Week in Review: February 13 - February 19, 2011 (Military News) #MilitaryMon

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Being a Caregiver for Our Wounded Heroes: Do you know what it is like to be a caregiver for a seriously injured or sick person? a family member? Caring for my wonderful wife during her treatments for breast cancer five years ago became my mission! This fall she cared for me after several surgeries to remove malignant tumors from my foot and leg. With that experience and background I recognized the impact our wounded heroes' caregivers. Recently the VA provided some great information about new programs to assist our wounded and their caregivers. ...

Wounded Warriors: "It is WoundedWarrior Week! Caregiving, support groups, PTSD, walking in their shoes, ++ Find a way to #SOT"

Our Military Families and the Defense Budget of 2012 - DoD Roundtable: Defense Secretary Gates has called service members the "military's greatest strategic asset," and the President and First Lady’s Initiatives to support military families have had an impact on the proposed DoD Budget for 2012. No longer screaming for large medical fee increases for those who serve/have served, the budget includes $8.3 Billion for family support for all the services. ...

Wordless Wednesday: The Heart of a Military Spouse

February 2011 Savings Tips Drive - Give one, take a dozen!: Go "savings crazy" with MilitaryMoney.com's Facebook Savings Tips Drive, sponsored by USAA during the month of February 2011. With a goal of compiling the 50 most innovative ideas on how to save money, Military Money.com is asking readers to "drop off" their tips in a number of categories including: Utilities, Housing, Food and Kids. ...

Military Saves Week: Military Saves Week is quickly approaching. Are you ready to make the most of your money? Here's a few tips from USAA's Certified Financial Planner, Joseph Montanaro. The 2011 Military Saves Campaign kicks off with Military Saves Week Feb. 20-27. Normally, I’m not big on keeping up with the Joneses or jumping on bandwagons, but in this case it’s a no-brainer. Here’s why: You won’t miss it and even a little adds up. The Thrift Savings Plan is a great way to systematically set aside money for retirement. ...

10 Tips for a Healthy Marriage ... on Facebook: A Very Happy Valentine's Day to our military-families! I will honestly tell you hubs and I have no plans. I am a little sad about it but not terribly over-worked. It is hard with a young family to get out in the middle of the week as a couple. We certainly find time to 'date' each other but this Valentine's Day does not entail a dinner out, fine dining and dancing. I am thinking it will involve a homemade pie, chocolate, wine, and most hopefully some candles, backrubs, lights down low ... and a sleeping six-month old ...

Pentagon Comptroller Explains Budget Issues: While acknowledging a tougher financial reality, the Defense Department’s top financial official yesterday warned of a disruption in war funding and other likely effects if Congress continues to force the military to operate on continuing resolutions instead of fully funded budgets for fiscal 2011 and 2012. In a “DOD Live” bloggers roundtable yesterday, Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale explained President Barack Obama’s $671 billion fiscal 2012 budget request...

VA Announces Budget Request for 2012: In announcing the proposed budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) during the next fiscal year, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki emphasized “making every dollar” count in the $132 billion budget proposal for VA. “We will continue to wisely use the funds that Congress appropriates for us to further improve the quality of life for Veterans and their families through the efficiency of our operations,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. ...

It's not too early to think about Buying a Home: It's February, Tax season, and not too early to think about buying a home. Industry experts will tell you that December is the best time to buy a house and spring is the worst. That may be, but many of us have kids in school and realistically, we are going to want to make the big move during the summer. So, February is a great time to begin formulating a plan of action. ...

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