Active Duty

It's important for military members or first responders to seek help if they think they have PTSD.

6/19/2017

June is National PTSD Awareness Month

By spreading awareness and contributing to ongoing treatment efforts, everyone can lend a hand in combating PTSD. read more »

Craft breweries across the country are donating a portion of their profits for first responders, active duty military members and veterans.

5/24/2017

Lifting spirits for veterans and first responders at craft breweries and local distilleries

With all that active duty military members, veterans and first responders sacrifice to keep us safe, it's great to see breweries and distillers providing grants, savings and other financial and morale support for these groups. read more »

With Hurlburt Field now accommodating Space-A Travel, it opens the door for move travel opportunities for active duty military members.

5/18/2017

Pack your bags: Active duty Gulf Coast servicemembers now get access to HOPS

Hurlburt Air Force Base recently joined the ranks of participating bases in the the Space-A program. read more »

Parades honoring the military will be taking place throughout the month.

5/8/2017

Celebrating National Military Appreciation Month

Due to the number of days honoring the armed forces, in 1999 Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month. read more »

Military children face unique circumstances, but thankfully there are plenty of programs and services to help them.

5/2/2017

Taking a look back on the Month of the Military Child

To applaud the commitment and sacrifices made by these families, the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) designated April as the Month of the Military Child. read more »

Pursuing a college degree provides veterans with a chance to expand their current skill set.

4/25/2017

The top military-friendly universities

With so many options to choose from, military personnel should have no trouble finding the college or university that best suits their needs. read more »

For 70 years, AFBA has been committed to providing low-cost military life insurance benefits.

3/24/2017

Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA) celebrates 70 years of dedicated service.

AFBA is proud to announce our 70 year anniversary.  read more »

Louisiana community colleges and technical schools will streamline the admissions process for active duty soldiers.

2/24/2017

Louisiana makes it easier for active duty service members to transfer to college

With programs like the one in Louisiana offering assistance and a more seamless transition from the barracks to the campus, servicemen and women have greater opportunities for life after discharge. read more »

New bills have been signed into law to help military members and veterans in small but significant ways.

7/15/2016

New state laws go on the books to help veterans, military personnel

Recent laws with very specific purposes have been designed to help military personnel. read more »

Military appreciation month in high gear

5/17/2016

Military appreciation month in high gear

Military Appreciation Month brings communities together. read more »

National Guard betting on cybersecurity

4/20/2016

National Guard betting on cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a constant point of discussion in the private and public sectors, and is even beginning to be a more prominent concern among consumers given the magnitude of identity theft's spread in the past few years. read more »

Many military servicemembers have families that live with them on-base. However, raising children amidst the hustle and bustle of the base and under strict military schedules can be difficult. AFBA has composed a list of tips to help parents raise families despite the semi-chaos of military life.

3/30/2016

Blog: 5 tips for raising a military family

Many military servicemembers have families that live with them on-base. However, raising children amidst the hustle and bustle of the base and under strict military schedules can be difficult. AFBA has composed a list of tips to help parents raise families despite the semi-chaos of military life. read more »

On Friday, March 18, 2016 the U.S. State Department granted the Pentagon permission to open five new bases in the Philippines.

3/22/2016

News article: The five new U.S. military bases in the South China Sea

On Friday, March 18, 2016 the U.S. State Department granted the Pentagon permission to open five new bases in the Philippines. read more »

First lady Michelle Obama, on March 2, recognized female veterans during a reception in Washington, D.C.

3/7/2016

News article: First Lady honors female veterans

First lady Michelle Obama, on March 2, recognized female veterans during a reception in Washington, D.C. read more »

The Department of Defense wants to reform its recently amended retirement plan.

2/23/2016

News article: DOD looking to alter military retirement plans, again

The Department of Defense wants to reform its recently amended retirement plan. The agency on Feb. 9 set out its intentions in its 2017 budget request. read more »

Cultural researchers have united the families of two U.S. soldiers who served in World War II  with the dog tags of their lost loved ones.

2/22/2016

News article: Dog tags from WWII veterans found in Italy, Okinawa

Cultural researchers have united the families of two U.S. soldiers who served in World War II with the dog tags of their lost loved ones. read more »

Veterans can receive leadership training to prepare them for the business world.

