Low Income Families Can Receive Help Paying for Childcare

If you are the spouse of a lower enlisted military member, and have young children, it may seem useless to find a job. Most of the money you make will be used to pay for a babysitter so that you can work.

An endless circle that gives you little benefit, right?

Low-income families, however, can receive help from the federal government to pay for childcare so that both parents can work, or attend school.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care, works to provide low-income families with affordable, early care and afterschool programs.

EFMP Families Need to Speak Up About Program Changes

By Tiffany Shedd

Health care has been a hot button issue for years now. But lately, you may have started to hear more about military-specific health care reforms.

This month, a DoD committee convened to discuss the EFMP program and ways to streamline this program. I know that sometimes it’s overwhelming to get through the day without worrying about these outside issues, but these discussions and articles about military health care and specifically EFMP reforms are important.

EFMP Changing, Make your Concerns Heard

By Tiffany Shedd

The Department of Defense is revamping the EFMP program.

This has been in the works for almost a decade, but very few people in the EFMP community know about it. Any changes to this program will most likely affect everyone enrolled.

You must post comments today if you have concerns about the program that you want addressed.

If you or a family member is enrolled in this program, you have until February 9th to submit comments that will be read and considered as part of this DoD reform.

Joining EFMP is the Best Options for Families with Exceptional Members

By Tiffany Shedd

We have been part of the Exceptional Family Member program for almost two and a half years. I have taken for granted how much being a part of this program has made life easier for us.

Navy Command Plays Santa and Sends Dad Home For Christmas

Being a military spouse makes you jaded.

You always assume your husband will come home too late for dinner. 

He will likely be deployed for your birthday.  Again.

He won’t get a promotion even when he deserves it.  He won’t get leave, even when he deserves it.  He won’t get to send e-mails or phone calls during deployments, even when he deserves it.

Granted, the Navy has been good to us.  I can’t complain.

Divorce, Military Style

Divorce is never easy. And in the military it’s often complicated by two of the things that can make military marriage difficult to begin with: Geography and bureaucracy.

Divorce proceedings against a servicemember are generally filed in the state where the servicemember lives, according to Peter Cushing, a Florida attorney who specializes exclusively in military divorce.

Meaning, that when it comes to military divorce, there are literally 50 ways to leave your lover.

No Need to Be Scared by Halloween Activities, Special Needs Children Can Enjoy Too

By Tiffany Shedd

I love Halloween. My son is turning three soon, and he’s excited about being a Minion. Luckily, his epilepsy isn’t triggered by flashing lights or external stimuli, so we can enjoy many different types of Halloween and fall festival activities.

Halloween is usually a fun time for most kids. But if your child is on the spectrum or has other special needs, it may not be a fun experience for many reasons.

When Unaccompanied Duty Separates A Military Member From Their EFMP Family

By Tiffany Shedd

School has started. The temperatures are dropping and the leaves are changing. Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice Latte for sale. So that means two things: fall is here, and PCS season is ending.

If you made a move, you’re probably starting to feel a bit more settled. Maybe you didn’t move but your spouse did. I know anytime I hear that my service member will be out of town for an extended training, I get anxious and start trying to plan for my mom to come visit.

Congress Won't Care Until You Do

Congress is currently reviewing a bill that will ease the financial burden for PCSing spouses who have to transfer their professional licenses from state to state.

That means when a spouse studies and works for two years to finally earn her professional license, only to receive PCS orders a week later, all the money she shelled out, and will now have to pay again in the next state, she can apply as a tax credit for that year (up to$500).

Sounds great, right?

It's likely to never happen.

Websites we love: Month of the Military Child

Kids serve too.

It is that simple.

When mom and dad are home late after training, gone for a year to deploy and miss countless holidays, birthdays, school plays and even playtime after school because of military commitments, their kids feel the effects of military life.

They are military too. They move when the service member moves. They are emotionally changed during deployment. They hurt when their parent is injured.

Military children may not wear the uniform but they enjoy the rewards and carry the pain that comes with serving, just like their parent.


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