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4 Ways Americans Can Support Military Families

Military families don’t need extraordinary acts of thanks -- just a helping hand. U.S. Army MWR photo

Service members and military spouses sometimes complain that America is not grateful for their service. Other times, the military community questions the way Americans show their gratitude through things like sale gimmicks, advertising or a plethora of sappy homecoming videos on the news or otherwise. But it could be that poorly expressed thanks, thanks that doesn't resonate with the military community or a lack of thanks is just the ... more

On Terminal Leave and Having Trouble Getting Out of Bed

Ms. Vicki

Dear Ms. Vicki, Thanks so much for the engaging column. I'm writing to ask your opinion on something: I'm retiring in about three months and already on terminal leave, after 24 years of service.  For the past several months, I've found myself almost constantly tired -- wanting a nap every day, turning in early, having trouble getting out of bed, etc. I've put on quite a few pounds (between knowing there's no more PT test and just rea... more

Military Children to Be Honored by Operation Homefront, DoD Leaders

Military Child of the Year ceremony. Operation Homefront photo

Operation Homefront and top leaders in the Department of Defense will honor the six recipients of the 2015 Military Child of the Year® Award on Thursday night.  Every year, Operation Homefront, a national non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to military families, gives the award to an outstanding military child from each branch of service -- Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. For the first time in ... more

How to Make the Most of Life in the Reserves

Navigating family life while you're also navigating weekend-warrior military life can bring its own set of challenges that even a former active-duty family like ours can find challenging.

I like being a Reserve family. My garage is filled with camouflage helmets and ammo cans and a more-contained version of the same things that used to chock up our whole house back when we were active duty. A very sun-stained Marine Corps flag hangs proudly outside our house. And my husband, whose day job is now in the very un-Marine world of banking, gets to roll his sleeves up once a month and still perform the valuable service to this... more

Military and Veteran Associations

Members of the military community -- veterans, active-duty, reserve, National Guard, or their family members -- have the opportunity to join or otherwise benefit from several types of associations and organizations. Ranging from fraternal to charity these military specific organizations can provide advocacy, help you network to access job opportunities, tap into benefits, lobby congress, or find support. In addition, the Air Force (Civil Air P... more

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