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Summer is a great time for everyone in the family to enjoy reading. It's an opportunity to read together, enjoy book clubs, and explore your local library. Our family loves audio books for road trips, and my children have learned to love reading knowing their father and I also love reading. Are you looking to jump-start your reading this summer? Is it time to inspire some little readers in your life? I've put together some great options to kick-start summer reading for the military family.
In April, volunteers across the country are celebrated during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Military spouses are on the front lines of the volunteer corps, contributing hours (which often are equivalent to a full-time job) to make their community a better place.
While not all spouses give of their time, the National Military Family Association’s 2016 data showed almost 60 percent of spouses volunteer in some manner. Spouses are volunteering in their military communities, with over half of them devoting up to 100 hours annually. But even more of them are volunteering outside installation gates in the civilian communities where they live.
As we anxiously wait for the naming of the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY), we reflect on the accomplishments and passions of previous MSOY winners. The program celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and has evolved greatly since its inception.
In 2008 and 2009 respectively, the first MSOY and first branch winners were announced. In 2013, each installation was granted a winner, bringing advocacy to the grassroots level. More firsts came in recent years with the naming of the MSOY annually.
When army spouse Jennifer Stewart learned from another command team spouse that the brigade dining facility would be closed for renovations during Thanksgiving, there really was no discussion about what would happen next. “We just looked at each other, exchanged a few meaningful glances, and spoke ‘womanese,’ as my husband calls it,” Stewart recalls. “Before we knew it, Operation Thunder Thanksgiving was on.”
It’s almost tax time! As W-2s become available on MyPay, many military families start gathering tax documents they need to file.
Military spouse, I know you are irreplaceable. I know that no amount of money is going to ‘fix’ the hole you leave behind. But I also know that if there is a way to make it easier on your family, you’re going to do it. So, like we say, “Plan for the worst and hope for the best.”
Over the past 10 years, there have been so many senior spouses who have made this journey not only bearable but enjoyable. That has been my goal for the spouses who come after me so the tradition of caring for our families can continue.