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December 06, 2013
- Approximately 800 trees were delivered to Pendleton for the annual Trees for Troops giveaway Dec. 6.
November 07, 2013
- The demanding training schedule Marines go through to be combat ready takes its toll on service members' relationships, whether single or married. These problems can hinder Marines' abilities to stay focused on the mission and put them in harm's way.
November 05, 2013
- In a show of commitment and support to those who serve alongside uniformed service members, 60 new corporations joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership in an induction ceremony here today.
October 31, 2013
- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today directed the chief of the National Guard Bureau to meet with the adjutants general of nine states to resolve the issue of those states denying ID cards to same-sex spouses at National Guard facilities.
October 09, 2013
- Amid the government shutdown, service members and their families still must face the unique challenges associated with multiple moves and more than a decade of war, so a Pentagon official has listed available resources on the "DOD Live" blog.
October 04, 2013
- The Lifestyle Insight Networking Knowledge and Skills organization held a special class at the Officers' Club Sept. 28, 2013 which brought Combat Center spouses together to help prepare them for the 238th Annual Marine Corps Birthday Ball.
September 27, 2013
- The Soldiers whose regimental crest bears the words "assist, protect and defend," celebrated the 72nd anniversary of the Military Police Corps at Fort Belvoir, Va., Sept. 26.
September 20, 2013
- To honor employers who support their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserves, President Barack Obama today signed a proclamation declaring Sept. 22-28 as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.
August 28, 2013
- The Defense Department has broadened its reach to military spouses looking for jobs through its new Spouse Ambassador Network, an arm of the department's Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, the program's director said here Aug 27.
August 20, 2013
- DOD facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials said today.
August 15, 2013
- When Dawn McClure found out there were openings in the American Military Spouses Choir, she propped her smartphone on the mantel, recorded an audition piece and submitted it to the Center for American Military Music Opportunities for consideration.
August 14, 2013
- Today, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees, according to a DOD news release issued today.
August 13, 2013
- An Army couple deployed to Afghanistan take the bad with the good to serve together.
August 12, 2013
- Nine pills in one hand, a glass of pop in the other, she was on the verge of swallowing death.
August 06, 2013
- A group that got its start in Army Entertainment is the driving force behind the American Military Spouses Choir, an
August 05, 2013
- A White House and Defense Department challenge to hire 50,000 military spouses by the end of 2015 surpassed its goal Aug. 1.
July 31, 2013
- Airmen projected to deploy or have recently returned from a deployment can participate in the PLAYpass Get out and Play Program and save $500 to $1,000 on installation programs.
July 23, 2013
- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III visited Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., July 19 to thank the team as well as provide some insights on current Air Force issues.
July 23, 2013
- The clouds that plagued the sky earlier in the ceremony parted, and sun rays illuminated the newly retired sergeant major's face as he stood, microphone in hand, and collected his thoughts for his final words.
July 16, 2013
- A Brooke Army Medical Center team made medical history last week by completing the military's first trans-Atlantic movement of an adult on external lung support.
July 05, 2013
- Sonya Rayford Cage, spouse of Allied Joint Force Command Naples member, Maj. Ernest Cage, was awarded the 2013 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year for her outstanding support to local military personnel and their families.
June 25, 2013
- Troops from the Indonesian army and the U.S. Army gave free medical treatment and dental screenings to over 200 local residents at a public health day held at the Kostrad Medical Clinic here on June 19.
June 15, 2013
- The Town Of Quantico's Father's Day Flotilla event held at the town's Municipal Park on Saturday went better than expected according to Kevin Brown, mayor of the Town of Quantico.
May 27, 2013
- The sacrifices of the men and women who have served the United States in uniform are the source of the nation's strength, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here last night.
May 23, 2013
- Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III send the following Memorial Day message to Airmen of the U.S. Air Force and their families:
May 18, 2013
- Active duty line of the Air Force captains, majors and lieutenant colonels interested in attaché duty could find themselves on an international affairs team in Switzerland, Venezuela, Burma and others.
May 08, 2013
- When Fort Carson, Colo., reduced its identification card waiting time from 45 minutes to five minutes, it was a mile marker in the Defense Department's goal to cut the waiting process, a DOD official said.
May 03, 2013
- Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, told a gathering of military wives today that the deployment of her son Beau to Iraq in 2008 made her realize the sacrifices military families repeatedly endure.
April 29, 2013
- Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said.
April 29, 2013
- First Lady Michelle Obama today unveiled the new Information Technology Training and Certification Partnership to put thousands of service members to work with industry-recognized IT certifications in hand before they leave the military.
April 27, 2013
- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff returned today from a week in Northeast Asia that he spent exploring possibilities in China and seeking to strengthen allied capabilities against a sustained threat of nuclear attack from North Korea.
April 26, 2013
- Air Force senior leaders, along with counterparts from each of the services, testified about the current state of military personnel programs before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee April 24.
April 23, 2013
- The arena erupted with cheers as the Colorado Avalanche took the ice for the pregame warm-up donning special camouflage jerseys as a show of support for the men and women who serve the nation in uniform, here, April 21, 2013.
April 17, 2013
- First Lady Michelle Obama joined Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley today at the State House here as the governor signed into law the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013.
April 12, 2013
- Compassion, faith and patriotism earned five youths, each representing a service branch, acclaim from senior leaders during the 5th Annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pentagon City here April 12.
April 04, 2013
- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody and their spouses were at Barksdale Air Force Base April 2-3 to visit with Airmen and see the Air Force Global Strike Command mission firsthand.
April 04, 2013
- Life through the eyes of military children through their paintings, drawings and writings was on public display at the Education Department here today to celebrate the Month of the Military Child.
March 25, 2013
- As service members start to receive their orders for summer moves, it's time for working spouses to update resumes, start networking for job opportunities and contact career counselors at their new locations, a Pentagon official recommends.
March 22, 2013
- Defense Department officials recognize that an unemployed spouse can affect a service member's retention, so efforts continue to allow spouses' professional licenses to transfer from state to state.
March 20, 2013
- Bearing a large Easter basket brimming with cookies, First Lady Michelle Obama visited seven families of recuperating service members at Fisher House No. 4 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center here today.
March 19, 2013
- Los Angeles class-attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London following a seven-month regularly scheduled deployment, March 19.
March 14, 2013
- "If it has to do with Soldiers' and Families' morale, welfare or well-being, it's my lane." This is how Dena Hallman sums up her role as a recruiting battalion Soldier and Family Assistance program manager.
February 28, 2013
- The annual Army Emergency Relief Campaign begins March 1, and continues through May 15, with this year's campaign slogan being: "Supporting Soldiers and their families, yesterday, today and tomorrow."
February 25, 2013
- As the war in Afghanistan winds down and more than 1 million veterans return to civilian life, the nation's responsibility to help them in that transition will ramp up, First Lady Michelle Obama told the National Governors Association at the White House.
February 11, 2013
- Calling it "a matter of fundamental equity," Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today signed a memorandum to the service secretaries and the Pentagon's top personnel official extending benefits to same-sex partners of service members.
January 29, 2013
- A new education program offers a "win-win" approach to helping military community members further their careers while aiding the Defense Department's family support and child and youth development services, a Pentagon official said.
January 29, 2013
- An estimated 3,000 volunteers showed up to Arlington National Cemetery Saturday morning to help clean up holiday wreaths which adorned gravesites for almost six weeks.
January 20, 2013
- From the opening notes of Grammy winner and multi-platinum recording star Usher to the final thanks of singer Katy Perry, military families all over the world were treated to a special thanks here last night.
January 03, 2013
- With a simple idea and their fallen Marine son's Servicemembers Group Life Insurance check, a retired soldier and his wife are honoring his memory through a program that's bringing new hope and self-confidence to wounded warriors.
January 02, 2013
- The Defense Department continues to ensure the well-being of service members and their families through no-cost, short-term, non-medical counseling in the interests of military and family readiness, a defense official said.
December 22, 2012
- During the weekly address from the White House, President Obama and his wife Michelle wished service members, veterans and their families a happy holiday season, and called on all Americans to remember those in harm's way.
December 19, 2012
- Matt Hendricks, a member of the National Hockey League who plays for the Washington Capitals, said he "met a lot of tremendous men and women" during this year's USO holiday tour sponsored by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
December 11, 2012
- Air Force Television News released a new edition of Today's Air Force on Dec. 10.
November 16, 2012
- A panel of military family members gathered here Nov. 15, with many of the nation's most influential journalists, civil servants and decorated service members to discuss the challenges of being a military family member.
November 15, 2012
- If you're newly married, newly divorced, have dependent children or have a child who was born out of wedlock you may be confused about military benefits.
November 14, 2012
- The Defense Service Office, Pacific (DSO) began service alongside the Regional Legal Service Office (RLSO) on the second floor of the Personnel Support Detachment Building onboard Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Nov. 9.
November 11, 2012
- President Barack Obama laid a flowered wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns today in a traditional display of remembrance and gratitude for every service member who has worn the nation's uniform.
October 29, 2012
- A group of professional athletes served a group of service men and women, wounded warriors, veterans and mothers of fallen heroes at "Salute to the Stars," a luncheon that honored America's bravest.
