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Ten things you should know about Defense Secretary James Mattis


By Katie Lange, DoDLive.mil Retired Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis has officially been confirmed as the new Secretary of Defense. While many of you who served (and still serve) in the Marine Corps know his achievements well, many other service members and DoD civilians might not know that much about the veteran commander. So […]

Boot Swap from Combat to Cowboy


by R. Brian Williams Military entrepreneurial opportunities extend beyond the traditional business model. As a member of the Armed Forces, one has incredible opportunities. The travel, training and benefits are the best that can be found. However, for those looking to get their hands in the dirt, there is a program that is ready to […]

Serial Buyers: One House Short of a Hotel Chain


by Jennifer G. Williams Our military family chose to buy homes in various duty stations — not all, but in the high-military turnover areas around Washington, D.C. and Colorado Springs. We chose to buy in those areas not just for personal preference (having pets that caused issues when trying to find rental homes, for one), […]

Gold Star Family spit on by anti-Trump protesters


Gold Star Family says anti-Trump protesters spit on them before veterans event. ‘We were called the most vile names I have ever heard’. By Douglas Ernst, WashingtonTimes.com A woman whose Navy SEAL brother was killed in Iraq in 2007 says she and another Gold Star Family member were assaulted by anti-Trump protesters while outside the American […]

Trump picks former congresswoman for Air Force secretary


By Matthew Daly, BusinessInsider.com WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday he has selected former Republican congresswoman Heather Wilson of New Mexico to be secretary of the Air Force. Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate, served as an Air Force officer in Europe during the 1980s and was on the National Security Council staff under […]

Planning for Finances after Retirement


by Andrea Downing Peck A military pension is a financial blessing, but for most career military and Reserve/National Guard members, it falls short of providing financial independence because family bills don’t simply disappear the day you leave the military. Car loans, credit card balances, mortgage payment and other expenses will transition with you into civilian […]

Buy or Rent?


by Bennett Leigh It’s a common dilemma for service members and their families moving to a new duty station — should you buy or rent? There are pros and cons for each option. The key is to determine what makes the most sense for your situation. The experts at Realtor.com have put together a list […]

Six Things you Didn’t see on TV on Inauguration Day


By Bianca Strzalkowski WASHINGTON, D.C. — I knew long before I stepped in the voting booth on that Tuesday in 2016 that I wanted to attend Inauguration Day. For me, it wasn’t about who won (even though I had my personal choice) as much as it was about seeing America in action. One of the […]

Veterans Explain Why They Came to Trump’s Inauguration


By Melissa Quinn, Dailysignal.com Thousands of people gathered in the District of Columbia to watch the inauguration of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Trump was sworn into office Friday at noon, where he marked the event as a time of change for the American people. “Today we are not merely transferring power […]

Army Ranger regiment will soon have its first female soldier


By Don Lamothe, Washington Post A female soldier is expected to join the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment this spring, service officials said, a first as the U.S. military begins to integrate women into its Special Operations forces. The woman, whose identity was withheld by the Army, became in December the first female soldier to […]