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Military Dependent ID Cards

The Military ID card is an essential part of accessing your benefits, without it you may not be able to get on base, go to the commissary, child care, or get health care. The Department of Defense issues eligible dependents and other eligible individuals a distinct identification card (ID) authorizing them to receive Uniformed Services benefits... more

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Connecting With Loved Ones During Deployment

One of the major problems while as basic training or serving in combat is being away from loved ones. On some occasions, military personnel can’t even get to a phone or the internet, missing important holidays and birthdays. As someone who has given advice to thousands of recruits going to basic training, I will share with you my top three ways ... more

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Tips for Handling Deployment with Your Children

1. Be truthful Children can often sense when they are not being told the truth. As soon as servicemembers and their families start to plan for the deployment, they should sit down and talk openly and honestly with their children. Some parents worry that talking about it too far in advance will only give children more time to worry about the dep... more

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What to Send Someone Who is Deployed

Receiving a care package from home can be a real morale booster for a deployed service member. Choosing and packing the contents of the package will also help you feel closer to your loved one. Your service member will undoubtedly appreciate anything you send, but some things are particularly useful, and some items can't be sent at all. Before p... more

Servicemember and Family Guide to Post-Deployment

This information guide is intended to help address redeployment issues and concerns you or your family might have. The reuniting process involves changes for both you and your family. Knowing what to expect, how to deal with the changes and where to get help, can make homecoming enjoyable and less stressful for everyone. OVERVIEW Redeployment ... more

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