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10/26/2012

Family Matters Blog: Service Members Can Find Pet-friendly Resources      

WASHINGTON - Moving in the military can be tough. Moving a household - getting children ready for a new school, obtaining spouse employment and handling pet care - can seem overwhelming. Guest blogger Navy Lt. Theresa Donnelly offers advice on getting your pet ready for the move, too.

10/19/2012

Family Matters Blog: DOD Helps Troops With Higher Ed Problems      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is again working with the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to help service members with their higher-education expenses.

10/11/2012

Family Matters Blog: Internships Expand Child Care Options, Jobs      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is taking internship applications for a program that expands the availability of child care and youth programs, while also giving a leg up to jobseekers in that field, especially military spouses.

10/09/2012

Family Matters Blog: DOD Teacher Finds Crossroads in U.S. Education  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Angela Wilson, the Defense Department's Teacher of the Year, sees the American education system at the pinnacle of change -- and in a good way.

10/01/2012

Family Matters Blog: Family Panel Addresses Exceptional Issues      

WASHINGTON - A parent volunteer with the Exceptional Family Member Program writes about being a program advisor on behalf of nearly 94,000 service members.

09/27/2012

Family Matters Blog: Families Can Support Suicide Standdown      

WASHINGTON - As the Army conducts its worldwide standdown for suicide prevention, there is something family members militarywide can do, too, and it only takes a minute.

09/19/2012

Family Matters Blog: Family Support Shines With Paralympic Athletes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A writer who covered the Paralympic games in London witnessed much more than amazing athletic abilities from the participants and their families.

09/17/2012

Family Matters Blog: Managing Military ID Cards Just Got Easier      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Manpower Data Center has launched its RAPIDS self-service portal to allow anyone with a common access card to apply for family ID or retirement cards or update dependents’ statuses online.

09/12/2012

Family Matters Blog: Program Eases Voting for Military Families      

WASHINGTON - With Election Day just seven weeks away, federal voting officials want to ensure that service members and their families are prepared for their votes to be counted.

09/08/2012

Family Matters Blog: Parents Should Stress Safety at 9/11 Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - Conversations with kids about the 9/11 terrorist attacks should focus on safety and preparedness and there are several good websites to help.

09/05/2012

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Hold Front Line on Detecting Depression      

WASHINGTON - As military leaders look to improve mental health for service members and families, spouses are in the best position to identify problems, a psychologist says.

08/30/2012

Family Matters Blog: Websites Teach Kids How to Deal With Bullying      

WASHINGTON - The start of school is a good time to talk to children about the complicated and heartbreaking problem of bullying. Fortunately, there are at least two good websites devoted to the cause.

08/27/2012

Family Matters Blog: Teachers Look to Schools, Parents for Support      

WASHINGTON - When Department of Defense Education Activity Director Marilee Fitzgerald last week proclaimed teacher support a top priority, as many school systems do, I wondered how even the best intentions would trickle down to teachers thousands of miles away.

08/23/2012

Family Matters Blog: Sailor Transitions to Sonar After Navy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - 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.

08/21/2012

Family Matters Blog: Military-connected Girl’s Recipe Lands on White House Plates  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - 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.

08/17/2012

Family Matters Blog: Money App Puts Finances in Hand      

WASHINGTON - Managing your finances can be made easier with a free website and app created especially for military members by the Better Business Bureau and McGraw Hill Companies.

08/13/2012

Family Matters Blog: Sailor Offers Tips for Moving With Pets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Preparing early, putting aside savings and planning smartly can help military families include their pets in their next move.

08/09/2012

Family Matters Blog: Heroes Program Helps Families Travel      

WASHINGTON - 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.

08/07/2012

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Find Kindred Spirits at Job Fairs  This story contains photos.    

HAMPTON, Va. - Military spouses who once found job-hunting a lonely endeavor, now have the support of many hiring officials who understand their challenges.

08/01/2012

Family Matters Blog: Job Fairs Join Spouses, Employers      

WASHINGTON - Thursday 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.

07/27/2012

Family Matters Blog: Joining Forces Exceeds Expectations, Director Says      

WASHINGTON - When First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden started the “Joining Forces” campaign 15 months ago, they wanted to create education and employment support for military families. The campaign had two significant achievements this week.

07/23/2012

Family Matters Blog: Tackling Obesity, for Security’s Sake      

WASHINGTON - It’s not often there is a national call to action over a matter of national security, but that is what’s happening over America’s obesity problem. Luckily, there is no shortage of resources for all of us to do our part in addressing it.

07/06/2012

Family Matters Blog: Grant Sends Military Teens to Washington      

WASHINGTON - 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 in the nation’s capital.

07/02/2012

Family Matters Blog: Taking Stress Out of Reintegration      

WASHINGTON - Reintegrating after a deployment is not always the homecoming families expect it will be. A Defense Department counselor gives advice on how to have a smooth transition.

06/27/2012

Family Matters Blog: Network Helps Spouses Remain Lawyers      

WASHINGTON - 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 to pursue the career she was passionate about.

06/20/2012

Family Matters Blog: DOD Schools Mark Successes      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Education Activity’s schools have been on a roll lately with high achievement of both teachers and students.

06/15/2012

Family Matters Blog: Fathers Get Well-Deserved Attention      

WASHINGTON - American fathers, and especially military fathers, received some overdue attention on Father’s Day this year.

06/13/2012

Family Matters Blog: Libraries Launch Reading Challenge      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department libraries have kicked off their third annual summer reading program with a challenge to military members and their families to outpace the 10 million minutes they read last summer.

06/06/2012

Family Matters Blog: Using Man’s Best Friend to Heal the Heart  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Navy Lt. Theresa Donnelly writes about the growing body of research that shows dogs' abilities to provide therapeutic benefits for those suffering from life’s invisible scars.

06/01/2012

Family Matters Blog: TAPS Brings Out Survivors in Families      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The resilience of military families was on full display at the 18th annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors National Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.

05/24/2012

Family Matters Blog: Grants Help Kids Stay Active      

WASHINGTON - As summer approaches and families search for camps, activities and possibly tutors to get the kids through those long three months, they should know about Our Military Kids and how their grants can help.

05/21/2012

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Seeing More Choices in Jobs      

WASHINGTON - Employment hurdles for military spouses are getting lower as Defense Department, White House and nonprofit entities rally state legislators and the corporate and business communities to make things easier.

05/16/2012

Family Matters Blog: National Parks Make Great Family Getaways  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The offer of military families to receive a free annual pass to the nation's national parks is good incentive for service members to experience some of the best family bonding vacation spots -- from Yellowstone and Yosemite to the Grand Canyon and Williamsburg.

05/11/2012

Family Matters Blog: Air Force Husband Works for Future Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Jeremy Hilton has worked tirelessly taking care of his own family, and working to make positive changes for others with exceptional family members. For that, he became the first husband to be named Military Spouse of the Year.

05/04/2012

Family Matters Blog: Interstate Compacts Ease School Transitions      

WASHINGTON - Georgia recently became the 42nd state to adopt a law making it easier for children of military families to transition into public schools from out of state. Guest blogger Vivian Greentree writes about why all states should get on board.

