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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.
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.
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.
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.
TRICARE Dental Program - MetLife
The TRICARE Dental Program, which is administered by MetLife, is a dental insurance program that's available to military families.
9 Things You Need To Know Before Refinancing...
Know the facts before you refinance your current VA loan through the IRRRL program.
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 You Should Know About VA Home Loans
Get answers to common questions regarding VA home loans.
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.
Scholarships and Grants for Military Kids
Organizations and foundations offering scholarships and grants to military kids.
U.S. Military Rank Chart
Military rank charts and photos for all branches of the U.S. Military.
What Does the Gold Star Represent?
Learn about the gold star that's affixed to US Military service banners.
Military Pay Allowances for 2013
Listing of 2013 rates for BAH, BAS and other allowances.
What is the Commissary Early Bird Program?
Learn about the commissary's Early Bird program.
Operation Homefront Provides Free School...
Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade program provides backpacks and free school supplies to military kids.
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.
Care Package No-Nos - Don't Send These...
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.
Star Spangled Banner Lyrics and History
Learn the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner and test your knowledge about our national anthem.
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.
Hotels Offering Military Discounts
Military families can save money on hotels by using military discounts.
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.
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.
How To Enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program
Instructions for enrolling in the TRICARE Dental Program
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.
FAQs About TRICARE Reserve Select
Answers to common questions regarding the TRICARE Reserve Select health plan.
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.
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.
Services Not Covered by the TRICARE Dental...
Comprehensive list of services and treatments that are not covered by the TRICARE Dental Program.
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.
Understanding TRICARE Prime
Get answers to frequently asked questions about TRICARE Prime, including information about enrollment fees along with instructions on how to enroll.
Child Care Programs for Military Families
Learn about the various subsidized and low cost child care programs available to military families.
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 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.
United Concordia - Contact Information for the...
Contact information for the Tricare Dental Program, administered by United Concordia.
Military Moves - Changing Your Driver's License...
Before you PCS learn about your new state's laws and requirements regarding changing your drivers license.
United Concordia – How to Enroll in the...
Learn the necessary steps to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program , administered by United Concordia.
Support Groups for Parents of Servicemembers
Support groups for parents with a child in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast 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.
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.
PTSD Resources, Support Groups and Tools for...
PTSD resources and support groups for Veterans suffering from PTSD
Air Force Base Commissary Directory
Listing of commissaries on U.S. Air Force Bases.
Does TRICARE Cover Stepchildren?
Learn the necessary steps you must take to enroll your stepchild in TRICARE.
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.
Military Care Package; Shipping Supplies
Here are all the supplies you'll need to ensure that your care packages will actually get to the servicemembers they're suposed to reach.
How Can Military Spouses Determine if the...
Learn how to verify you family's enrollment in DEERS.
How to Get a VA Home Loan Certificate of...
When veterans apply for a VA loan a certificate of eligibility is required. Learn how to get this important document.
What Are the PTSD Statistics for Military...
PTSD statistics for current and former military members.
Are Military Family Members Automatically...
Learn the necessary steps to enroll military family members in TRICARE.
PTSD Books for Wounded Warriors and Military...
Wide variety of books about PTSD for wounded warriors and military families.
VA Regional Loan Centers
Learn about VA Regional Loan Centers and how they can assist you with questions related to your VA loan benefits.
Military Care Packages: Everything You Need to...
Increase the odds that your servicemember will receive his or her care package in the best possible condition.
Information about the military's health care insurance provider, TRICARE, and DEERS enrollment.
TRICARE Coverage for Newborns and Kids
Through their well-child program, TRICARE covers numerous routine exams, vaccinations and tests for newborns and kids.
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.
Army Emergency Relief – Financial...
Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides soldiers with financial assistance. Learn to how to apply for AER help.
Recipes for Christmas Goodies and Meals
Find recipes for Christmas cookies, Christmas breads, pies, desserts, Christmas punch and much more.
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.
DoDDS in Germany
Contact information for the schools in the Kaiserslautern, Heidelberg and Bavaria districts of DoDDS-E.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dual Military Marriages-The Challenges When Mom...
Dual military marriages can and do work. But it takes planning, flexibility, and mutual support--like any other assignment. This guide will help.
Pledge of Allegiance History and Interesting...
History and interesting facts about the Pledge of Allegiance.
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.
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
Abandoned Military Spouses: An Unpleasant Reality
If you're the wife or husband of a military servicemember and you feel you've been abandoned, you have a number of legal rights. Find out more here..
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.
Military Cookie Cutters
Various assortment of military cookie cutters including flags, tanks, ribbons, ranks and more.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Okinawa...
Contact information for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located in Okinawa (DoDDS-P)
Help for Wounded Warriors--Organizations That...
Wounded Warrior resources for servicemembers wounded in action on or after September 11, 2001.