2/3/2016

News article: Vets, top executives given the same leadership training

Korn Ferry and Harris Corp., two tech and manpower giants, are joining to offer a free executive leadership program for veterans who have recently transitioned into their life after service.  read more »

The GI Bill is invaluable, so don't let it go to waste. Here are some reasons to put it to use.

1/26/2016

Blog: Don't let your GI Bill benefits go to waste

Veterans, the GI Bill is the biggest and most important investment in your education the U.S. government has ever made. Don't let it go to waste. read more »

Veterans in South Texas will now have access to free legal services.

1/21/2016

News article: South Texas launches a legal aid program for vets

Texas is home to the second largest population of veterans in the country, which means that there is plenty of need for affordable legal services to navigate the complicated legalese of civilian life. Thankfully, a program to do just that now exists. read more »

One of the most popular schools for veterans has regained the favor of the DOD.

1/20/2016

News article: University of Phoenix regains DOD's favor

The University of Phoenix - one of the largest and most popular schools in the country for military tuition assistance - has regained the favor of the Department of Defense.  read more »

Talking about PTSD can be incredibly difficult, but a town hall meeting in Tennessee had a plan to make it easier.

1/13/2016

News article: A town hall for talking about PTSD

The Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans knows very well just how difficult it can be to talk about PTSD. That's why they held a "Victory Over PTSD" town hall meeting, to get veterans and their families in conversation with one another.  read more »

Wearing unearned medals is protected by the right to free speech, a U.S. court ruled.

1/12/2016

News article: Wearing unearned medals is free speech, US court rules

In a contentious decision, a federal appeals court on Monday threw out a case involving a veteran convicted for wearing military medals he hadn't earned, stating that doing so was a form of free speech protected by the Constitution.  read more »

These are some of the best schools in the country for veterans.

1/12/2016

Blog: The best colleges for vets in 2016

With so many responsibilities outside of earning an education - like a job and family - colleges tailored to helping veterans achieve academically are vital to a life after service. Here are some of the best in the country.  read more »

The Pentagon has recommended some big changes to the way the military awards medals.

1/8/2016

News article: Medals getting a big overhaul

A two-year internal review conducted by the Department of Defense has recommended 37 changes that will bring the military's medals system into the 21st century. read more »

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about receiving VA Disability.

12/30/2015

Blog: Answers to the most common VA Disability questions

Veterans can use this collection of some of the most frequently asked questions as a guide to navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs Disability process and utilizing the veterans benefits they deserve. read more »

Some of America's greatest soldier-athletes will represent their country at the 2016 Olympics.

12/23/2015

News article: Active-duty soldiers prepare for the 2016 Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro are already filling athletes the world over with anticipation. In the United States, a small, elite group of soldiers were honored to be some of the first athletes to be chosen as members of Team USA.  read more »

Soldiers have celebrated Christmas in different ways throughout history.

12/23/2015

Blog: A short history of how soldiers have celebrated Christmas

The stories of how soldiers celebrated Christmas in the Civil War and World War I are perfect for this time of year.  read more »

When 8-year-old Sophia Yassini's mother wrote a Facebook post describing her daughter's fear that she would removed from the country for being Muslim, many servicemembers and veterans stepped up to let the little girl know that she was safe in America.

12/21/2015

News article: Veterans, servicemembers promise to defend Muslim Americans

When 8-year-old Sophia Yassini's mother wrote a Facebook post describing her daughter's fear that she would removed from the country for being Muslim, many servicemembers and veterans stepped up to let the little girl know that she was safe in America. read more »

In the Armed Forces, servicemembers are trained to conform and become part of the unit. This leads to a more efficient and disciplined military. However, there are some qualities that make soldiers stand out in a good way with their superiors.

12/21/2015

Blog: Service habits that make soldiers stand out

In the Armed Forces, servicemembers are trained to conform and become part of the unit. This leads to a more efficient and disciplined military. However, there are some qualities that make soldiers stand out in a good way with their superiors. read more »

The gender wage gap has been a topic of debate for many years now, but one sector has already achieved equal pay. Women in the U.S. military are paid the same as men in the same roles.

