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Military Families: Most Popular Articles

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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.
2014 Military Payday Schedule
Listing of paydays in 2014 for Active Duty and Reserve military members.
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.
What You Should Know About VA Home Loans
Get answers to common questions regarding VA home loans.
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 Pay Allowances for 2013
Listing of 2013 rates for BAH, BAS and other allowances.
9 Things You Need To Know Before Refinancing...
Know the facts before you refinance your current VA loan through the IRRRL program.
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Plan
Learn about the TRICARE health plan for Reservists and their dependents.
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.
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.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Okinawa...
Contact information for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located in Okinawa (DoDDS-P)
Hotels Offering Military Discounts
Military families can save money on hotels by using military discounts.
What Does the Gold Star Represent?
Learn about the gold star that's affixed to US Military service banners.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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 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.
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 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.
FAQs About TRICARE Reserve Select
Answers to common questions regarding the TRICARE Reserve Select health plan.
Military Moves - Changing Your Driver's License...
Before you PCS learn about your new state's laws and requirements regarding changing your drivers license.
TRICARE Dental Program - MetLife
The TRICARE Dental Program, which is administered by MetLife, is a dental insurance program that's available to military families.
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.
Respite Care for Military Parents of Exceptiona...
Learn about the various respite care options available to military parents of exceptional (special needs) children.
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.
How To Enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program
Instructions for enrolling in the TRICARE Dental Program
Scholarships and Grants for Military Kids
Organizations and foundations offering scholarships and grants to military kids.
Does TRICARE Cover Stepchildren?
Learn the necessary steps you must take to enroll your stepchild in TRICARE.
Care Package Prohibited Contents
Before you send a care package to a deployed servicemember, see this list of prohibited items.
Child Care Programs for Military Families
Learn about the various subsidized and low cost child care programs available to military families.
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.
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.
2013 Military Payday Schedule
Listing of paydays in 2013 for active duty and Reserve military members.
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.
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.
Grief Quotes
Numerous quotes about grief compiled to help you with your grief and sorrow.
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.
Support Groups for Parents of Servicemembers
Support groups for parents with a child in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TRICARE and DEERS
Information about the military's health care insurance provider, TRICARE, and DEERS enrollment.
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.
How Can Military Spouses Determine if the...
Learn how to verify you family's enrollment in DEERS.
Services Not Covered by the TRICARE Dental...
Comprehensive list of services and treatments that are not covered by the TRICARE Dental Program.
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.
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted...
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted Servicemembers
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.
Understanding How the Military Lending Act...
The Military Lending Act offers important provisions designed to protect miiltary famliies from predatory lenders and financial scams.
Army Emergency Relief – Financial...
Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides soldiers with financial assistance. Learn to how to apply for AER help.
New Beginnings – A Financial Assistance...
New Beginnings program helps military families find financial assistance by matching applicants with sponsors.
Care Package Shipping Supplies
List of necessary shipping supplies you'll need when sending care packages to deployed servicemembers.
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.
Are Military Family Members Automatically...
Learn the necessary steps to enroll military family members in TRICARE.
DoDDS in Germany
Contact information for the schools in the Kaiserslautern, Heidelberg and Bavaria districts of DoDDS-E.
United Concordia – Tricare Dental Program...
Premium rates for the Tricare Dental Program which is administered by United Concordia.
United Concordia – How to Enroll in the...
Learn the necessary steps to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program , administered by United Concordia.
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.
Subsidized Child Care Programs for Army Families
Army families in need of subsidized child care can learn about the various options available to them.
TRICARE Coverage for Newborns and Kids
Through their well-child program, TRICARE covers numerous routine exams, vaccinations and tests for newborns and kids.
Star Spangled Banner Lyrics and History
Learn the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner and test your knowledge about our national anthem.
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.
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.
Care Package Shipping Tips
Increase the odds that your servicemember will receive his or her care package in the best possible condition.
PCS Entitlements
Comprehensive breakdown of the common PCS entitlements available to 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.
United Concordia - Contact Information for the...
Contact information for the Tricare Dental Program, administered by United Concordia.
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.
Grantham University Provides Free Blue Star...
Grantham University is providing free Blue Star Flags to servicemembers and military families.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Japan...
Contact information for the DoDEA schools located in Japan (DoDDS-P)
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.
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.
Childcare Assistance for Kids of Wounded...
Learn about a program that provides financial childcare help to families of wounded warriors.
Help for Wounded Servicemembers
Wounded Warrior resources for servicemembers wounded in action on or after September 11, 2001.
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.
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.
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.
Include Plastic Containers in Care Packages to...
Learn why it's important to include inexpensive plastic containers in care packages to deployed troops.
PTSD Resources, Support Groups and Tools for...
