Military Families


Sesame Street App For Military Kids Helps Ease Stress Of Moving

A new mobile app featuring familiar Sesame Street characters aims to help ease the stress of moving to an unfamiliar new home.

It's estimated children in military families move six to nine times between kindergarten and high school. Dr. Kelly Blasko, psychologist at the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, explains how the app can help...

"Moving can be stressful, and kids need to express feelings and say goodbye ...

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A Promise Broken? Pentagon May Close Some Commissaries

Defense Department officials have promised for months that while budget cuts might mean higher prices at commissaries, the doors of the military grocery stores would remain open. Now, it seems some commissaries may close after all.

Stars and Stripes reports during a congressional hearing this week, Frederick Vollrath, assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management, testified that raising prices at commissaries may ultimately lead to closures:

“It’s ...

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Camp Pendleton To Host Job Fair For Military Spouses

Camp Pendleton is hosting on Tuesday the Military Spouse Employment Program Hiring Fair and Career Forum. The husbands and wives of active duty, National Guard, reservists, and veterans are all welcome, along with Gold Star Spouses.

The Networking Reception is scheduled for Monday night, between 7-9 p.m.

The Hiring Fair will take place from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pacific Views Event Center ...

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Watch Historic Medal Of Honor Ceremony Live (Video)

Today at the White House, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Home Post will carry the ceremony live starting at 12:40 p.m. PDT.

The Military Times reports:

Congress... called for a review in 2002 of Jewish American and Hispanic American veteran war records from WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam ...

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Navy Sailors And Marines To Get Career Sea Pay Raises

Starting this summer, the Navy will give sailors and Marines a 25 percent raise in career sea pay.

Sailors and Marines earn career sea pay in addition to their base pay, as a way to compensate them for time at sea (and away from their families).

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced the pay hike earlier this month:

"This increase is long overdue and is meant to reward our Sailors and ...

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Marine Corps IDs Top Gun Student Killed In Nevada Jet Crash

The Marine Corps has identified the pilot killed March 1 when his F/A-18C Hornet crashed near NAS Fallon as Capt. Reid "Eeyore" Nannen, 32, of Hopedale, Ill.

As Home Post reported last week, Nannen's jet went down on the Fallon Range Training Complex, roughly 70 miles east of NAS Fallon, about 3 p.m. PST on March 1.

According to a Marine Corps news release :

Captain Nannen, who ...

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Driving Commissaries' Costs Up Would Lead To Closures, Says Nonprofit

The senior enlisted advisers of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force expressed their unified dismay at a plan that would raise grocery prices in military commissaries.

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody, Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond Chandler, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Michael Stevens testified Wednesday before the House Appropriations Committee’s ...

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Military Families Would Pay More For Health Care Under Pentagon Proposal

The Department of Defense's new budget proposal would include an increase in Tricare fees for the family members of active-duty troops.

Defense Department Comptroller Robert F. Hale explained at the Defense Programs Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday:

“[This] will save us several hundred million dollars in administrative costs.

"We will modestly increase co-pays and deductibles … in a way that tries to guide our retirees and active duty ...

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Military Families Pay More At Commissaries Under New Proposal

The fear that the Department of Defense would close stateside commissaries has been replaced by the realization that while commissaries will stay open, the price of groceries could go up.

Stars and Stripes reports Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presented a proposal Monday that would cut taxpayer subsidies to commissaries from $1.4 billion each year down to $400 million.

Military Spouse Magazine founder Babette Maxwell explained to NBC News that ...

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More Military Families Using Food Stamps To Make Ends Meet

More military families are using food stamps to purchase basic staples like milk and bread, according to CNN.

Service members and their spouses redeemed almost $104 million worth of food stamps at base commissaries in fiscal year 2013.

The use of food stamps by military families has been on the upswing since 2008. (See graph from the Defense Commissary Agency above.)

One reason may be that more military families were ...

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Military Brat And Olympian Ashley Wagner Tweets Valentine's Day Card For Fans

Olympic figure skater Ashley Wagner, 22, is the daughter of a retired Army officer. She attributes her military upbringing with giving her the discipline to perform under pressure:

Growing up with the military broadened her horizons and exposed her to many different people, she explained, and some of those folks helped to sharpen her skating skills.

They also helped instill a competitive spirit, stamina and determination, especially after she moved ...

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Military Families Warned Of Scam Website

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has a warning for military families about a website that aims to steal their personal information.

The website attempts to deceive solders and their families who are looking for information about Army benefits.

The authentic, official Army website is operated by the Army's Retirement Service office. The address for that site is

The fraudulent website is also called "My ...

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No Plans In The Works To Close Base Commissaries, Says Top Military Official

The rumor mill has been circulating the same piece of information for months - that the Department of Defense plans to close all stateside base commissaries. However, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is denying the Pentagon has such plans in the works.

Many media outlets reported recently that the Department of Defense asked the Defense Commissary Agency to develop a contingency plan that would close all of its ...

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Divers Recover Body Of Missing Navy Pilot From Santee

The Navy announced Tuesday night that divers recovered the body of Lt. Sean Snyder from the wreckage of a MH-53E "Sea Dragon" helicopter that crashed off the coast of Virginia last week.

Snyder, 39, was from Santee in eastern San Diego County.

According to a Navy news release, divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, operating aboard USNS Grasp, found the downed helicopter's cockpit with a remotely operated ...

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