October 26, 2012
- As three-year-old Joey Carpenter peddled his tricycle over crackling autumn leaves on the driveway, his mother smiled through stifled tears, for she knew her son would now have a stable home in which to grow up.
October 17, 2012
- More than 500 job seekers networked with employers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Military Spouse Hiring Fair at the Pacific Views Event Center here Oct. 11.
October 16, 2012
- Finding solace in a deployed environment can come in many ways. For deployed service members, one thing's for sure: nothing beats seeing the one thing keeping the wheels turning - family.
October 16, 2012
- Spouses of Marines and sailors competed in the Spouses Lejeune Area Kickball Association or SLAKA Oct. 13-14. Most of the spouses were wives of Marines and sailors aboard Camp Lejeune.
October 06, 2012
- The Navy Family Program of Hampton Roads honored area ombudsmen with a special appreciation dinner held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Oct. 4, which was attended by the ombudsmen of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
October 05, 2012
- The Navy's ombudsman at large visited Naval Air Station Jacksonville Oct. 3 as part of her Southeast Region military installation tour to connect with base ombudsmen and learn more about installation facilities.
September 19, 2012
- With the 2012 national election less than 60 days away, Air Force officials are encouraging service members and U.S. citizens stationed overseas to request their absentee ballots.
September 10, 2012
- Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam held an appreciation dinner for the ombudsman of Commander Navy Region Hawaii; Commander, Submarine Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet; and Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2, Sept. 7.
September 04, 2012
- The Recovering Airmen Mentorship Program connects wounded, injured or ill Airmen who are well along in their recovery with those who are just beginning the journey.
August 31, 2012
- The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing is now home to the first Airman and Family Readiness Center in the Southwest Asia area of responsibility. The center opened its doors and added family members to those they serve following the ribbon cutting ceremony Aug.
August 31, 2012
- The Patriot Group, Inc. hosted a job fair at the Pacific Views Event Center on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Aug. 30.
August 24, 2012
- Thirty-two Army spouses are now qualified to serve as master resilience trainers after completing a pilot program identical to the one Soldiers take to become MRTs under what was formerly called Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, or CSF.
August 22, 2012
- The White House initiative to hire veterans and military spouses has surpassed its goals, having led to the hiring or training of more than 125,000 veterans and spouses in the past year, First Lady Michelle Obama announced today.
August 15, 2012
- When Tech. Sgts. Gena and Barry Armstrong received orders to Korea, their marriage had gone through some rough patches and they had all but decided divorce seemed like a good idea.
August 10, 2012
- Both outgoing and incoming Air Force chiefs of staff paid tribute to airmen and their families during the transition of responsibility ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., today.
August 09, 2012
- During the final days of a 39-year career, the Air Force's top Airman stood beside his wife as they were both recognized for their distinguished service in a modest ceremony before close colleagues and family members here Aug. 9.
July 31, 2012
- President Barack Obama has made helping veterans find civilian employment and reintegrate into the nation's workforce and economy a top priority, according to a White House fact sheet released July 19.
July 29, 2012
- In front of an enthusiastic crowd eager to witness presentation of the first medals of the London Olympic Games, Jamie Gray, wife of a U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit soldier, competed in women's 10-meter air rifle yesterday.
July 03, 2012
- Eligible military members and federal civilian employees who face financial loss when selling their primary residence may receive compensation, provided they apply for the Expanded Homeowners Assistance Program by Sept. 30.
June 20, 2012
- Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter visited service members in the coastal low country of South Carolina on June 18, urging the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen who serve the nation here to think about the future.
June 19, 2012
- Donors, wing leaders and distinguished guests were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony of a new playground at the Fisher House for Families of the Fallen June 18 here.
June 06, 2012
- The average American household has $54,000 of debt, according to statis-ticbrain.com. Twenty per-cent of 18 to 24 year old Americans say they have debt hardships.
May 16, 2012
- Military spouses need only the focused attention of employers to improve hiring for the benefit of both sides, a military family advocate who works for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said today.
May 04, 2012
- Preventing motorcycle accidents and fatalities remains a top priority for Defense Department leaders, a senior defense official said today, with training and awareness reducing the number of incidents.
April 27, 2012
- President Barack Obama, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, today visited with 3rd Infantry Division soldiers at Fort Stewart, Ga., and discussed a new executive order that helps to safeguard military education benefits.
April 18, 2012
- Veterans hiring, one of the objectives contained in the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative area of "continuum of service", was the focus of an important panel discussion at the 2012 Sea-Air-Space Exposition in National Harbor, Md. April 18.
April 13, 2012
- With the release of an annual report today on sexual assault in the military, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta vowed to continue fighting to stamp out the crime among service members.
April 06, 2012
- First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden today announced the five winners and "The People's Choice Winner" of the Joining Forces Community Challenge.
April 04, 2012
- First lady Michelle Obama today announced a new hiring effort intended to deliver thousands of portable, flexible job opportunities to military spouses and veterans in the coming years.
March 27, 2012
- Representatives from Navy Personnel Command will conduct a Post Enlisted Retention Board (ERB) fleet engagement April 2, for Sailors, families and leadership in Gulfport, Miss., to discuss ERB processes and transition assistance.
March 10, 2012
- Off-duty accidents and illnesses were among the leading causes of death for Sailors in calendar year 2011, said a Navy official March 9.
March 01, 2012
- The president of the Naval War College kicked off the start of the 2012 Active Duty Fund Drive for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), Newport, March 1, in a ceremony at Naval Station Newport.
February 28, 2012
- Over the course of 18 months, a friendly game between the spouses of two Marine units has turned into a full-fledged kickball league boasting 24 teams.
February 28, 2012
- Family members and friends of 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, have been doing some exercise lately and it's enough to go to Afghanistan and back-which is exactly what they are trying to do.
February 27, 2012
- First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, today urged the nation's governors to remove employment barriers for military spouses with professional licenses.
February 24, 2012
- The Defense Department is making "tremendous" strides in its efforts to ease employment challenges for military spouses with occupational licenses, a DOD official said here yesterday.
February 15, 2012
- Officials are hoping efforts to address military spouses' ongoing issues with obtaining occupational licenses after a move will help to remove career barriers and reduce an unemployment rate.
February 15, 2012
- Alongside the nation's top defense officials, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, unveiled a new report today that spotlights military spouses' employment challenges.
February 09, 2012
- The spouse of an NCO stationed here made her national television debut as a "Wheel of Fortune" contestant Feb. 6.
February 09, 2012
- Civic leaders from 32 states and Guam were briefed on wounded warrior care and support to military families during the Air Force Chief of Staff's Civic Leader Program annual conference here recently.
January 31, 2012
- The former commander of the 4th Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., is one of four service members to have been accepted into the 15-member 2011-2012 class of White House Fellows.
January 30, 2012
- First Lady Michelle Obama today announced a series of measures intended to increase the nation's support for caregivers of wounded, ill and injured service members.
January 18, 2012
- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta took the podium at the Pentagon briefing room today to announce new policies and respond to reporters' questions on an issue he called a top priority: sexual assault in the military.
January 12, 2012
- As the U.S. Navy prepares to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a book authored by U.S. Naval War College (NWC) professor entitled, "Utmost Gallantry: The U.S. and Royal Navies at Sea in the War of 1812" hit the bookstands.
January 11, 2012
- Airmen now have another option when it comes to choosing a caretaker for their children, pets and homes and even tutors.
January 06, 2012
- Representatives from Navy Personnel Command's fleet engagement team will meet with Sailors, families and leadership in Japan and Hawaii this month to discuss personnel policies and force management measures impacting the fleet, officials said Jan. 6.
January 05, 2012
- The chief of naval operations (CNO) presented the Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale Leadership Award to two commanders at the Pentagon in the Hall of Heroes Jan. 5.
November 23, 2011
- If you want to send cookies or crocheted underwear to your Soldier overseas and have it in his hands before Christmas, the time to drop it in the mail is now -- or at the latest, Dec. 17.
November 10, 2011
- You're never too old to stop learning, and Air Force libraries offer opportunities for self-improvement and personal development through the Universal Class program.
November 08, 2011
- A civilian Department of Defense employee here recently received the Association of the U.S. Army's DOD Civilian of the Year for the Pacific Region award.
November 07, 2011
- With hundreds of military families gathered here, Sesame Workshop unveiled a new collection of resources Nov. 7 designed to help children stay connected with military loved ones.
November 03, 2011
- Later this month, a group of 17 family members who care for wounded warriors, as well as surviving spouses of fallen service members, will gather at Syracuse University in New York to learn how to start and run their own businesses.
October 27, 2011
- Army Emergency Relief has increased the amount of its grants to wounded warriors evacuated from theater.
October 25, 2011
- Military medicine is seeking additional ways to help patients manage their pain instead of just prescribing powerful drugs, the chief of staff of the Army's pain management task force said here today.
October 25, 2011
- President Barack Obama is using executive action to create new jobs for veterans in support of the American Jobs Act, a senior White House official said today during a conference call.
October 20, 2011
- Cancer survivors, both those free of or living with the disease, brought their battle against the illness to Patch Barracks to remind the Stuttgart military community that there's no quitting the fight until there's a cure.
October 20, 2011
- Like many others, Schantel Thomas did not see her boyfriend as abusive. She thought he acted out of love. Looking back now, she sees him for what he was -- abusive -- and wants to help others break the cycle of abuse.
