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Tricare’s Alternative Care Coverage Is Seriously Overdue for a Check-Up

It’s the common story of increasing frustrations with Tricare. Over brunch, one of my military spouse friends was telling me all about her experience with alternative care coverage hurdles. Prior to marrying her service member, she was under a civilian health care plan and maintaining her routine chiropractic adjustment schedule, which she’d been receiving due…

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Here are some surprising ways troops and vets can cut their student loan debt

First published on Military Times. Editor’s note: The following commentary was contributed by Mike Saunders, Director of Military and Consumer Policy at the nonprofit group Veterans Education Success. The content may be edited for clarity, style and length. —————   Hundreds of thousands of veterans, service members and their families have student loans. But most of…

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Rebranding: Should you do it?

Calling all milspouse business owners! This video is for you. Erica McMannes, our friend from Instant Teams (formerly MadSills!), joined us for a Networks Live! On Demand to dish the dirt about her recent rebrand. Here she explained why she changed her already established business name and logo for growth. Tune in to watch if…

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As Another PCS Season Nears, Will History Repeat Itself?

Well, the countdown is on once again. Warmer days are ahead, which I’m sure most, if not all of us are probably looking forward to thanks to the winter season we’ve been experiencing. But one thing that comes with sunshine and summertime is something military families often don’t look forward to. Can you guess what…

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The Unsung Heroes: Military Spouses Deserve to Be Valued & Supported for Unpaid Public Work

By Maria Stuttaford I walked into the MacArthur Memorial for a personal tour and saw the statue of General Douglas MacArthur. Before my well-informed guide could get very far, I was asking: who is the person lying next to him? Obviously, his wife, Jean Faircloth MacArthur. But who was she really?   To help answer…

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Military Housing May Be Inching Closer to the ‘Fixer-Upper’ Treatment

Every few years, your service member spouse receives PCS orders, and the hot topic in your household is, once again, whether or not to live in on-base housing. After all, some pros come with choosing the privatized military housing route. Upsides include: Easy-to-find property (unless there’s a long wait list) when private-sector housing falls short…

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Is It Possible for Milspouses to Ever Feel Like They Belong?

  It’s no secret the challenges military spouses face on a regular basis. We pass up a promotion or new job opportunity due to an upcoming, possibly super-short-notice PCS. And upon arriving at the next duty station? Well, you can bet many of us aren’t welcomed with open arms when it comes to finding a…

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10 Important Takeaways from Change of Command

First published on The NeighborGood. A few weeks ago, Blue Star Families released the results of its 9th annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS) during a day-long event in Washington, D.C., titled, Change of Command: The Evolution of the Military in America and The #BSFSurvey. Those in attendance got the chance to hear from distinguished…

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March 2019 Newsletter

Vet Tix Volunteer Recap Together Blue Star Volunteers and Vet Tix raised $233,000 at the Daytona 500 last month! Funds will be used to support veteran and active duty military families across the country. Our volunteers have all the fun… join them!    Women’s History Month Here are a few of the triumphant female black…

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How to Eat With Purpose While Holding Down the Home Front

First published on InDependent. As a military spouse, your service member’s time away from home can wreak havoc on your mind, body, and eating habits. After all, you take on all the added responsibilities that come with holding down the home front. Who has time and energy to cook up a mindful meal, let alone…

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