05/02/2012

Family Matters Blog: Website Helps Kids on the Move      

WASHINGTON - It’s that time of year again when so many military families are starting their relocation plans – and dealing with the fallout from kids who would rather stay put. A DOD website offers relief.

04/30/2012

Family Matters Blog: Military Kids’ Education Gets Top Billing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Education was front and center in Washington last week and at least two major events directly impact the education of military families’ school-age children.

04/25/2012

Family Matters Blog: Passing the Torch on Family Coverage      

WASHINGTON - AFPS Writer Lisa Daniel takes over the Family Matters blog, introduces herself to readers and asks for input from military family members.

04/20/2012

Family Matters Blog: A Farewell Note of Gratitude      

WASHINGTON - Family Matters blogger Elaine Sanchez says goodbye and shares her gratitude and admiration of military families.

04/18/2012

Family Matters Blog: TAPS Seeks Military Mentors for ‘Good Grief Camp’      

WASHINGTON - The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is seeking active duty service members and recent veterans to serve as volunteer mentors to children of the military fallen at its 18th Annual TAPS Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp.

04/13/2012

Family Matters Blog: First Lady Thanks Nation for ‘Outpouring’ of Military Support      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president’s wife, marked the one-year anniversary of their Joining Forces campaign this week with a renewed call to action and a message of gratitude.

04/05/2012

Family Matters Blog: New Job Push to Benefit Military Spouses      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled a new hiring effort that will deliver thousands of portable, flexible job opportunities to military spouses.

04/02/2012

Family Matters Blog: Top 10 Reasons I Admire Military Kids      

WASHINGTON - In honor of April’s Month of the Military Child, AFPS' Elaine Sanchez has created a Top 10 list of the qualities she most appreciates about children from military families.

03/23/2012

Family Matters Blog: Military Families Can Take Steps to Prevent Lost or Stolen Pets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A missing pet can be a devastating experience for family members and animals alike. However, military families can take steps to keep their beloved pets safe and secure.

03/20/2012

Family Matters Blog: Military Kids Can Apply for Free Summer Camps      

WASHINGTON - Officials are inviting military families to apply for the Operation Purple Summer Camp program, which supports military children, ages 7 to 17, dealing with the stress of war.

03/16/2012

Family Matters Blog: Video Contest to Honor Wounded Troops’ Caregivers      

WASHINGTON - A nonprofit organization is sponsoring a video contest to acknowledge the tremendous sacrifices of wounded warrior caregivers.

03/15/2012

Family Matters Blog: Sesame Street, USO Launch Tour for Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Sesame Street and USO Experience for Military Families, a free traveling show, will entertain families at more than 70 military installations across the nation over the next eight months.

03/13/2012

Family Matters Blog: Military Vets Aid Families’ Pets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Active duty service members and military retirees who own a pet and live near a military installation have a great service at their disposal: veterinary clinics.

03/13/2012

Family Matters Blog: Mrs. Dempsey Urges Spouses to Share Stories of Service      

WASHINGTON - Deanie Dempsey, wife of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, has a key message for military spouses: share your amazing stories.

03/07/2012

Family Matters Blog: DOD Site Seeks Military Spouse Bloggers      

WASHINGTON - Officials are seeking established military spouse bloggers to feature on the Defense Department’s Military OneSource Blog Brigade.

03/05/2012

Family Matters Blog: Gold Star Wife Grateful for White House Tribute  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Kim Felts, a Gold Star wife, said she felt humbled and grateful to attend a dinner to honor Iraq war veterans at the White House.

03/05/2012

Family Matters Blog: NBC Show Seeks Military Reunion Stories      

WASHINGTON - A new NBC show that rewards selfless people for their good deeds is seeking redeploying service members to spotlight in some upcoming episodes.

02/29/2012

Family Matters Blog: Gold Star Wife to Join White House Dinner      

WASHINGTON - A Gold Star wife will be among the guests attending a dinner to honor Iraq war veterans and their families at the White House.

02/23/2012

Family Matters Blog: Military Families Can Apply for New Home      

WASHINGTON - More than 100 wounded warriors and military and veteran families will be the recipients of a new home this year, thanks to the generosity of a nonprofit organization and one of the nation’s largest banks.

02/21/2012

Family Matters Blog: NBC Show Seeks Military ‘Unsung Heroes’      

WASHINGTON - A new NBC show that rewards selfless people for their good deeds is seeking service members, veterans and their families to spotlight in upcoming episodes.

02/16/2012

Family Matters Blog: Leaders Aim to Ease Spouse Employment Woes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden and senior defense officials launched a new effort aimed at removing barriers for spouses struggling to obtain occupational licenses.

02/15/2012

Family Matters Blog: Budget Request Backs Military Families      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget proposal includes several provisions that directly affect troops and their families.

02/13/2012

Family Matters Blog: Sites Connect Spouses With Jobs      

WASHINGTON - With their worldwide access and convenience, virtual career fairs and other online job resources are steadily gaining popularity among military spouses and veterans.

02/09/2012

Family Matters Blog: Are You Ready for a Pet?      

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Navy Lt. Theresa Donnelly has some suggestions for military families considering pet ownership and the responsibilities that come with it.

02/02/2012

Family Matters Blog: Military Kids Can Apply for Scholarships      

WASHINGTON - The deadline is swiftly approaching for the Fisher House Foundation’s 2012 Scholarships for Military Children Program, conducted at military commissaries worldwide.

01/31/2012

Family Matters Blog: Military Caregivers to Gain More Support      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama announced a proposal that would enable more military family members to take the time they need to care for their wounded and ill loved ones.

01/27/2012

Family Matters Blog: Taking Care of Pets While Deployed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Theresa Donnelly shares information on resources that help service members care for their pets even while serving their nation away from home.

01/26/2012

Family Matters Blog: Site Connects Kids Dealing With Deployment      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has launched a new website intended to bolster military children as they deal with deployments and the other stressors of military life.

01/23/2012

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Joins Bidens’ West Coast Trip  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Bidens’ visit was visible proof that the service and sacrifice represented on Camp Pendleton -- from Marines training on dusty roads to Gold Star wives and moms to wounded warriors and their families recovering there -- doesn’t go unnoticed by our nation or its leaders.

01/19/2012

Family Matters Blog: New Spouse Employment Programs Unveiled at Career Fair  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 1,000 career-seeking military spouses recently attended the Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Career Forum in downtown Washington, D.C.

01/12/2012

Family Matters Blog: Medical Colleges Step Up Care for Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s medical colleges are the latest to join forces with First Lady Michelle Obama to ensure the best care for troops, veterans and their families.

01/09/2012

Family Matters Blog: Career Fair to Focus on Military Spouses      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is hosting a career fair in Washington, D.C., dedicated solely to helping military spouses find jobs.

01/06/2012

Family Matters Blog: Obama Vows to ‘Keep Faith’ With Families      

WASHINGTON - Senior leaders yesterday underscored their commitment to caring for troops, veterans and their families, and the programs that support them, in a briefing that laid the groundwork for future defense spending.

01/05/2012

Family Matters Blog: Airport Screening to Speed Up for Families      

WASHINGTON - Service members on orders and their families traveling with them will be moving through airport screening quicker in about six months.

01/03/2012

Family Matters Blog: Travel Stress-free With Pets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Navy Lt. Theresa Donnelly shares tips and resources to help military families navigate a stateside or overseas move with a pet.

