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

Here are ten of our most popular military-related articles for the week on

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Special Considerations for Military Renters: Active duty service-members face a big decision when they receive orders sending them to a new assignment: live in military housing, government-leased housing, or buy or rent a place in the nearby community.  In some situations, that choice is made for you. If there are no vacancies on the installation, you may be forced to find your own housing. On the other hand, if there's ample room on the installation, the local command may require you to live in military quarters. ...
 
How to Prepare Your Kids for a Move: Moving is a major life event for adults — and even more so for children. As you plan your move, follow these pointers to help smooth their transition to a new community.  Explain why you're moving.  Acknowledge their feelings.  It's only natural for your child to feel anxious about a move — after all, you probably are, too. Rather than dismissing their feelings, let them know you understand. Then brainstorm with your child to help them come up with ideas for addressing their concerns. ...

Senate bill would improve PCS travel benefits: Mileage reimbursement rates would increase and military families moving to or from Alaska, Hawaii and Guam would be able to ship a second car at government expense under legislation introduced Monday in the Senate. Sponsored by Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Patty Murray, D-Wash., the Servicemembers Permanent Change of Station Relief Act, S 3150, addresses two of the three improvements in travel reimbursements requested by the Military Coalition, a group of more than 30 military-related organizations. ...

Faces Behind the Hero: Ally, Navy Wife, Mom, Veteran, Blogger Extraordinaire: I am continually amazed at the strength of the military-spouse! This week's 'Face Behind the Hero' is another wonderful example of wit and wisdom; spice and life; juggler of so many hats! What a wonderful opportunity she has given us to see just a glimpse of her thoughts as a navy-wife. Thank you, Ally. Thank you to all of the military-spouses out there holding up the homefront. ...

Moving On A Budget: Moving is an expensive proposition, especially if you're bearing the entire cost yourself. With a little thought and advance planning, you can prepare yourself for the expense — and maybe even find some ways to lower the price tag. Your Moving Budget - As soon as you know you'll be moving, it's wise to estimate your expenses. Consider these potential costs: ...

3 Ways to Find Your Teen a Safe, Affordable Car: Although some teens buy cars with earnings from fast-food labor or hours of trudging behind a lawn mower, others receive an assist from mom and dad or grandparents. Either way, you can provide valuable advice on how to save money on the purchase, what safety features the car should have and how to drive responsibly.  1. Protecting Them and Their Investment  When you realize that your children or grandchildren will command an object that weighs several thousand pounds, you want to make sure they'll be safe behind the wheel.  ...

Face of Defense: Marine Sets Example for Other Women:  When women were first allowed to enlist in the Marine Corps in the 1940s, they did not qualify with weapons and they were not required to learn hand-to-hand combat, but they received instruction on etiquette and how to wear makeup. Marine Corps Cpl. Amy Gentry is a prime example of how much life for women serving in the Marine Corps has changed. A fire team leader with 2nd Platoon, Military Police Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Gentry has deployed twice to Iraq’s Anbar province. ...

National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” and a wounded warrior:   My interview with LTC Marc Hoffmeister, one of National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year” recipients.  In April 2007, LTC Hoffmeister was severely injured while serving in Iraq when an IED destroyed his Humvee. Hoffmeister was evacuated to Germany and then back to the U.S. on a 29-hour “hell flight” home, where he had eight surgeries on his arm and endured many months of painful rehabilitation. ...

Fatherhood:  I had the pleasure of reading a blog this morning on the DoD "Family Matters Blog". It left me inspired, thankful, even a little wistful. It reminds me of the fact that parenthood doesn't involve any sort of manual. Mothers, Fathers, we learned from our parents and we follow our heart. I will be the first to admit I have been blessed with some great men in my life; in particular, my dad and my husband.  Dad is now a retired Air Force Colonel. 30-years in the service, he retired just as I announced I was pregnant with my first, *E*. Basically, all I knew as a child was the Air Force way of life. ...

MilitaryAvenue.com Resources: Buying a Home: Is buying a home in your future? Here are some resources from MilitaryAvenue.com to help prepare you to own a piece of the "American Dream". ...




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