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Week in Review: July 17 - 23, 2011 (Military News) #MilitaryMon

Popular Military Family Articles for the week of July 17 - 23 on

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Little Known TRICARE Benefits:TRICARE offers comprehensive, affordable health coverage to more than 9.6 million eligible beneficiaries worldwide. It is an enormous military health benefits system and because of its complexity, many beneficiaries may be unsure of all the benefits and programs available to them. TRICARE has decided to highlight several well-know and maybe not-so-well-known benefits ...

Let's Celebrate!: Get ready though... we have big plans for our 1,000 post coming soon! Prizes from USAA, Sears, Home Depot, Army Wife Network, Prudential and more. But I can't stop there because the list is growing daily. (Are you a business owner? Want to participate? Giveaway-Extravaganza - We NEED You!) I'm so excited to see this kind of support for and from our Military Community! ...

Taking Care of Yourself is NOT Selfish: Spouses serve too! You provide support and stability in maintaining resiliency and mission readi-ness. While managing family separations, changing jobs and assuming the role of both parents, meeting the needs of everyone tends to take center stage. So, it only makes perfect sense that you move to the front of the line. Be an example to your children through action:  Get rest: Sleep is very important. You will be better prepared to deal with tomorrow if well rested. Create a bedtime ritual - meditating, reading or drinking a relaxing tea - whatever works for you. ...

Ask USAA: How much do I need to save for my newborn for college?: Hello, and welcome to the Ask USAA. My name is Scott Halliwell, and this is our featured question. Our question comes to us from a new mom by the name of Crystal, and she wants to know, "How much do I need to save each month for my newborn for college?"  Well Crystal, congratulations on the new addition. I remember those days very well, and, frankly, for me they were very exciting, but sometimes they were very scary, 'cause I wasn't sure how I was supposed to take care of a baby. ...

First Lady Plans ‘Joining Forces’ Events: First Lady Michelle Obama will take part in three events over the next several days to promote “Joining Forces,” a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of American society to support service members and their families. The first lady and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, have made numerous appearances in support of the initiative. On July 21, Obama will visit Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., to tour the youth program’s summer camp. ...

Soccer Players Fly Athletes to Brazil for CISM Games: Military Team USA soccer players Air Force Capt. Wendy Emminger and Air Force 1st Lt. Mandi Messinger were the pilots for a July 13 KC-10 Extender mission that flew teammates and track and field athletes from here to Galeao Air Base in Brazil to compete in the 5th CISM Military World Games. Created in 1948, the Conseil International du Sport Militaire organizes various sporting events for the armed forces of 133 member countries, according to United Nations information. CISM Military World Games are considered the largest military sporting event, with some 6,000 athletes expected to represent 110 countries in competitions in Rio de Janeiro this week. ...

"Your Future Demands Greatness, A Soldiers Inheritance" A Book Review: A young man joins the Army and goes off to basic training. Happens a thousand times a month! But this young man treasures letters from his dad through the whole process! "Your Future Demands Greatness" is a father’s wisdom and guidance for his son while he is in basic training, AIT and his first year of service. Full of humor and family, this book makes you feel like you are a member of the family but smiling as you watch Joseph meeting life’s changes! This is a great book for young people going off to be soldiers but also the other services as well! ...

Mom Means Business: My boys are a hurricane. A tornado. A path of destruction. We are working hard at starting good habits, staying organized, picking up when they are done playing, not waiting till Mom blows her top tells them to. I have found if I help organize the toys in their room that it only gets me very frustrated and my ideas fall apart in less then a couple of days. So now they are left to their own vices. I sent them to clean their room the other day, and told them anything left on their floor when they were done was going into the garbage. Sure enough they came down 30 minutes later declaring they were done. ...

Tasty Tuesday! Col K's Sassy and Yummy Salsa: What a refreshing, thick and tasty salsa. We had it with a few chips and a glass of wine on the deck at the end of a busy day and it helped cool us off! As a follow on, we had a 6 year old grandson's birthday party and knew it would be a hit! Be sure to chill for at least an hour after putting together! Easy to make; place ingredients in a mixing bowl and if wanted you can transfer to a nice dish later. Many of our items were fresh from the garden including the herbs or local farmer’s market! It is so nice to have that option. ...

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. We don't want our MilitaryAvenue Partners surprised by the term PCS! While it does not contain any bad language itself, it might be considered to be the beginning of a period of bad language for many military families. ...

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