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Military Families: Most Popular Articles

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Protocol for Flying the American Flag at...
Learn the proper protocol for flying the American Flag on Memorial Day.
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.
What Does the Gold Star Represent?
Learn about the gold star that's affixed to US Military service banners.
Simple Ways to Observe Memorial Day and Honor...
Simple ways to observe Memorial Day and honor America's fallen servicemembers.
LES for Active Duty – Understanding Your...
Detailed instructions to help active duty servicemembers understand their Leave and Earnings Statements (LES).
U.S. Military Rank Chart
Military rank charts and photos for all branches of the U.S. Military.
Military Families: How to Enroll in DEERS
DEERS Enrollment - Learn the steps you need to take to enroll spouses and children in DEERS.
How to Create a myPay Account
Create a military myPay account by following these myPay Login instructions.
9 Things You Need To Know Before Refinancing...
Know the facts before you refinance your current VA loan through the IRRRL program.
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.
Memorial Day Educational Activities for Kids
Educate kids about Memorial Day while entertaining them at the same time.
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.
Star Spangled Banner Lyrics and History
Learn the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner and test your knowledge about our national anthem.
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.
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 Pay Allowances for 2013
Listing of 2013 rates for BAH, BAS and other allowances.
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.
Hotels Offering Military Discounts
Military families can save money on hotels by using military discounts.
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.
What You Should Know About VA Home Loans
Get answers to common questions regarding VA home loans.
Scholarships and Grants for Military Kids
Organizations and foundations offering scholarships and grants to military kids.
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.
TRICARE and DEERS
Information about the military's health care insurance provider, TRICARE, and DEERS enrollment.
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.
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.
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 the Commissary Early Bird Program?
Learn about the commissary's Early Bird program.
How To Enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program
Instructions for enrolling in the TRICARE Dental Program
FAQs About TRICARE Reserve Select
Answers to common questions regarding the TRICARE Reserve Select health plan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
May Military Holidays and Special Observances
In addition to Memorial Day the month of May contains numerous military special observances.
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 Moves - Changing Your Driver's License...
Before you PCS learn about your new state's laws and requirements regarding changing your drivers license.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Does TRICARE Cover Stepchildren?
Learn the necessary steps you must take to enroll your stepchild in TRICARE.
Military Cookie Cutters
Various assortment of military cookie cutters including flags, tanks, ribbons, ranks and more.
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.
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.
Pledge of Allegiance History and Interesting...
History and interesting facts about the Pledge of Allegiance.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Okinawa...
Contact information for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools located in Okinawa (DoDDS-P)
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.
United Concordia - Contact Information for the...
Contact information for the Tricare Dental Program, administered by United Concordia.
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.
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.
Scholarships and Grants for Military Families
Numerous scholarships and grants are available to military spouses and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Support Groups for Parents of Servicemembers
Support groups for parents with a child in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
Child Care Programs for Military Families
Learn about the various subsidized and low cost child care programs available to military families.
Teaching Kids About Veterans Day
Activities, tips and suggestions to help you teach your child about Veterans Day.
United Concordia – How to Enroll in the...
Learn the necessary steps to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program , administered by United Concordia.
Care Package Prohibited Contents
Before you send a care package to a deployed servicemember, see this list of prohibited items.
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.
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.
TRICARE Coverage for Newborns and Kids
Through their well-child program, TRICARE covers numerous routine exams, vaccinations and tests for newborns and kids.
Care Package Shipping Supplies
List of necessary shipping supplies you'll need when sending care packages to deployed servicemembers.
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.
Who Are the Gold Star Wives?
Information about the Gold Star Wives of America.
Operation Homefront Provides Free School...
Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade program provides backpacks and free school supplies to military kids.
Air Force Base Commissary Directory
Listing of commissaries on U.S. Air Force Bases.
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.
PTSD Resources, Support Groups and Tools for...
PTSD resources and support groups for Veterans suffering from PTSD
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
New Beginnings – A Financial Assistance...
New Beginnings program helps military families find financial assistance by matching applicants with sponsors.
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.
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.
Military Themed Maternity Shirts
Large variety of military themed maternity shirts specifically designed for military wives and girlfriends.
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.
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.
Money for Military Spouses Pursuing Non-Degree...
Financial resources for military spouses wanting to earn a certification or license in a chosen field.
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.
United Concordia – Tricare Dental Program...
Premium rates for the Tricare Dental Program which is administered by United Concordia.
Understanding TRICARE Prime
Get answers to frequently asked questions about TRICARE Prime, including information about enrollment fees along with instructions on how to enroll.
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.
Help for Wounded Servicemembers
Wounded Warrior resources for servicemembers wounded in action on or after September 11, 2001.
Father’s Day during Deployment: celebrate...
