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KellyAnne Conway

Military Spouse Employment: The Conversation Continues

November 17, 2017

Kellyanne Conway, Counselor to President Trump, met with military spouses Thursday to continue the conversation about spouse employment and licensing issues at a luncheon hosted by the Army Officers' Spouses' Club of the Greater Washington Area (AOSCGWA). “Military spouses, like you, are the backbone of our society,” Conway said as she relayed how deeply moved she was to be in the presence of people who have sacrificed so much. As the luncheon’s featured guest speaker, Conway shared details about the ongoing efforts Presi…

Meet the Wilsons

Meet the Wilsons!

November 16, 2017

It’s Military Family Appreciation Month, where we focus on the uniqueness, braveness, and total awesomeness of the military family. We know the military journey can be tough, but you’re not alone. Meet the Wilsons, a Marine Corps family currently stationed near Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico, Virginia. Dave and Rachel met 15 years ago when they were both serving in the Quantico Marine Corps Band. They married in 2006 and finally returned to MCB Quantico two years ago. But a lot has transpired since their last tour there. After …

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More Than a Scholarship

November 14, 2017

At NMFA, we know that when a military member serves, their entire family does, too. Nobody understands this more than a military spouse. Often facing education and career barriers due to their loved one’s military service, spouses put their own dreams on hold because of deployments, child care dilemmas, and moving to rural or overseas locations every few years. Some have even changed their degree major (or pursue a completely different career path) just so it would mesh with the military lifestyle. Whether you’re a military spouse …

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall

58,318 Reasons to Remember Vietnam

November 11, 2017

Over the four days leading up to Veterans Day on November 11, each name etched into the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall is read aloud, commemorating the 35th anniversary of its inception, and honoring the memory of lives lost. 58,318 names we should never, ever forget. Volunteers from all over the country came to Washington D.C. to honor these brave souls, each reading 30 names in front of the memorial. Veterans who lost members of their unit paid homage to their fallen brethren, and family members read from lists that included their loved one…

Meet the Bocchers

Meet the Bocchers

November 9, 2017

Military Family Appreciation is here, and we’ll be featuring four different military families each week during the month of November. This week, we’re featuring the Bocchers - an Air Force Family currently stationed near Little Rock, Arkansas. Brittany met her husband Adam, an Air Force Special Agent for the Office of Special Investigations, at an airport while she was traveling on business. Brittany, who lived in Texas at the time, kept in touch with Adam through email and telephone calls. “He asked me to travel to Mississi…

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TRICARE “Access Improvements” May Limit Access – Here’s How You Can Help

November 6, 2017

Just when we thought TRICARE reform couldn’t get any more disappointing and confusing…another policy detail will leave military families scratching their heads. This time, the letdown comes with potential changes to urgent care access. Under the current Urgent Care Pilot Program, TRICARE Prime will cover up to two (2) urgent care visits a year without a referral from a primary care provider. The Pilot was a step in the right direction in giving military families access to medical care when they can’t get an appointment at th…

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Military Families: We Appreciate You!

November 1, 2017

Saying you support our troops without supporting their families is like watching your favorite football team play with only one player. Tim Tebow may be stellar, but he didn’t win the national championship by himself. Each day, thousands of families around the world watch their loved ones put on a military uniform and head out the door. Thousands more wake up, wishing that were their morning routine, because their loved one is gone—deployed, away at boot camp, training for an upcoming mission, or worse, gone because they’ve…

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5 Things Military Families Should Know After the Equifax Breach

October 31, 2017

The recent Equifax data breach allowed hackers to access the names, birth dates, social security numbers, and other sensitive data of over 140 million American’s this summer. In addition, over 200 thousand credit card numbers were stolen as well. If you’re not sure your personal information was compromised in the breach, military consumer advocates advise you that you go here to find out if you’ve been impacted. You should also get your free credit report from all three credit bureaus to make sure there are no accounts or cha…

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New TRICARE Enrollment Requirements May Lock You In With No Escape Hatch

October 19, 2017

Military families want more choice when it comes to their healthcare needs. But what happens when those choices become more limited than they already are? If you haven’t read our previous article on this topic, starting in 2018, TRICARE will have an Annual Open Enrollment Period much like commercial health plans do. If you’re a current TRICARE beneficiary, you won’t need to take any action to remain in your current plan. As of January 1, 2018, TRICARE Prime families will be automatically enrolled in TRICARE Prime while TRICAR…

Every Sacrifice Counts…Until Someone Says THIS

October 18, 2017

“He knew what he signed up for.” By now, you’ve likely seen these words all over the internet. President Trump has been quoted as telling a newly widowed spouse "He knew what he signed up for, but when it happens, it hurts anyway." The President denies saying those words about the service member, who was killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month. So let’s put that aside and focus on this: Most military families have had that phrase said to them more times than they care to count. Sometimes it’s in response…

