Free Photo Book for Deployed Servicemembers

Are you still sweating out a deployment while waves of soldiers roll in from Iraq?

It can be tough to smile amid all the happiness when you are still enduring the pain of separation.

A free photo book program through the USO can help to shorten that distance, at least in pictures.

The USO has partnered with RocketLife to allow military family members to create a custom photo book and have it shipped to their deployed service member. The full-color books are small enough to fit in a cargo pocket and hold more than 60 photos.

Nurses To Lead the Fight to Help Vets Suffering from TBI, PTSD

America’s nurses are about to become the first line of defense in recognizing and treating symptoms of PTSD and TBI.

Today Michelle Obama announced an initiative by more than 150 nursing organizations and hundreds of nursing schools to train current and future nurses to recognize the injuries and care for veterans suffering from them.

Teaching Campuses to Work with Veterans

Student veterans often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. That is true. But what also is true is that student veterans are dedicated learners, leaders in student activities and contributors on campus.

Still, the conversation too often returns to PTSD and stereotypes. Classmates, and sometimes college administrators, veterans say, see them as one-dimensional characters on the verge of a breakdown.

Need help after combat? Start at the Vet Center

It’s hard for many young military spouses to imagine that they would need to seek out a Veteran Center to help care for their husband – before they’ve even reached retirement age.

But the number of young veterans, some as young as 21, who require veteran medical services has skyrocketed with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide range of services to combat veterans learning to re-adjust to the civilian world.

Servicemembers wrongfully forced out of homes receive justice


The five largest mortgage companies have agreed to an additional settlement for military families in addition to the $25 billion settlement to compensate families who were wrongly foreclosed upon.

Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Ally will be required to give military families a minimum of $116,785 plus lost equity and interest for violating terms of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Long distance heart beats

After five deployments, my family has seen and tried a lot of ways to keep connected.

We’ve emailed. We’ve skyped. My husband has recorded himself reading books to the kids. We’ve made countdown charts. We’ve lit deployment candles. My kids have a daddy doll, a daddy blanket and a jar full of kisses to eat each night before he returns.

They are each sweet, cheesy and necessary in their own way. I’ve finally come across a deployment item that just weirds me out a bit: the heart beat pillow.

Free Tax Filing Service For Military Families

It is tax time again! Want to save yourself the cost of purchasing software to configure your taxes? Head online to www.militaryonesource.comwhere you can use the software for free. H&R Block offers free online tax filing services on the site to military families. Just go to the Military OneSource site and click on the tax service page. It will ask you to log on to Military OneSource, so if you have not signed up as a member of the site, do so now. Then it will direct you to the tax preparation software.

Marines Restore Tuition Assistance

 Hell hath no fury like a student whose tuition assistance has been yanked.

In October of 2011, the Marine Corps slashed the amount of money students were given each semester and drastically cut the number of classes they could take each year.

The Marines have since done an about face and restored all tuition assistance levels to those that existed before the cuts.

New Study Finds Moms Multitask More Than Dads; Moms Say “Duh”

Currently, I am stirring cookie batter for tomorrow’s school bake sale, rocking my one-month old, writing this story and somewhere in the back of my head I am calculating how much my overspending at the commissary this morning is going to mess with this month’s budget.

It is 11:39 at night.

My husband headed to bed about an hour ago after loading his gear into his truck and then letting the dog out to go to the bathroom.

More Education Benefits Coming for Older Veterans

Lawmakers are attempting to find jobs for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as well as those from previous conflicts by offering incentives to employers and more education benefits to vets.

The president signed The Vow to Hire Heroes Act in November as a means of continuing to care for the nearly 900,000 unemployed veterans in the U.S.

The act also aims to improve the economy by rewarding businesses who hire veterans.


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