August 19, 2011
- The change of command ceremony Aug. 12 was unique for Air University, as Lt. Gen. David Fadok became the organization's first president and 29th commander.
August 17, 2011
- About a year ago, Air Force Maj. Nicholas Sabula received word of an upcoming assignment following his deployment in Afghanistan.
August 05, 2011
- President Barack Obama today announced a series of administration initiatives to help military veterans find jobs.
August 02, 2011
- TRICARE will continue to provide coverage for family members if a sponsor dies. Options and costs will vary based on the sponsor's military status when he or she dies and if the surviving beneficiary is a spouse or child.
August 01, 2011
- Retired Army 1st Sgt. Renee Floyd wasn't about to let a disability stop her from realizing her dream of having her own business.
July 21, 2011
- Families from the Army and the Air Force shared the honors July 21, 2011, as the National Military Family Association's 2011 Family of the Year for their service to the nation and their communities.
July 18, 2011
- The wife of a California Air National Guard pilot and mother of three has been named the Air Force Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse Magazine and Armed Forces Insurance.
July 06, 2011
- Patients enrolled in TRICARE's Parent Review program are giving high marks to this outreach.
July 01, 2011
- National Guard and reserve members and their families deserve the thanks and support of a grateful nation, first lady Michelle Obama said in Vermont yesterday.
June 30, 2011
- In an effort to address military spouses' employment challenges, the Defense Department launched a program June 29 to expand career opportunities for military spouses worldwide, and to recognize the skills and talents they bring to the employment table.
June 28, 2011
- The Air Force Enlisted Village is offering the only remaining full- and half-marathon slots in exchange for raising funds for the charity, according to a news release.
June 25, 2011
- As the nation works to overcome its May-reported 9.1 percent unemployment rate, efforts are underway to assist U.S. military veterans and their spouses in their search for jobs in the civilian sector.
June 15, 2011
- Army senior leaders and the president and chief executive officer of Operation Homefront, Jim Knotts, marked the launch of the "Army Homefront Fund" during a ceremony here, June 13, 2011.
June 07, 2011
- The date, March 11, 2011, will never be forgotten by many people. It was the day that a 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan.
June 04, 2011
- First Lady Michelle Obama lauded the graduating seniors of Quantico Middle/High School here last night for their strength, resilience and maturity as they came of age in military families during a time of war.
June 02, 2011
- For beneficiaries with specific mental or physical disabilities, TRICARE's Extended Care Health Option provides benefits, including financial assistance that is not available through the basic TRICARE program.
June 01, 2011
- The road to higher education can be a little easier for members of Air Force clubs around the world, or their dependents, through the 2011 Club Membership Scholarship program, officials said.
May 25, 2011
- Two French air force pilots are currently calling Moody Air Force Base, Ga., home.
May 23, 2011
- Family members, friends, Marines and city officials gathered for the fifth annual American Hero Awards May 20, 2011, at Sywanyks Scarlet & Gold nightclub in downtown Jacksonville, N.C.
May 15, 2011
- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he had doubts about intelligence leading up to the U.S. Navy SEAL raid that killed 9/11-attack mastermind and al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.
May 06, 2011
- President Barack Obama has declared May 6 Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
May 05, 2011
- Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON)(SS/SW) Rick D. West and his wife, Bobbi, Ombudsman-at-Large, released the following Military Spouse Appreciation Day message to the Fleet May 6.
May 03, 2011
- Building resilience and providing long-term support are keys to strengthening military families and better equipping them to weather the frequent, multiple deployments so prevalent in this decade of war, the wife of the nation's top military officer said.
April 27, 2011
- The Defense Department is working to expand and integrate its network of military and civilian helping professionals to ensure military families receive the support and care they need for years to come.
April 25, 2011
- First Lady Michelle Obama stood tall behind a podium in the White House's East Room, her husband close at hand, as she addressed a packed audience of high-ranking military and government officials.
April 22, 2011
- The United Service Organizations warehouse on Fort Belvoir was alive with children's laughter and ringing bells Thursday during the organization's third-annual children's stuffing party hosted by Operation USO Care Package.
April 14, 2011
- First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, visited Brooke Army Medical Center Wednesday as part of their two-day tour to launch a national initiative called "Joining Forces."
April 12, 2011
- First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched an "unprecedented" national initiative today that calls on all sectors of society to join forces to support and honor service members and their families.
April 11, 2011
- Military children of servicemembers who died or who were seriously disabled in the line of duty might be eligible for a college education through the Fisher House Foundation.
April 08, 2011
- Military children of service members who died or who were seriously disabled in the line of duty might be eligible for a college education through the Fisher House Foundation.
April 01, 2011
- Service members serving outside of the United States -- including those supporting operations in Libya and Japan -- will receive an automatic two-month tax filing extension this year, officials said.
March 29, 2011
- U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility and Japan Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) Yokosuka has been heavily involved with Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) in coordinated efforts.
March 23, 2011
- Service members and their families have a few tax advantages at their disposal, as well as a few extra days in which to complete their taxes this year, a Defense Department tax expert said.
March 02, 2011
- Years ago, Holly Petraeus and her husband, then a young Army officer, went shopping for a new desk.
February 28, 2011
- Dr. Jill Biden and first lady Michelle Obama will campaign to raise awareness of military families, the vice president's wife told spouses of National Guard adjutants general Feb. 28.
February 18, 2011
- Defense Department officials lauded the top National Guard and Reserve family programs here Feb. 18 calling family support a vital component of mission readiness.
February 09, 2011
- There are more than 100 Navy Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Centers around the world now open for business, ready to assist Sailors and their family members with their taxes.
February 08, 2011
- Leadership that builds resilience in servicemembers and their families starting with the first day of basic training is essential to the U.S. military's future, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.
February 03, 2011
- From benefits and compensation to education and training, an online directory is providing wounded warriors, veterans and their families a direct connection to thousands of state, local and national resources.
February 02, 2011
- The government's new military family support effort will have a resounding impact on resources and programs for military children and youth in the months and years ahead, a Defense Department official said.
February 01, 2011
- The "Strengthening Our Military Families" commitment President Barack Obama announced last week is a "tremendous initiative," the nation's top military officer said yesterday.
February 01, 2011
- The long wait is almost over for families of III Corps' Special Troops Battalion Soldiers. Banners are hung, hair and beauty appointments have been made, and the days have been steadily blacked out on the calendar.
February 01, 2011
- The "Strengthening Our Military Families" commitment President Barack Obama announced last week is a "tremendous initiative," the nation's top military officer said Jan. 31.
January 27, 2011
- First Lady Michelle Obama visited Fort Jackson today to learn from Army leaders about how childhood obesity and physical inactivity affects military readiness and what the Army does to combat these effects.
January 26, 2011
- Collaboration is at the heart of the government's new military family support directive and is the key to supporting service members and their families in the months and years ahead, a Defense Department official said today.
January 24, 2011
- White House officials have released a report that unveils a new, governmentwide approach to military family support and details a sweeping, interagency effort under way to strengthen families and enhance their well-being and quality of life.
January 05, 2011
- A nonprofit organization is giving Americans the chance to sing the praises of a group often called the nation's unsung heroes: military children.
January 04, 2011
- Just four days after the New Year's Eve tornado struck Fort Leonard Wood Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. visited the installation to view the extensive damage.
January 03, 2011
- To further advocate for veterans, VA officials have announced that companies identifying themselves as small businesses or veteran-owned businesses to gain priority for some Department of Veterans Affairs contracts.
December 30, 2010
- With the presents unwrapped and stockings bare, my thoughts have finally turned to the New Year and my resolutions for the year ahead.
December 30, 2010
- The words "Heart Link" may evoke a mental image of animated cartoon hearts holding hands or perhaps the infamous paper heart chain that has become a staple around school rooms during Valentine's Day.
December 16, 2010
- A Department of Veterans Affairs homeless-prevention program, which seeks to help veterans and families who are on the verge of becoming homeless, has moved closer to implementation.
December 07, 2010
- For the first time, America officially recognizes the contributions and dedication of military widows with 'Gold Star Wives Day.'
December 02, 2010
- Inside a one-story building undergoing renovations at the far side of the commissary parking lot here, families of fallen soldiers are getting the support and services they need and reassurance that the Army won't forget them or their sacrifices.
December 01, 2010
- First Lady Michelle Obama today welcomed Marine Corps families to the White House for an event that highlighted the Toys for Tots charity and allowed military children to make holiday crafts with the first lady.
November 29, 2010
- When the time came to chose a guest of honor for the Marine Air Support Squadron 3 Marine Corps ball, the squadron chain of command made an interesting decision: they chose squadron family members to be the "guests of honor."
November 25, 2010
- Decked out in utilities and physical training gear, spouses of Marines and sailors were given a chance to experience a day in their husband's shoes during the Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron Jane Wayne Day here Saturday.
November 24, 2010
- With almost all the 101st Airborne Division deployed to Afghanistan, military spouses here have their hands full taking care of each other.
November 24, 2010
- Amy Scarpulla hopes her deployed husband can call home tomorrow before the final Thanksgiving meal dish is rinsed and the last of the turkey leftovers are packed away in the fridge.
