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Commissary Scholarship Deadline Soon

It’s coming up soon:  the deadline for applications for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) Scholarships for Military Children program.   This program offers at least…


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Charity Spotlight: Folds of Honor Foundation

Here at the Paycheck Chronicles, I come across a variety of interesting and helpful organizations that focus on active duty, reserve, National Guard, retired and…



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Navy Teen Adventure Camps

Do you know a Navy brat (active or reserve) ages 13-17?  Be sure to tell them about this fabulous opportunity:  The Navy’s Child and Youth…


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Required Family Support

In my time wandering around the internet, I come across lots of discussion and questions regarding the amount of support that a military member is…


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Military Counseling Benefits

I’ve read quite a few questions from military dependents who are wondering about their mental health counseling benefits.  From what I have seen, the military…


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Base Pay is Base Pay. Period.

I’m a little surprised that I have to write this, but it seems that I do. The military does not pay people more money because…


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Operation Purple Camps Will Return!

Good news from the National Military Family Association (NMFA)! After spending the winter trying to gather funding, the NMFA has announced plans for the 2011…


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Army Emergency Relief Offers Scholarship Programs

Did you know that Army Emergency Relief offers scholarship programs?  They have three different programs:  Dependent Children Scholarships, Overseas Spouse Scholarships, and Stateside Spouse Scholarships….



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Tricare Extends Eligibility to 26

The National Defense Authorization recently signed by the president included provisions that will allow certain Tricare dependents to purchase Tricare coverage that can cover them…


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GI Bill Changes: How Far Will They Go?

With the recent signing of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvement Act, there has been a tremendous amount of discussion about the changes to…



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Senator Proposes Changing GI Bill

I have always said that the New Post 9/11 GI Bill is too generous and that our country just doesn’t have the money to pay…


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Expanding Tricare? Not So Fast

I’ve heard several questions about the new national health-care overhaul and the expansion of Tricare to cover former dependents who are under 26.  A recent…


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Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance

This post was replaced on 18 February 2014 to reflect new figures, websites and other information. You can find the new post here:  Military and…


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Free Museums All Summer Long

Thanks to an amazing offer partnership between individual museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Blue Star Families, more than 600 museums across the…


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San Diego, Get Out Your Calendars

Yum, yum, yum.  San Diego is looking better every day.  I just got this flyer from my nice friends at USAA, asking me to promote…



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First Tee Golf Program For Kids

Have you heard of the kids’ golf program called The First Tee? It is a program designed to help kids learn about golf and also…