12/28/2011

Family Matters Blog: Top 10 Military Family Moments of 2011      

WASHINGTON - From new technology to new support campaigns, AFPS' Elaine Sanchez shares her most memorable military family moments of 2011.

12/23/2011

Family Matters Blog: Families Weather Holiday Separations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military families are relying on creativity, and a heavy dose of technology, to keep connected with deployed loved ones over the holiday season.

12/21/2011

Family Matters Blog: Coping With Holiday Stress      

WASHINGTON - Dr. Vladimir Nacev, a clinical psychologist for the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, offers tips on weathering the holidays away from loved ones.

12/15/2011

Family Matters Blog: Enlisted Leaders Call for Better Financial Education      

WASHINGTON - Senior enlisted leaders from each service met at a financial fitness forum to discuss how they can better financially empower and educate troops and their families.

12/08/2011

Family Matters Blog: Scholarship Paves Way to Better Future for Army Spouse  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When her Army husband was injured in Iraq, Milena Mateo-Ortiz used a National Military Family Association scholarship to return to school and gain a career.

12/06/2011

Family Matters Blog: ‘Budget Fatigue’ Can Lead to Holiday Debt      

WASHINGTON - It’s easy to get tired of tight purse strings and let loose over the holidays, but today’s spending excess is tomorrow’s debt hangover.

12/02/2011

Family Matters Blog: Spouse Combats Army Husband’s PTSD  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Catrina Tomsich stuck by her soldier husband through a war injury, post-combat stress and emotional abuse -- not because she condoned the behavior, but because she had an unwavering belief that with time and care, he could find emotional healing.

11/28/2011

Family Matters Blog: ‘Extreme Makeover’ Seeks Military Families for Holiday Episode      

WASHINGTON - The cast of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is seeking nominations for military families in need of a home rebuild for an upcoming holiday episode.

11/23/2011

Family Matters Blog: A Thank You Letter to Our Troops      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of service members will be away from home over the holidays, but their sacrifices and service don't go unnoticed.

11/17/2011

Family Matters Blog: Army Mom Devotes Life to Triple Amputee Son  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - AFPS' Elaine Sanchez writes about her encounter with a woman who left her life in New Orleans behind to care for her wounded warrior son.

11/15/2011

Family Matters Blog: Spouse Attends Career Fair in Hawaii  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Dallas Nagata White, an Army spouse, shares her experiences at a Hiring Our Heroes career fair on Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.

11/14/2011

Family Matters Blog: Cooking Event Stirs Support for Spouses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger and military spouse Angee Croxon shares her experiences at a cooking event that featured home cooking, celebrity chefs and a host of appreciation for military spouses.

11/03/2011

Family Matters Blog: Send Troops, Families Holiday Cards      

WASHINGTON - The American Red Cross is collecting and sending holiday cards to service members, veterans and their families around the world.

11/02/2011

Family Matters Blog: White House Invites Military Kids to Submit Holiday Cards      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama is asking military children from throughout the world to send holiday cards honoring their service member parent to the White House for a holiday display.

11/01/2011

Family Matters Blog: Top 10 Reasons I Appreciate Military Families      

WASHINGTON - In honor of Military Family Appreciation Month, AFPS' Elaine Sanchez created a Top 10 list of the qualities she most appreciates about military families.

10/31/2011

Family Matters Blog: Muumuus and Comfortable Shoes      

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Karen Nowowieski cleaned out her closet, tossed out her shapeless muumuus and, in the process, learned to love the body she had.

10/27/2011

Family Matters Blog: Keeping Military Marriages Strong      

WASHINGTON - Relationships can weather even the toughest challenges with some advance planning and healthy communication skills.

10/24/2011

Family Matters Blog: Fashion Guru to Share Style Tips      

WASHINGTON - In the coming months, guest blogger Karen Nowowieski will share her fashion know-how, from appropriate interview and work attire for military spouses to what to wear on a date or girls’ night out.

10/18/2011

Family Matters Blog: First Lady Joins Forces With Baseball      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will attend the first game of the World Series in St. Louis to spread their message of veteran and military family support.

10/12/2011

Family Matters Blog: Stars ‘Join Forces’ With First Lady      

WASHINGTON - A few top entertainment industry stars have joined forces with First Lady Michelle Obama to help shine the light on military families and their service and sacrifice.

10/11/2011

Family Matters Blog: A Military Ode to Steve Jobs      

WASHINGTON - Recognizing the astounding potential for a military application, officials continue to explore the use of smartphones and tablet devices in the field for everything from translation to mapping to filing reports.

09/30/2011

Family Matters Blog: Mullens Leave Legacy of Family Support      

WASHINGTON - In his farewell message to the armed forces today, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said serving troops and their families has been the greatest privilege of his life.

09/29/2011

Family Matters Blog: Keeping Relationships Healthy      

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Dr. Kate McGraw, a clinical psychologist, offers military couples tips on strengthening and enriching their relationships.

09/25/2011

Family Matters Blog: Honoring Gold Star Mothers, Families      

WASHINGTON - Gold Star mothers and families exemplify the selflessness and patriotism that’s inherent in our nation’s military, President Barack Obama said as he proclaimed Gold Star Mother’s and Family's Day.

09/23/2011

Family Matters Blog: Reality Show Features First Lady, Veteran  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The season premiere of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will feature First Lady Michelle Obama and Navy veteran Barbara Marshall, who has devoted herself to ending homelessness among female veterans. The episode airs Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

09/22/2011

Family Matters Blog: Officials Seek Troop, Family Feedback      

WASHINGTON - Officials hope to hear from troops and their families on a variety of issues -- from the quality of education within Defense Department schools to USO support programs and services.

09/19/2011

Family Matters Blog: Dealing With Kids’ Fears      

WASHINGTON - The combined weather events not only spurred floods and extensive home damage across the Northeast, they also triggered a deep-seated fear of natural disasters in my 8-year-old son.

09/15/2011

Family Matters Blog: ‘Extreme Makeover’ Seeks Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The producers of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”are seeking people involved with the military to feature in upcoming episodes.

09/12/2011

Family Matters Blog: Wounded Warrior to Star in Reality Show  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army veteran J.R. Martinez, a wounded warrior turned motivational speaker and actor, will appear on the new season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

09/09/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Recalls 9/11      

WASHINGTON - AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez recalls where she was on 9/11 and shares her gratitude for the service members and their families who are sacrificing to ensure it never happens again.

09/07/2011

Family Matters Blog: Explaining 9/11 to My Daughter      

WASHINGTON - AFPS' Elaine Sanchez explained 9/11 to her daughter to help her understand the enormity of the loss and to better appreciate the sacrifices service members and their families make each day to ensure it doesn't happen again.

09/02/2011

Family Matters Blog: Navy Captain Leads ‘Joining Forces’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Capt. Brad Cooper is the new the executive director of the White House’s “Joining Forces” campaign, which calls on all sectors of society -- from businesses and communities to nonprofit organizations and individuals -- to rally in support of troops, veterans and their families.

08/31/2011

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Benefit From New Hiring Rule      

WASHINGTON - The Office of Personnel Management published final regulations that give some military spouses as much time as they need to apply for a federal job.

