Family and Spouse

Dempsey Offers Humor, Song to Children at Annual TAPS Seminar

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey entertained children taking part in a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors’ Good Grief Camp in Crystal City, Va., on May 22, 2015. Bryant Jordan/

It's not that Army Gen. Martin Dempsey stopped being the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for an hour or so on Friday when he joined about 500 children and their families in Washington, D.C., for a three-day visit organized by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. But he did set aside some of the seriousness required for his po... more

Name a Service Puppy, Honor a Service Member

Parents, spouses and friends of fallen troops who fear that their loved one will be forgotten can get help from an organization that serves veterans and wounded warriors through both training service dogs and placing them in permanent homes remembers service members in a unique way — by naming puppies after them. Warrior Canine Connection (WCC) ... more

Can a JAG Help with Divorce?

In this week's Questions and Benefits column, a military spouse tells us that she heard she can go to the on-base JAG to help get a divorce from a service member — but only if the service member hasn't contacted the JAG first. Is this true? To find out, and for more on this issue, see the Questions and Benefits column. more

Navy Proposes Extending Childcare Hours, Doubling Maternity Leave

Construction Mechanic 2nd Class Jeff Reyes, assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), meets his baby for the first time as the ship arrives in Norfolk in 2013. Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Sabrina Fine/Navy

A new Navy proposal could double the maternity leave for all female  service members while extending hours at Navy and Marine Corps childcare centers across those services, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Wednesday. The maternity proposal would extend federally mandated paid maternity leave for troops from six weeks to 12 weeks and would r... more

Legislation Would Ease Gun Restrictions for Military Spouses

Caption: A Marine spouse shoots a target with a M9 9mm pistol. (U.S. Marine Corps)

Military spouses could be able to purchase a handgun in any state without first becoming a resident if recently proposed legislation is passed into law. Under current federal law, active duty service members can purchase handguns in any state without proving they are state residents. But that law does not extend to their spouses, who must f... more

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