The National Military Family Association Joins Coalition Calling for Protection of the Commissary Benefit
August 26, 2013
The National Military Family Association, as a member of the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits, has signed on to a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel urging him to protect the commissary benefit for service members and their families. (More)
Additional Guidance Issued on Benefits for Same-Sex Military Spouses
August 21, 2013
On August 14, 2013, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of Uniformed Service members and Department of Defense civilian employees.
Secretary Announces New Anti-Sexual Assault Initiatives
August 20, 2013
On August 15, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel issued a memorandum detailing seven new initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual assault in the military. In his message to the Services, the Secretary emphasized that eliminating sexual assault in the military is one of his top priorities. (More)
New Limits on Marine Corps EFMP Respite Care Program
August 20, 2013
For military families with a special needs family member, the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care program can offer a welcome break from the stress of caring for an ill or disabled loved one. (More)
DoD Releases New Resources to Combat Stress
August 13, 2013
The Department of Defense has released two new resources for service members and families to help develop strategies to prevent, as well as cope with, stress, depression, and anxiety. (More)
Senators Call for Further Investigation Into Abuse of Military Children
August 7, 2013
A recent investigation by the Army Times highlighted an increase in cases of child abuse and neglect in the Army.
In response to the terrible statistics, Senator John McCain and Senator Joe Manchin, both members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. (More)
Senate Panel Examines Financial Protections for Service Members
August 6, 2013
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held a hearing on financial protections for men and women serving in the military.
Service members and military families are encourage to review the Servicemembers’ Civil Relief Act to better understand their rights and benefits.
DeCA Announces Back-To-School Specials
July 30, 2013
Defense Commissary Agency announced that commissaries are gearing up for back-to-school season, with several money-saving specials. Many of the industry partners are offering special discounts beyond everyday savings.
ID Cards for Same-Sex Spouses
July 22, 2013
In response to the Supreme Court rulings on June 26, 2013 that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, DoD will immediately begin to update the identification card issuance infrastructure and applicable implementation guidance. (More)
School Districts Receive DoDEA Partnership Grants
July 21, 2013
On July 9, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that 15 public school districts serving 23 military installations across the country have been selected to receive grants through the Department of Defense Education Activity Educational Partnership. (More)