November 20, 2010
- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday outlined the Defense Department's efforts to strengthen families, bolster education opportunities and ensure a good future for its veterans -- and he asked for help.
November 18, 2010
- Everyone's life is a story, and the Defense Department will help 10 servicemembers and an Army spouse tell their stories as part of the TEDxPentagon Web event Nov. 19.
November 16, 2010
- Young children from military families are more likely to seek mental and behavioral health care when a parent is deployed than when a parent is at home, a military study has concluded.
November 15, 2010
- Department of Veterans Affairs officials announced Nov. 9 an important program designed to provide enhanced services to low-income veterans and their families who are at risk of being homeless.
November 12, 2010
- Members of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury "Real Warriors" campaign are working to deliver the message that resources and tools are available for veterans seeking treatment for invisible wounds of war.
November 11, 2010
- Shovels flew and sod unrolled as volunteers turned out here yesterday as part of a Mission Serve Veterans Day kick-off event to help put the finishing touches on a Habitat for Humanity home.
November 04, 2010
- With Veterans Day around the corner, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, sat down with reporters this week to raise visibility on issues important to military families and veterans.
November 01, 2010
- President Barack Obama signed a proclamation designating November as Military Family Month.
October 17, 2010
- Nearly 200 Sailors met at the Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Bremerton Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) auditorium for a women's leadership symposium, Oct. 15.
October 12, 2010
- Spouses of Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division participated in a Spouse's Spur Ride, Oct. 8, here on Fort Hood.
October 12, 2010
- Human resources leaders from across the post and other locations met here Oct. 5 to develop strategies to deal with the impact.
October 05, 2010
- The Camp Desert Kids program is geared toward helping military children become familiar with the unique part of the world their parents are deployed to.
September 28, 2010
- Military spouses stepped into their husbands' shoes for a day during 1st Armored Division's Combat Spouses Day at the Rheinblick Outdoor Recreation Complex Sept. 22, 2010.
September 27, 2010
- The Department of Defense announced Sept. 27 Absentee Voting Week, which lasts from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, to help service members and civilians serving outside their home states make their votes count.
September 23, 2010
- Defense Department officials are urging servicemembers to be aware of identity theft and are providing ways for them to protect themselves, the director of DOD's personal finance office said.
September 21, 2010
- A group of service members with 1st Marine Logistics Group said goodbye to their families before leaving Camp Pendleton to join the fight in Afghanistan, Sept. 17.
September 17, 2010
- When Korean War veteran Fred Brady, now age 84, had last set foot in South Korea, the country was in the throes of a brutal conflict that left devastation at every turn.
September 15, 2010
- Deployed loved ones aren't the only ones who bear the burden of an overseas tour and for their time and efforts on the home front, four "Key Volunteers" were commended at the Commissioned Officers Club, at Camp Lejeune, Sept. 8.
September 14, 2010
- I wanted to pass on the latest information about the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, known to most of us as MyCAA.
September 14, 2010
- With the recent home renovations throughout Camp Pendleton, Lincoln Memorial Housing is authorized by Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton's command to grant residents a discounted price toward their living expenses.
September 13, 2010
- More than 1,000 attendees were on hand for the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 13 at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md.
September 10, 2010
- A silent killer is rapidly infiltrating the military, claiming lives at an alarming rate each year.
September 07, 2010
- America's support of our troops and their families has been a welcome theme during this past decade of war. The stories of support are abundant, from top leaders encouraging Americans to salute troops to neighbors pitching in to help a deployed family.
September 03, 2010
- Enhanced leadership, ensuring recruits are compatible with military service and conducting better post-deployment screenings are among solutions the acting director of the Army National Guard recently suggested to reverse the spike in Soldier suicides.
September 02, 2010
- Airmen today face a strong challenge. The intense battle rhythm through constant deployments and reintegration after returning from those deployments causes stress physically, emotionally and psychologically, on both Airmen and their families.
September 01, 2010
- Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, lauded eight nonprofit organizations for their efforts to improve the quality of life for servicemembers and their families.
August 24, 2010
- Pentagon officials today mailed out 150,000 new "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" surveys, this time seeking input from military spouses about the potential repeal of the law that bars gay men and lesbians from serving openly, officials said.
August 20, 2010
- At the Air Force Sergeant's Association Professional Airmen's Conference here Aug. 18, the Air Force secretary emphasized his commitment to Airmen and their families.
August 20, 2010
- Mortgage loans guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to have the lowest rate for serious delinquency and foreclosures in the industry.
August 17, 2010
- More than 168 initiatives spread throughout 12 Air Mobility Command bases directly supporting Comprehensive Airman Fitness were approved for funding by command officials Aug. 11.
August 12, 2010
- H&R Block is offering a free income tax course for spouses of uniformed service members and wounded warriors.
August 05, 2010
- Returning the National Guard to its Cold War-era strategic reserve posture is not the answer when Defense leaders discuss the future, the Army's chief of staff said here yesterday.
August 04, 2010
- The official United States Air Force Facebook page reached new heights over the Aug. 1 weekend when the number of fans who "like" the page topped 100,000.
August 03, 2010
- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, traveled to New Orleans yesterday to address some of the challenges confronting our military families.
July 30, 2010
- Service members and spouses attended the Coping Strategies for the Uncertainties of Life class at the Russell Marine and Family Services Center on July 13 aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
July 23, 2010
- First Lady Michelle Obama today became the first-ever presidential spouse to christen a new U.S. Coast Guard cutter during a ceremony held in Pascagoula, Miss.
July 21, 2010
- Anyone is able to access and browse this Web site, but those who sign up on the site will have the opportunity to upload photos, videos and stories about how the Marine Corps has impacted them.
July 21, 2010
- The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program will resume Oct. 25, but with some significant changes to the popular spouse employment program, a defense official announced today.
July 19, 2010
- There are many customary ways of counting down special occasions in American culture. Christmas is preceded by advent calendars. Jailbirds make tic marks on cell walls.
July 15, 2010
- Sheet protectors, a frank discussion ahead of time and an 8x10 photo taped to the car seat -- these are a few of the tips Army spouse and mother Rebekah Sanderlin has come up with to help cope with family separations.
July 12, 2010
- Speaking on radio shows is not my favorite thing. I much prefer to be behind the scenes than in the spotlight. Still, I agreed to be on my second radio show today - Military Mom Talk Radio.
July 07, 2010
- At noon today, Defense Department officials e-mailed surveys to 400,000 servicemembers as part of a special review to prepare the military for a potential repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving,
July 06, 2010
- Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, strongly urges Soldiers to participate in a study that will help the service learn more about the causes of suicide and improve prevention efforts.
July 06, 2010
- "Sorry, you aren't going anywhere until your EFMP status is updated," is a distressing thing for a Soldier to hear as he or she is preparing to PCS.
July 04, 2010
- As the nation observes Independence Day, First Lady Michelle
July 01, 2010
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs is offering bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased's status as a veteran.
June 29, 2010
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced June 29 that the Department of Veterans Affairs is offering bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased's status as a veteran.
June 22, 2010
- Top U.S. and military leaders took part in a roundtable discussion with parents at the elementary school here today to gain greater insight into the education challenges military families face.
June 22, 2010
- An A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot assigned to the 358th Fighter Squadron here was one of 17 military officers selected by the George and Carol Olmsted Foundation to be a student in Olmsted Scholar Class of 2011.
June 17, 2010
- The Family Unit: Marriage and Motherhood was the topic of discussion during the recent women's symposium hosted by 3rd Marine Logistics Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, at the theater here, May 27.
June 17, 2010
- The 3rd Wing commander and his spouse were recognized for their contribution to the nation, the Air Force and the local community.
June 15, 2010
- To maintain the U.S. position of having the strongest military in the world, leaders must ensure that servicemembers and their families always "are the center of gravity," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said last night.
June 14, 2010
- He walked past two Airmen operating a dump truck. Minutes later, one Airman accidentally crushed the other to death with the truck's tail gate.
June 09, 2010
- Thoughts of relaxing on a beach, listening to waves crash against the shoreline while misty wind blow against sunbathed-skin, usually does not coincide with time spent on military installation.
June 08, 2010
- Next time clients need a will, power of attorney or just have a legal question, they can visit the new Air Force Legal Assistance website at https://aflegalassistance.law.af.mil.
June 08, 2010
- The Air Force Retiree Council meets annually at the Air Force Personnel Center here to discuss and act upon concerns and issues affecting nearly 790,000 retired Airmen and surviving spouses.
June 07, 2010
- Athletes from all over Southern California trudged along for 10 kilometers, covered in mud and sweat during the 2010 Camp Pendleton Mud Run at Lake O'Neil, June 5 and 6, with one more run scheduled for June 12.
June 03, 2010
- President Barack Obama has extended new benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees, including those within the Defense Department.
May 31, 2010
- There's a small bulletin board just down the hall from my deployed office that has a simple sign above it that reads, "Why We Fight."
May 25, 2010
- Active-duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to hundreds of museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.
May 21, 2010
- A spouses group donated dozens of children's books to help ease the stress of separation for deployed parents here.
May 17, 2010
- Tucked away at the entrance of the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina, this community of about 6,000 residents welcomed the nation's second Army Strong Community Center during a grand opening ceremony May 15.
