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January 28, 2011

Operation Homefront's Miliitary Child of the Year: Honoring our Military Kids

Posted 00:01AM on January 28 2011 by Rebekah Sanderlin | User Comments (17) Categories: Military Children, Rebekah Sanderlin | Tags: Military child of the year, Operation homefront, Rebekah sanderlin

Military kids are awesome, aren’t they? As military parents we are constantly humbled by our children and their experiences, many of which we inflict upon them. Ours are kids who, before they are even old enough to vote, will have given more for their nation in their short lives than most adults will give in a lifetime.

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January 27, 2011

Tips for Managing Your Military Family's Money

Posted 00:11AM on January 27 2011 by Courtesy of USAA | User Comments (17) Categories: Spouse Issues, USAA | Tags: Military family, Money, Savings, Usaa

Managing your money can be challenging. The key is learning what to do with the money you already have, and the money you earn.

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January 25, 2011

A Military Child's View of the President's New Initiative for Military Families

My dad just got back from one year at war in Afghanistan.  I know that for someone who's not part of a military family this might sound unimaginable, but for me it's part of my life.  Since I'm only 12, this war and the things that come with it are the only thing I've ever known.

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January 24, 2011

President Announces New Programs for Military Families

Today President Obama announced 50 new programs for military families in a news conference with Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. The announcement comes as the culmination of a presidential directive and the findings of the Military Family Interagency Committee, created in 2010 to institutionalize support for military families as a national security priority.

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January 20, 2011

Blue Star Families Calls Upon the Creative Coalition to Marshal Power of the Arts to Help Prevent Military Suicides

Suicide rates in the military continue to cause concern, and a new public service announcement being filmed this week by members of The Creative Coalition, aims to help service members, veterans and their families reach out for help. Utilizing the arts as a powerful vehicle to create public awareness, The Creative Coalition was asked to take on the project by Blue Star Families (BSF), Health Net and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

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January 19, 2011

General Peter Chiarelli Discusses the 2010 Army Suicide Rates

Posted 22:25PM on January 19 2011 by Pamela Stokes Eggleston | User Comments (27) Categories: Pamela Stokes Eggleston, Wounded Warriors | Tags: Gen. peter chiarelli, Military suicides, Post traumatic stress, Pts, Tbi, Traumatic brin injury

On Tuesday, January 18th in Washington, DC, the Army-Navy Club hosted a Suicide Forum with Gen. Peter Chiarelli to discuss the most recent suicide rates for the Army. The forum audience members were privy to the numbers several hours before Chiarelli’s presentation at the Pentagon, and the key dynamic in the conversation was this: while the overall number of active duty Army suicides decreased slightly in 2010,* the National Guard and Reserve suicides significantly increased, almost doubling from 80 deaths in 2009 to 145 deaths in 2010.

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January 19, 2011

Military Spouse Supports Our Arthritic Kids

Posted 10:00AM on January 19 2011 by Crystal Cavalier | User Comments (29) Categories: Military Children | Tags: Crystal cavalier, Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Support our arthritic kids

My daughter, Catherine has always been an energetic child, very active and constantly in motion. In 2008 she was on a Competition Mini Cheerleading Squad, competing at different competitions across the US.  In May 2009 Catherine’s dad deployed to Iraq, and Catherine started getting very high fevers and a couple of sore throats.  Her fevers would be high around 103 degrees one night and gone the next.

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January 18, 2011

The Top 8 Foolish Military Money Moves

Posted 21:17PM on January 18 2011 by June Walbert, USAA | User Comments (73) Categories: Spouse Issues, USAA | Tags: Money, Retirement, Savings, Usaa

You've been fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban for what seems like an eternity and doing it thousands of miles away. In exchange, the military provides a steady paycheck, fashionable clothes, and food and shelter. And, if you hang in there long enough, you stand to earn a pension -- for most, at the tender age of 40-something. You're set, right? Not so fast, Ranger Bob.

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January 13, 2011

AmeriCorps VISTA Position Open for Blue Star Families

Posted 16:11PM on January 13 2011 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (19) Categories: Spouse Issues, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Americorps, Career, Hampton roads, Job openings, Military families, Veterans, Virginia, Vista

Blue Star Families has an AmeriCorps VISTA position open in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Blue Star Families seeks an AmeriCorps VISTA member for a volunteer and membership capacity-building position.

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January 11, 2011

Your Final PCS: Choosing the Right Place to Start Your Second Act

Posted 10:59AM on January 11 2011 by Cara Newman, USAA | User Comments (19) Categories: USAA | Tags: Cara newman, Moving, Pcs, Retirement, Usaa

For the first time, soon-to-be military retirees have a guide that can help them make the most of that final PCS with the “Best Places for Military Retirement” list. Commissioned by USAA and to help military retirees with this major life transition, the list analyzes factors that should be taken into account when deciding where to live.

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