April’s Military Family Newsletter

MilitaryAvenue’s April Military Family Newsletter(Subscribe to future newsletters)

It is April! A month my family has been looking forward to for quite some time. Flowers are in bloom, the weather is warming up and most importantly my husband comes home after a very-long deployment. To say we are excited is an understatement.

April is Month of the Military Child. I’ve enjoyed following the stories of a few outstanding ‘Brats’ at Voice For The Military Child this month. I have my own stories as the daughter of an Air Force pilot, and now I am watching the stories of my own children unfold as the sons of a deployed soldier. All this lends to the question, “Have you hugged your ‘brat’ today?”

Also with April comes thoughts of vacations, home-projects, pcs-expenses and much more. Since money doesn’t grow on trees (darn!) it has to come from somewhere and leads us to thinking about family budgets and how to use money to the best of our abilities. Read on in our newsletter for a few articles on how to get the most bang-for-your-buck out of the family money-pot.

Cash Out Refinance Loan
You’re a veteran or active-duty member, and you would like to get some cash out of the equity in your home. Might I suggest the VA Home Loan Refinance benefit?

The VA offers a Cash-Out Refinancing Loan that allows you to refinance and get some money out of your home while still using the VA home loan guarantee. Although these loans were not as popular just a little while ago, they’re coming back because of changes in legislation. The Veterans’ Benefits Improvement Act of 2008 has added many improvements (hence the name of the bill) that can save you up to $20,000 more than before.


What’s Hot on
Popular Articles during the last month

  • Free Laptop contest for our Military-Families
  • Rocking The Avenue – win an iPod
  • Second Lady Attends Ft Bragg Homecoming
  • Reconciliation Offers Fresh Start in Iraq
  • How to Buy a New Car
  • Fears of Reintegration
  • More Documentation Necessary to Replace or Renew ID Cards
  • PCS Allowances and Entitlements
  • Your next “Home” Decision? Military Housing? Apartment? Purchase a Home? Rent?
  • Are You Getting Married for the Right Reasons: Myths of Marrying in the Military

  • Penny Pinching
    Penny-pinching … Don’t think of it has a burden. Think of it as a challenge! Some people are natural budgeters others of us find it a major stretch. Stretching the value of a dollar is important in this day and age. After all President Obama hasn’t included *MY* household in his stimulus package. Although, I sure could use a few thousand dollars if he finds any extra in his pocket-book.All this money-talk though has me thinking about ways that we can save money, a nickle at a time, even. (Continued)

    What is next …

    May 1st – Monthly “Military Alerts” will be sent out, filled with great-military discounts that can be found around your installation.

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    May 17th – Look for our next edition of the MilitaryAvenue Family Newsletter.

    Help your fellow military-family by answering a question and you will be entered into our monthly-giveaway brought to you by, with support from USAA. Will you be our next winner?

    Some recent questions on
    MilitaryAvenue Answers that you might be able to help with:

    • What is the website of PSD Jacksonville Florida so I can make an appointment to renew Spouses ID? (Click here to help out)
      I have 5 years and 9 months of military service. I am being involuntarily separated. Do I still get separation pay (Click here to help out)
    • My husband is about to graduate basic from ft. benning in GA, then he is suppose to go to his ait at redstone arsenal right after, yet he has 2 weeks in between do you know if he can come home at all during those 2 week? and i am planning on moving down to alabama from ohio to be with him, should i get an apt for 3 months while they figure out base housing? (Click here to help out)
    • How will I as a military wife communicate with my husband overseas? as far a telephone communication. (Click here to help out)
    • Help out your military-community by answering some unanswered questions. (Click on ‘Unanswered Questions’

    Household Penny Pinching from the House Guy!
    We owned homes while on active duty but spent a lot of time in military housing too as we moved so many times. One of the challenges of post military living has been household expenses and budgeting. We chose to live near family in a cold winter environment with a propane tank due to our country lifestyle. As we try to control electrical and propane bills we also saw the rise of fuel prices so it became critical to maintaining our costs. We like to travel and needed to see what we could do to save precious resources. We also saw it as a way to decrease demand and increase supply and help our environment. Our dollars saved can go into the penny pot for travel!

    Here are some Household Penny Pinching ideas that we found to be very helpful: (Continued)’s April 2009 Featured RewardThis Month’s Featured Military Reward is given to Pam’s Pristine Cleaning ServiceWarner Robins, Georgia -> “10% off all Services for Military, Retired Military and Civil Service employees.” (Continued)

    Find Your Military Reward! has over 6,500 Military Partner Ads on the site. We are adding partners daily to help you find military friendly businesses in your community. Simply find your installation and then click on Military Rewards at the top of the category sign-post.

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    Thank you for your service,
    The TeambyLeanneonMonday, April 20, 2009Military Life:,

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