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!

Last Call: US Military Reserve Component


Almost 40 % of all members of the U.S. Military are in the Reserve Component. 84% of the Army National Guard serves in a Traditional Part-Time Status. SOURCE: NGB Statistically speaking, nearly 15,600 reserve component personnel are drilling on any given weekend during the year. Manpower By Component 342 – National Guard, Army 105.5  – […]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Surprises Deserving Veteran on The Goodyear Blimp


  DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Paul Siverson is a 30-year Marine Corps veteran who now volunteers to help veterans in North Carolina. A week ago Goodyear noticed his service both during and after the military was “Blimp worthy” and Goodyear offered Paul a ride in the Goodyear blimp. However Siverson, humble like so many other veterans, […]

Vietnam POW’s escape from torture and deprivation


Tortured with razor-sharp bamboo and fed alive to ants: The story behind one PoW’s incredible escape from Vietnam By Zoe Brennan, Dailymail.co.uk Flying low over the dangerous and impenetrable Laotian jungle on a bombing mission against the Viet Cong, U.S. Air Force Colonel Eugene Deatrick saw a lone figure waving to him from a clearing […]

The Challenge of Accessing Birth Control in the Military


Many women want to stop their periods while in the field, but getting the means to do so can be difficult. By Leslie Nemo, TheAtlantic.com While she was deployed in Somalia and Iraq as a colonel in the army, Elspeth Cameron Ritchie handled her period with limited privacy, often in isolated or flooded bathrooms for […]

Former Navy special operations commander: Trump attacks on media ‘the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime’


By Christopher Woodly, BusinessInsider.com Retired Adm. William McRaven, who led the Joint Special Operations Command before becoming University of Texas System Chancellor, condemned President Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on the news media and the press during a speech Tuesday. “The president said the news media is the enemy of the American people,” McRaven said in […]

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 […]