08/29/2011

Family Matters Blog: My Husband’s Reintegration      

WASHINGTON - Army spouse Sheri Hall shares how she supported her family while her husband struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after his second tour in Iraq.

08/25/2011

Family Matters Blog: Talking Natural Disasters With Kids      

WASHINGTON - AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez confronts her son’s fear of earthquakes and passes on tips for talking to children about natural disasters.

08/19/2011

Family Matters Blog: Leaving a Legacy      

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger and Navy veteran Vivian reflects on the sacrifices service members make and the legacies they leave behind.

08/16/2011

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Can Honor Employers With Award      

WASHINGTON - The Spouse Patriot Award, established by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve agency, honors extraordinarily supportive employers of reserve spouses.

08/11/2011

Family Matters Blog: Child’s Tribute Stirs Emotion      

WASHINGTON - A 10-year-old's heartfelt tribute to his father, who died in the Chinook crash, has stirred up emotions across the nation.

08/09/2011

Family Matters Blog: Compact Eases School Transitions      

WASHINGTON - The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children affects everything from school enrollment and eligibility to course placement and graduation.

08/04/2011

Family Matters Blog: Male Spouses Face Unique Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Civilian male spouses comprise a small portion of the population, but deal with some significant challenges, a military marriage expert said.

08/01/2011

Family Matters Blog: Office Strengthens Families Financially      

WASHINGTON - As chief of the new Office of Servicemember Affairs, Holly Petraeus, wife of Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, is working to protect service members and their families from financial predators and pitfalls.

07/28/2011

Family Matters Blog: My Discovery of Mild TBI      

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Heather Marsh shares her lessons learned after sustaining a mild traumatic brain injury.

07/26/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Meets ‘Extreme Makeover’ Star      

WASHINGTON - AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez writes about her visit to the set of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” where a Navy veteran who has devoted her life to others received a new home.

07/25/2011

Family Matters Blog: Explaining War to Our Children      

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Stephanie Himel-Nelson writes about the difficulties of explaining war to children, and explains how she's been tackling that issue with her two young sons.

07/14/2011

Family Matters Blog: Royal Couple Attends Spouse Hiring Fair      

WASHINGTON - Prince William and his wife, Catherine, visited with military spouses and veterans and lauded military families during a hiring fair in California.

07/06/2011

Family Matters Blog: Army Reserve Spouse Tackles Finances      

WASHINGTON - Realizing her husband couldn't monitor both al-Qaida and their checking account, guest blogger and Army Reserve spouse Nancy French decided to take financial matters into her own hands during his deployment.

06/30/2011

Family Matters Blog: Spouses Praise New Employment Program  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At a launch event, service members and their spouses voiced their approval of the Defense Department’s new program to expand career opportunities for military spouses worldwide.

06/27/2011

Family Matters Blog: DOD Program Inspires Kids to Read      

WASHINGTON - Visitors to libraries on 270 military installations around the world are invited to join “A Midsummer Knight’s Read,” an activity-packed reading program with a medieval twist.

06/23/2011

Family Matters Blog: Program Opens Doors to Spouse Employment      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department plans to launch a new employment partnership next week that’s intended to connect military spouses with employers actively seeking to hire them.

06/20/2011

Family Matters Blog: Tips to Ease Summertime Moves      

WASHINGTON - As another high-volume military moving season gets under way for service members and their families, an Army official offers his top tips for easing the moving process.

06/16/2011

Family Matters Blog: Obama Salutes Military Dads      

WASHINGTON - With Father’s Day nearly at hand, President Barack Obama took time to single out military dads yesterday, thanking them for their service to the nation.

06/14/2011

Family Matters Blog: The Perfect Father’s Day Gift      

WASHINGTON - From gadget-filled alarm clocks to sound-reducing headphones, Navy spouse Vivian shares ideas for the perfect Father’s Day gifts for military dads.

06/10/2011

Family Matters Blog: Your Voice Matters      

WASHINGTON - Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, urges military spouses to continue sharing their employment and licensing challenges, and encourages spouses and veterans to register for an upcoming “Hiring Our Heroes” career fair in Los Angeles.

06/09/2011

Family Matters Blog: Deployed Parents Can Watch Kids Graduate      

WASHINGTON - Thanks to technology and some extensive behind-the-scenes efforts, deployed parents from bases across Europe and the Pacific can watch their children graduate from high school.

06/06/2011

Family Matters Blog: Military Kids are ‘Incredibly Special’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama told a group of graduating seniors at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., that they were “incredibly special” and praised them for their strength and resilience.

06/02/2011

Family Matters Blog: The First Step is the Hardest      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Tech Sgt. Terri L. Kaas describes her battle with depression and how she found the strength to take the first step toward wellness.

05/31/2011

Family Matters Blog: Program Offers Free Museum Visits      

WASHINGTON - Service members and their families can visit more than a thousand museums across the nation free of charge this summer through the Blue Star Museums program.

05/27/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Honors Fallen, Their Families      

WASHINGTON - AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez recalls a dignified transfer she attended, and notes the importance of honoring the courage and sacrifice of fallen service members and their families not just on Memorial Day, but every day.

05/24/2011

Family Matters Blog: Families Can Access Military Child Guide      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters blog, we reprint a military child resource blog from the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury website.

05/20/2011

Family Matters Blog: War Bride, Minus the War      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters guest blog, Rebekah Sanderlin, Army spouse and mom, writes about morphing from a war bride to a “regular bride,” and the challenges that come along with the change.

05/16/2011

Family Matters Blog: Need for Healthy Diet Hits Home for Blogger      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters guest blog, AFPS’ Lisa Daniel writes about the obesity crisis sweeping America and shares her family’s struggles with healthy eating after her daughter was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

05/13/2011

Family Matters Blog: My Husband’s PTSD  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Diana Veseth-Nelson writes about her husband’s post-traumatic stress disorder, how she supported him through treatment and her desire to help other military family members dealing with the same issue.

05/10/2011

Family Matters Blog: First Lady Announces Fitness Commitments  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The first lady unveiled three new “Let’s Move” commitments specifically designed for military kids and teens during a fitness and nutrition event at the White House.

05/06/2011

Family Matters Blog: President Honors Military Spouses      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters Blog, we encourage everyone to join President Barack Obama in reaching out to service members' spouses, especially on Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

05/05/2011

Family Matters Blog: Families Can Connect With Global Support Network      

WASHINGTON - In this guest blog, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, writes about the partnership that helped launch the 2011 Family Resilience Conference and encourages families to engage a worldwide network of support professionals.

05/04/2011

Family Matters Blog: Take Time to Thank a Teacher      

WASHINGTON - As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, the Department of Defense Education Activity is inviting everyone to thank a DOD teacher who has made an impact in their lives.

05/03/2011

Family Matters Blog: Families React to bin Laden’s Death      

WASHINGTON - Over the past decade, I’ve written about the wars and seen firsthand the wounded servicemembers recovering from life-altering attacks. But my experiences pale in comparison to those who have direct ties to the 9/11 after-effects – families of the fallen.

04/29/2011

Family Matters Blog: Top Enlisted Leaders Talk Family Issues      

CHICAGO - The top enlisted leaders from each service led a packed town hall meeting yesterday to discuss their family-focused programs and to field questions from family support professionals attending the 2011 Family Resilience Conference here.

