Family Readiness Update 

11/13/2014 3:50 PM 

The Family Readiness Update is published weekly by AUSA Family Readiness. It contains the latest news and information about family readiness programs, education and scholarship opportunities, spouse employment initiatives, military health care, legislative actions, and much more. To receive this free, email subscription, click on the button below:


January 5 Update
  • Get College Credit for Your Military Spouse Life
  • The National Military Family Bereavement Study
  • Army Emergency Relief Announces Opening of Scholarship Application Period
December 15 Update
  • NORAD Tracks Santa
  • Suicide prevention bill likely sidelined until 2015
  • AMERICA'S MILITARY: Were the wars worth the cost?
December 8 Update
  • What the 2015 Budget Deal Means for Families
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Assistant Director Holly Petraeus will be the featured guest on GSA’s Ask Marietta Google Hangout
  • Project Sanctuary Aids Military Families
November 24 Update
  • Department of Defense Announces New Policy on Service Member Allotments
  • Army Emergency Relief (AER) Launches New App
  • Vice Chairman Joins USO in Salute to Military Chefs
  • Exchange Earns Top 100 Military Friendly Employer Designation
November 17 Update
  • Operation Purple Family Retreat Now Taking Applications
  • Pentagon Expo to Feature Art Therapy for ‘Invisible Wounds’
  • Exchange Kicks Off Shopping Season with Thanksgiving Deals
  • Levin Says NDAA Conferees 'Not There Yet,' But Still Hopeful
November 10 Update
  • Mission Family: Limits on Nonprofit Groups Designed to Protect Military Families
  • DoD Proposes Consolidating Tricare Regions into Two
  • TSA Precheck Expands to Service Academy Students
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting a “Partnerships Showcase”
November 3 Update
  • Infantryman selected as your next SMA
  • DoD Military Spouse Symposium
  • Military Veterinary Facilities Suspend Most Surgeries for Pets
  • Top US Commander of Afghan War Reassessing US Withdrawal Timeline
September 22 Update
  • 2014 Military Family Forums during AUSA's 2014 Annual Meeting
September 15 Update 
  • Blue Star Families Military Family Lifestyle Survey Results
  • Penn State Survey of Military Families with a Special Needs Child
  • U.S. Military Will Lead $750 Million Fight Against Ebola in West Africa
  • One Click, One Call, One Text — One Life
September 8 Update
  • Preventing Suicide: The 'Power of 1' Could Save a Life
  • First Lady Thanks Military Family Support Personnel
  • Army Wife Network to Host Field Exercise at Ft. Meade
  • Credentialing Effort Helps Troops Enter Private Sector
September 2 Update
  • Pilot Program to Launch to Help Spouses Earn College Credit
  • National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month
  • Military OneSource eNewsletter
August 18 Update
  • Law Seeks to Expand In-State Tuition for All
  • TRICARE Set to Cover Laboratory Developed Tests
  • Commissary Case Lot Sales Have Started
  • Virtual High School Open to More Students
August 11 Update
  • USO and Team Red, White and Blue Partnership
  • Warrior Adventure Military Family Excursion
  • VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veterans Homelessness
  • DoD Establishes Ebola Task Force
August 4 Update 
  • Military Family Advisory Network Survey
  • Automated Housing Referral Network ( Launches New PCS Toolkit
  • GI Bill Transferability
  • Army spouses encouraged to take GAT 2.0
July 28 Update
  • Hiring Our Heroes Virtual Job Scout
  • Advocates Slam New Tricare for Kids Report
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Starts Accepting New Complaints
  • Survey Provides Insight Into Newest Generation of Combat Troops
July 21 Update
  • Military Consumer Protection Day
  • Mil62 Million in Grants to Schools in California and Virginia
  • Archives Sleepover: History, Heroes, and Treasures in Washington, DC
July 14 Update
  • Military Caregiver Networking Reception
  • Tricare to restore coverage for up to 40 genetic lab tests
  • New School Directory Guides Parents of Special-needs Kids
  • Goodbye Pentagon Channel. Hello DoD News
July 8 Update
  • MOAA Survey on Military Health Care
  • Case lot sales are back!
  • Service's Homeward Bound campaign
June 30 Update
  • Commissaries featuring summer savings sale events
  • A Brother's Love Lives On
  • Staying Safe this Summer
June 23 Update
  • 40 Commissaries to Carry "Caroline's Cart"
  • Military Health System Review
  • VA Celebrates 70th Anniversary of the Original "GI Bill"
  • Army Emergency Relief Announces Scholarship Winners
June 16 Update
  • Morale, Welfare and Recreation "best kept secrets"
  • Operation Purple Family Retreats
  • Career Spark
June 11 Update
  • Armed Services YMCA Extends Family Memberships to March
  • Camp Hometown Heroes
  • Blue Star Museums
  • Army Birthday Book for Kids

June 4 Update

  • Homefront Rising
  • Military Family After Deployment Study
  • Moving Made Easy
  • 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)
  • Automated Housing Referral Network ( Giveaway
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) families visit the Pentagon