May 14, 2010
- Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center members put together care packages for the organization's deployed members May 7 here.
May 13, 2010
- Defense officials have launched a large-scale survey in hopes of getting a better sense of how military families are weathering nearly a decade of war.
May 12, 2010
- First Lady Michelle Obama issued a national challenge today to all sectors of American society: mobilize and take action to support and engage military families.
May 11, 2010
- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff made a surprise visit to Norfolk, Va., last evening, where he fielded questions from Navy spouses while emphasizing their important role in supporting the force.
May 11, 2010
- "Trust Your Hopes Not Your Fears" is a song that embodies the strength and positive outlook Army spouses need to support their Soldiers.
May 11, 2010
- "It's very humbling," said Military Spouse Magazine's Army 2010 Spouse of the Year, "and it makes me feel good about the work I have done."
May 10, 2010
- Department of Veterans Affairs officials announced here that military members insuring their families under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance, which is administered by the VA, will have reduced out-of-pocket expenses beginning July 1.
May 07, 2010
- President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring May 7 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
May 07, 2010
- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wants service members to know it is okay to get help for behavioral health-related conditions.
May 05, 2010
- President Barack Obama signed legislation today to improve health care for veterans and to recognize the important role that family caregivers play in the recovery of wounded personnel.
May 03, 2010
- Rest and relaxation mixed with reintegration seminars and veteran resources, coupled with plenty of chocolate was the theme for the 60-day Yellow Ribbon Event April 16 to 18 at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa.
April 30, 2010
- Marines from Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 1 returned from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan to a hangar full of anxiously waiting family members and friends at 1:30 a.m, April 21.
April 30, 2010
- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced April 29 here that military personnel insuring their families under the Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance program will have reduced out-of-pocket expenses beginning July 1.
April 28, 2010
- Guard kids differ from active duty kids in only one way: access. This means access to support programs and access to peers who understand what they are going through.
April 27, 2010
- No amount of patriotism can overcome the stress that deployments bring. I don't look forward to leaving my spouse and children for deployment; I'm sure you're no different.
April 26, 2010
- Airmen from the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing here participated in the "Walk A Mile In Their Shoes" in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness Month April, 19.
April 22, 2010
- More than 100,000 requests from troops desiring to transfer their unused education benefits to family members have been approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, a defense official said today.
April 22, 2010
- The Army Chief of Staff met with U.S. Army Special Operations Command and XVIII Airborne Corps leaders, Soldiers and family members during a short visit to the post April 20 and 21.
April 20, 2010
- "Care beyond duty" was the theme for the Warrior and Survivor Care Conference hosted by Air Force Personnel Center officials here April 6 through 9.
April 19, 2010
- Investing in America's military veterans through education and employment opportunities will benefit local communities greatly, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during the World Leader's Forum.
April 09, 2010
- First lady Michelle Obama visited the Pentagon April 9 to thank military members, their families and civilians for their ongoing sacrifices in service to the nation.
April 09, 2010
- With 153,000 veterans enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill this semester, and new automation tools to arrive this month to improve processing procedures, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki declared the program "on track."
April 07, 2010
- With the April 15 tax deadline around the corner, a defense official has offered guidance on how troops can file their returns, and reminded servicemembers to submit their forms on time.
March 25, 2010
- Members of the 28th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness Center here taught base children, spouses of military members and local teachers about the deployment process March 13 here.
March 25, 2010
- The Air Force chief of staff opened the first-ever Air Force Global Strike Command commander's conference Mar. 24 via video teleconference.
March 22, 2010
- The commander of Air Combat Command visited the 366th Fighter Wing Airmen here March 7 and 8 to see them firsthand, thank them for their sacrifices and gain a better understanding of their mission, capabilities and challenges.
March 11, 2010
- The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program will resume March 13 for the more than 136,000 spouses who already have established an account, the Defense Department official who heads up the program announced March 11 here.
March 10, 2010
- Children with a strong nondeployed parent or caregiver and a solid support system have a better ability to cope with deployments, two recent studies have shown.
March 03, 2010
- With the Tricare Retiree Dental Program, retired servicemembers can purchase affordable dental coverage for themselves and their eligible family members.
March 01, 2010
- The leaders of the Bronco Brigade met with Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. in a roundtable discussion about Comprehensive Soldier Fitness during his visit here, Feb. 26.
February 25, 2010
- Staff members from the Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills program provided a fun and educational experience to New Bern elementary children, Feb. 12.
February 19, 2010
- The Defense Department has temporarily halted a popular employment assistance program for military spouses while it conducts a "top-to-bottom" review of its services, officials said today.
February 18, 2010
- Monday marks the start of the annual Military Saves Week, the culmination of a year-long Department of Defense financial readiness campaign.
February 12, 2010
- Soldiers and airmen of the District of Columbia National Guard continue to help in the wake of back-to-back storms that dumped several feet of snow on the nation's capital.
February 10, 2010
- Air Force officials are introducing a new concept this year for the annual Air Force Assistance Fund "Commitment to Caring" campaign, which provides Airmen the opportunity to contribute to four official Air Force charitable organizations.
February 09, 2010
- Today's economy has forced many people to search for ways to improve their financial situation with hopes to better the life of themselves and their loved ones.
February 09, 2010
- Defense officials encourage military families to once again take advantage of the free electronic tax filing services offered through Military OneSource.
February 03, 2010
- Officials from the Ellsworth Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center and base fitness center are sponsoring a 14-week program called Freedom Miles designed to encourage the spouses of deployed Airmen to stay active.
February 01, 2010
- Though the Defense Department is exempt from a proposed federal spending freeze, President Barack Obama said wasteful defense spending has been trimmed from the $3.83 trillion fiscal 2011 budget he submitted to Congress today.
February 01, 2010
- Air Force officials here reinforced their commitment to fund and support today's operations while posturing for future challenges through the service's portion of the president's fiscal year 2011 budget announced Feb. 1.
January 29, 2010
- The top military leader of the Air Force visited here Jan. 27 to talk with Airmen about the state of the Air Force and to get a firsthand look at what Airmen here do on a day-to-day basis.
January 27, 2010
- Defense Department officials here launched a free, online tutoring service for servicemembers and their families.
January 27, 2010
- President Barack Obama will request increased funding for military pay, housing allowances, family support programs and care for wounded warriors.
January 26, 2010
- President Barack Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request calls for a record $8.8 billion for military family support programs, First Lady Michelle Obama told military spouses today at Bolling Air Force Base here.
January 26, 2010
- As the eldest of six children, Capt. Kate Gowel always felt a desire to lead. She first led the way into the military -- a path all five of her siblings soon followed -- and later led the way in her career as a military lawyer.
January 21, 2010
- On the final day of the 2010 Army Family Action Plan conference last week, delegates broke from their individual working groups and voted on their top five issues, three of which involve services for wounded or ill warriors.
January 20, 2010
- Most military children attend non-Defense Department schools, but military officials are determined not to allow their unique needs to slip through the cracks.
January 20, 2010
- Department of Veterans Affairs officials announced Jan. 20 that they have been reaching out to student veterans, servicemembers, university officials and other partners to meet a commitment to an aggressive processing goal by Feb. 1.
January 15, 2010
- Due to advances in modern medicine, many wounded servicemembers are returning to the fight or transitioning their experience to civilian employment. Naval Sea Systems Command wants them on board.
January 13, 2010
- As special guests of the Air Force Culture and Language Center staff, 20 instructors from the Defense Language Institute in Washington, D.C., and Monterey, Calif., are helping Air War College and Air Command and Staff College students.
January 08, 2010
- Kelly Henry was hoping for a picture-perfect reunion when her husband returned after a yearlong deployment to Iraq.
January 07, 2010
- Air Force officials dedicated the new Center for Families of the Fallen at the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center here yesterday.
January 07, 2010
- Counterterrorism in Africa has come into greater focus since the United States cited five African countries on a list of nations deserving more scrutiny amid heightened airport security following a botched terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight.
December 29, 2009
- The past year has been a busy one for Tricare officials with the introduction of a new Web-based counseling program and major enhancements to several other Tricare benefits.
December 24, 2009
- In this season of giving, America has not forgotten her troops or their mission overseas. Thousands have contributed their time, energy -- and Beanie Babies -- to help Marines gain the respect and confidence of the Afghan population.
December 22, 2009
- The benefits a grateful nation makes available to those who serve in its military are numerous, but connecting servicemembers to the resources in their local areas - especially when they serve in the reserve components - can be a challenge.
December 17, 2009
- A new law protects military spouses from being taxed for work performed in states where they're living outside their home states as a result of military orders.
December 17, 2009
- Air Force leaders traveled recently to 23 bases across 12 major commands, including the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve Command, to spread the word on the Year of the Air Force Family.
December 15, 2009
- Air Force Services Agency officials are accepting short story competition entries Dec. 20 through Feb. 14, as part of the Year of the Air Force Family.
December 14, 2009
- Reservists face unique challenges that may be tipping their stress level over that of their active-duty counterparts, a health affairs official said.
December 11, 2009
- Hearts Apart morale program members organized an annual holiday party to help families adjust to seperation from deployments Dec. 4 at Hurlburt Field.
