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Military Spouse Hiring Program Gains 30-plus Companies - Nov. 14, 2012
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2012 - More than 30 companies and organizations joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership here today as part of the White House-sponsored Joining Forces effort to help unemployed spouses find jobs.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Families Can Support Suicide Standdown - Sept. 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2012 - As the Army conducts its worldwide standdown for suicide prevention today, there is something family members military wide can do, too, and it only takes a minute. Get out your smart phone and enter the information for the Military Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1, militarycrisisline.net, or text at 838255.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Sailor Transitions to Sonar After Navy - Aug. 23, 2012
WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2012 - When First Lady Michelle Obama and her "Joining Forces'" partners talk about service members needing transitioning into commercial work, they're talking about people like Paul Michael Andrews.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Military-Connected Girl's Recipe Lands on White House Plates - Aug. 21, 2012
WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2012 - Finwe Wiendenhoeft is a military-connected kid living the kind of healthy lifestyle First Lady Michelle Obama encourages through her "Let's Move" campaign – and one endorsed by the Defense Department.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Money App Puts Finances in Hand - Aug. 17, 2012
WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2012 - Financial planners often talk about "being smart" when it comes to your finances – where, when and how to save, spend, and invest your money and how to manage your credit.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Sailor Offers Tips for Moving With Pets - Aug. 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2012 - Guest blogger Navy Lt. Theresa Donnelly is the owner of Hawaii Military Pets, a volunteer online resource for military families in Hawaii. The blog and Facebook page provide information on moving with pets in the military, boarding information and pet policies in state and federal governments. She partners with nonprofits that specialize in service members and their companion animals, such as Dogs on Deployment and Pets for Patriots.   More...

Family Matters Blog: Heroes Program Helps Families Travel - Aug. 9, 2012
WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2012 - Families of wounded warriors already are benefitting from a program that started last month to make it easier for them to travel with their loved ones for medical treatment.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Find Kindred Spirits at Job Fairs - Aug. 7, 2012
HAMPTON, Va., Aug. 7, 2012 - Like many military spouses, Allison Lattuca doesn't mention her husband's Navy service as she job hunts with each forced relocation every few years.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Job Fairs Join Spouses, Employers - Aug. 1, 2012
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2012 - Tomorrow marks the start of an open season of sorts for job fairs for military spouses in what one Pentagon official calls the "high-touch" part of a "high-tech, high-touch" process.  More...

Family Matters: Joining Forces Exceeds Expectations, Director Says - July 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2012 - When First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden started the "Joining Forces" campaign 15 months ago, they did so with the goal of creating impactful and lasting health, education and employment support for military families.  More...

Family Matters: Missouri Guardsmen Share Program With Dr. Biden - July 12, 2012
WASHINGTON, July 12, 2012 - As Missouri National Guard members met with Dr. Jill Biden this week to discuss their family challenges and areas of support, Jenn Whitacre's feedback was both professional and personal.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Grant Sends Military Teens to Washington - July 6, 2012
WASHINGTON, July 6, 2012 - As Americans were preparing last week to celebrate America's 236th birthday, hundreds of teenagers from military families were treated to three days of fun and learning here in the nation's capital.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Taking Stress Out of Reintegration - July 2, 2012
WASHINGTON, July 2, 2012 - The Defense Department is working to "fundamentally transform" the nation's understanding of the invisible wounds of war, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has said, and nowhere is that more apparent than at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological and Traumatic Brain Injury.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Network Helps Spouses Remain Lawyers - June 27, 2012
WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 - Lori Volkman was in college when she confronted what some would approach as an either-or situation: marry the Navy pilot she'd fallen in love with, or head for law school for the career she was passionate about.  More...

Family Matters Blog: DOD Schools Mark Successes - June 20, 2012
WASHINGTON, June 20, 2012 - The Department of Defense Education Activity's schools have been on a roll lately with high achievement of both teachers and students. Now that the 2011-12 school year is behind them, students, teachers and parents have much to be proud of.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Fathers Get Well-Deserved Attention - June 15, 2012
WASHINGTON, June 15, 2012 - American fathers, and especially military fathers, are getting some overdue attention lately with Father's Day coming up this weekend.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Libraries Launch Reading Challenge - June 13, 2012
WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 - Educators have long known that summer reading bridges the learning gap during the school break between June and September.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Using Man's Best Friend to Heal the Heart - June 6, 2012
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012 With the uncertainty in military families due to constant moves and deployments, our four-legged family members provide comfort and stability in stressful times. These loyal, furry companions not only help those serving our nation, but are ideal friends to anyone in need.  More...

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Seeing More Choices in Jobs - May 21, 2012
WASHINGTON, May 21, 2012 - Exciting changes are underway for military spouses that could affect families who serve for generations to come.  More...

Family Matters Blog: National Parks Make Great Family Getaways - May 16, 2012
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 - Ask people what their all-time favorite family vacation has been and chances are good national parks will be in most of the answers. I don't have any science to back that up, but I have been struck by the number of people who recollect their best memories of family bonding in places like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon.  More...






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