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Week in Review: Week of February 21-27 (Military News)

Here are ten of our most popular military-related articles for the week on MilitaryAvenue.com:


MilitaryAvenue.com Resources: Money and The Military: Looking for some resources related to money-management? Look no further: * 2010 Military Saves Week - The Stress of Making a Purchase - Did you know that The Department of Defense has designated Feb. 22 through March 1, 2010 as Military Saves Week? Saving money... kind of a sore point for me.  Extending Your Dollars Not as Tough as Once Thought- Trying to squeeze a few more pennies out of those dollars you receive every couple of weeks is a challenge to many. ...

Is this what support feels like? The 'Pause' of MyCAA: I have a barrel of emotions running through me this morning. Distrust. Anger. Frustration. Not pretty emotions. And it is all for our military-spouses directed - AT - our administration.  "Effective immediately, the MyCAA program is temporarily halting operations. We are reviewing all procedures, financial assistance documents and the overall program. This pause will not affect approved Financial Assistance documents. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check back for updates." ...

Approved Spouses Unaffected by Career Program Pause: A week after announcing the temporary halt of the Defense Department’s Military Spouse Career Advancement Account operations, the head of the program assures participants with approved financial assistance that their enrollment will be unaffected.  “For those of you who have currently approved financial account documents, your documents will be honored,” said Tommy T. Thomas, deputy undersecretary of defense for the Pentagon’s office of military community and family policy.  ...

MilitaryAvenue.com Special: PCS Central:  We all know how hard it is to pick up the family and move them to a new duty station! We have a wide variety of resources for you here on MilitaryAvenue.com. Here is a directory of articles & MilitaryAvenue.com categories offering military discounts related to PCSing. This is just a small selection of what MilitaryAvenue.com has to offer you.  MilitaryAvenue.com's Moving Checklist: A move isn't complete without a checklist! ...

Attention Military Spouses, Brats, Parents ... We want to meet you!: I'd LOVE to do a weekly or monthly segment all about you ... the one who stands behind our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines & coast guard. The 'forgotten-heroes' at home. The loved-ones who traded in a piece of their heart for his (or her!) dog-tags.  "The Faces Behind Our Heroes"  Would you be interested in responding to a short email with interview-type questions? ...

Air Force Sergeants Association, USAA announce affinity relationship: USAA is the preferred provider for property and casualty insurance products - Nearly 128,000 enlisted Airmen and their eligible family members now are able to take advantage of one of the nation’s highest ranked* property and casualty insurance group of companies thanks to an agreement between the Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) and USAA. ...

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.  ...

Second-tier Entitlement and VA Loans: Veterans and active duty military with a VA Home Loan might be surprised to know that they can qualify to purchase a home with a second VA Loan based on what’s called their Second-Tier Entitlement.  While there’s plenty to know about the VA Loan for those just looking to use it the first time, there’s a dearth of information about using two VA Loans simultaneously.  “A lot of vets think they can only use their VA Loan once,” said Dan Davis, a VA Loan Specialist with VAMortgageCenter.Com. “They’re trying to save their VA Loan benefit when they don’t have to be.” ...

New Hiring Authority for Military Spouses Announced: New federal government hiring regulations allow for the noncompetitive appointment of military spouses to federal civil service positions. The intended effect of this new hiring authority is to facilitate the entry of military spouses into the federal government as part of an ongoing effort to recruit and retain skilled and experienced members of the civilian armed forces.  This authority gives government agencies the option of hiring qualified military spouses without going through the competitive process. ...

Wordless Wednesday: Homemade Pizza... YUM!:  It is wordless.  Checkout this blog for some fun pictures of homemade pizza in the works.


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