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L.I.N.K.S. ready for next step
Eleven Marine spouses graduated from L.I.N.K.S for Spouses Jan. 16 during a ceremony at the Marine Corps Family Team Building house. One of five L.I.N.K.S programs, this class is designed by spouses for spouses to assist Marine’s husbands and wives in coping with life in the military. Read Story
386th Sexual Assault Response Coordinator to Airmen: Don't Step Aside, Step Up! Bystander Intervention Key to Preventing Sexual Assaults
There were 565 reports of sexual assault in the Air Force in 2007, 1.6 for every 1,000 Airmen, and those were just the ones brave enough to step forward and report them. In July, Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania called sexual assaults in the military a "scourge" that needed to be eliminated, and Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley has called them, "blue-on-blue violence and we cannot accept it." Read More…
Project Sanctuary Provides Retreat for Military Families
Project Sanctuary will give the military families a five-night, all-expenses-paid, therapeutic retreat in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. More info…
Who Cares for Our Caregivers?
Though it is normal for chaplains to be a caregiver of others, the thought of who cares for their needs when they have problems is often neglected or unseen.
“As a chaplain, we sometimes wonder who cares about the chaplain,” said Lt. Col. Wilbert Harrison, a Belleglade, Fla., native and 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) chaplain. Read more…
Angel Food Ministries Can Add Value to Your Monthly Food Budget!
Who is Angel Food Ministries?
Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing grocery relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States.
How Does Angel Food Help?
Angel Food is available in a quantity that can fit into a medium-sized box at $30 per unit. Each month's menu is different than the previous month and consists of both fresh and frozen items with an average retail value of approximately $60. Comparison shopping has been done across the country in various communities using a wide range of retail grocery stores and has resulted in the same food items costing from between $42 and $78.
Generally, one unit of food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week or a single senior citizen for almost a month. The food is all the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe.
Also offered are specialty boxes such as steaks, chicken and pork. Many participants in this bonus program appreciate the expanded choices. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can receive, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which participants must adhere. Angel Food Ministries also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program, using the Off-Line Food Stamp Voucher system.
How Does it Work?
There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions, or applications.
Orders and distribution are handled by church host sites. Orders are collected by the host sites during the first part of each month and then the orders are filled on Distribution Day.
Visit http://www.angelfoodministries.com/ for more information or to find if a host site is near you, click http://www.angelfoodministries.com/hosts.asp.
MONEY, EDUCATION and EMPLOYMENT
Unemployed and Looking for Work? Avoid Scams by Learning about Your Options
If you're looking for a job, you may come across ads for firms that promise results. Although many of these firms may be legitimate and helpful, others may misrepresent their services, promote out-dated or fictitious job offerings, or charge high up-front fees for services that may not lead to a job. Read More…
Work-From-Home Offers Not Always What They Appear To Be
You can find ads like this everywhere - from the street light and telephone pole on your corner to your newspaper and PC. While you may find these ads appealing, especially if you can't work outside your home, proceed with caution. Not all work-at-home opportunities deliver on their promises. Learn More…
eJournal USA: Choosing A Career
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Whether you call it choosing a career, making a living, or just getting a job, everybody would like to find a way to be amped-up about their work and still pay the bills. What’s the secret? No magic words, no mysterious spells will do it for you, but we’ve managed to pin down some advice that might give you some direction. Read more about the Journal here…
Learn How to Get a Job with the Federal Government
If you are looking for a job, don’t overlook the Federal Government. Not only are there jobs to meet every talent and skill set, but these jobs are all around the globe. In addition, Veterans and military spouses may also receive preferences that recognize the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country. Read more…
Protect Yourself: What You Should Know About Credit Counseling
Reputable credit counseling organizations employ counselors who are certified and trained in consumer credit, money and debt management, and budgeting. Those organizations that are nonprofit have a legal obligation to provide education and counseling. But not all credit counseling organizations provide these services. Some charge high fees, not all of which are disclosed, or urge you to make “voluntary” contributions that can cause you to fall deeper into debt. Read story…
New GI Bill Carries Different Eligibility, Benefits
A series of educational assistance programs administered by the Veterans Affairs Department, commonly called the GI Bill, have helped servicemembers pursue post-secondary learning for decades. More info…
Electronic Warfare Offers New Jobs for Tech-savvy Professionals
A new career field makes room for 1,600 full-time electronic warfare professionals for the active-duty Army, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard, a senior officer said yesterday during a Defense Department Bloggers Roundtable conference call. Read more…
Looking For Bargains Online? See These FAQ’s about the Safety of Using Payment Cards
These FAQ’s are intended to educate consumers about the online use of credit and debit cards. Learn More…
An Employee's Guide to Health Benefits under COBRA: The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986
The recent stimulus bill before Congress provides for changes to COBRA. To understand how these changes could affect you, learn what COBRA is and how it currently works. Read More…
Are there government benefit programs available to help you?
GovBenefits.gov will help you answer that question. Our online screening tool is free, easy-to-use, and completely confidential. We do not require your name, phone number, Social Security number, or any other information that could be used to identify you. You answer a series of questions about yourself, and then GovBenefits.gov returns a list of government benefit programs you may be eligible to receive along with information about how you can apply.
Military Families, Stretching Your Dollars? States May Have Your Money!
The Military Family Network has compiled a complete list of “Unclaimed Property” departments for all 50 States and their web addresses. On the State website, you will find an online search feature where you only need to enter your name. (Some of the searches allow you to get more detailed if, for instance, you have specific knowledge about a lost asset.) If you happen to be one of the lucky recipients, the State’s website will direct you further on how to submit your claim. Read More