Military Families


Fallen Special Ops Marine To Be Awarded Navy Cross

Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford, a member of the Marine Special Operations Command, will be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross on June 17.

The Navy Cross is the second highest military decoration that can be awarded to member of the Marine Corps or Navy.

The Marine Corps Times reports the 34-year-old Gifford was serving as team chief of Special Operations Task Force West in Bagdhis province, Afghanistan when insurgents attacked during ...

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Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine's Parents Adopt His Military Dog (Video)

Fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was not alone when he died Sept. 28, 2011, in Afghanistan — Dino, his bomb-sniffing military dog, was at his side.

On Saturday, Diaz's parents adopted Dino in a special ceremony at Camp Pendleton.

Christopher's father, Salvador Diaz, told the El Paso Times that he asked the Marine Corps if he could adopt Dino, a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, after his son's death ...

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Bowe Bergdahl Hasn't Spoken With Parents Since Release (Video)

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a POW of the Taliban for five years, hasn't yet spoken with his parents since his release from captivity on Saturday, military officials told NBC News.

The 28-year-old Bergdahl is currently recovering at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where psychologists are helping him through the reintegration process.

A statement released by Landstuhl and published by Stars and Stripes reads, in part:

“Trained and highly ...

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Military Mom Cindy McCain Outraged Over Gwyneth Paltrow's War Comments

Actress and lightening rod for controversy Gwyneth Paltrow has outraged military mom Cindy McCain over comments she made comparing the experience of being trolled on the internet to surviving combat in war.

Paltrow made her comments Tuesday during a speech at Re/code's first Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

According to the Huffington Post, Paltrow told her audience:

“You come across [online comments] about yourself and about ...

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A Father Remembers His Son On Memorial Day

Unlike Veterans Day, which honors all who have served in the military, Memorial Day specifically pays tribute to fallen service members.

On this day, the father of Navy Cryptologic Technician (Interpretive) Second Class Matthew Bergman, a 21-year-old sailor from the USS Boxer who was lost at sea in 2011, posted an essay on his Facebook page he wrote for Home Post shortly after his son's death.

Since I took ...

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Memorial Day Freebies And Discounts For Military Families

Many nationwide restaurant and retail chains are honoring the military this Memorial Day by offering discounts - and in some cases freebies - to active duty service members and veterans.

If you're hungry, you can head over to Hooters (for the food, of course). The restaurant chain is offering 10 free chicken wings to all active duty troops and veterans with the purchase of a beverage. This is the first time ...

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Starting Memorial Day, Military Families Can Visit Museums For Free

Starting Memorial Day, military families can visit more than 2,000 museums across the country without paying a dime.

The Blue Star Museum Program provides active duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, and their families free entrance into participating museums, art centers, and exhibits. All that's required is valid military identification.

According to Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet:

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized ...

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Tomahawk Fire Jumps Containment Line; Fallbrook Evacuation Orders Lifted

Thursday childcare is available at these locations:

  • Children enrolled in the infant to toddler program at Deluz CDC can use the Fisher Children's Center.
  • Children enrolled in the preschool to school age program at Deluz CDC and children enrolled in the SAC at Mary Fay Pendleton can use the San Luis Rey CDC.
  • Children enrolled in the SAC at San Onofre elementary can drop their children off at San ...

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New Website Links Veterans, Military Spouses With Jobs

A new website created by the federal government aims to make it easier for veterans - and their spouses - to find jobs in the civilian world.

The Associated Press touted the virtues of

The website... is the first online resource that combines information provided by a variety of agencies and employers. It will help veterans and military spouses build resumes, translate military skills into private-sector aptitudes and provide ...

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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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