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Long distance heart beats

After five deployments, my family has seen and tried a lot of ways to keep connected.

We’ve emailed. We’ve skyped. My husband has recorded himself reading books to the kids. We’ve made countdown charts. We’ve lit deployment candles. My kids have a daddy doll, a daddy blanket and a jar full of kisses to eat each night before he returns.

They are each sweet, cheesy and necessary in their own way. I’ve finally come across a deployment item that just weirds me out a bit: the heart beat pillow.

Free Tax Filing Service For Military Families

It is tax time again! Want to save yourself the cost of purchasing software to configure your taxes? Head online to www.militaryonesource.comwhere you can use the software for free. H&R Block offers free online tax filing services on the site to military families. Just go to the Military OneSource site and click on the tax service page. It will ask you to log on to Military OneSource, so if you have not signed up as a member of the site, do so now. Then it will direct you to the tax preparation software.

Online Career Fairs Hire Over 4,000 Veterans. Will You Be Next?

 

Last year 4,400 veterans and military spouses found work with the help of Milicruit, the national leader for virtual career fairs for veterans and military spouses.

The virtual job fair, which allows potential employees and industry leaders to connect across the miles via the internet, was a hit for military families who often cannot afford the additional cost of traveling for similar in-person events.  

This year, Milicruit has set a goal to help 10,000 service members and their spouses find employment.

Need a job in 2012? This should be your first stop.

Marines Restore Tuition Assistance

 Hell hath no fury like a student whose tuition assistance has been yanked.

In October of 2011, the Marine Corps slashed the amount of money students were given each semester and drastically cut the number of classes they could take each year.

The Marines have since done an about face and restored all tuition assistance levels to those that existed before the cuts.

New Study Finds Moms Multitask More Than Dads; Moms Say “Duh”

Currently, I am stirring cookie batter for tomorrow’s school bake sale, rocking my one-month old, writing this story and somewhere in the back of my head I am calculating how much my overspending at the commissary this morning is going to mess with this month’s budget.

It is 11:39 at night.

My husband headed to bed about an hour ago after loading his gear into his truck and then letting the dog out to go to the bathroom.

More Education Benefits Coming for Older Veterans

Lawmakers are attempting to find jobs for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as well as those from previous conflicts by offering incentives to employers and more education benefits to vets.

The president signed The Vow to Hire Heroes Act in November as a means of continuing to care for the nearly 900,000 unemployed veterans in the U.S.

The act also aims to improve the economy by rewarding businesses who hire veterans.

Iraq – Over on the Frontlines, Not at Home

The last American soldiers have left Iraq. That is excellent news.

The problems have just begun at home. This is not news to military spouses.

Many of the thousands of soldiers who have served in Iraq have not deployed just once. They’ve gone three, four, even five times to the desert frontlines.

Roadside bombs and IED attacks have left wounds on their bodies and their minds. Suicide rates continue to skyrocket as they try to return to normal life.

MyCAA Funding Slashed, but program not necessarily in danger

 Last week the Department of Defense asked the Senate to cut $120 million from the Military Spouse Career Advancement program for fiscal year 2012.

Sources told Military.com and other media outlets that the cuts do not mean the program will be changed, but rather that fewer spouses are using the scholarships, meaning less money is needed.

Deployment Stories Worth Their Weight In Diamonds

 Just in time for the holidays, Helzberg Diamonds has launched the “Helzberg Heroes I Am Loved® Contest”.

The contest is open to active duty military, reservists and retired military as well as their families. Submit your stories on how your family or community made you feel while you or your family member was serving our country. Or, describe what you have done to show your family you love them while you are away.

The lucky winner will be awarded a $10,000 shopping spree at any Helzberg Diamonds store.

A Message from Ed Dennis

On this Veterans Day, I can’t help but think of the family members like you that support modern day heroes, and all the sacrifices you endure.  To honor all military spouses, Bryant & Stratton College is recognizing the spouses of those that serve by increasing the Salute to Spouses Scholarship Program to now include National Guard and Reserve spouses.  The hardships they bear when their husband/wife deploys from their home community is just as difficult as the hardship experienced by spouses of active duty service members.

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