gifts for Marine moms. Selection includes drinkware, apparel, throw pillows, keepsake boxes, clocks, calendars, iPhone cases, iPad cases and much more.
Money-Saving Tips for Military Families
Military families are on tight budgets, but with some simple steps, you can make things a little easier for your family
How To Make Gratitude a Habit
Want to feel more happiness and joy? Use these easy suggestions to incorporate more gratitude into your daily living.
Money for Military Spouses Pursuing Non-Degree...
Financial resources for military spouses wanting to earn a certification or license in a chosen field.
TRICARE Dental Program
Contact information, premium rates and enrollment instructions for the TRICARE Dental Program, administered by United Concordia.
FAQs About the TRICARE Dental Program
Get the answer to this question and many more in this comprehensive FAQ about the TRICARE Dental Program.
Are Members of the National Guard and Reserves...
Members of the National Guard and Reserves can apply for VA Loans if they meet these eligibility requirements.
Diminish Feelings of Loneliness by Reaching Out...
When separated by deployment during the holidays, reaching out to other military families is an excellent way to deal with feelings of loneliness.
Avoid Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation can lead to numerous health-related ailments. Learn about the importance of sleep and why getting adequate sleep is crucial to your overal health and well-being.
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.
Who Are the Gold Star Mothers?
Details and information about this group of mothers who've paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Help for Wounded Servicemembers
Wounded Warrior resources for servicemembers wounded in action on or after September 11, 2001.
Four Ways to Put Deployment Pay to Good Use
Tips and suggestions to help military couples decide how to best use the additional income received from deployments.
Holiday Gift List for Military Families
Large variety of gifts for servicmembers and military families. Selections include merchandise for all branches.
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.
California Riding Facilities Offering the PATH...
California facilities offering the PATH Intl. Horses for Heroes therapeutic riding program for wounded warriors suffering from TBI, PTSD and other combat related injuries.
Does the Commissary Accept Online Coupons?
Get the answer to this question and more.
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.
Who Are the Gold Star Wives?
Information about the Gold Star Wives of America.
VA Adds Services and Support to Existing Family...
The VA has added services and support to the existing Family Caregiver Program. Learn about the additional benefits and how to apply.
PCS Entitlements
Comprehensive breakdown of the common PCS entitlements available to military families.
Challenges of Deployment
When your spouse is deployed, there may be a chance that you’ll be able to move together as a family. But sometimes you may want to move home instead.
DoDDS in Korea (DoDDS-P)
Contact information for Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Korea.
Seven Ways to Help You Cope with the Death of a...
Ideas and suggestions to help family members cope with the death of a loved one, including ways that you can honor and commemorate their memory.
Protocol for Flying the American Flag at...
Learn the proper protocol for flying the American Flag on Memorial Day.
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.
Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes
Whether you want to grill, roast or deep-fry your Thanksgiving turkey, check out these delicious, mouth watering recipes. Also includes cooking times and poultry safety tips.
Surviving the Rumor Mill: A Guide for Military...
Coping with the military rumor mill isn't easy. This guide will help you steer clear of this unfortunate, unpleasant, and often damaging business.
Financial Support for Active Military Members
Military personnel and their families have a wide range of financial tools. This article will help keep financial troubles from becoming nightmares
Kids Clothes and Merchandise for Military...
Large variety of kids clothes specifically designed for military homecomings.
Scholarships and Grants for Military Families
Numerous scholarships and grants are available to military spouses and military kids.
EMMP Online Computer Program for PTSD Sufferers
Learn about the Eye Movement Memory Processing (EMMP) online computer program that's available to those who suffer from PTSD.
Program Seeks Sponsors to Help Military Families
Learn how you can become a sponsor and help military families.
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