Staying Stress-Free During PCS Season

By Christine Cioppa

Your family received the orders. It’s time for a Permanent Change of Station (PCS). If you’re like Kathy Broniarczyk, Director of Family Support at the Military Family Research Institute, and Army spouse, this responsibility falls on you more times than not. You’re holding the family together, packing and unpacking. You’re doing it all! 

Don’t Want to Owe Taxes in 2016? Do Your Homework Now

Were you caught off-guard when you carefully documented every expense and deduction on your tax return, only to find out that you owed the government money?

Now is the perfect time to recalculate, reassess and regroup to try and avoid any surprises the next time April 15 rolls around.

Things the average taxpayer might not think of, like self-employment income or the profit from selling personal property, are what often lead to owing taxes.

10 Quick Tips to Nailing Your Video Job Interview

It can be tough for spouses who are PCSing to be at a job interview in their new location before they have packed up at their current duty station. Especially if the two bases are across country, or even overseas.

Luckily, technology is making it easier for employers to conduct interviews with potential hires via internet and video cameras. No traveling. No sitting nervously in the lobby. The weather outside won’t touch that perfect hair and makeup after you’ve left the mirror. And, no heels to wear!

So, You Want to Change Your Major - Now What?

Once upon a time, a pretty princess really liked to read and write. She liked to write so much that she took every reading and writing college course in the kingdom. In return for all her hard work, the princess was given a degree in English. And she was happy.

That is, she was happy until she remembered that she lives in the Washington, D.C. Metro area, and a degree in English made her about as marketable as a muddy puppy in an Ikea showroom.

So if you haven’t figured it out, I’m changing my major.

Do You Need Strong Communication Skills in Every Profession?


Strong communication skills are a must for every professional. Regardless of your career field or what stage you are in, don’t overlook the value of the written or spoken word. Here’s what employers say about communication skills with regard to getting the job, being successful on the job and advancing in your career.

Getting the Job

Tax Refunds - This is Not A Bonus Check

By Amanda Rebmann

April 15th.  Tax deadline day.  Every year we account for our earnings over the past year and to ensure both the federal and state governments have collected the amounts granted them by law (thanks 16th Amendment!) 

Remember- we are a country founded by rather wealthy men who objected to taxation.  Times have certainly changed, and I do NOT advocate going to your local IRS with a bucket of tar and a bag of feathers.  The old adage is true: death and taxes are certain.

Grammar - Going Back to School? You Need to Get it Right!

Recently, an editing client I work with called something to my attention. He is writing his thesis for his master’s degree, and … well, really it was his terrible misuse of common words that got me thinking.

Academic Writing: Research Rabbit Hole, Anyone?

A few blogs back, we talked about the types of legitimate resources to use when writing for research. It occurred to me, however, that finding those legitimate resources could be a huge task all by its itty-bitty self. So, in the interest of working smarter rather than harder, I’ve compiled a list of steps that will make things easier, and online places that are basically academic-writing gold mines! 

Tax Time! Here’s What Military Families Need To Know

By Jan Wesner Childs

It’s that time of year again when all Americans, military or civilian, have one often-dreaded chore in common: Filing federal income taxes.

Active-duty military W-2 forms are due to be available Jan. 24 on myPay, the DOD’s online, automated pay system. While taxes aren’t due until April 15 (and in some cases later for those deployed or serving outside the United States), the sooner you file, the sooner you’ll get any refund coming to you – often in less than two weeks if you file electronically.

Disability Benefits for Veterans: A Quick Overview

By Mandy Rebmann

Disability Compensation Benefits (disability) is a monetary consideration paid to veterans who suffered or aggravated a sickness or injury while on active military service.  The amount of benefit ranges based on severity of the injury, in 10 percent increments, from 10 to 100 percent.  This article will give a brief overview of what disability compenstation is, and how it may differ from a salary or pay.


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