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  • Giving to Military Charity Associations

    Navy wife Jennifer Cole (left) poses with her American Red Cross team at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Photo courtesy American Red Cross

    We all know that it's good to give. It's good for the recipient, and it makes us feel good about ourselves. But when trying to decide which of the -- no kidding -- 400,000 military charity associations that help families and veterans in some way to give our hard-earned dollars to ... We. Can't. Even. Worse, in recent years, some of the biggest and best known of these military charity associations have been hit with some less than stellar accu... more

  • The Best Apps for Military Families

    Soldier using iPhone 600x400

    Military life is hard, but there’s an app for that. We polled our staff and asked our readers what apps make their military lives easier. Here is what they said. WhatsApp. Use this messaging app to exchange text messages and phone calls with your spouse while he or she is deployed. Best part? If you miss a call, you can use the app to call him or her back (provided you are both in an area with WiFi). Score. Couple. Like the WhatsApp, the... more

  • How to Support Our Troops Through Giving

    A member of the 123rd Airlift Wing gets a welcome-home hug from loved ones at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky.  (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

    When service defines your family, finding new ways to serve and give back is almost second nature. For many military families, that means after the house is paid off, the car and insurance are taken care of, gas is in the car, and the kids are all set, finding a way to give to charity from whatever is leftover is important. In fact, the average American household donates just over $2.900 to charities every year, according to the National ... more

  • How to Join a Family Readiness Group

    Military families arrive at Travis Air Force Base, California, on flight from Japan. Airman 1st Class Michael Battles/Air Force

    Maybe you know it as a Family Readiness Group (FRG). Or maybe you call yours a Family Readiness Program, Key Spouse program, Ombudsman Program, or Work-Life Program. No matter what you call your FRG, one thing is universal: If you want to join, make sure your spouse has your most accurate, up-to-date contact information and knows you want to be involved. Hesitant? Don't be. See here for why you should get on the roster today, even if you... more

  • How to Get Prepared and Ride Out a Hurricane

     Skies begin to darken as Hurricane Joaquin passes through the region, seen from Nassau, Bahamas, early Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Hurricane Joaquin dumped torrential rains across the eastern and central Bahamas as a Category 4 storm. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

    Adios landlocked living -- you just got orders to an installation on the coast. But coastal living isn't all flip-flops and sunscreen. It's important to understand one of Mother Nature's most violent storms -- the hurricane -- because living on the coast makes you a target. Cyclone, typhoon, hurricane. Although the name changes by location, this is one violent storm. Not only can it bring severe winds up to 155 miles per hour and heavy rainfa... more

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