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‘Qualifying Exigency Leave’ for Military Family Members

By now, most servicemembers are familiar with the basic protections afforded to mobilized reservists and guardsmen – at least as they apply under Title 10 orders. (State-level orders under Title 32 are covered under state law provisions). Less well known, however, is a separate category of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, called qualified exigency leave. These provisions…

DoD Furloughs Wounded Warrior Caretakers at Walter Reed

The furlough notices are going out at Walter Reed Medical Center, the premier military hospital taking care of American combat wounded. That means that civilian staffing levels will have to decrease between 15 and 20 percent. Nearly all federal employees are getting the word from their employers: Effective one day a week, you don’t have to go home but you…

“Stolen Valor” Bill Sails Through Congress

A bill that would make it a crime to falsely claim medals, decorations or other wartime honors in order to materially benefit from the sacrifices of others has passed the House and Senate in two lopsided votes. It is now awaiting the signature or veto of the President. The bill seeks to correct some of the overreaching of the older…

Congress, DoD Lock Horns in Battle Over Your Next Pay Raise

The Obama Administration would like to cap your base pay increase at 1 percent next year. That’s the pay increase the Secretary of Defense has proposed for fiscal year 2014 – the smallest military pay increase in half a century. ‘That’s not high enough,’ say members of the Republican-controlled House Armed Services Committee on Personnel. The committee voted to advance…

Tornado Relief Through the Red Cross

In light of the devastating tornadoes that have torn communities in Oklahoma apart in the last two days, we would like to remind everyone that you can send a $10 donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund via text message, by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. As in the case with other donations via mobile, the donation will…

Tips for Joining the Military

Joining the military is an incredibly personal decision. If you’re considering joining the military, you’ve probably already had several conversations. You’ve likely consulted with family, friends, recruiters, teachers, clergy, or any number of people in your life. The various opinions and priorities that could be swirling around your brain at any one time can make it tough to make a…

Camp C.O.P.E.

Camp C.O.P.E’s motto is “Kid’s Serve Too!” and to that end provide children of deployed service members and their families an opportunity to have fun, reconnect, and heal all at the same time. C.O.P.E. stands for courage, optimism, patience, and encouragement; traits they hope to develop and reinforce for improved family resilience and happiness. Hosted by Mo Ranch in Hunt,…

Five Popular Online Degree Options to Boost Your Career

The challenges of many military spouses’ career paths – or those of a transitioning service member or vet – are many and well-documented. From frequent moves and spousal deployments to perception issues, there’s a slew of challenges facing military spouses and servicemembers who long for fulfilling careers. The ability to complete or obtain a degree online is one way to…

Is Your VA Hospital Spying on You?

Is your VA hospital spying on you? Well, maybe. If you’re a patient or visiting family member. In a recent case involving an elderly brain-damaged Korean War veteran, ongoing friction between a Tampa VA hospital staff and the patient’s family led nurses to install an observation camera in a smoke detector in the patient’s room. According to the Veterans Administration’s…