Military Family Services May be Slow to Re-Hire After Freeze

Despite an end to the federal hiring freeze earlier this month, services for military families may remain in limbo, and even suspended.

When the federal government placed a freeze on all federal hiring in late January, the Department of Defense was allowed to hire only new military members to send to individual service boot camps.

Tricare Improves Mental Health and SUD Coverage

By Christine Cioppa

The Department of Defense (DoD) has essentially said “We got your six!” with the passing of a new rule that improves mental health care access and expands treatment for alcohol, drug and pain pill use disorders.   

The Grief of Miscarriage

By Christine Cioppa


“Maybe your baby is watching over you now,” consoled a family member.

 I thought I had a reason to be confident about my last pregnancy. A heartbeat, however faint, was picked up at 6.5 weeks. I was elated.

Clinton Campaign Announces Plans to Assist Military Families

Yesterday Hillary Clinton’s campaign reached out to military members and their spouses, outlining the changes she would implement to help make military family life easier.

The Military Times reported that Clinton’s campaign released a 23-point “Military Families Agenda”.

According to the Military Times, the document addresses:

Military Family Survey Does Matter

Have something important you want to tell the three-star general?

Maybe something along the lines of how benefit cuts are hurting your family?

Don't ring his doorbell, take the annual survey sponsored by Blue Star Families.

This is more than a random survey, this is one of the documents that the general, as well as DOD policy makers and politicians use to decide how funds will be allocated and what programs will be kept or cut.

Changes to Tricare Autism Services May Hurt Military Families

By Tiffany Shedd

I have been writing a fair bit about health care and health care reform lately on this blog.  It’s important that we know what’s going on with our benefits and how those changes will affect the care out loved ones receive.

Zika Virus: What Women Need to Know During PCS Season

By Christine Cioppa

Pregnant woman, and those trying to conceive, beware: you don’t have to be in a country where the birth-defect-causing Zika virus is found to be at risk for the virus. It can be passed along sexually by men who get infected from a mosquito bite while out of the country

And with PCS season and multiple, overseas, joint exercises coming in the next few months, there are a lot of military families that will be traveling to Zika infected areas.

Low Income Families Can Receive Help Paying for Childcare

If you are the spouse of a lower enlisted military member, and have young children, it may seem useless to find a job. Most of the money you make will be used to pay for a babysitter so that you can work.

An endless circle that gives you little benefit, right?

Low-income families, however, can receive help from the federal government to pay for childcare so that both parents can work, or attend school.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Child Care, works to provide low-income families with affordable, early care and afterschool programs.

EFMP Families Need to Speak Up About Program Changes

By Tiffany Shedd

Health care has been a hot button issue for years now. But lately, you may have started to hear more about military-specific health care reforms.

This month, a DoD committee convened to discuss the EFMP program and ways to streamline this program. I know that sometimes it’s overwhelming to get through the day without worrying about these outside issues, but these discussions and articles about military health care and specifically EFMP reforms are important.

EFMP Changing, Make your Concerns Heard

By Tiffany Shedd

The Department of Defense is revamping the EFMP program.

This has been in the works for almost a decade, but very few people in the EFMP community know about it. Any changes to this program will most likely affect everyone enrolled.

You must post comments today if you have concerns about the program that you want addressed.

If you or a family member is enrolled in this program, you have until February 9th to submit comments that will be read and considered as part of this DoD reform.


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