December 10, 2009
- Defense and military officials gathered at the Pentagon to discuss the top issues facing the Yellow Ribbon Program for reserve-component servicemembers and their families during a two-day summit that concluded today.
December 09, 2009
- The Parents as Teachers Heroes at Home program offers servicemembers and military spouses here free family support and education for their children, prenatal to three years old.
December 07, 2009
- Despite problems in the nation's housing market, mortgage loans backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs had a lower foreclosure rate than any other type of home loan in the industry, as of the end of the last fiscal year.
December 02, 2009
- Air Force officials have launched a new Web site to meet social and informational needs of Airmen, civilians, retirees and their families.
November 27, 2009
- It's a few hours a month, but the break the Armed Services YMCA Respite Child Care program provides parents with a deployed spouse always is welcome. And since the program's Oct. 1 nationwide expansion, many more parents will benefit.
November 24, 2009
- Early on a drizzly Nov. 13 morning, 39 wives of 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, Soldiers stepped off a bus at the soccer field near Camp Casey's Carey Gym.
November 23, 2009
- As Air Force officials continue to modernize information sharing to meet 21st century mission requirements, manpower and personnel force development officials have taken a look at the official community Web site of the Air Force to increase its effectiven
November 16, 2009
- It has been said the first deployment is always the hardest. Marines pack up what they need and off they go to a new home in a foreign land. But what of the home they left behind?
November 13, 2009
- The number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq reporting psychological problems is at its lowest since 2004, while morale among military units in Afghanistan has fallen significantly over the past two years, according to Army reports released today.
November 11, 2009
- First Lady Michelle Obama today urged all Americans, including military veterans, to put their skills to use in volunteer service to assist U.S. communities and citizens in need.
November 10, 2009
- A new executive policy has pushed open the door for qualifying military spouses to enter the federal workforce, enabling them to apply for more jobs advertised on USAJOBS.
November 09, 2009
- Ramstein Air Base officials held numerous events inviting active-duty, Guard and Reserve members as well as spouse and civilian employees to see firsthand some of the services available to them at the base's Airman and Family Readiness Center.
November 06, 2009
- Resources to help those affected by the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, are flowing to the post, Army officials said today.
November 04, 2009
- Military families make tremendous sacrifices in support of the nation and deserve recognition as well as the best programs and policies the Defense Department can deliver, a defense official said here Nov. 3.
October 29, 2009
- Working together as a team is the advice the Air Force military family of the year has for coping with frequent deployments.
October 29, 2009
- A recent Marine Corps Order is tightening the leash on some pets aboard the air station.
October 28, 2009
- Suzie Schwartz, the wife of Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, brought her unique perspective to the Maxwell AFB Key Spouse Forum, sharing personal stories, words of encouragement and helpful resources.
October 26, 2009
- The U.S. Air Forces Central command chief has a good perspective on the lives of the Airmen serving in support of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom after more than 21 months on the job.
October 26, 2009
- For the third year running, the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation department's Arts and Crafts program has been named best in the Army for large garrisons.
October 23, 2009
- As South Korea's military transitions to full operational control, it's important to remember the past 60 years of U.S. commitment to the country and to not waver in that support, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
October 21, 2009
- In a room of 20 military spouses, about 15 raised their hands as Chaplain (Capt.) Josh Metz asked, "Who's gone through a deployment before?"
October 20, 2009
- The secretary of Veterans Affairs announced Oct. 16 here that the Department of Veterans Affairs has made the gravesites of more than 6.7 million veterans easier to locate using handheld devices with Internet capability, such as "smart phones."
October 13, 2009
- The commander of Air Combat Command visited Fort Hood in early October to visit the Airmen of the 3rd Air Support Operations Group here who provide tactical air support for Fort Hood's ground troops.
October 13, 2009
- Since the Army Family Covenant was first signed two years ago, the service's investment in family programs and facilities has doubled to $1.5 billion, Army leaders said.
October 08, 2009
- The increasing mental-health needs of military children are taxing both the military and civilian health care systems.
October 07, 2009
- The Defense Department is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for military families, the director of the department's Family Advocacy Program said in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
October 06, 2009
- The woman she sees in her bleaker yesterdays is unrecognizable to her now -- almost a stranger.
October 06, 2009
- In 2005, David Dominguez of San Diego noticed casualty reports in Iraq and Afghanistan were barely making news. After several years of war, the American public had settled back into its routine.
October 02, 2009
- Concerns about housing have been prevalent since the mortgage crisis struck more than a year ago, but servicemembers and certain eligible civilians in the Defense Department can get some help when they're required to move.
September 30, 2009
- For the past five years, Vivianne Wersel has been fighting to improve benefits for the widows and families of fallen servicemembers.
September 30, 2009
- Defense Department officials today announced the details for distributing $555 million available under the Homeowners Assistance Program.
September 28, 2009
- Officials in the Pentagon's Office of Military Community and Family Policy have announced the upcoming expansion of a popular child care program and other news affecting military families.
September 26, 2009
- Air Force officials have launched a new Web site to showcase the Year of the Air Force Family effort.
September 25, 2009
- Army Sgt. Maj. Virginia Stickler enjoys serving up drinks and snacks, as well as a bit of advice, to her fellow soldiers here at a coffee shop that speaks volumes about her deployment.
September 24, 2009
- Servicemembers and their families can weather the "perfect storm" of credit, savings and banking crises; bailouts; market instability; and foreclosures, if they stay financially prepared, the Pentagon's personal finance director said here recently.
September 19, 2009
- The secretaries of Defense and the Air Force joined the Air Force chief of staff, chief master sergeant of the Air Force, and distinguished guests from all services at a Pentagon dedication ceremony for the Airman's Hall.
September 17, 2009
- During the summer of 1965, after his first year at the U.S. Naval Academy, Mike Mullen watched on television from his parents' surburban Los Angeles home as the black neighborhood of Watts erupted in violence.
September 16, 2009
- The United States is just beginning to deal with the long-term implications of caring for servicemembers and their families whose lives have been changed by the wounds of war, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
September 16, 2009
- Donna Engeman always had faith in her military community and its support. But in May 2006, the military support system she knew and loved temporarily faded away when she lost her husband to a roadside bomb in Iraq.
September 03, 2009
- The top enlisted servicemember from each of the four services offered their appreciation to those who support military families before fielding some tough questions during a town hall-style meeting here Sept. 1.
September 01, 2009
- With personal assurance from the nation's first lady that President Barack Obama is committed to military families, more than 1,500 people participated as the Defense Department's Joint Family Readiness Conference kicked off here today.
August 28, 2009
- Over the next five years, Air Force officials plan to hire 20,000 more civilians into civil service.
August 28, 2009
- The Defense Department's first joint family readiness conference in nearly a decade will take place next week in Chicago, the director of the Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth said.
August 27, 2009
- Time is of the essence when it comes to finding better treatments for traumatic brain injuries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday at the 6th Annual World Congress for Brain Mapping and Image Guided Therapy.
August 25, 2009
- The Defense Department has launched a blog called "Family Matters" that is dedicated to providing resources and support to military families.
August 21, 2009
- When a TriWest Healthcare Alliance nurse who serves in the Kansas Air National Guard got notice of an upcoming deployment in 2006, TriWest President David McIntyre ensured the company would see to her family's needs.
August 20, 2009
- Regular back-to-back deployments with varying lengths and currently no end in sight are major issue facing today's military.
August 20, 2009
- A pilot program underway now at some Army installations allows Soldiers who think they might have a problem with alcohol to seek out help without risk to their careers.
August 17, 2009
- Defense officials have chosen Perpetual Technologies Inc. to receive the department's employer-support award for providing exceptional financial and emotional support to its employees who deploy as National Guard or Reserve members.
August 14, 2009
- Under a personnel rule that takes effect next month, some military spouses could be quickly hired for federal jobs without going through the usual competitive process.
August 03, 2009
- President Barack Obama today saluted the implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill during a ceremony at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.
July 31, 2009
- With the Post-9/11 GI Bill's option to transfer unused educational benefits to eligible family members taking effect tomorrow, it's no surprise that more than 25,000 servicemembers have pre-applied, a Pentagon official said today.
July 31, 2009
- First lady Michelle Obama welcomed home the crews of two Navy ships and expressed her support for their families while speaking to more than 500 servicemembers at Naval Station Norfolk here today.
July 23, 2009
- Although the Post 9/11 GI Bill is not effective until Aug. 1, servicemembers may submit a request to transfer benefits to their spouses and children now.
July 22, 2009
- A wounded Airman and his wife plan to use the lessons they've learned about marriage and friendship through military service and adversity to help servicemembers who might be struggling after deployment or injury.
July 21, 2009
- To travel around the world in a diplomatic capacity to any of 148 posts and 133 countries, ensuring the safeguard of classified material is an opportunity Marines have but are not exploring.
July 15, 2009
- Servicemembers interested in using the new Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits this fall are encouraged to contact the Veterans Affairs Department soon to determine their eligibility, the VA's director of education said.
July 15, 2009
- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates begins a two-day trip tomorrow that will take him to Fort Drum, N.Y., home of the 10th Mountain Division, and Chicago.
July 13, 2009
- The Military Health System is one of the many Defense Department organizations embracing social networking in order to provide information to and receive feedback from servicemembers.
June 26, 2009
- Since he took office two and a half years ago, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has traveled the world talking with troops about their service and sacrifices.
