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Week in Review: Week of March 7 - March 13 (Military News)

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

MilitaryAvenue.com:


Some Good News: Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA): In the days following the announcement of a temporary pause of the Career Advancement Account - MyCAA - we have heard your feedback, suggestions and concerns.  We are pleased to announce that the MyCAA program will resume operations on March 13, 2010, at 12 p.m., noon (EST), for military spouses who currently have existing MyCAA accounts. ...

Farmers Markets, Garage Sales, Crafts Shows... OH MY!:  I recently wrote a quick blog for our Military Partners about how they can help YOU, the military family, know about events happening in your community. Perhaps, though, you know about events happening on base and off. This blog post is for you, too. Spread the word about on-post spouse functions, on- or off-base garage sales, bake-sales to raise money for scholarships, things happening around you that you want your community to know about! Submit events that you found out about, you have been to, you know others in your community would enjoy. ...


Faces Behind the Hero: Erin, Army Wife and Veteran: This week's "Faces Behind the Heroes" is Erin, an Army wife, mom, dog-lover and veteran. Talk about wearing a few hats! I am so glad Erin took the time to answer some questions so that we could get to know this very special Army Wife. 

Face of Defense: Soldier Looks for ‘Buried Treasure’:  It’s not uncommon to see Army Sgt. Benjamin Kirk Rudy walking around with an elaborate pirate-style coffee mug while spouting off some random pirate fact.  What many don’t know about this quirky, charismatic paratrooper is that there’s more to his pirate obsession than meets the eye. He uses the pirate character as a way to bond with his two children -- Logan, 6, and Taylor, 4, during deployments. ...

Stand up and notice this: "Salute Soldiers with the Spirit of America" from Jim Beam and Operation Homefront:  Are you ready to tell the story of your hero? Or heroine? The "Salute Soldiers with the Spirit of America" contest is sponsored by Jim Beam and partnered with Operation Homefront and has some great prizes! Read below to find out more and get ready to tell them about your friend or family member! ...

Mortuary Staff Prepares Uniforms for Fallen: Army Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Toro slides ribbons onto a rack, then clips the rack onto a brand-new dress uniform, the finishing touch on a lengthy process to ensure the proper medals and decorations are in place. He smiles as he admires his handiwork, lifting the jacket to ensure each medal and insignia is perfectly spaced and no wrinkles have invaded the carefully pressed surface. Toro has put an inordinate amount of time and effort into this uniform, even though it’s not one he’ll ever wear. This uniform is for a servicemember who has been killed in combat. ...

Dislocation Allowance:  Service members receive a dislocation allowance when they relocate because other allowances usually fall short of the full cost of moving. In general, it is paid once per PCS move and may be paid in advance.  DLA is based on your grade and dependency status on the PCS travel order effective date. The current rate information can be found here. ...

The Way Out of Iraq - DoD Roundtable: The Way Out of Iraq! What is the next step? We eliminated a dictatorial regime; continue to advise their military and police; assisted in the development of their new constitution; watched the country hold democratic elections, rebuilt much of their infrastructure and are ready to come home! The DoD Bloggers Roundtable met with Maj. Gen. Terry Wolff, United States Division - Center commander who provided a post-election update of the next steps. General Wolff has served in Iraq in 2003, 2006 and now in 2010. ...

Military Discount on your Truck or Trailer Rental: Receive a Military Discount on your Truck or Trailer Rental from Penske! Click here to make your reservations today. ...

What does PCS mean to our MilitaryAvenue Partners?: Military acronyms are frequently a source of curiosity by our civilian family and friends and a source of much humor in the military community! Recently, my father, a WW2 veteran, told me of an acronym used by his pastor in a sermon that had its origin in WW2 GI slang and had become part of American culture and language. When the minister was informed of what he had just said if the acronym had been spelt out in its entirety, he was pretty surprised. ...


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