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.
Managing your money can be challenging. The key is learning what to do with the money you already have, and the money you earn.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Military.com to help military retirees with this major life transition, the list analyzes factors that should be taken into account when deciding where to live.