04/28/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Interviews Conference Attendees      

WASHINGTON - People attending the 2011 Family Resilience Conference share the highlights of their conference experience.

04/27/2011

Family Matters Blog: Chaplains Discuss Spirituality, Resilience      

WASHINGTON - In this video, Army Maj. Quentin Collins of the National Guard and Navy Capt. Jack Lea discuss the importance of spirituality to a person’s overall well-being and the positive impact it can have on a family’s resilience.

04/27/2011

Family Matters Blog: Gordon Cites Need for Family Support      

CHICAGO - Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts when working to improve military families’ lives during the opening session of the 2011 Family Resilience Conference in Chicago.

04/26/2011

Family Matters Blog: Families Take Center Stage at Conference      

CHICAGO - AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez is in Chicago to pass on the latest in family-related information, initiatives and research at the 2011 Family Resilience Conference.

04/25/2011

Family Matters Blog: DOD to Expand Spouse Career Program      

WASHINGTON - In this guest blog, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, writes about how the Defense Department is expanding an Army spouse career development program to include all military spouses, and encourages spouses to join a discussion on employment.

04/21/2011

Family Matters Blog: Mom Talks About Changes, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Army reservist Amy McLaughlin had a lot to handle over the course of one year. She and her husband separated, she had to move her family across country, and her son was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.

04/19/2011

Family Matters Blog: Show Seeks Families for Home Makeover      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez shares information about an opportunity for military families to apply for an extreme home makeover courtesy of the TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

04/18/2011

Family Matters Blog: First Lady, Dr. Biden Kick Off Sesame, USO Tour  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Sanchez writes about a "Joining Forces" community event she attended in Ohio that also helped to kick off the latest installment of the Sesame/USO Experience for Military Families, a free traveling tour for military families.

04/13/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Interviews First Lady, Dr. Biden  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez writes about the launch of the White House’s new military family-support initiative and her interview with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, who are spearheading this nationwide campaign.

04/11/2011

Family Matters Blog: First Lady, Dr. Biden to Launch Support Campaign      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, AFPS' Elaine Sanchez previews the launch of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's national initiative that will call on all sectors of society to support and honor America’s service members and their families.

04/08/2011

Family Matters Blog: First Lady Celebrates Military Children  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez spotlights the 2011 Military Children of the Year, and shares First Lady Michelle Obama’s pride in their accomplishments.

04/07/2011

Family Matters Blog: Leaders Thank TAPS for Survivor Support      

WASHINGTON - This blog highlights the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors’ annual Honor Guard Gala, during which leaders thanked TAPS for its survivor support.

04/01/2011

Family Matters Blog: Kids Serve Too      

WASHINGTON - In this guest blog, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, thanks military children for their contributions, and highlights a few of the Defense Department programs available to support them.

04/01/2011

Family Matters Blog: DOD Supports Families Departing Japan      

WASHINGTON - In this guest blog, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, urges families who voluntary departed from Japan to stay in touch with their service so they have access to timely information and support.

03/31/2011

Family Matters Blog: Military Children Can Attend Free Camp      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez writes about the Operation Purple Summer Camp program, which offers free camps to military children ages 7 to 17.

03/30/2011

Family Matters Blog: TRICARE Continues Web-based Counseling      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez writes about an extension to the TRICARE Assistance Program, which offers beneficiaries access to Web-based mental-health counselors.

03/28/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Describes ‘Mom Shift’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Navy Lt. Tiffani Walker writes about the “Mom shift” she works after a full day on active day, and expresses her gratitude for the service members who put their lives on the line to keep families like hers safe.

03/25/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Takes Name-change Leap      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez (formerly Wilson) writes about her decision to change her last name at work, and invites people to share their experiences with the issue.

03/24/2011

Family Matters Blog: TRICARE Remains Intact for Japan-based Beneficiaries      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Sanchez (formerly Wilson) shares information regarding health care benefits as well as some contact numbers for TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries affected by the situation in Japan.

03/22/2011

Family Matters Blog: DODEA Stands Up Crisis Centers      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Education Activity has established crisis centers to assist parents of its students and employees who are affected by the voluntary relocations from Japan and Bahrain. The centers are accessible by phone or email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

03/18/2011

Family Matters Blog: DOD Focuses on Families in Japan      

WASHINGTON - In this guest blog, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, writes about the Defense Department’s ongoing commitment to the well-being of military families in Japan.

03/15/2011

Family Matters Blog: Site Offers Link to Japan-based Troops      

WASHINGTON - A Red Cross website is connecting family and friends with military loved ones stationed in Japan.

03/14/2011

Family Matters Blog: Childhood Obesity Hits Home for Blogger      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares her struggles with her son’s weight and commits to a healthier family lifestyle.

03/11/2011

Family Matters Blog: DOD Offers Help With Moves      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters guest blog, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, spotlights an online resource called “Plan My Move,” and invites families to join discussion boards to submit questions or share lessons learned.

03/09/2011

Family Matters Blog: Couple Shares Deployment Journey  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about an Air Force couple blogging about their separate deployments in Afghanistan in hopes of helping other service members better prepare for their own.

03/05/2011

Family Matters Blog: Soldier Shares Brain Injury Experience      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters guest blog, Army Staff Sgt. Victor Medina writes about his recovery after sustaining a moderate traumatic brain injury in Iraq, and the blog he started about his experiences to educate other survivors and caregivers.

03/03/2011

Family Matters Blog: Mrs. Petraeus Seeks Financial Feedback From Troops      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about a personal financial setback and highlights Holly Petraeus's new job that will be dedicated to ensuring military families don’t have setbacks of their own.

03/01/2011

Family Matters Blog: First Lady, Dr. Biden Preview New Campaign      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about a new troops and family support campaign that First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden will roll out in the coming weeks.

02/25/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Copes With Military Mom’s Guilt      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Navy Lt. Tiffani Walker writes about how she balances being a mother with being a military member, and the pride she feels in both roles.

02/23/2011

Family Matters Blog: Start Small, Think Big to Start Saving      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters guest blog, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, spotlights Military Saves Week and encourages military families to focus on ways to reduce debt and plan for a secure future.

01/25/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Attends Landmark Family Support Effort  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares her experiences at a White House event where President Barack Obama unveiled a groundbreaking new approach to military family support.

01/24/2011

Family Matters Blog: Agencies Join Together to Support Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Robert L. Gordon III is the deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy. In this guest blog, Mr. Gordon shares details of the partnership federal agencies are forming as part of an unprecedented government effort to provide better military family support.

01/21/2011

Family Matters Blog: Family Advocacy Launches Safe Sleep Campaign      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson highlights the launch of a safe sleep campaign by the Defense Department’s Family Advocacy Program, and encourages new and expectant parents to check out the program’s new “Sleep Like a Baby” blog.

01/19/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Recalls Husband’s Support When ‘Just a Boyfriend’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Megan Just reflects on the sacrifices her now-husband made while she was in the Navy and he was "just a boyfriend," and expresses appreciation for all significant others who support military loved ones.

01/18/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Highlights TRICARE Changes      

WASHINGTON - In the latest Family Matters blog, we highlight upcoming changes in TRICARE's young adult health program that will provide protection for qualified, unmarried military children up to age 26.

