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Q&B: If My Spouse Gives Up His Benefits Can I Have Them?

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Dear Q&B — A friend of mine said her husband gave up his free military eye surgery so she got to get it instead. Can my husband do the same thing? My eyes are terrible and I hate my glasses. Sincerely, Four eyes Dear Four Eyes — That’s not how military health benefits work, sorry. The only military benefit that can be transferred to a family member if a service member decides not to use it is the Post 9-11 GI Bill education benefit.... more

10 Back-to-School Deals for Military Families

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As summer camps wind to a close and kids make their final splashes at the pool, parents have one thing on their minds: back-to-school shopping. But when you add up the cost of all the items on your kids’ classroom supply lists, backpacks, clothes and shoes, back-to-school is expensive! The following is a list of discounts to help military families get the kids off to school in style while staying within your budget. Make sure to visit the Mi... more

College – A Look at How to Start Your New Journey!

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So you’ve finished your contract after years of dedicated service and you are thinking about going back-to-school? Or perhaps you are active duty and looking to get a head start on college, now. You may even be the first individual in your family to attend college. What a daunting and somewhat unnerving experience this may be! You are probably feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start. Sponsored Content from Dell If you're looking to... more

Military Spouse and Family Benefits 101

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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

Do I Have to Tip the Commissary Baggers?

A commissary bagger bags groceries at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Airman 1st Class Tony R. Ritter/Air Force

Dear Q&B, I'm a new military spouse. The other day, I shopped at the commissary and a bagger helped me out to my car. I've been shopping at grocery stores with baggers all my life and I never gave any of them tips. But the other day, someone told me that we have to tip the commissary baggers because they don't get paid otherwise. Do they really work for free? Sincerely, Commissary Newbie Dear Newbie, Fact: You don't have to do ... more

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