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Show Your Patriotism Every Holiday!

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 You don’t need to wait around for the 4th of July to celebrate your country! Showcase your pride this Halloween by using a patriotic stencil while carving your pumpkin. For those with husbands and fathers in the military, why not carve their branches seal into this years pumpkin. Take a picture and send it to them with some candy corn and other sweets to include them in the holiday!

For great stencils you can print for free, check out www.carvingpumpkins.com

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Hot Man in Uniform!

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Happy Housewife Ashley sent in a picture of her happy soldier hubby SSG Ronnie.

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It Pays to Shop at AAFES!

Take advantage of the benefits of shopping at your local post or base exchange.

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Many people don’t realize that the Exchange stores offer a price matching program, which also includes “warehouse club” prices.  Be sure to check sales flyers to compare prices. Review the newspaper advertisements and your catalogs to stay informed about varying prices at different stores.   Last year, we saved hundreds of dollars  at our Exchange during the holiday season using the price matching program.

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Please Show Support for Our Troops!

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Did you ever wonder where this tradition came from? Yellow is the official color of the cavalry branch of the U.S. Army, used in insignia, etc., and originally exemplified in Hollywood movies by the yellow neckerchiefs supposed to be worn in the 19th Century by cavalry soldiers. In the United States military, the symbol of the yellow ribbon is used in a popular marching song. The first version copyrighted was the 1917 version by George A. Norton, which he titled ‘Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon (For Her Lover Who Is Fur, Fur Away).

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Fly Your Flag With Pride and Respect!

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My heart swells at the sight of an American flag waving high. It invokes a sense of pride, gratitude, hope, and patriotism. As  military wives, we are inherently patriotic. We view the red, white, and blue as the tangible cloth that binds America together. It symbolizes freedom and reminds me of the sacrifice by those who have courageously served, and those who continue to serve, to protect and preserve our civil rights.

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Do You Know How Much Your Husband Really Makes?

I hear wives complaining all the time about how little their husbands earn, compared to their civilian counterparts. I gripe too. I believe our troops deserve better pay. However, you need to look past the LES and take into consideration the total value of the military compensation package. We do get a lot of non-cash perks like FREE healthcare, FREE legal services, FREE financial counseling services, and FREE special needs services. We also get great tax breaks. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the average active duty service member receives a compensations package worth almost $100,000! Take advantage of the benefits, they add up fast! Click here to learn more.

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Educational Support for Transitional Military Kids

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School Liaison Transition Services provides a variety of programmatic strategies and resources that the to help “level the playing field” for transitioning military students, prepare school and installation to respond confidently to the complexities of transitions, and provide Families the assurance that their children’s academic well being is a priority.

The mission of the School Liaison Officer is to provide military commanders with the support necessary to coordinate and advise military parents of school-aged children on educational issues and needs and to assist in solving education-related problems. The goals of the program are to identify barriers to academic success and develop solutions; promote parental involvement in their children’s education; develop and coordinate army partnerships in education; provide parent’s with the tools they need to overcome obstacles to education that stem from the military lifestyle; and to promote and educate local communities and schools regarding the needs of military children.

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Operation Homefront:
Giving Military Children School Supplies

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 Operation Homefront has teamed up with “The Way We Get By,” a documentary about three senior citizens who serve as airport troop greeters, to give children of military families school supplies. “The Way We Get By” is a poignant look at loneliness, war, mortality and what it means to grow old in America.

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Money Saving Tips for Military Wives

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  • Create a financial budget to help you save.

  • Do not use credit cards.

  • Stop purchasing frivolous, impulse items.

  • Don’t buy anything just because it is on sale.

  • Occasionally buy generic or non-name brand merchandise.

  • Don’t eat out as much as you’d like to.

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