01/14/2011

Family Matters Blog: Groups Turn Day Off Into Day of Service      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson encourages people to join a volunteer effort on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and highlights community efforts on behalf of military families taking place throughout the nation.

01/13/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Seeks Holiday Candy Addiction Cure      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about her post-holiday weight gain woes and shares some free, online resources that can help military families shape up in the New Year.

01/11/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blog Brings Science to Life for Students      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares how an Antarctica-based blog by an Air Force officer brought science home for students worldwide.

01/07/2011

Family Matters Blog: Grandma Adjusts to Becoming Mom Again  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Debbie Nichols, a military mom and grandma, writes about the ups and downs of becoming a parent to her two grandchildren after her Air Force daughter deployed to Afghanistan.

01/05/2011

Family Matters Blog: Navy Program Helps to Strengthen Families      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares information about a Navy program that’s helping military families weather the psychological and physical challenges brought about by a decade of war.

01/04/2011

Family Matters Blog: Webinars Offer Tips on Finances, Parenting      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson encourages military families to participate in Military OneSource’s free webinar series, which covers everything from dealing with debt to dealing with homework.

01/03/2011

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Highlights Air Force Military Spouses Program      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about an Air Force program that helps new military spouses adjust to their special role in the service's mission.

12/30/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Resolves to Support Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares her New Year’s resolution to support servicemembers and their families throughout the year.

12/29/2010

Family Matters Blog: Families Invited to Dial Into Helping Webinars      

WASHINGTON - AFPS's Elaine Wilson invites families to take advantage of the 2011 monthly webinars sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

12/27/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Shares Secrets for Creating Exceptional Care Packages  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger Megan Just, a Navy veteran, explains how important care packages are to deployed servicemembers and what elements distinguish an outstanding care package from a run-of-the-mill one.

12/23/2010

Family Matters Blog: Guest Blogger Touched by Visit to Arlington Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Guest blogger and AFPS writer Donna Miles shares her reflections on the ultimate sacrifice made by so many Americans, and how their families honor them during the holiday season.

12/21/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Shares Breaking News on Santa  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson delivers the latest news on Santa Claus’ upcoming travels, including his beefed-up sleigh and the latest Santa-tracking systems.

12/20/2010

Family Matters Blog: Holiday Video Features Troops Worldwide      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson highlights a holiday video, called “‘Twas a Night in December,” that features servicemembers from every branch of service and in some of the most remote locations in the world.

12/17/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Interviews Vice President's Wife  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about her one-on-one interview with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and encourages military families to read about Dr. Biden’s ongoing work to support them.

12/16/2010

Family Matters Blog: Operation Homefront Helps Indiana Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson highlights how Operation Homefront helped Santa Claus visit some Indiana National Guard families.

12/14/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Shares Holiday Money-saving Tips      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares money-saving tips for the holiday season that can ease stress and save people from accruing long-lasting debt.

12/13/2010

Family Matters Blog: Families to Receive More Child Care Options      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, Elaine Wilson highlights a new Defense Department initiative designed to expand the quality of quantity of community-based child care options.

12/10/2010

Family Matters Blog: Grandma Discovers Full-time Parenting, Again      

WASHINGTON - Family Matters guest blogger Debbie Nichols, a military mom and grandma, talks about her daughter’s deployment and how she dealt with becoming a full-time parent again years after her youngest child left the nest.

12/09/2010

Family Matters Blog: Nation Sets Aside Day to Honor Military Widows      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson highlights a Senate resolution that designates Dec. 18 as “Gold Star Wives Day,” a day set aside to honor and recognize the contributions of members of the Gold Star Wives of America Inc.

12/07/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Gets Tips to Avoid Credit Card Fraud      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson taps Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Orrell, of the National Guard Bureau, for tips to help shoppers prevent credit fraud and dentity theft during the holiday shopping season.

12/06/2010

Family Matters Blog: Dr. Jill Biden Conveys Gratitude to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest Family Matters blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares Dr. Jill Biden’s holiday message of gratitude to servicemembers and their families around the world.

12/03/2010

Family Matters Blog: Obama Thanks Troops, Families for Service      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today to thank U.S. servicemembers for their service and sacrifice, and to personally pass on his holiday greetings.

12/01/2010

Family Matters Blog: Dr. Biden Welcomes Guard Children  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about a holiday event she attended for children of National Guard families and D.C.-area children hosted by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

11/29/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Confronts Elder-care Issues      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson expresses her gratitude for her father and shares her concerns over the elder-care issues that lie ahead.

11/24/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Shares Families’ Thanksgiving Messages  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares her appreciation for servicemembers and their families, and shares some Thanksgiving messages written by deployed soldiers and their loved ones.

11/23/2010

Family Matters Blog: Mother's Letter Explains Life as Army Spouse      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson shares a letter an Army wife wrote to her 13-year-old daughter about the ups and downs of life as an Army spouse just in case her daughter decides to marry a soldier.

11/22/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Showcases Military Spouse's Talent      

WASHINGTON - In today's blog, we showcase the special talents of a former soldier and current military wife who won first place in the 2010 Operation Rising Star military singing contest.

11/19/2010

Family Matters Blog: Spouse Stresses Importance of Serving Others      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters blog, Navy spouse and guest blogger Vivian stresses the importance of volunteerism and encourages people to visit Serve.gov to learn about ways they can pay tribute to veterans this month.

11/18/2010

Family Matters Blog: Handbook Helps Troops’ Families, Friends      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson spotlights a new resource handbook and video that is being distributed to servicemembers' friends and families.

11/17/2010

Family Matters Blog: Defense Centers of Excellence to Host Military Family Webinar      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson highlights a family support webinar sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence that will examine resources available at the local, state and national levels.

11/16/2010

Family Matters Blog: Giunta Thanks Wife for Enduring Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares an interview with Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, Medal of Honor recipient, in which he says his wife “makes me who I am.”

11/15/2010

Family Matters Blog: Homeless Veterans Deserve a Helping Hand      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about her encounter with a homeless veteran in Florida, and spotlights the importance of caring for all of America’s veterans.

11/10/2010

Family Matters Blog: Take Time to Thank a Veteran      

WASHINGTON - In this Veterans Day blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares her own sense of pride in military service, and expresses her admiration for other vets, servicemembers and families, and urges everyone to take a moment to thank them.

11/09/2010

Family Matters Blog: Program Helps Children With Homecomings  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters blog, we highlight a new puppet program that helps children cope with mom or dad's homecoming after a year-long deployment.

11/08/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Learns to Ignore Deployment Clock      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, we highlight how a military spouse is finding it easier to cope with her husband's deployment by "purposely losing track of time."

11/05/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Learns How to Handle a Bully      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about how she handled a bullying incident involving her daughter, and passes on bullying prevention advice she learned along the way.

11/03/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Praises Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Robert L. Gordon III, deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy, recognizes the contributions of military families as the nation marks Military Family Month.

11/03/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Praises Military Families      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Robert L. Gordon III, deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy, recognizes the contributions of military families as the nation marks Military Family Month.

11/02/2010

Family Matters Blog: Air Guard Looks to Expand Home Child Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, we highlight an Air National Guard program that provides child care services to dual military couples, single parents and families in which the nonmilitary spouse works weekends.

