It’s Tax Time Again

Time to dig through those shoeboxes full of paperwork, tax time is here.

And the more organized and knowledgeable you are about the laws, the easier it will be for you to file.

Military members, and spouses, often have very different tax rules to follow than non-military affiliated Americans. If you are tackling your own taxes this year, you need to know what laws give you a break not afforded to everyone else.

It is best to go to the source.

Meditate at Work? Absolutely

There is a reason that high stress jobs are referred to as the "rat race."

Employees are stressed, overworked, drained.

What can an 89-year-old Vietnamese monk teach you about taking your stress-filled job down a notch?

A lot, actually.

Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, practices and teaches the art of mindfulness. He wants people, especially those who claim they are too busy to do this, to stop, relax and work on strengthening communication with our peers as a means of developing more meaningful relationships and lessening stress.

Four Things to Never Say to Your Boss

Words matter. And with social media, texting and other casual, short-cut means of communicating, professionals unknowingly use language that could cut short their careers. To keep your career on track, consider eliminating these four phrases from your workplace interactions, especially with the boss. 

“We tried that before and it didn’t work”

New Year, New You

By Christine Cioppa

 Sitting at a desk all day for work and classes (on top of the sporadic noshing on snacks) sets many of us back with our weight goals. Now, the New Year is approaching and resolutions are being made for weight loss.

A Nielsen survey of the top 2015 New Years’ resolutions (from January of this year) found that “staying fit and healthy” and “losing weight” were the top two New Year’s resolutions (69 percent of people polled).

Housing Allowance Dropped for Children Using Parents’ Post-9/11 GI Bill

If you are considering transferring your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to your children or spouse, do it now.

Congress set a new rule this week: children who use their parents Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits will receive half of the housing allowance.

Currently, the bill gives students the active duty housing allowance for an E-5, family of four at the location of the college or training facility where the student is enrolled. Full-time online students receive a set rate for their housing.

Fertility Clinics Set to Help Wounded Veterans

When a servicemember is recovering from a serious war injury, having a baby is usually not an immediate concern.

But, as they recover, and military couples try to return to a regular routine, often they find that the next step, having children, is impossible to do naturally.

Free Acupuncture for Pain and PTSD

By Christine Cioppa

The Department of Defense (DoD) is using acupuncture and has been for a while. In fact, the U.S. Air Force even has an Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Center at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.

Retired Air Force Colonel Richard C. Niemtzow, M.D., Ph.D., MPH, is leading the military’s research on using acupuncture for pain on the battlefield. Still, it is not a treatment that is typically covered by most insurance companies, including Tricare.

Be Healthy! Two Ways to Boost Health and Happiness

By Christine Cioppa   

Once a year many people take a special moment to appreciate what they have. It feels good to get together with family and/or friends and go around the table and give thanks. But when the turkey leftovers are long gone and that spirit of thankfulness slips from the foreground of our minds, thoughts of gratitude can be replaced with thoughts of to-do lists, everyday happenings and whatever annoyances that arise.

Need to Mail Gifts and Cards? Deadlines Loom for Christmas Delivery

Christmas is still nearly four weeks away. Plenty of time to bake, shop and make plans.

But, if you are mailing cards and gifts, your deadline is now. If those gifts are going overseas, your deadline was last week.

While the U.S. Postal Service can still guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve for domestic items, overseas shipments, especially those going to forward deployed troops, need to be sent asap.

Here are your deadlines:

Job Searching? Do Not Lock Yourself Into One Type of Job

I recently saw a picture with an accompanying quote, “Remember: Nurses are like icebergs. At any one time, you are only seeing about one fifth of what they are actually doing.”

Thinking back to my orthopedic days, this is quite accurate. But, the world of nurse case management is an even more incognito way for nurses to help others outside of the stereotypical hospital shift, and, without people even seeing what is involved.


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