PTSD resources and support groups for Veterans suffering from PTSD
Military Cookie Cutters
Various assortment of military cookie cutters including flags, tanks, ribbons, ranks 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.
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.
Teaching Kids About Veterans Day
Activities, tips and suggestions to help you teach your child about Veterans Day.
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.
Kids Clothes and Merchandise for Military...
Large variety of kids clothes specifically designed for military homecomings.
Pledge of Allegiance History and Interesting...
History and interesting facts about the Pledge of Allegiance.
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.
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Commission...
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Commissioned Officers
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.
What Are the PTSD Statistics for Military...
PTSD statistics for current and former military members.
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.
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.
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.
Air Force Base Commissary Directory
Listing of commissaries on U.S. Air Force Bases.
Understanding TRICARE Prime
Get answers to frequently asked questions about TRICARE Prime, including information about enrollment fees along with instructions on how to enroll.
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.
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.
Benefits Information for Wounded U.S....
Benefits information, organizations and resources for wounded warriors.
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.
PTSD Help and Information for Veterans and...
PTSD help, resources and information for Veterans and military families.
U.S. Military Rank Chart
Military rank charts and photos for all branches of the U.S. Military.
TRICARE Dental Program
Contact information, premium rates and enrollment instructions for the TRICARE Dental Program, administered by United Concordia.
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.
Discovering the New Normal
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
Gifts for Navy Wives
Large variety of gifts for Navy wives. Merchandise includes apparel, mugs, keepsake boxes, throw pillows, journals, tote bags, clocks, calendars and much more.
Four new articles for military families
This month we talk about four very different topics: The challenges of keeping deployed parents and very young children connected during deployment Why
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.
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.
Suicide Bereavement Support Groups
Listing of bereavement and grief support groups for military families who've lost a loved one to suicide.
VA Regional Loan Centers
Learn about VA Regional Loan Centers and how they can assist you with questions related to your VA loan benefits.
Post Deployment - Returning Home From Deployment
Tips and suggestions to assist servicemembers in making a smooth post deployment transition into their family life after returning home from deployment.
2013 Drill Pay Chart for Reserve Enlisted...
2013 Drill Pay Chart for Reserve Enlisted Servicemembers
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.
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.
Money for Military Spouses Pursuing Non-Degree...
Financial resources for military spouses wanting to earn a certification or license in a chosen field.
Money, Benefits, and More
Money, Benefits, and More
FAQs About the TRICARE Dental Program
Get the answer to this question and many more in this comprehensive FAQ about the TRICARE Dental Program.
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.
Resources To Help You Plan and Prepare for a...
Resources and information to help you plan and prepare for a PCS move.
Facilities that Offer Horses4Heroes
Numerous riding facilities throughout the United States offer various Horses4Heroes programs for the entire military family. Find a facility near you.
Six Simple Ways Military Spouses Can Reduce...
Deployments are rarely easy for military spouses. Learn how to reduce deployment stress with these tips and suggestions.
Choosing A Summer Camp for Your Kids
Practical tips and suggestions to help you choose the best summer camp for your child.
Armed Forces Recreation Centers
Get answers to common questions about the Armed Forces Recreation Center resorts, including Shades of Green at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Deployment Advice – Take What You Like...
Before, during and after a deployment, military spouses usually receive a barrage of advice. These tips will help military spouses handle all the incoming deployment advice, tips and wisdom that's sure to come their way.
DoDDS in Korea (DoDDS-P)
Contact information for Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Korea.
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.
Are There Any Marriage Enrichment Retreats for...
Many marriage enrichment retreats, classes and workshops are available for Air Force couples. Learn about the various programs and how to utilize them.
Support Organizations for Military Widows
Organizations that provide support, information and resources to military widows.
Washington Riding Facilities That Offer the...
Washington facilities offering the PATH International Horses for Heroes therapeutic riding program for wounded warriors suffering from TBI, PTSD and other combat related injuries.
Military Acronyms and Dictionary
Learn the meanings of military acronyms and terms.
Military Themed Maternity Shirts
Large variety of military themed maternity shirts specifically designed for military wives and girlfriends.
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.
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.
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.
How Can I Find Out About Upcoming Marriage...
Learn how you can find out about upcoming military-sponsored marriage enrichment retreats and workshops.
Downtime After Deployment
For servicemembers, post-deployment downtime is an important factor when transitioning from combat to a non-hostile environment. The following tips are meant to ease the servicemember's adjustment and make the process as smooth as possible.
Free Grief Counseling and Support Services for...
A list of places that offer military survivors free grief counseling and support services.
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.
Gifts for Coast Guard Wives
Large variety of gifts for Coast Guard wives. Selection includes apparel, drinkware, iPhone cases, iPad cases, journals, calendars, keepsake boxes, tote bags and much more.
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.
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.
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