11/01/2010

Family Matters Blog: Nation Celebrates Military Family Month  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In honor of Military Family Month, AFPS' Elaine Wilson expresses her appreciation for military families, and encourages people to offer them support year-round.

10/29/2010

Family Matters Blog: Halloween Opens Doors to Community  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about settling into her new community and her plan to meet the neighbors this Halloween.

10/27/2010

Family Matters Blog: Program Helps Guard, Reserve Families Reintegrate  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about her trip to Houston to see how National Guard soldiers and their families are coping with life after deployment, and highlights a Defense Department program that’s helping smooth the reintegration process for all military families.

10/26/2010

Family Matters Blog: Families Express Concerns to Lawmakers      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, we highlight a recent Blue Star Families event on Capitol Hill where the annual Blue Star Families Military Lifestyle Survey was released showing an increasing concern about military children's education.

10/25/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Touts Reading Program  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver urges military families with a deployed parent to take advantage of the United Through Reading program.

10/22/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Expresses Desire to Serve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson talks about her desire to deploy as a civilian and highlights the service of a civilian currently serving in Iraq.

10/21/2010

Family Matters Blog: Military Updates Family Care Plan Policy      

WASHINGTON - This blog highlights a change in the military's Family Care Plan policy that may mean servicemembers will want to seek legal help when arranging for their children's care during deployments.

10/20/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Writes About Friendship      

WASHINGTON - In this blog a military spouse guest blogger writes about how her husband’s return home has affected her friendship with her 'surrogate spouse' – the friend who helped her cope with her husband's deployment.

10/19/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Urges Readers to 'Move Forward'      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger David Lloyd, director of the Family Advocacy Program Office of Military Community and Family Policy, urges victims of domestic abuse to seek help for themselves and their children.

10/18/2010

Family Matters Blog: Army Marks Depression Awareness Month      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, we highlight a posting on the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury’s website that urges soldiers to check for signs of depression and seek help.

10/15/2010

Family Matters Blog: Suicide Survivors Turn to TAPS for Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about attending a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors seminar, and the women she met there who lost loved ones to suicide, but found comfort in each other and TAPS.

10/13/2010

Family Matters Blog: Free Tutors Ease Homework Woes      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about her challenges helping her own children with homework and highlights a free, online tutoring service for military children.

10/12/2010

Family Matters Blog: Mom Prepares to Deploy With Husband Gone      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, we highlight a military mom's recent posting on the Double Duty blog "Ready? Set? Change!" about preparing to deploy while her husband already is serving overseas.

10/08/2010

Family Matters Blog: Domestic Abuse: Don't Suffer in Silence      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson encourages victims of domestic abuse to seek help early and explains where they can go to get help.

10/07/2010

Family Matters Blog: Medical Staff Focuses on Warriors' Families      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, we highlight a program at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., that helps wounded warriors recover by working with their families. The program focuses on psychological and traumatic brain injuries.

10/06/2010

Family Matters Blog: General's Wife Creates 'Virtual Installations'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Laura Stultz, wife of Army Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, writes about starting the Army Strong Community Centers as 'virtual installations' to help military families who don't live near bases.

10/05/2010

Family Matters Blog: First Lady Urges Leaders to Hire Spouses      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, we highlight First Lady Michelle Obama's recent speech to the Clinton Global Initiative meeting where she urged attendees to consider hiring military spouses.

10/04/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Tackles Move-in Day      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson wraps up her moving journey and shares some lessons learned from her move-in day.

10/01/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Urges Readers to Protect Identities      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver gives tips to servicemembers and their families on how to protect their identities.

09/30/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Urges Readers to Vote      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver urges servicemembers and their families who are living and serving away from their home of record to exercise their right to vote by using an absentee ballot.

09/29/2010

Family Matters Blog: Air Force Renews Pledge to Support Families      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, we highlight the Air Force's promise to maintain an ongoing commitment to providing the best support for single and married airmen and their families even after this Year of the Air Force Family draws to a close.

09/28/2010

Family Matters Blog: 'Virtual Installation' Opens in Pennsylvania      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about the opening of an Army Strong Community Center in Coraopolis, Pa., where military families that live hours away from a military base can get services.

09/27/2010

Family Matters Blog: Guardsmen Help Families in Kosovo  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about soldiers from the Puerto Rico National Guard helping families in Kosovo.

09/24/2010

Family Matters Blog: Scammer Uses Fallen Hero's Identity      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about an Internet romance scam using the identities of fallen heroes and other warriors.

09/23/2010

Family Matters Blog: Department Modules Help Civilian Kids  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about modules developed by the Defense Department's Education Activity that are now being shared with civilian public schools.

09/22/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Nears End of Moving Journey      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about her move to Maryland and shares some helpful tips she's picked up along the way to make the move easier on her family.

09/21/2010

Family Matters Blog: 'Real Warrior' Spreads Message of Hope  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about a soldier who turned a brush with death into a message of hope for servicemembers and their families.

09/20/2010

Family Matters Blog: Military Children Deserve Top-notch Education      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson outlines the Department of Defense Education Activity's goals for the year ahead and the initiatives that are in place to help officials achieve them.

09/17/2010

Family Matters Blog: School Means Kids Thrive on Camp Casey  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about what the opening of a new children's school on Camp Casey, South Korea, means for servicemembers deployed there.

09/16/2010

Family Matters Blog: Caseys Voice Concerns for Military Families      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson shares remarks by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., and his wife, Sheila, in which they express their concerns for military families after the stress of nearly a decade of war.

09/15/2010

Family Matters Blog: Military Working to Stop Suicides, Mullens Say      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson highlights an interview in which Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deborah, talk about the work being done to prevent servicemember suicides.

09/14/2010

Family Matters Blog: Officials Extend MyCAA Enrollment Deadline      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about a new financial assistance deadline for military spouses currently enrolled in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, commonly known as MyCAA.

09/13/2010

Family Matters Blog: First Lady Turns Tragedy Into Force for Good  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about an event she attended at which First Lady Michelle Obama and about 150 volunteers pitched in to help veterans on the 2nd Annual National Day of Service and Remembrance.

09/10/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Remembers the Tragedy of 9/11  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver shares her memories of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the changes she has witnessed since that day.

09/09/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Urges Readers to 'Restore Hope'      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about the AFPS Web special report "Restoring Hope: You Can Help Save A Life."

09/08/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Joins the 'Sandwich Generation'      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about lessons she's learning as she begins to care for her aging parents from two time zones away.

09/07/2010

Family Matters Blog: Nonprofit Groups Step Up to Help Military Families      

WASHINGTON - In her latest Family Matters blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about eight nonprofit organizations recognized for their efforts to improve military families’ quality of life.

09/03/2010

Family Matters Blog: First Lady, Dr. Biden: Support Military Families      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson highlights an op-ed written by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden that urges Americans to support troops and their families.

09/02/2010

Family Matters Blog: Virtual High School Keeps Students on Track      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about the Department of Defense Education Activity's new virtual high school that's helping to fill in gaps for military students.

09/01/2010

Family Matters Blog: Army Secretary Vows Support for Programs      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about a visit Army Secretary John McHugh made to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., where he vowed to maintain funding for family programs.

