Franchise Ownership: A Three-Part Series Do You Have What It Takes?

When Herv Breault retired from the Army in 2010, after 25 years of service, an interesting opportunity knocked on his door. Several veterans with whom he had served approached him to become a partner in a franchise they had started.

That franchise is Philly Pretzel Factory. Today, having pooled their money and talents, Breault and his six partners have three locations in Lebanon and Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and are considering what other ventures they may take on together in the future. 

When Bad Books Happen to Good People: How to find Alternate Sources

Remember we had that talk about crappy books? About how a bad textbook required for an already difficult class sets us up for failure?

Well, when we are dealt a hand like that, we have two options. We can either allow our butts to get kicked and suffer a GPA drop (assuming we get a C), or we can quit whining and find better sources.

So, how can we find better sources?

Assuming the book isn't so bad that its information could be better explained by the shouting of a drunk, crazy man living under a Central Park bridge, the text should provide three valuable things:

Strategies for Stress Management

By Christine Cioppa

Irritable lately? If you’re not “h-angry” (anger caused by hunger) or premenstrual and dealing with hormonal fluctuations, you might want to look at how you are managing your stress levels.

Websites we love: Math help!


Just saying the word makes some students shudder.

But, you have to take it to graduate. And, yes, believe it or not, you might just use those equations, or at least the math processes, in real life.

So, if you are sitting at your kitchen table until the wee hours of the morning scratching out problems over and over again, and find you just can’t figure it out, you may want to check out some of these free math help sites online. Each is designed for advanced high school math courses and beyond, so don’t worry about tripping over the little kid stuff.

How to Be a Great Reference for Job Hunters

It's down to the wire. Resumes were reviewed. Interviews were conducted. Thank you cards were received. All the top contenders are great candidates for Company X. But, there's only one position to fill. Let the reference checks begin!

How many times have you been holding your breath, hoping your references will get you over the top?

What happens when you are that hope for someone else?

When a friend asks you to be there reference, you might want to just say, “She's awesome! Hire her.”

Are you a Working Military Spouse? The Government Might Subsidize your Off-Post Day Care Costs

By Mandy Rebmann

A couple of months after closing on our new house, my husband had a troubled look on his face. He was working on the monthly budget. 

“So, how soon can you go back to work,” he asked.

I knew it was coming. I had already been working on getting a job with my old company, which I was lucky enough to do.  Hello paycheck. Goodbye stay-at-home mommy, “free” child care.

Heading to the Open Road? Bring Your Military Atlas

Mandy Rebmann

Planning a family road trip? 

Your first stop should be your base’s PX to pick up your copy of United States Military Road Atlas.  Sold for around $20 in the PX or the book section of Clothing and Sales, this book is an invaluable source for the military traveler.  Just about everything you need to know about saving money on the road is in there. 

Our family loves to travel.  For me, nothing beats the freedom of the open road.  It’s not for everyone, but I love spending hours in the car seeing America. 

Pregnant and in School? The Law is on Your Side

Autumn Lotz was pregnant with her second child when she went back to college.

She was doing well in her classes, but she was exhausted.

“The hardest part was dealing with homework, pregnancy and a toddler,” said Lotz, a Navy spouse. “Pregnancy brain is a serious thing.”

She dropped an 8 a.m. class because she was worried about her exhaustion affecting her grade.  Taking that class online would have been easier, she said, but she also admits that she doesn’t thrive in online classes.

Webinar Offers Advice for College Bound Vets with TBI

We know many of you are caring for a spouse who was severely injured in Iraq or Afghanistan.

And the struggle has been long, and hard.

For those who suffer from traumatic brain injury, returning to everyday life may have at first, seemed impossible.

As they improve and progress, the Department of Defense has offered a series of classes for caretakers and family members to help these veterans in their recovery.

This week, they are hosting an event that specifically addresses helping your veteran take the next step toward regaining their everyday life.

Websites we love: Scholarships for Women

Returning to school this fall?

Chances are you are shopping for books, paper, pens and scholarships.

With enough digging around base, your hometown and the internet, you will find that there are thousands upon thousands of dollars in scholarship money. And many of them are only given to very specific types of recipients.

Luckily, there are a lot of benefactors out there who think women and moms deserve an extra hand when it comes to finishing their college degrees.

Google the term, scholarships for women, and you will find thousands of hits.


For Military Spouses
Apply for the Salute to Spouses scholarship today and begin your education! You’ll be on the way to your dream career.