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Be Smart When Shopping for Back to School

Shopping spree bags.

USAA

While my kids don't like to admit it, they are almost itching to get back to school. You may be downright enthusiastic about the beginning of a new year, but the prospect of back-to-school shopping may not be quite so exciting. It can be a big drain on your pocketbook, especially if you're not careful. Over the years, I've compiled -- both through personal experience and reader feedback -- some good tips to help you do your shopping in a way ... more

Wedding Day Gift Guide

blue nile wedding round antique diamond engagement ring

Blue Nile

This is your celebration, and there are many details all wrapped up into a few memorable hours. From selecting your wedding rings to bridesmaids’ gifts, here's a guide that simplifies your wedding day details. Worn for countless years to come, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Begin by creating a budget for your rings and start your search at least a month or two prior to your wedding. For the bride, a unique ring combinati... more

Commissary, Exchange and MWR

Military.com

Military family members enjoy many base privileges, these include access to the Commissary, Exchange, and MWR. The following is a summary of these important services: Commissaries The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) operates the military Commissaries throughout the world. DeCA Commissaries are supermarkets, usually located on military installations, that sell food, sundry and cleaning products for cost plus a 5 percent surcharge to active d... more

Military Spouses Work Toward Pursuing Politics

Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, at the World War II Memorial in Washington in 2010. Duckworth, now an Illinois congressional candidate, became a double amputee when her helicopter was shot down in Iraq in 2004.

 | Jun 16, 2014

"All politics," as Tip O'Neill once said, "is local." And nobody knows that better than a group of people for whom the word local is very often a relative term. "So many political decisions affect our families on a day-to-day basis," says Adrianna Domingos-Lupher, the wife of an Air Force captain at MacDill Air Force Base, editor-in-chief of NextGen MilSpouse and co-founder of MSB New Media. Lupher and Amanda Crowe, wife of a Navy chief at M... more

Rules Eased for MilSpouse Lawyers in Virginia

Law

 | May 27, 2014

Beginning July 1, lawyers who relocate to Virginia with their military spouses will be allowed to practice here without passing the state bar exam. The Virginia Supreme Court adopted the rule this month. It applies to lawyers whose spouses receive military orders to Virginia or the Washington, D.C., region, so long as they work under the supervision of a Virginia lawyer. They must also have passed a bar exam and be an active member of the b... more

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Advocates: Tricare’s ‘Adequate’ Care Isn’t Enough

A long awaited report from the Defense Department on Tricare’s care for children released July 15 says the agency is meeting the needs of children, yet still has areas that need more examination. But despite that caveat, it has still drawn criticism from advocates who say that the report’s use of the word “adequate” shows a ... Continue Reading

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