08/31/2010

Family Matters Blog: Obama Urges Americans to Salute Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - In today’s blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson highlights President Barack Obama’s video message of appreciation for U.S. troops and their families, and shares how all Americans can salute them for their service in Iraq.

08/30/2010

Family Matters Blog: First Week of School Survival Guide      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about her kids' first day at a new school and shares tips to help parents successfully navigate the first week of school.

08/27/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Offers Education Tips to Veterans      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, we highlight a post by Dr. James Bender, on the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury website. Bender offers tips on how to succeed in college while taking advantage of the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

08/26/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Urges Readers to Make Use of GI Bill      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Jim Hardiman of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury encourages troops and veterans to take advantage of the improved benefits in the Post-9/11 GI bill.

08/25/2010

Family Matters Blog: Survey Seeks Feedback on Policy Change      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about a survey of military spouses that aims to gain feedback on the possible repeal of the law that bans gays and lesbians from serving openly.

08/24/2010

Family Matters Blog: Military Lifestyle Allows Blogger to Reconnect      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Vivian writes about reconnecting with another Navy spouse through her boys' soccer league.

08/23/2010

Family Matters Blog: TAPS Program Supports Families of Fallen      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about a peer mentor program that offers support to military families with a fallen loved one.

08/20/2010

Family Matters Blog: Bidens Thank Troops, Families in White House Video      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson shares a White House video that highlights Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden’s, visit to Fort Drum, N.Y., to welcome home deployed soldiers and to thank their families.

08/19/2010

Family Matters Blog: Dr. Biden Urges Support of Military Families      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson highlights Dr. Jill Biden’s public service announcement that encourages all Americans to support military families.

08/18/2010

Family Matters Blog: Tips Ease Transition to New School      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about her children’s upcoming transition to a new school as her family moves, and passes on some tips that can ease the adjustment for all families in the same situation.

08/17/2010

Family Matters Blog: Military Children to Get Improved Schools      

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about the Department of Defense Education Activity’s plans to renovate or replace 134 schools.

08/16/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Shares Back-to-school Tips      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson shares back-to-school tips that cover everything from establishing a routine to instilling healthy nutrition during the school year.

08/13/2010

Family Matters Blog: National Guard Offers Support to All Families      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about a recent “DoD Live” Bloggers Roundtable featuring the chief of family programs for the National Guard.

08/12/2010

Family Matters Blog: Dual-Military Couples Serve Together  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about a couple that married recently "by proxy" and other dual-military couples and urges other to share their stories.

08/11/2010

Family Matters Blog: Website Helps Families 'Know Before You Go'      

WASHINGTON - This blog highlights a new American Forces Press Service Web special called "Focus on Family: Know Before You Go," that features stories of military families preparing for and dealing with deployments.

08/09/2010

Family Matters Blog: Soldier Finds Strength in Family  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about a “Real Warrior” whose family support helped him recover from a devastating injury he received while deployed to Iraq.

08/04/2010

Family Matters Blog: Families Take Center Stage at Guard Workshop  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about how military families and the challenges confronting them have taken center focus at the 2010 National Guard Volunteer Workshop.

08/03/2010

Family Matters Blog: Mullen Addresses Military Family Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson highlights Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's, remarks on the challenges facing military families, particularly those in National Guard and Reserves, and the need to close an information gap.

08/02/2010

Family Matters Blog: Department to Adjust Child Care Fees      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about changes to the Defense Department's child care fees.

07/30/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Offers Ways to Pursue College Degrees      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about the various resources available to military spouses wishing to earn a four-year college degree.

07/28/2010

Family Matters Blog: Marines Honor Gold Star Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about Gold Star families and how Marines honored them during last weekend's Families United Weekend of Remembrance.

07/27/2010

Family Matters Blog: Deployments from a Parent's Perspective      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Lori J. Danby write about her son joining the Marines, how Brian's deployment to Iraq prodded her to found the local chapter of Blue Star Moms and what she learned from both of his wartime deployments.

07/26/2010

Family Matters Blog: Leaders Discuss Military Kids' Needs      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about Dr. Jill Biden and top military leaders remarks and messages to the Military Child Education Coalition's 12 annual conference.

07/23/2010

Family Matters Blog: Teleconference Explores Reintegration      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about a teleconference sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury on how what happens during a deployment impacts what happens after.

07/21/2010

Family Matters Blog: Spouse Jobs Program Resumes in October      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about the upcoming relaunch of the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, and the new parameters that will help officials sustain the popular spouse employment program.

07/20/2010

Family Matters Blog: Guard, Reserve Children Need Help in School      

WASHINGTON - Over the past year, I’ve spoken with many military families about the challenges they face, and a common issue is education for children from Guard and reserve families.

07/19/2010

Family Matters Blog: Military Spouse Shares Deployment Tips      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, Army spouse and mother Rebekah Sanderlin shares her lessons-learned from nearly a half-dozen deployments and passes on some tips for coping with the separations.

07/16/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Gears Up for Move      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about her upcoming move and shares some helpful tips for military families moving this summer.

07/15/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Highlights Program for Military Kids  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Lisa Daniel, highlights the USO's "Me and a Friend" program, which obtains donated tickets to ballgames, shows and other events, so military kids can get free tickets for themselves and a friend.

07/14/2010

Family Matters Blog: VA Eases Rules for Veterans With PTSD      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about a new regulation by the Veterans Affairs Department that will ease the claims process for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

07/13/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Shares Radio Experience      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS’ Elaine Wilson writes about her guest appearance on Military Mom Talk Radio, and her hopes of attracting more guest bloggers to participate in Family Matters.

07/12/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger to Tout Family Matters on Radio Show      

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson invites military families to tune in to hear her talk about Family Matters on Military Mom Talk Radio.

07/09/2010

Family Matters Blog: Mullen Presses for More Family Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver writes about a recent podcast by Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife Deborah where they talked about increasing support for Guard and Reserve families.

07/08/2010

Family Matters Blog: Blogger Notes Appreciation for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about her night at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq and how a souvenir now serves as a reminder of the sacrifices of troops serving overseas.

07/07/2010

Family Matters Blog: First Lady, Dr. Biden Help Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this Family Matters blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about how First Lady Michele Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, are working to support military families.

07/06/2010

Family Matters Blog: My Weekend in Iraq With Dr. Biden  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - AFPS’ Elaine Wilson was planning her own Independence Day getaway when she got a last-minute invitation to travel to Iraq with Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and write about Dr. Biden’s time there. In this blog, Elaine shares what she learned on this special holiday trip.

07/02/2010

Family Matters Blog: Remembering the Fourth of July  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As I watch fireworks this weekend, I hope you will join me in being grateful for and remembering those serving in all the services – Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard - who are fighting to protect the freedom we celebrate every Independence Day.

07/01/2010

Family Matters Blog: Online Tool Eases Overseas Voting Process      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about the Defense Department's efforts to ease the absentee voting process for military families living overseas.

06/30/2010

Family Matters Blog: Things to Think About When Moving With Pets      

WASHINGTON - In this blog, guest blogger Heather Forsgren Weaver offers some tips for military families that might soon be moving with pets.

06/29/2010

Family Matters Blog: Program Helps Military Families Adopt  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her latest blog, AFPS' Elaine Wilson writes about an Air Force couple who adopted three children with help from the Defense Department's adoption reimbursement program.

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