Military Minute: Making Sense of the Blended Retirement System

Take a minute (or two) to watch our newest video! The Military’s New Retirement system goes into effect January 1st, 2018. Today’s Military Minute, sponsored by Military Families Magazine, explores 5 things you may not know about the Blended Retirement System. Learn more!

“Forever” G.I. Bill Signed into Law


by Jennifer G. Williams and Bianca Strzalkowski President Donald Trump today signed into law the “Forever” G.I. Bill, greatly expanding the education benefits for service members and veterans in all services and branches — and extending eligibility to some of those previously excluded. “Today our commitment to support and care for the men and women […]

Do We Need a National Veterans Strategy?


From the perspective of military families, there are more questions than answers when it comes to life after the military. What will my pension look like?  Will I get a job?  What will the VA look like? The idea of a central National Veterans Strategy (NVS) can give military families more confidence that the veterans’ […]

PCSing Overseas Ready, Set, Go!


by Janet Farley You and your family are PCSing overseas and you just can’t wait. It’s understandable. There are sure to be exciting and interesting times ahead. That initial euphoria you’re experiencing, however, will eventually subside only to be replaced by the stressful reality of all the things you have to do before you fly […]

Interstate Compact of Educational Opportunity for Military Children


41.1% of active duty service members have children — Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (ODASD (MC&FP)) 55.5% of all dependent military children are between the ages of 6-18 A child in a military family will move an average of 6 to 9 […]

Combat to the Classroom


by Madison Linnihan Going back to college after serving in the military can be a difficult decision to make. There are a lot of different factors to consider. Oftentimes, people don’t know where they should begin in the process. However, college campuses all over the country are becoming increasingly more veteran-friendly. While you may have […]

Military Spouses Build “Etsy” Careers


by Bianca M. Strzalkowski After decades of struggling to maintain a career around the unique nature of military life, spouses are discovering a new solution: employing themselves. Entrepreneurship continues to be a growing trend on the homefront as unemployment rates for traditional work remain idle in the double digit range. Despite the increasing number of […]

Back-to-School Tips for the Military Kid


by Katie Williams Moving isn’t easy. No one said it was. Each move comes with an emotional roller coaster inside you that spills out to every part of your life — especially on your first day at a new school. When you’re starting a new school, and you know your family will be PCSing again […]

Navigating Financial Aid


by Andrea Downing Peck For military families with college-age children or transitioning service members returning to school, filling out the Free Federal Application for Student Aid — better known by its acronym FAFSA — ranks on par with filing taxes. No fun. But the FAFSA form, which under went changes for students entering college in […]

Homeschooling and the Military Family


by Bianca M. Strzalkowski Decisions about a child’s education are personal. What is best for one student, may not be a good fit for another. Luckily, today’s parents have more options when it comes to answering the questions of how and where their children will learn. Homeschooling is among those choices, and in recent years […]

Know Your SLO


by Janet Farley If you and your family PCSed to a new duty station this year, many of the questions you have about your soon-to-be-new home likely are school related. Which school districts are available to your children and what kind of reputation do they have? Are there any private or charter schools nearby? What […]