Potential Budget Cuts Impact the Commissary
February 20, 2013
Knowing how important the Commissary is to military families, we are increasingly concerned about potential threats to this benefit. We received notification the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) will plan for potential budget cuts by reducing operating costs. (More)
DoD Approves New Medal
February 19, 2013
The Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Leon E. Panetta approved a new medal designed to recognize service members directly affecting combat operations.
New Guide for Families with Special Needs Adults
February 19, 2013
Military OneSource has issued a new publication, the Guide for Adults with Special Needs. The guide is divided into nine modules and provides information on a wide range of issues important to families with a special needs adult. (More)
DoDEA Receives Further Guidance on Budgetary Uncertainty
February 5, 2013
Last month the National Military Family Association met with Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA) Director Marilee Fitzgerald to discuss what impact the ongoing budget crisis might have on children who attend DoD schools in the U.S. and overseas. (More)
Updated Website Offers Resources for Military Kids
January 30, 2013
The Defense Department created MilitaryKidsConnect, a website that includes age-appropriate games and activities designed to help children manage challenges such as moving and deployment.The site also includes pages for parents, caregivers, and teachers which offer strategies for helping children cope and links to useful resources.
Military Family Readiness Council Meets
January 29, 2013
The National Military Family Association participates as a member of the congressionally-mandated Department of Defense (DoD) Military Family Readiness Council (MFRC). The most recent meeting was held in the Pentagon Conference Center on January 22, 2013, chaired by Mrs. Jessica Wright, Acting Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness). (More)
Military Families and the Men in Office
January 28, 2013
It’s a strange notion, but new things make us think about the old. There’s nothing wrong with looking back! It gives you a stronger perspective for the events of the present, and helps shape where you’re headed in the future. While the inaugural celebrations are wrapping up we thought it would be fun to look back at what the Association has been up to during the eight Presidential administrations that have occurred since we started. (More)
Legislative Changes Impact Military Pay
January 26, 2013
Service members are affected by recent changes to the tax law, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, and other entitlement changes. Social Security withholding taxes will increase to the normal rate of 6.2 percent. This affects military and civilian employees.
Licensing in Wyoming to Increase Spouse Career Portability
January 24, 2013
Our Association wrote a letter to Senator Michael Von Flatern of the Wyoming Senate to support SF 74, Professional licensing-military spouse legislation on January 11. (More)
TRICARE Announces Future Changes to Prime Service Areas (PSAs)
January 24, 2013
TRICARE Management Activity (TMA) announced its decision to reduce TRICARE Prime Service Areas (PSAs). This will start October 1, 2013. Active Duty service members and their families, along with activated National Guard and Reserve members, will NOT be affected by this change.