Military Minute: 4 Smart Insurance Strategies

Take a minute (or two) to watch our newest video! Military members and their families face a lot of insurance choices. Today’s Military Minute, sponsored by Armed Forces Benefit Association, breaks down four types of insurance and offers some useful guidance for you to make good decisions. Learn more!

Pentagon to deliver plan to defeat ISIS to President Trump next week


By Carlo Muñoz – WashingtonTimes.com The long-awaited 30-day review of the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State ordered by President Trump is nearly complete, with the final draft expected to be delivered to the White House early next week, according to the Pentagon. Looking to keep his campaign promise to initiate a plan to destroy […]

VA plans to trash hundreds of thousands of veteran applications according to whistleblower


By Pete Kasperowicz, WashingtonExaminer.com A whistleblower in the Atlanta office of the Department of Veterans Affairs warned President Trump on Tuesday that the VA is preparing to throw out hundreds of thousands of benefit applications due to an error the VA itself made during the Obama administration. Scott Davis, a well-known whistleblower who has testified […]

Department of Education hails Oregon National Guard’s education plan


By Cody Mann, TheChronicleOnline.com The Oregon Department of Education recently endorsed the Oregon National Guard’s credit proficiency program known as The Oregon Plan for use in high schools across the state. The program gives juniors and seniors the chance to earn academic credits while training for military service. In an official letter to Major General […]

What do US military bases and communities need?


What Our Military Bases and Defense Communities Need. The neglect of our military infrastructure impacts not only our security but also the needs of our service families and the communities that support them. By Michael Cooper, Governing.com Our defense infrastructure not only supports our military missions and readiness. It also supports our 1.1 million service members, […]

Military spouse vs. Trump White House


By Alison Buckholtz, Foreignpolicy.com Two weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, I listed for a civilian friend the reasons why it would be wrong to identify myself as a military spouse against the White House. In the 15 years I’ve been married to my husband, an active-duty senior officer, I’ve had plenty of time to mull […]

Air Force ROTC provides great opportunities for students


By Frederick Bell | @frederickdbell, LSUNow.com The University’s Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps is a great resource for students looking for financial support, discipline and structure, lifelong friends and a multitude of other benefits. Many of us have heard of the ROTC program before but never really understood what it was all about. So, last […]

Illinois Army National Guard NCO’s invention improves howitzers’ useful life


By Don Wagner, Army.mil FORT MEADE, Md: (Army News Service) — Illinois Army National Guard Sgt. Wesley Todd has invented a device for light towed howitzers that improves Soldier safety and equipment longevity. It’s also expected to save the Army hundreds of thousands of dollars. The device is a tool that allows Soldiers to remove […]

Elder Care Costs Surprise and Stress Military Families


More than a third of middle-class military families expect to care for an aged parent By ThinkAdvisor, Think Advisor.com The sizable cost of elder care often catches many middle-class military families off guard. A fifth of respondents in a recent survey commissioned by First Command Financial Services said they were spending an average of $1,342 […]

The Quintessential Military Spouse


By Bonnie Amos, HuffingtonPost.com Chances are, that phrase calls up a specific mental image for most Americans. Perhaps you envision a young wife who is taking time away from the workforce to care for her family, functioning as both mother and father while her husband serves our country overseas. If you think of her career, you might […]

Seven Things to Square Away before You Leave for AT


When the dates for AT are announced, most people are in the thought process of “ehhh, that’s along way away and I don’t have to worry about it now”. While most ATs are planned out well ahead of time, some folks wait to the last minute to plan for taking care of the home front […]