If your servicemember is going to be deployed this Father’s Day, here are ideas to make it special, even though you can't do it in person.
Suicide Bereavement Support Groups
Listing of bereavement and grief support groups for military families who've lost a loved one to suicide.
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.
Who Are the Gold Star Mothers?
Details and information about this group of mothers who've paid the ultimate sacrifice.
What Are the PTSD Statistics for Military...
PTSD statistics for current and former military members.
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.
TRICARE Reserve Select Health Plan
Learn about the TRICARE health plan for Reservists and their dependents.
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.
VA Regional Loan Centers
Learn about VA Regional Loan Centers and how they can assist you with questions related to your VA loan benefits.
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Japan...
Contact information for the DoDEA schools located in Japan (DoDDS-P)
Grief Quotes
Numerous quotes about grief compiled to help you with your grief and sorrow.
Free Grief Counseling and Support Services for...
A list of places that offer military survivors free grief counseling and support services.
Military Acronyms and Dictionary
Learn the meanings of military acronyms and terms.
Army Emergency Relief – Financial...
Army Emergency Relief (AER) provides soldiers with financial assistance. Learn to how to apply for AER 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.
DoDDS in Korea (DoDDS-P)
Contact information for Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Korea.
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.
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.
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.
Scholarships for Dependents of Fallen U.S....
A list of scholarships and grants available to military spouses and children of fallen U.S. servicemembers.
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.
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted...
2013 Basic Pay Chart for Active Duty Enlisted Servicemembers
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.
Support Organizations for Military Widows
Organizations that provide support, information and resources to military widows.
CONUS DoD Schools for Military Kids (DDESS)
Contact information for CONUS DoD schools for military kids.
Kids Clothes and Merchandise for Military...
Large variety of kids clothes specifically designed for military homecomings.
ACE Suicide Prevention Card
Learn about the ACE suicide prevention card for veterans and military families.
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.
2014 Military Payday Schedule
Listing of paydays in 2014 for Active Duty and Reserve military members.
SGLI - Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance -...
Helpful material pertaining to Servicemembers Group Life Insurance also known as SGLI. Includes resources and information on survivors' benefits for spouses, dependent children and dependent parents.
Subsidized Child Care Programs for Army Families
Army families in need of subsidized child care can learn about the various options available to them.
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.
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.
Benefits Information for Wounded U.S....
Benefits information, organizations and resources for wounded warriors.
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.
BAH Calculator for Active Duty
Active duty servicemembers can calculate their BAH with this handy BAH Calculator.
Gifts for Marine Wives
Large variety of gifts for Marine wives. Choose from drinkware, apparel, calendars, journals, keepsake boxes, iPhone cases, iPad cases and much more.
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.
12 Patrotic Desserts
Add a unique American touch to your party menu. Get recipes for patriotic desserts such as flag cakes, candy, fudge, truffles and more.
Helping Kids Cope with Grief
Videos, articles and books designed to help children go through the grieving process after the death of a loved one.
Summer Fun for Kids and Families
Find numerous summer activities for military kids and/or the entire family.
Summer Camps for Military Kids
Summer camp is great for kids of all ages. Your child will learn social skills, make friends, life skills, and have wonderful adventures.
PTSD Books for Wounded Warriors and Military...
Wide variety of books about PTSD for wounded warriors and military families.
FAQs About the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery...
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery program.
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.
HeartMath Education and Resilience Training
Answers to frequently asked questions about the HeartMath Education and Resiliency Training for combat veterans.
Respite Care for Military Parents of Exceptiona...
Learn about the various respite care options available to military parents of exceptional (special needs) children.
Horses4Heroes Serves the Entire Military Family
Horses4Heroes offer numerous riding programs for the entire military family. Learn more about the programs that Horses4Hereoes make available to adults and kids ages 2 and up.
Care Package Shipping Tips
Increase the odds that your servicemember will receive his or her care package in the best possible condition.
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.
VA Home Loans – Common Abbreviations and...
Find the meanings of various abbreviations and acronyms that pertain to VA home loans.
Create A Deployment Memory Box
Memory boxes are an excellent way to preserve deployment keepsakes and memorabilia. Learn how to create a memory box that you and your descendents will treasure.
FAQs About the TRICARE Dental Program
Get the answer to this question and many more in this comprehensive FAQ about the TRICARE Dental Program.
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.
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
DoDEA Schools for Military Kids in Puerto Rico,...
Contact information for DDESS in Puerto Rico, Guam and Cuba.
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 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.
Include Plastic Containers in Care Packages to...
Learn why it's important to include inexpensive plastic containers in care packages to deployed troops.
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.
Gifts for Coast Guard Moms
Large selection of gifts for Coast Guard moms. Selection includes drinkware, apparel, journals, notecards, calendars, iPhone cases, iPad cases and more.

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