12/16/2015

News article: The military offers equal pay for women

The gender wage gap has been a topic of debate for many years now, but one sector has already achieved equal pay. Women in the U.S. military are paid the same as men in the same roles. read more »

The graves of more than 900,000 fallen soldiers received wreaths on Saturday.

12/16/2015

News article: Wreaths adorn the graves of more than 900,000 vets

At the time of year when Americans are stringing Christmas lights, one organization was putting together a national effort to commemorate fallen soldiers with graveside wreaths. On Saturday, Wreaths Across America completed its mission of laying more than 900,000 wreaths on the graves of military veterans. read more »

During the holidays, everyone wants to be know that someone is thinking about them, and servicemembers are no different. That is why two Massachusetts natives, Emily Spencer and Lauren Eliopoulos, joined their nonprofits to gather holiday cards for soldiers and veterans.

12/15/2015

News article: Boston nonprofit owners mail thousands of holiday cards to soldiers, veterans

During the holidays, everyone wants to be know that someone is thinking about them, and servicemembers are no different. That is why two Massachusetts natives, Emily Spencer and Lauren Eliopoulos, joined their nonprofits to gather holiday cards for soldiers and veterans. read more »

Many servicemembers will not get to spend Christmas with their loved ones, and care packages make their holiday a little brighter. But what do military members really want in their care packages? AFBA has compiled a list of the most requested items to assist you in building your next care package.

12/9/2015

Blog: What soldiers really want in care packages

Many servicemembers will not get to spend Christmas with their loved ones, and care packages make their holiday a little brighter. But what do military members really want in their care packages? AFBA has compiled a list of the most requested items to assist you in building your next care package. read more »

With the holidays around the corner, here are some great gifts for veterans made by fellow veterans.

12/4/2015

Blog: Gifts for veterans, by veterans

The holidays are approaching quickly, and if you're stuck debating what to get the veteran or military servicemember in your life, here are some great gift ideas that are sure to impress. read more »

Previously, women in the military were limited in the jobs they could do. Female servicemembers were not allowed to serve in about 220,000 combat positions. However, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford recently announced that women would be allowed to take on these roles in service.

12/4/2015

News article: Women now allowed to serve in all combat positions

Previously, women in the military were limited in the jobs they could do. Female servicemembers were not allowed to serve in about 220,000 combat positions. However, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford recently announced that women would be allowed to take on these roles in service. read more »

In the military, you and your family may be asked to relocate to a base in a different country. When this happens, it is both exciting and nerve-wrecking. You and your loved ones will get to live in a foreign country for an extended period of time, an opportunity that not many other people have. However, you are also leaving behind what is most familiar.

12/4/2015

Blog: Preparing for a move overseas

In the military, you and your family may be asked to relocate to a base in a different country. When this happens, it is both exciting and nerve-wrecking. You and your loved ones will get to live in a foreign country for an extended period of time, an opportunity that not many other people have. However, you are also leaving behind what is most familiar. read more »

Groups supporting vets and their families have been awarded $1.5 million in grants.

11/20/2015

News article: Foundation awards $1.5 million for vets, military

Newman's Own Foundation announced on Thursday that it would award $1.5 million in grants to organizations that support military servicemembers, veterans and their families.  read more »

Major personnel changes have been proposed by the Pentagon.

11/18/2015

News article: Pentagon's future forces in for major changes

Some of the most significant personnel changes in the U.S. military's history appear to be on the horizon. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is the driving force behind the reforms.  read more »

Relationships are hard. They take work and sacrifice, but most importantly, they require communication. This can be difficult for typical couples, but it can be even more challenging for military couples. Read on to see advice for maintaining healthy communication in your military relationship.

11/17/2015

Blog: Communication tips for military couples

Relationships are hard. They take work and sacrifice, but most importantly, they require communication. This can be difficult for typical couples, but it can be even more challenging for military couples. Read on to see advice for maintaining healthy communication in your military relationship. read more »

Retirement benefits for veterans are getting an overhaul.

