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Family Readiness

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February 4, 2015
The fiscal year (FY) 2016 defense budget announced Feb. 2 includes modest increases in military basic pay and housing allowances that could leave some military families holding on a little tighter to their wallets. For FY 2016, which begins Oct. 1,...
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February 2, 2015
Over the last several days, many of you have read or listened to a variety of opinions on the report released by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC). Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan was quoted as saying, “AUSA has been...
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January 28, 2015
The Fry Scholarship is an amendment to the Post-9/11 GI Bill to include the children of service members who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Effective January 1, 2015 the Fry Scholarship expanded eligibility to surviving spouses of...
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December 22, 2014
It’s the holidays; a time when everyone is merry and celebrating time with family and friends. It should be a time of joy and laughter. And it often is…but sometimes the holidays can bring unwelcome guests: stress and depression. And it's no wonder...
December 18, 2014
The holidays can be an enjoyable break, but they can also be a stressful time for everyone. For military families, they can be especially taxing for a variety of reasons. Spending the holidays at a new duty station- often away from family and...
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December 5, 2014
As an Army Spouse who got married later in life, after getting married I struggled a little bit. Having to learn all the acronyms, rank structure, protocol, etc. was overwhelming to say the least! I would be lying if I told you I didn’t cry and...
November 5, 2014
A recent online article published by Applied Developmental Science highlighted that strong attachments to animals may help military-connected children develop resiliency and other positive developmental traits. Thank you Applied Developmental...
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October 30, 2014
It’s been two weeks since the end of AUSA’s 2014 Annual Meeting. After so much preparation, coordination, timing, and execution we can officially call it a wrap! Now it’s After Action Review time, know in the military world as an AAR. What went well...
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October 22, 2014
Spend just a short time with the SFC Charles Hindbaugh family and you learn very quickly why they were selected as AUSA’s 2014 Volunteer Family of the Year. From youngest son Levi (12) to parents Charles and Virginia, service to others is a joint...
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September 25, 2014
To be honest, I have been having an internal debate about this question since the Spring. And as we head in to this particular time of year, my mental discussions have become more frequent. You see it is spouse club sign up season, and I am...