June 25, 2009
- Volunteers were already hard at work stuffing backpacks full of goodies for military kids today in Fort Lesley J. McNair's gymnasium when President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrived to give them a hand.
June 23, 2009
- It's official. The Defense Department signed off yesterday on policies and procedures servicemembers will use to transfer their unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children, a Pentagon official said today.
June 23, 2009
- It can be difficult to comprehend the sacrifice a spouse makes when their loved one falls in battle, but for the military widows behind the American Widow Project it is an experience they live each day.
June 22, 2009
- Defense Department officials are working aggressively to reduce the impact of multiple deployments on the children of military families.
June 19, 2009
- A foundation formed by the family of a fallen Marine whose story was told in the HBO movie "Taking Chance" has donated $10,000 to a group that works to help wounded veterans and their families.
June 17, 2009
- More than 120 spouses and family members participated in the School of Infantry's Jane Wayne Day, June 13.
June 04, 2009
- The Defense Department's Priority Placement Program placed its 250,000th employee in March, program officials said today.
June 03, 2009
- Having been part of their tightly knit community all her life, Teresa Vance always has had an interest in military families.
June 03, 2009
- Airmen of the 18th Security Forces Squadron here held a civilian police academy course for Kadena Air Base spouses to give an inside look at what happens behind the scenes of a security forces patrolman.
May 15, 2009
- The works screened at the GI Film Festival, the only American cinema expo dedicated to honoring U.S. troops, represent a wide-lens view of the military that goes beyond the narrative angles commonly pursued by Hollywood.
May 11, 2009
- Five military spouses received recognition for their valued service to the nation at an award ceremony here May 7.
May 08, 2009
- President Barack Obama signed and issued a proclamation today designating the day as Military Spouse Day.
May 07, 2009
- First Lady Michelle Obama was surprised to learn that the majority of military families feel their struggles often go unnoticed, she said during an interview today with The Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service.
May 07, 2009
- Tanya Queiro, a former Marine Corps noncommissioned officer, was named the 2009 Military Spouse of the Year at a ceremony held here today.
May 05, 2009
- About 120 transition assistance experts from across the Air Force came to downtown San Antonio April 28 through 30 to learn the latest in career and employment initiatives and how they relate to today's economic environment.
April 30, 2009
- The road to recovery for a wounded soldier can be long and difficult, but with the help of Army medicine and the love of military spouses and children, that road is shorter and smoother.
April 29, 2009
- More than 300 military spouses attended one of two "Field Exercises" recently at Fort Sill, Okla., designed to assist them in dealing with life while their deployed spouses are away.
April 20, 2009
- Suicide rates, operational tempo and homeless veterans were some of the topics facing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a news conference following a visit with wounded soldiers and their families at Brooke Army Medical Center.
April 03, 2009
- All systems are on track for this summer's rollout of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, which Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said he expects to have as monumental an impact as the original World War II-era GI Bill of Rights.
April 02, 2009
- With the country embroiled in two wars, frequent deployments, and the home-front issues deployments cause, the nation's servicemembers and their families are enduring heightened stress levels.
April 01, 2009
- Those in uniform must always remember their fallen comrades and their families, and those families deserve help in enduring their heartache, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here last night.
March 16, 2009
- Spouses of soldiers in the 18th Airborne Corps have a better idea of how to reconnect with their other halves upon redeployment, thanks to the Army's Battlemind reunion training.
March 13, 2009
- First lady Michelle Obama said she was committed to improving support for military families yesterday during her first visit here as first lady.
March 13, 2009
- First lady Michelle Obama, having just returned from a meeting yesterday with military families at Fort Bragg, N.C., reiterated today on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" her commitment to ensuring they get the support they deserve.
March 13, 2009
- Like adolescents around the world, U.S. military dependents in Europe crave more independence.
March 12, 2009
- In her first solo trip as first lady, Michelle Obama visited one of the U.S. military's busiest communities today and stressed the importance of reaching out to support soldiers and their families.
March 04, 2009
- Through their investor education foundation, representatives with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, are helping military spouses become accredited as financial counselors.
March 03, 2009
- Camaraderie and caring are among the reasons why Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 was honored by the Defense Department for superb support of its servicemembers' families.
February 24, 2009
- Servicemembers are more practical about their retirement needs than their civilian counterparts, according to a survey conducted by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.
February 24, 2009
- Troops nearing retirement eligibility may be able to tap into the transferability benefits provided in the new Post-9/11 GI Bill.
February 21, 2009
- A tour of the Traumatic Brain Injury Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center here yesterday made a favorable impression on the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
February 19, 2009
- "Military Saves Week" will be observed throughout the fleet Feb. 22 to March 1. The goal of this year's campaign is to increase awareness about the necessity to build wealth and reduce debt.
February 19, 2009
- The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff noted the progress Air Force officials have made in the service's nuclear weapons program during a visit here yesterday.
February 19, 2009
- The Navy's top leaders and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were among senior officials who paid tribute to the crew of the USS Wyoming Trident strategic missile submarine during a ceremony here today.
February 06, 2009
- With April 15 looming, the Defense Department is on call to take the sting out of tax return preparation for servicemembers.
February 04, 2009
- Often, finding the right person for the right job isn't an easy task. With a significant increase in new Air Force civilian hiring due to contractor conversions, joint basing and end strength growth, the need to market job opportunities also increases.
February 04, 2009
- Army Maj. Gen. David Blackledge is doing his part to reduce the social stigma attached to seeking mental health treatment for war-related stress.
February 02, 2009
- A Military Health System Web site continues to help returning servicemembers and families adjust after a deployment ends, the site's program manager said Jan. 29.
January 30, 2009
- A major health care provider in the suburbs here is teaming up with the Defense Department to help military members and spouses pursue medical careers.
January 21, 2009
- Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen and military spouses attended the Commander in Chief Ball, Jan. 20, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
January 13, 2009
- Thousands of people are expected to come together Feb. 16 to make an 8.15 mile trek for the 2009 Hawaiian Telcom Great Aloha Run, one of Hawaii's top participation races, which benefits organizations across the island.
December 24, 2008
- Beyond the well-worn paths to self-care, evidence suggests volunteerism -- a selfless act -- also achieves similar results: a longer and happier life.
December 23, 2008
- Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are relatively insulated from the financial disasters affecting many Americans.
December 13, 2008
- The mission in Iraq is still relevant despite the recent political attention on the fight in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told troops here today.
December 12, 2008
- Anyone that has been involved in an accident at their job aboard the Air Station or Laurel Bay, pulled over by the military police, etc. can request the police report by using a Freedom of Information Act request.
December 08, 2008
- Gen. Martin E. Dempsey assumed command Monday from Gen. William S. Wallace at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters on Fort Monroe.
December 05, 2008
- The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), Adm. Gary Roughead announced his selection of Fleet Master Chief (FLTCM) (SS/SW) Rick D. West, as the 12th Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) in NAVADMIN 349, dated Dec. 5.
November 26, 2008
- When her husband deployed to Iraq in January of 2006, Sonja McDonald decided to spend her time waiting for his return home, raising money to help wounded warriors and their families.
November 26, 2008
- Thousands of necks craned as Air Force One swooped down from a blue sky to deliver President George W. Bush to a Nov. 25 rally in honor of Fort Campbell troops and their families.
November 20, 2008
- SFACs are a one-stop shop where wounded warriors and their families can find assistance and information to get them through a difficult time.
November 20, 2008
- With his visit falling on
November 14, 2008
- Recent changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act will extend the period of unpaid, job-protected leave that eligible family members can take to care for wounded warrior spouses, Labor Department officials said.
October 20, 2008
- Army personnel officials are launching an outreach program as part of a push to hire more wounded warriors and their spouses as civilian employees.
June 11, 2008
- Servicemembers, veterans and their families going through problems related to deployments can get help from a California-based troop-support organization.
May 24, 2008
- An entrepreneur who has moved around with her Marine Corps husband and now calls Camp Lejeune, N.C., home is using her small-business success to help other military spouses get started with businesses of their own.
May 19, 2008
- The Defense Department recently merged two military support programs into one as part of efforts to better address departing servicemembers' financial and transition needs, a senior Pentagon official told U.S. legislators May 16.
May 15, 2008
- Career and training opportunities for military spouses just got better, as the Defense and Labor departments' career advancement demonstration project has been expanded to include all active-duty military spouses, along with four additional career fields.
May 06, 2008
- President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid tribute today to about 1,100 military spouses who gathered for a Military Spouse Day celebration at the White House, where Bush promised to continue pushing for more benefits for military families.
January 03, 2008
- Today, every Soldier headed to Iraq and Afghanistan receives Battlemind training, but few know the science behind it.
March 28, 2007
- Air Force Services Agency officials are offering $25,000 in scholarships for club members and eligible family members.
October 13, 2006
- New partners for 2006 comprise companies representing the technical, financial, healthcare and retail industries, as well as the federal government. They are: Affiliated Computer Services Inc., H&R Block, Humana Military Healthcare Services, and more.
September 21, 2006
- Forty-five recruiters from the Defense Department and other federal agencies, as well as from private-sector companies, set up shop at the Sam Houston Club to entice wounded warriors and their families with job offers.