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 Gift List for Military Families
Large variety of gifts for servicmembers and military families. Selections include merchandise for all branches.
New Beginnings – A Financial Assistance...
New Beginnings program helps military families find financial assistance by matching applicants with sponsors.
Free Grief Counseling and Support Services for...
A list of places that offer military survivors free grief counseling and support services.
Include Plastic Containers in Care Packages to...
Learn why it's important to include inexpensive plastic containers in care packages to deployed troops.
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.
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
Support Organizations for Military Widows
Organizations that provide support, information and resources to military widows.
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.
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted...
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted Servicemembers
ACE Suicide Prevention Card
Learn about the ACE suicide prevention card for veterans and military families.
Teaching Kids About Veterans Day
Activities, tips and suggestions to help you teach your child about Veterans Day.
Military Kids and Deployment - How Do I Explain...
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.
Grantham University Provides Free Blue Star...
Grantham University is providing free Blue Star Flags to servicemembers and military families.
Military Life--Misconceptions about Those Who...
There are lots of misconceptions about the military--whether it's free groceris, high salaries, or constant combat. This article dispells myths
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
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.
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.
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.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Puerto Rico,...
Contact information for DDESS in Puerto Rico, Guam and Cuba.
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.
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.
Military Ornaments
Large variety of porcelain military ornaments. Great for Christmas trees, wall decorations or placing atop a gift for a unique personal touch.
A Servicemember's PTSD - The Spouse and...
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.
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.
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.
VA Home Loans – Common Abbreviations and...
Find the meanings of various abbreviations and acronyms that pertain to VA home loans.
Military Themed Maternity Shirts
Large variety of military themed maternity shirts specifically designed for military wives and girlfriends.
Respite Care for Military Parents of Exceptiona...
Learn about the various respite care options available to military parents of exceptional (special needs) children.
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.
TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery Program: Easier...
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.
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.
Joining the Military--Finding the Right Time to...
Thinking about joining the military? Whether you’re 18, 25, or 40, there are advantages and disadvantages. You’ll learn about them here.
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.
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
Kids Clothes and Merchandise for Military...
Large variety of kids clothes specifically designed for military homecomings.
How to Build a Strong Military Marriage
Military marriages undergo an immense amount of stress and strain. But with direct communication, honesty, and affection, it’s not impossible.
Subsidized Child Care Programs for Army Families
Army families in need of subsidized child care can learn about the various options available to them.
United Concordia – Tricare Dental Program...
Premium rates for the Tricare Dental Program which is administered by United Concordia.
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.
Military Acronyms and Dictionary
Learn the meanings of military acronyms and terms.
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.
Keep Family Ties Strong during Deployment--Stay...
For deployed military, staying connected to family back home and keeping relationships strong is hard. This article includes many helpful strategies.
Grief Quotes
Numerous quotes about grief compiled to help you with your grief and sorrow.
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Plan
Learn about the TRICARE health plan for Reservists and their dependents.
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.
Understanding Your Guard and Reserve 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.
Have an Overweight Teen? Enroll Your Child in...
Researchers are recruiting for a study of a new approach to combatting obesity in the adolescent children of military personnel. Find out how to sign up here.
Army Installation Commissary Directory
Listing of commissaries on U.S. Army installations. Directory includes contact information and more.
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.
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.
Quotes About Courage
Find a large assortment of quotes about courage.
FAQs About the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery...
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program.
Does the Commissary Accept Online Coupons?
Get the answer to this question and more.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Korea...
Contact information for Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Korea.
Schools and Educational Options for Military Kids
Learn about the various educational options available to military kids.
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.
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
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.
How Do Servicemembers and Their Families Vote...
Voting is your right. But if you're in the military and overseas, it's not always easy to do. This article will help you make sure your vote counts.
Protocol for Flying the American Flag at...
Learn the proper protocol for flying the American Flag on Memorial Day.
What Military Families Can Do To Prevent...
There are many tools and precautionary measures servicemembers and military families can take to prevent identity theft. Learn what you can do to prevent identity theft.
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.
Gifts for Military Moms
Large variety of merchandise for mothers of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coasties. Find apparel, keepsake boxes, tote bags, mugs, calendars, notecards, throw pillows, coasters and much more.
Taking the Stress Out of Moving: Making PCS...
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
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.
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.
Can I Purchase Commissary Gift Cards?
Learn how you can purchase gift cards to the commissary.
FAQs About Marriage Enrichment Retreats
Military couples can get answers to commonly asked questions related to military-sponsored marriage enrichment retreats.
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.
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.
Love You More Than You Know
Love You More Than You Know - Mothers' Stories About Sending Their Sons and Daughters to War by Janie Reinart and Mary Anne Mayer features stories and photos from 45 mothers of U.S. servicemembers.

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