Family and Spouse

AF Implements Maternity Leave Changes

Active-duty female Airmen will now receive up to 12 continuous, non-transferable weeks of fully paid maternity leave. This new policy applies to all Airmen in the active-duty component and those Reserve component service members on orders to active service for a continuous period of at least 12 months. Airmen who are currently on maternity leave... more

Sesame Street Launches Website

The Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, recently launched a website devoted to helping families cope with the changes associated with transitioning into civilian life. Sesame Workshop contains resources that military parents can use to help their families communicate through the transition process. The Department of... more

Budget Proposal Includes Retiree Tricare Fee Hikes

The new Defense Department budget proposal for 2017 sent today to Congress drastically increases the cost of healthcare for military retirees under 65 and reorganizes the current Tricare system, but otherwise includes few other major military family program reforms. Under the new proposal the primary three Tricare options — Tricare Prime, Tricar... more

Married People Date in Packs

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It's Valentine's Day week and romance is on everyone's mind, particularly people in the dating world. We married people sometimes forget about the agonies of single life. From our peanut-butter-handprints-on-the-back-door-and-bare-feet-on-Lego perspectives, single life can seem like a neverending loop of champagne brunches and sparkling clean c... more

GI Bill Transfer Rules Unchanged, Housing Allowance Cut

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An eleventh-hour change to Department of Veterans Affairs legislation scrapped a plan by lawmakers to increase the service obligation required for troops who wish to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children. The bill, which was passed by the House yesterday, originally included a provision requiring troops to serve... more

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