September 11, 2006
- Remembrance ceremonies, both large and small, took place across the United States Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
August 28, 2006
- Severely injured servicemembers and their spouses are seeing doors open to meaningful civilian careers, thanks to a partnership between the Defense Department and the private sector.
August 18, 2006
- Operation RE/MAX assists military spouses in developing careers in real estate, which a recent American National Standards Institute survey indicated as one of the top five careers suited for military spouses.
August 16, 2006
- The government promises that servicemembers' jobs will still be theirs when they come home and that they cannot be discriminated against by their employers because of their military service.
July 27, 2006
- The effort to identify the remains of missing American troops from past wars is very technical, involving anthropology, forensic analysis, and DNA. But behind it all are thousands of families that are sometimes eagerly waiting for news.
July 21, 2006
- The Army announced the implementation of a pilot program allowing Soldiers in critical skills who reenlist the ability to transfer Montgomery GI Bill benefits to their spouse.
May 22, 2006
- A computer disk with personal data of about 26.5 million U.S. veterans was stolen from the home of a Veterans Affairs analyst. The stolen data included names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and numerical disability ratings.
May 19, 2006
- The spotlight will be on 14 National Guard members and spouses whose lives have been profoundly affected by the war on terrorism when the Guard is honored in Washington Memorial Day weekend.
May 10, 2006
- Militant groups have long used terrorist tactics to achieve political goals. But new groups have emerged whose aims are as much religious as political.
December 30, 2005
- As is usual at this time of year, most news organizations take a look back at what made news in the year just ended. The Army News Service is no different. So what made news for the Army in 2005? Three words: war, hurricanes and elections. Almost.
December 15, 2005
- A program designed to help wounded veterans find meaningful civilian jobs is paying off by enabling some to use their military expertise to ensure their former comrades are getting the quality weaponry they need in combat.
November 10, 2005
- November 11 is Veteran's Day in the United States, when Americans honor all those who have returned from service in their nation's military. Going to war is difficult under any circumstance. For veterans returning home, rejoining society as civilians pose
October 25, 2005
- The U.S. military death toll in Iraq officially reached two thousand on Tuesday, with the announcement of the death of a soldier who was injured last week.
September 13, 2005
- Severely wounded servicemembers and all military spouses are encouraged to attend a "Hiring Heroes Career Fair" Sept. 20 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to explore job opportunities in the federal government and private sector.
August 14, 2005
- Rebecca Campbell started the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund in 2003 to raise college tuition for the children of servicemembers killed in the war on terrorism.
August 03, 2005
- Hard-charging servicemembers who are promoted ahead of their peers may one day also be rewarded with performance pay, the chief of a defense panel studying military compensation issues said.
July 18, 2005
- Families of deployed guardsmen and reservists face challenges beyond those of active-duty families, and a strong family support network stands behind them to help through those difficult days
June 06, 2005
- A nationwide project is under way to pay lasting tribute to fallen service members in their hometowns. The "Statues of Servicemen" campaign is an effort to immortalize every American service member killed in the war on terrorism.
May 25, 2005
- A major home-improvement chain is offering Memorial Day discounts to all active-duty and reserve-component troops, retired military personnel, veterans, and their families.
May 24, 2005
- hen wounded active-component soldiers get sent home from a deployment for medical care, they're generally treated directly at their home bases. Not so for their reserve-component counterparts.
April 19, 2005
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April 08, 2005
- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he'd like to see sweeping changes to the military services' personnel systems.
March 23, 2005
- They'd talked on the telephone and in Internet chat rooms for a few months, but had never met face-to-face until March 22, when nearly 40 young widows of servicemen killed in Iraq and Afghanistan attended a luncheon sponsored by the Gold Star Wives.
March 16, 2005
- Servicemembers who lost limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan often are awestruck and spellbound when they visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center's physical therapy rehabilitation center here and see other amputees jumping, running, biking, and swimming.
February 24, 2005
- Whether a Soldier is on permanent change of station orders or considering a new assignment, getting a variety of information about his next duty station is only a click away.
February 18, 2005
- For nearly 100 years, the U.S. Defense Department has presented a check to the survivors of servicemen and women killed in the line of duty. In his 2006 budget, President Bush has proposed boosting the amount to $100k for soldiers killed in combat zones.
February 17, 2005
- Servicemembers receiving federal tax exemptions for some or all of their military pay may now elect to apply for certain tax credit options. Troops deployed to combat zones can now apply for tax refunds based on earned income tax credits.
February 01, 2005
- Pentagon leaders and Capitol Hill legislators want to increase the current available combined government death benefit for families of fallen servicemembers by about $250,000.
January 19, 2005
- Troops on the front lines of the war on terror are wearing them. Family members of deployed servicemembers are wearing them too. And so are regular American citizens who want to show support for their troops.
November 24, 2004
- Comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres honored America's servicemembers when she presented $1.2 million in cruises to military families, aired messages from deployed troops, and plugged the Pentagon's new America Supports You program.
November 17, 2004
- The House of Representatives gave final approval to a three bills to expand access to VA health care services, boost veterans benefit programs, and strengthen legal protections for servicemembers and veterans.
October 14, 2004
- Troops in combat zones stand to reap tax benefits from provisions in the Working Families Relief Tax Act of 2004, which President Bush signed into law Oct. 4.
October 07, 2004
- The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced the expansion of benefits to all former POWs with strokes and common heart diseases.
October 05, 2004
- Injured servicemembers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan will get individualized job training, counseling and re-employment services, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced Oct. 4.
September 09, 2004
- Marci Kay Cornwell is among several military wives and volunteers involved in Operation Kid Comfort, a nearly year-old project that provides children with quilts stitched with fabric photos of their absent parent.
August 20, 2004
- Spouses to Teachers, DoD's latest endeavor to assist military spouses interested in teaching, is serving a similar purpose as the popular Troops to Teachers program, an official said.
August 02, 2004
- About 50 military veterans in California's San Quentin State Prison joined forces with volunteers from Operation Mom over the weekend to wrap 430 care packages for shipment to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
July 21, 2004
- It began when Amy Oxford and her mother, Kathy Williams, saw no outward show of support for deployed troops in their hometown of Harrisburg, Ill. With her husband, scheduled to deploy with his unit based in Fairfield, Oxford realized an opportunity.
July 13, 2004
- Nine years ago, while her husband was deployed, Arlyn McClaughry started an online newsletter as a way to bring service members and military families information on the Web. She and other spouses also began mailing packages and letters to deployed troops.
July 07, 2004
- Guardsmen and reservists whose active duty time is extended past the normal 12-month call-up may be eligible for active duty-level benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill under certain circumstances.
June 16, 2004
- Campers and counselors didn't seem to mind the scorching midday sun here June 15 as they joined hands and swayed to the patriotic tunes on the athletic field of the South Mountain YMCA.
April 05, 2004
- Recent surveys tell of broad concern that the Army faces potential challenges in retaining Soldiers when their enlistments are up.
March 03, 2004
- A Department of Defense program helps deployed troops tuck up to $10,000 of their income away and earn a guaranteed 10 percent interest on their savings annually.
January 08, 2004
- Bitter cold and pre-dawn exhaustion did not deter the crowd waiting with signs, flags and smiles for the first flight of 101st Airborne Division Soldiers returning from Iraq.
December 05, 2003
- If you are called up in the next 24 hours, do you have short- and long-term plans for your family's care? Who is going to pay the bills? What about unexpected repairs? Does your spouse know who to call and what rates are acceptable?
November 06, 2003
- Vietnam veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier will narrate a National Football League public service announcement in support of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund during network telecasts.
August 24, 2003
- A team of experts in military medicine and health communication at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences here launched a new health education campaign today -- 'Courage to Care.'
May 20, 2003
- Expanding employment opportunities for Army spouses while fulfilling corporate America's demand for skilled workers was the topic of the Army Spouse Employment Partnership Program working session in Arlington, Va., May 12.
May 09, 2003
- Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Air Force Gen. Richard Myers and his wife, Mary Jo, expressed gratitude today for a $1 million corporate donation for scholarships for spouses and children of U.S. and coalition personnel killed during Operation Iraqi Freedo
April 17, 2003
- The ''Dambusters'' of Strike Fighter Squadron 195 and Carrier Air Wing 5 said a final farewell to Lt. Nathan ''O.J.'' White April 16, during a memorial service held on the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk.
April 10, 2003
- Home Depot pledged $1 million and 1 million volunteer hours to make general household repairs for the loved ones of deployed troops. Mary Kay Cosmetics has donated items such as sun block and lip balm to troops.
December 03, 2002
- With the click of a mouse, heartfelt messages have been sent to thousands of deployed troops this holiday season.
November 26, 2002
- Affordable continuing education is a high priority for soldiers and their families, according to the votes of 112 delegates to the 2002 Army Family Action Plan Conference.
November 12, 2002
- The findings of a new study detailing the Army's plan for addressing recent incidents of domestic violence were released during a Fort Bragg, N.C. media roundtable Nov. 7.
July 10, 2002
- Recognized by the White House as the 2002 teacher of the year, a retired lieutenant colonel just told education specialists that his Army career prepared him well to be an educator.
March 06, 2002
- A new program starting later this month will offer long-term care insurance to military and civilian federal employees and their families.