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  • Surviving Spouse and Family Education Benefits

    Fallen Warriors Victims of ID Theft

    Surviving Spouses and Dependent children of fallen servicemembers or disabled veterans are often unaware of the many resources they have to assist with paying for their education. The following article will briefly explain some of the major resources at your disposal. Survivors' and Dependents' Education Assistance Program The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependent... more

  • Are There Any Military Spouse Retirement Benefits?

    Mrs. Hyun Crites, wife of Chief Master Sgt. James Crites, 9th Operations Group superintendent (right), is presented the Military Spouse Medal during her husband’s retirement ceremony. (Photo: U.S. Air Force photo /Senior Airman Bobby Cummings.)

    Military retirement often marks the end of a long road. As a military spouse, you've put in months of waiting on your service member to come home from long trainings or deployment, all while holding down your home and taking care of your family. You've battled career challenges for yourself, planning disasters, cross-country moves and everything Murphy's Law could throw at you. But other than the long-sought break from the challenges of mili... more

  • Military Spouse and Family Benefits 101

    stack of one dollar bills

    The military can be a difficult lifestyle for a family, but it does come with some excellent benefits. Some of those are in the form of cash, and some are in the form of discounts. In addition to the bi-monthly paycheck, military service members receive benefits like money for housing, subsidized groceries and healthcare. Don't know exactly how to get your military spouse and family benefits or want to know more about what they are? Read... more

  • Finding Military Family Education Benefits

    Servicemember and Daughter

    For example, family members are eligible to use the benefits of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Program, Scholarships and Grants, and the Spouse and Dependent Education Assistance program (DEA). Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges SOC member schools understand the hardships military (family) students face due to frequent transfers, so they have designed credit transfer practices that minimize loss of credit and avoid duplicat... more

  • Questions and Benefits: Military Adoption

    The good news is that the military does offer a military adoption reimbursement program. The bad news is that you have to wait for the adoption to be final or, if the child is adopted from overseas, for his or her citizenship to be finalized before you can apply for the money. For more details, see the latest Questions and Benefits column. more

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