Searching For a New Normal

October 17, 2017

For some, transition from military service back to the civilian world is complicated and difficult. But the one thing all service members and their families have in common is that they’ll all leave the military at some point. How do some families transition seamlessly, while others struggle? With a military spouse unemployment rate of 23%, military members are leaving the service with an already shaky financial foundation, and losing their pay and other allowance benefits can increase that financial instability. Roles and responsibilitie…

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For Better or Worse: Two Branches Change Respite Childcare Programs for Special Needs Families

October 12, 2017

Thousands of special needs families are dealing with recent changes to Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Childcare policies. Each Service sets their own standards and eligibility criteria for the Respite program, but the Army and Air Force recently changed their criteria. EFMP Respite was originally established to help special needs families deal with increased deployment tempo related to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program was designed to give non-deployed parents of special needs children time to take care of themsel…

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New VA Change Aims to Ease Transition Finance Worries

October 4, 2017

Transitioning out of the military can be a complicated process. Navigating veteran’s benefits can be even more complex. When it comes to filing a disability compensation claim for service-connected disabilities with Veterans Affairs (VA), military families feel the financial heat when forced to wait for their service member’s disability rating. Many have voiced their concerns about the anxiety the lengthy wait times for compensation have on an already stressful stage of their lives. Thankfully, there’s been a recent update in…

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New Name, New Costs. New TRICARE?

September 29, 2017

It’s happening. Everyone stay calm. On September 29, the Department of Defense (DoD) released the most detailed information to date on major changes for TRICARE users taking effect in 2018. These changes are supposed to simplify TRICARE, but may take some getting used to—especially for current TRICARE Standard users who go to civilian providers off base. The good news for TRICARE Prime families who use Military Treatment Facilities (MTF) and clinics is that not much will change for you. TRICARE Standard users, DoD’s newly r…

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Consider These Factors Before Switching to TRICARE Standard

September 26, 2017

TRICARE changes are on the horizon, and while most are scheduled to begin on or after January 1, there’s one change that military families should be aware of now. Currently, TRICARE operates on a fiscal year (FY) schedule beginning October 1 and ending September 30 each year. However, starting on January 1, 2018, TRICARE will begin operating on a calendar year (CY) schedule; running from January 1 through December 31 each year. What does this mean exactly? TRICARE will extend deductibles and catastrophic caps that usually reset on Octo…

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Planning for the Future: 3 VA Benefits You Should Know

September 18, 2017

Military families often wonder when they should begin the planning process to transition out of military life. Some start planning one to three years out, others decide 6 months prior to separation is enough time to get all their ducks in a row. The best time to begin planning, no matter where your service member is in their military career, is right now—especially if they plan on utilizing veterans benefits. And it’s always the right time for military spouses to educate themselves on their service member’s transition process,…

Doctor Appointments

An Appointment Missed by You is Really Missed by Two

September 14, 2017

We’ve all had one of those days: you spent days trying to get an appointment to see your primary care manager. You finally get one on the books, so you write it on your calendar. A few weeks later, you randomly look at your watch and realize you totally forgot about your appointment…and now it’s two hours after you were supposed to check in! When it comes to being part of the military lifestyle, it’s no secret that “life happens.” But it’s important to know that missing scheduled appointments without …

2017 Remembering 9/11

16 Years Later, We Will Always Remember

September 11, 2017

In the 46th minute of the eighth hour on the 11th day of September 2001, tragedy struck the heart of every American citizen and our world changed forever. September 11 may be a day of remembrance, but for military families, forgetting isn’t an option. Since that day 16 years ago, thousands of troops have died, and tens of thousands have been wounded. Many of them leaving pieces of themselves in Iraq or Afghanistan that they can never get back. Our country is still at war and our service members and their families still carry the burden …

Harvey to Irma

From Hurricane Harvey to Hurricane Irma: America’s Heroes Answer the Call

September 8, 2017

Just over a week and a half ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall and devastated Houston and surrounding areas. Through the horrific storm, we watched as courageous first responders, military members, and civilians battled treacherous flooding to rescue others. Donations from across the country have helped feed, clothe, and house those left homeless. But Hurricane Harvey has not stopped hope from shining on Houston. We’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each hero who has helped Houston. Our Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps, Air For…

Mental Health Stigma

Improving Shift in Mental Health Stigma May Contribute to Reduced Number of Suicides

September 7, 2017

The suicide rate among active duty service members continues to slowly decrease from 2012—the worst recorded year for service member suicides, where a reported 321 individuals took their own lives. The Defense Suicide Prevention Office reports fluctuations between the number of deaths in each branch, but the question remains the same across all branches: what can be done to eliminate suicide in the military? The impact of mental health efforts may have contributed to the initial decrease since 2012, Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee, the Founder an…

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