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Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair Calendar ready for 2019

By Salute to Spouses Staff

If you are looking for a job in 2019, begin your search at www.hiringourheroes.org . The organization has posted its 2019 calendar of hiring events and there is sure to be one near you.

In January and February alone military only hiring fairs and networking receptions will be held across the nation in Washington, Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, California, Japan and Washington D.C.

A Christmas letter to military families everywhere

If we actually wrote a Christmas letter, this might be what it would sound like. Part nostalgic, part sentimental, part sarcastic … but all of it a pretty good reflection of our retired life.

 

Dear friends and family,

 

We haven’t written a Christmas letter for years.

 

For one thing, we can’t keep up with all your addresses. Our apologies if this letter was forwarded three times before it reached you!

 

2019, the year to track your insurance benefits

How old were you when you realized how much, or how little, your health insurance pays of your needed treatment?

This year. I figured that out, this year, in my 40s. Previous to this, our dental, vision and medical insurance through the military pretty much covered all of our needs. The military’s dental insurance even covered roughly half of my oldest son’s braces.

How Families Today are Paying for College

(StatePoint) The way families pay for college is a good indicator of how much planning takes place before the first tuition bill arrives. A new study by Sallie Mae suggests that while families are feeling confident in their decision making, nearly 40 percent do not have a plan to pay for college.

White elephant gifts in the office, a helpful guide to not losing your job at the office Christmas party

I know, I know. You desperately want to give the Donald Trump shaped troll doll (complete with giant, fuzzy, yellow hair!) to the lone Republican in your office during the Secret Santa gift exchange. It would be hi-lar-ious, you tell yourself as your plop it into your Amazon cart.

It’s not. Don’t do it. Back away from the keyboard. Quickly.

The office Christmas party and gift exchange/ white elephant game, can be a hoot. It can also be the fastest way to win a one-way ticket to the HR office.

Let’s make a short checklist, shall we?

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In your words: retirement struggles

Military retirement comes with a lot of lessons learned. Many of those revolve around being better prepared.

 

Specifically, a lot of spouses find that they – and their veteran – were not financially or emotionally ready to face such a huge transition.

 

I recently asked a group of “retiree spouses” what their biggest struggle was when their servicemember left the military.

 

Here are their answers, raw and unedited:

 

Final week for Tricare open season selection is here

Last week my dentist held an informational meeting for military retirees to help navigate the maze thousands of military families have suddenly found themselves in – choosing their medical coverage through Tricare, otherwise known as open season.

I was the youngest person in the room, by about 20 years. And the consensus among attendees and medical professionals was: this first year of Tricare open season is a confusing one.

Finding Motivation

By Jenna Moede

My last class was tough. I had trouble remembering my ability to handle the workload even though I enjoyed the content and felt excited about it. Now that I have my grade and succeeded in my first class, I have tried to figure out what kept me motivated and moving.

Still thankful for the military after all these years

Know what I miss most about the military today?

 

Chow hall Thanksgiving!

 

I might be dating myself with that name for the on-post Dining Facility, and maybe even with this whole post.

 

This is our second Thanksgiving after official retirement from the military, and our third if you include the one while my spouse was on terminal leave.

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Be careful on the roads, in your kitchen and avoid politics at all costs!

Thanksgiving can be filled with love and delight.

It can also be the trickiest time of year to gather the entire extended gang around the table. Not to mention, possibly one of the most dangerous days of the year.

The National Fire Protection Association says the chances of a cooking-related fire increase nearly 250 percent on Thanksgiving. Almost half of Thanksgiving Day fires occur from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when meals are being prepared and the cooks may be distracted by the guests and the sheer amount of food that needs to be tended to.

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