Presidential Proclamation - Military Family Month, 2013
November 4, 2013
Throughout our Nation's history, an unbroken chain of patriots has strengthened us in times of peace and defended us in times of war. Yet the courageous men and women of the United States military do not serve alone. (More)
New Communication Tool for Military Parents
November 1, 2013
The Department of Defense has launched Parenting for Service Members and Veterans to provide free computer-based training from a service member’s perspective on parenting and building strong relationships with their children. (More)
Government Shutdown 2013: What Military Families Need to Know
October 31, 2013
Congress announced government shutdown, which has created worry and stress for military families. Fiscal Year 2014 started on October 1, 2013, but Congress has yet to approve the needed funding bills to keep most of the government, including the Department of Defense running. (More)
Senior Leaders Ask for Input on Family Programs
October 29, 2013
In October, staff from the National Military Family Association attended the Association of the United States Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition held in Washington, D.C. Association staff attended the Military Family Forums, including the Leader’s Town Hall.
What Do Military Families Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act?
October 25, 2013
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, includes a requirement for most Americans to carry health insurance. This requirement is often referred to as “the individual mandate.”
Deadline for Overseas Holiday Shipping Nears
October 23, 2013
With the holiday season approaching, the Military Postal Service Agency, a component of the U.S. Postal Service, has recommended that packages being shipped to service members overseas should be mailed by November 12 to ensure they are delivered on time. (More)
Connect to TRICARE with Your Mobile Device
October 22, 2013
More and more Americans have devices that allow them to access the Internet on the go. A recent study revealed that more than half of all U.S. adults own a smartphone while just over one-third own a tablet. Understanding this trend, TRICARE has developed a variety of mobile applications and mobile optimized sites for military families.
Shutdown’s Over – What’s Next for Military Families?
October 17, 2013
The National Military Family Association is not alone in asserting the shutdown was an American disaster, affecting us all. Standard and Poors estimated the cost of the shutdown as at least $24 billion. Sadly, the legislative deal passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on October 17, will fund the government only until January 15 and extend the debt limit through February 7. (More)
The Military Coalition Leads Call to End the Shutdown
October 16, 2013
The Military Coalition, made up of 33 military, uniform, and veteran service organizations, were joined by the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion to lead the call for an end to the government shutdown. (More)
President Signs Bill to Restore DoD Death Benefits for Survivors
October 11, 2013
By unanimous consent on Thursday, October 10, the Senate passed a measure allowing the government to pay death gratuity and burial benefits to the families of people who have died on active duty since October 1 despite the government shutdown. (More)