 May 26 Update

  • Nurse Advise Line
  • New Bill Would Help Military Families Keep Their Car Insurance
  • Summer Camp
  • New Training Program for Military Family Members
  • Message to Veterans from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs

May 19 Update

  • Sallie Mae ordered to pay 96.6 million
  • Caring for Military Children with Developmental Disabilities Act
  • Arlington National Cemetery 150th Anniversary
  • Screening of "To Remember." at the GI Film Festival
  • #BudgetBattle

May 12 Update

  • AUSA Military Spouse Advisory Group Announced
  • Military Mother's Day Brunch
  • DeCA Announces Best Commisaries of 2014 
  • DoD Requesting New Round of BRAC
  • Wear Blue Run to Remember

May 7 Update

March 31 Update

  • Family Readiness Family Forum at AUSA LANPAC Conference
  • Sesame Street Friends Help Military Children Move
  • AUSA Military Family Advocacy Forum
  • RAND Corporation and Elizabeth Dole Foundation to Release Results of Largest-Ever Study of Military Caregivers
  • Nominate a Family for the 2014 AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award

March 25 Update

  • AUSA Military Family Advocacy Forum
  • Nominate a Family for the 2014 AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award
  • VA, DoD Team Up to Improve eBenefits by Migrating National Resource Directory
  • Women’s History Month
  • Family Readiness Family Forum at AUSA LANPAC Conference

March 19 Update

  • AUSA Military Family Advocacy Forum
  • USC Summer Scholarship for Children of U.S. Military Families
  • Florida GI Bill Passes
  • Officer Women Leadership Symposium (OWLS) and Career Coaching Workshop April 3–5
  • Family Readiness Family Forum at AUSA LANPAC Conference

March 12 Update

  • Nominate a Family for the 2014 AUSA Volunteer Family of the Year Award
  • Warrior Care Policy Launches New Caregiver Page
  • FT. Belvoir and GMU Looking for Military Families and Service Members to Participate in PTSD AND Depression Study
  • Military Benefits Podcast
  • 2014 Kaplan University/American Freedom Foundation Military Family Scholarship
  • Filing Taxes When a Servicemember is Deployed
  • Family Readiness Family Forum at AUSA LANPAC Conference

March 5 Update

  • Family Readiness Family Forum at AUSA LANPAC Conference
  • 2015 Budget Released; Effect on Military Families Outlined
  • Army Veteran Helps Hopeful Military Writers Go To Print
  • 2014 Kaplan University/American Freedom Foundation Military Family Scholarship Program
  • Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey Now Open
  • 90% Discount on SAT and ACT Test Prep

February 26 Update

  • Register to Attend the AUSA LANPAC Conference Military Family Forum
  • Dempsey Seeks Feedback from Force on Budget Proposals
  • This Military Saves Week: Take Action to Improve Your Financial Situation
  • Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey Open
  • Apply to be a Tillman Military Scholar

February 18 Update

  • Family Readiness Family Forum at AUSA LANPAC Conference
  • Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey Now Open
  • Army Family Member Wins Team Figure Skating Bronze
  • Saving for a Child's College Education
  • Tips for American Heart Month

February 11 Update

  • Webinar to Discuss TRICARE Dental Options for Children
  • 'My Army Benefits' Website Scam Targets Soldiers, Families
  • How to Help Kids When Their Friends PCS
  • New Online GI Bill Comparison Tool Available
  • Military OneSource Offers Free Tax Filing Service and More

February 4 Update

  • Beating the Winter Blues
  • to Participate in Study to Determine Best Practices for DoD Programs
  • New System for Feedback on GI Bill and Tuition Assistance
  • African American Service Highlighted During February
  • Warrior Transition Hosts Free Entrepreneur Training Session

 January 29 Update

  • Dempsey: No Plans to Close Military Commissaries
  • #KeepYourPromise Conversation Continues
  • Networking for Military Spouses: Find Connections
  • Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Launches New Army-Wide Social Media Platform
  • Writing a Résumé When You’re a Military Spouse

January 22 Update

  • Military OneSource Offers Free Tax Services
  • MOAA Military Spouse Symposia Will Be In San Antonio, Texas on Feb.12th!
  • MCEC’s The Call for the Arts Accepting Artwork Submissions from Military Children
  • DeCA Scholarships for Military Children
  • Commit to Reducing Debt and Rebuilding Wealth through Military Saves

January 15 Update 

  • TRICARE Ends Walk-in Admin Services at 189 Facilities
  • DOD Focuses on Healthy, Active Lifestyle for Kids
  • Resiliency Programs for Military Families
  • Changes to Enlisted Separation Policy Aim to Provide Soldiers Options
  • Spouse Education and Career Opportunities’ (SECO) Introduces New MyICP Feature

January 8 Update

  • AUSA Family Readiness Joins #KeepYourPromise Alliance
  • Army Emergency Relief Scholarship Application Period Open
  • Become a Military Spouse Mentor or Protégé with eMentor
  • The Exchange Promotes a Healthier You In 2014
  • Prepare for 2014 Testing Season with eKnowledge 90% Discount
  • 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year Nominations Open Now



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