Military Minute: 5 Ideas For Pre-Deployment Family Trips!

Take a minute (or two) to watch our newest video! Deployment day is coming. And yes, leaving is going to be hard on you and your loved ones. Today’s Military Minute, sponsored by Military Benefit Association, explores 5 ideas for pre-deployment family vacations so you can spend some quality time with your family. Learn more!

Deployment Advice for Military Kids


Any military kid will tell you that deployment is the most difficult aspect of military life. Lasca Lawniczak, the daughter of an Air Force Field Engineer, knows the struggles of deployment all too well. Ever since she was four, her dad, Sean Stafford, has worked on military drones in war zones. He monitors the communication between […]

Lean in to Your Duty Station: Making the Most of Each PCS


by Bianca Strzalkowski It is likely that every duty station will not be your dream destination. Not every spot can have the outdoor adventures of Hawaii, cultural exposure of Europe, or have a bustling job market full of opportunities. Plus, let’s face it, military installations do not always have a reputation for being in the […]

Operation KUDOS Helps Military Children Understand Deployment


Military children participated in Operation Kids Understanding Deployment Operations at Hurlburt Field, Fla., April 22, 2017. Operation KUDOS is an educational event aimed to help build resilience in military youth by engaging them in activities that simulate the predeployment experience, such as pre-deployment lines and demonstrations. Operation KUDOS is an educational event aimed to help […]

Arts In The Armed Forces Helping Servicemen


If you’ve ever studied theater, you probably know that this form of art can impact your life in ways you never imagined. While reading an incredible play is an experience all by itself, watching one is even better. Adam Driver, founder of Arts in the Armed Forces, from “Girls,” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” […]

Down Time: Pre-and-Post Deployment Trips


by R.Brian Williams The rush to get ready for a deployment often leads to putting the family on hold while you sharpen your skills and race to get all your pre-deployment tasks accomplished. But one way to help your family get prepared for your absence is to take what little time you may have and […]

Total Force of Each Military Branch in the Reserve Component


The Reserve and Guard make up nearly 40%  of total U.S. uniformed manpower. Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), has been the most costly recent military operation for each reserve component: Component – Killed in the Line of Duty Army National Guard – 495 Army Reserve – 246 Marine Reserves – 139 Navy Reserve – 24 Air […]

Making a Care Package for Your Mom or Dad


by R. Brian Williams It’s hard when your Mom or Dad is in the military and they are deployed. You miss seeing them every day, having them tuck you in bed or talk with you about your day at dinner. Guess what? Your Mom or Dad misses those things with you, too. So much. Care […]

Education While Deployed


by Bennett Leigh These days, there really is no reason for a member of the military, including the National Guard and Reserve, to not get a college education — even if you are deployed while working towards your degree. From the generous benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill to the tuition reimbursement and student load […]

USING technology TO STAY connected WHILE deployed


by Rebecca Alwine Every time I watch an old war movie, I think about how different life is for military families now. While deployments seem long at a year, imagine what it would have been like to send your spouse off to war — the whole war — without knowing when it would end. To […]

Striking a Balance


by Bennett Leigh Most members of the reserve or National Guard know something about Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)— they have certainly heard the acronym, and likely know it is an organization within the DoD that helps facilitate understanding between reserve component members and their civilian employers. But many may not know […]