11/17/2015

News article: Overhaul of military retirement benefits for 2018

Some historic changes are coming to the military retirement system in the next two years after the Senate approved military retirement reforms as part of the revised defense spending bill last week.  read more »

Be cautious when it comes to using your GI Bill at for-profit colleges.

11/17/2015

Blog: Before vets attend for-profit colleges, some precautions to consider

The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides veterans with some of the most generous education benefits since President Roosevelt signed the original bill into law more than 70 years ago. This would seem to suggest that veterans are receiving the educational support they are due at little cost to themselves. Unfortunately, that isn't the case.  read more »

With Thanksgiving approaching, here are some ideas for a great care package.

11/16/2015

Blog: Some ideas for your Thanksgiving care package

We're approaching the end of November, and that means it's Thanksgiving time again. You may want to send your deployed love one a care package in time for the holiday. But what to send?  read more »

The holiday season is a time of joy for most people as families come together to celebrate. Yet, for military families, the holidays can be a challenging time. Deployments can keep even the closest of families apart when they really want to be together.

11/13/2015

Blog: The holiday season and deployment

The holiday season is a time of joy for most people as families come together to celebrate. Yet, for military families, the holidays can be a challenging time. Deployments can keep even the closest of families apart when they really want to be together. read more »

Capt. Florent Groberg was awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday.

11/12/2015

News article: Army Captain awarded the Medal of Honor

At a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Thursday, President Obama awarded Capt. Florent A. Groberg the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in Afghanistan in Aug. 2012, read more »

Nov. 11, otherwise known as Veterans Day, is fast approaching. This is a time for Americans to appreciate our military servicemembers, both active and veteran, for their commitment to the country. Many businesses have announced that they will be offering free or discounted services to veterans and servicemembers as a show of gratitude.

11/4/2015

Blog: Businesses offering Veterans Day discounts to former servicemembers

Nov. 11, otherwise known as Veterans Day, is fast approaching. This is a time for Americans to appreciate our military servicemembers, both active and veteran, for their commitment to the country. Many businesses have announced that they will be offering free or discounted services to veterans and servicemembers as a show of gratitude. read more »

It does not matter if you are fighting on the front lines of a combat zone or working to keep your city safe, teamwork is crucial. Any seasoned military servicemember or first responder will tell you that you cannot do the job alone.

11/3/2015

Blog: Quotes to inspire teamwork

It does not matter if you are fighting on the front lines of a combat zone or working to keep your city safe, teamwork is crucial. Any seasoned military servicemember or first responder will tell you that you cannot do the job alone.  read more »

10/26/2015

Best places for military discounts [Infographic]

Military members dedicate their lives and their careers to serving others, so it is only right that society gives back to these individuals in some way. Many businesses offer military discounts to show their gratitude to servicemembers and veterans. The most common areas that offer these discounts are restaurants, outings and services. read more »

Among the social challenges in post-service, veterans must also confront new financial obstacles and career decisions. AFBA has outlined some helpful financial advice for servicemembers preparing to make the transition into civilian life.

10/23/2015

Blog: Financial tips for transitioning into civilian life

Among the social challenges in post-service, veterans must also confront new financial obstacles and career decisions. AFBA has outlined some helpful financial advice for servicemembers preparing to make the transition into civilian life. read more »

Halloween is right around the corner, and many families are beginning to pick out costumes for the kids. If you want your children to represent your military family well during this year's Trick-or-Treat festivities, consider dressing them up in a patriotic costume.

10/23/2015

Blog: 10 patriotic Halloween costume ideas for military children

Halloween is right around the corner, and many families are beginning to pick out costumes for the kids. If you want your children to represent your military family well during this year's Trick-or-Treat festivities, consider dressing them up in a patriotic costume. read more »

When football players take the field, they are usually deep in their own thoughts and focus. They may be psyching themselves up for the game or running through assignments in their head. However,  one high school football player in Louisiana recently chose to direct his attention to the veterans in attendance at the game.

10/14/2015

New article: High school football player greets veterans in attendance at game

When football players take the field, they are usually deep in their own thoughts and focus. They may be psyching themselves up for the game or running through assignments in their head. However,  one high school football player in Louisiana recently chose to direct his attention to the veterans in attendance at the game. read more »

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