Salute to Spouses Blog

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Are Volunteer Expenses Tax Deductible? You Bet!

Military families are also often dedicated volunteers, sometimes to several organizations.

Tax return time is a chance to recoup some of the money we spend to help our communities.

Sure you get a warm and fuzzy feeling for helping out. You make new friends. You learn new skills. And, if you keep your records correctly, you can use the money you spend to volunteer as a deduction on your annual tax form.

The Value of Rest

By Amy Nielsen

I have been going full tilt buggie for the last few months and my candle is truly nearing its middle.

However, in the last 24 hours, I was given the rare opportunity to not be in charge, and instead, focus only on my daughters as we headed to another of my youngest child’s out of town medical appointments.

It also gave me a chance to learn to be a passenger, which I never am.

Are You Waiting for the Perfect Time to Go Back to School?

By Jenna Moede


A month has passed since people made new goals for the new year.  When I discussed resolutions with my friends, more than one put going to college on their list. 


So now, after a month has passed, I’ve talked to those same friends who said they wanted to go back to college. I’ve heard a laundry list of reasons why they have decided not to.

I want to examine a couple of the main reasons I’ve heard that cause spouses to hesitate before taking the leap to attend college.

New Military Only Shopping Site Launched

Do you enjoy online shopping?

If so, Blue Star Families has a new perk just for you.

This month the military family support organization launched a new, members-only, online shopping platform.  Blue Star Deals is open only to military members, their spouses and children. The site requires only a name and email address for registration.

Tabs in the online portal divide shopping into wellness, financial, travel, hotels, car rentals, tickets, electronics and other general categories.

The Reawakening of Self-Esteem

By Amy Nielsen

I have some very interesting friends in my life. Many with deep passions for things well beyond my comprehension. Lately, I have had to make some hard decisions about what I really believe and what behavior I allow to continue in my circle of friends.

This recent political climate has reawakened a personal, and I believe, national understanding of self-esteem that is giving a voice to deeply held passions. The generalized indignation of the nation is setting free the voices of the people. Some of those voices speak unbelievable things.

Lay the Ground Work for a Great Education with Basic Courses First

By Jenna Moede


I know a lot of people out there want to start school, and get to their major course of study. Immediately. But, the list of classes looks daunting. To earn your degree, you will need to take classes specific to your major, as well as general education classes such as English and math.


And it may feel like these classes have nothing to do with your dream job.


I completely felt that way when I started college too. I didn’t think general education classes had any real purpose. I felt like taking them would waste my time.

Upcoming Job Fairs

With the holidays out of the way, it is time to fulfill your New Year’s Resolution of finding a job.

Lucky for you, there are job fairs hosted all over the nation each month, specifically for military spouses. The fairs are hosted by the U.S. Chamber Foundation.

If you find one you are interested in, be sure to click on the link and register. Events fill up fast and you may not get in if you simply show up the day of. Good luck!

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If It's Tuesday, It Must be Philadelphia

By Amy Nielsen

My mother was chief executive officer for an international corporation for most of my childhood. She traveled extensively on a global scale, often for more than a month at a time. Summers, when we were out of school, my sister and I travelled with her. She had her ducks in a row and was able to make it look effortless. She never seemed to over pack or forget anything. Every upset turned into an adventure.

Take Your Time Declaring a Major Course of Study

By Jenna Moede

I don’t feel like I had really prepared myself when I began college classes.

I didn’t know what my passion was or what my major would be. And, I didn’t take advantage of all the on-campus opportunities that may have helped me shape my career goals.

And now, I feel very strongly that every student needs to understand their full range of options in order to make smart decisions regarding college, choosing a major and moving into a career. 

Start Your Scholarship Search Here

Thinking of going back to school? Short on money?

This is the time of year when scholarship opportunities are open and taking applications.

And, there is a lot of money to be given to military spouses.

Begin your search with The Fisher House. The non-profit, which serves military families, operates a database of military scholarships that you can search.

The database includes more than scholarships. You can also find fellowships, grants, awards and other funding opportunities.


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Apply for the Salute to Spouses scholarship today and begin your education! You’ll be on the way to your dream career.

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