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Four Military Retirement Pay Surprises to Avoid

Stacks of coins and pile of bills.

Retiring from the military comes with many big changes, including understanding your new pay. After sitting through briefings and researching what to expect, you're probably well prepared. But readers tell us they still encounter some surprises after their final out date. And when it comes to money, unless it's a big inheritance or winning the lottery, a surprise is the last thing you want. 1. Surprise: Your Spouse's Last Payche... more

The Family Readiness Group: What Is It and Where Is It Going?

A Family Readiness Group. Army photo

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- It was my first day of volunteering -- just two weeks into my husband's military service -- when I overheard people exchange critical comments about the FRG, or Family Readiness Group, the Army's primary family organization. Perhaps the most complex and elusive program in the Army, the FRG is also one of the most important resources for the new spouse and novice soldier. Nevertheless, negative stereotypes circulate com... more

America's Rosies: The Women Who Built the Arms That Led to Peace

American "Rosies"

In today's world, gender-segregated workplaces seem a quaint anachronism. A relic of a time in which the notion of "women's work" conjures images of domestic labor or the garment industry. But the widespread acceptance of women in the American workforce is not ancient, nor was it inevitable. For that, we owe a considerable debt of gratitude to a generation of women who answered their nation's call in WWII to join a labor force depleted by ma... more

Finding Military Retirees and Veterans

On the phone. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Piper/Army

Each of the branches of the military has separate procedures for contacting active or past service members. In cases of emergency, immediate family members should contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross. The telephone number and address are available from your local telephone directory, directory assistance, or by calling the National Contact Center toll-free at 1-800-FED-INFO, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., eastern ... more

USO RP/6 Program Focuses on Military Family Transition

A counselor speaks to a soldier at the USO's RP/6 center near Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Photo: Courtesy of the USO

FORT CAMPBELL, Kentucky -- A new program from the USO focuses on connecting transitioning troops and their spouses with resources that can help them tackle life in the civilian world. The USO's RP/6, known in the past as Rally Point 6, is a series of one-stop-shop transition centers at major military bases in the U.S. that focuses on helping veterans and their families move out of the military world and into the civilian one. Part of the USO... more

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