Family and Spouse

Former Spouses Protection Act: Reader Confusion

Recent reader comments have highlighted confusion about the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act (USFSPA). For a full rundown of comments received, and answers to the answers to these questions, visit more

Effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam Vets' Kids

Are you a Vietnam veteran or the family member of a Vietnam veteran? ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot newspaper are exploring the ways children of Vietnam veterans may be affected by a parent's exposure to Agent Orange. To help, take the short survey on the website. For more veteran and family support resources, see this Milit... more

United Way Announces Initiative in Florida

The Heart of Florida United Way has announced its new, wide-ranging veterans' initiative called "Mission United" with the goal of being a one-stop shop for the 110,000 former service members in Central Florida and their families. The program makes the United Way's 2-1-1 help line a gateway for veterans to get services. When they call, they will ... more

Do I Have to Tip the Commissary Baggers?

One of our readers shopped at the commissary and a bagger helped her out to her car. She has heard that commissary baggers should be tipped because they don't get paid otherwise. Do they really work for free? For more, see this Questions and Benefits Q&A. more

Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal for Gay Military Couples in All 50 States

Capt. Dawn Tanner and Dana McCown, a retired lieutenant colonel, share their first glimpse of each other before their wedding ceremony in Omaha, Neb., May 3, 2013. (U.S. Air Force Courtesy Photo/Capt. Dawn Tanner)

The Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling declaring the states have no legal right "to refuse to recognize a lawful same-sex marriage performed in another state on the ground of its same-sex character." The decision is a victory for advocates of marriage equality, including an Army Reservist whose New York marriage to another man has not b... more

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