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  1. Give Homeless Veterans A Sense Of Home

    Though some might associate the term “homeless vets” with nothing more than a line from Billy Joel, the sad fact is that twenty-two years after the recording of “We Didn’t Start The Fire”, little has changed for returning soldiers. It is estimated that over 10,000 homeless veterans of the Iraq...
  2. Parents of Servicemembers Share Experiences and Advice

    Parenting comes with its own challenges, but being the parent of a service member is even more complex. A small group of parents shared what they faced, and advice they have for new military parents. CONCERNS Charles Henckler, USCG ret., and his wife had concerns about their daughter’s safety and...
  3. Health Care Benefits: An Overview

    If you are an active duty service member, you and your family are entitled to health care insurance through TRICARE. National Guard and Reserve service members who are mobilized/deployed for longer than thirty days also become eligible for TRICARE, along with their families. Availability for each of TRICARE’s plans depends...
  4. Learning to Live with PTSD

    A Guest Post from Dana DeLong, Vice President of www.voiceofwarriors.com My name is Dana and I am an Army Veteran who served during Desert Storm. I was diagnosed last year with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and have been in treatment ever since. I go to regular counseling sessions and am...
  5. Introducing our Newest Contributor: Torrey Shannon

    It’s an honor to be here as the newest contributor to MilitaryFamily.com! I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself: My name is Torrey Shannon and I am a writer, author, blogger, movie consultant, speaker, veteran’s advocate and Blue Star Mom. I am also a full-time caregiver and spouse...
  6. What is TRICARE Worth?

      “When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”                            ...
  7. What is a Veteran, and Why it Matters

    By random chance, I have the same name as my great-great-great grandfather. It probably wasn’t completely random, as the name must have floated about at Thanksgiving or somewhere. I certainly wasn’t named for the old gentleman, and in any case he passed away long before I was born. He was...
  8. Government Too Overwhelmed To Help Returning Vets With PTSD?

    It comes down to funding. And funding often comes down to perceived importance. If the government wishes to elevate something to “priority status”, be it alternative fuel sources, contraception, or the well-being of a returning warrior, the funding will materialize if those in power deem it important enough. So, why...
  9. A Benefit Concert for The Fisher House

    What is the Fisher House? A home away from home. Imagine for a moment that your son, daughter, husband, wife, or friend is seriously wounded serving in Afghanistan. They now face months of surgeries, rehabilitation, and recovery at one of the many hospitals situated around the country that treat service...