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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 »

The U.S. Army's birthday this year marks 242 years this fighting force has been defending the U.S. Flag and the freedom is symbolizes.

6/6/2017

Celebrating the Army's 242nd birthday and Flag Day

As we remember the history of the U.S. Army and the U.S. flag, let us make sure to remember those who have given their all so that the Stars and Stripes remains flying high. 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 »

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 »

For President's Day, we take a look at the 26 Commanders in Chief who were veterans.

2/17/2017

Which US presidents have been veterans?

With more than half of the presidents having served our country in the armed forces, it's important to remember the sacrifices they made as well as the ones made everyday by our brave servicemen and woman this President's Day. read more »

New legislation aims to ensure military members given discharges due to mental trauma don't lose access to vital services.

12/29/2016

Protection for vets discharged for PTSD symptoms signed into law

Legislation to help trauma sufferers with less than honorable discharges was recently signed into law. 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 »

Despite being diagnosed with brain cancer, Suarez overcomes it and re-enlists in the Marine Corps.

3/2/2016

Blog post: Strong Marine battles cancer and re-enlists

Despite being diagnosed with brain cancer, Suarez overcomes it and re-enlists in the Marine Corps. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Senate passed a spending bill for veterans' programs on Tuesday.

11/10/2015

News article: Veteran spending bill passes through Senate

On the eve of Veteran's Day, the Senate passed an $80 billion spending bill which increases funds for veterans' benefits and military base construction projects. 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 »

Deployment is especially difficult for children as they will be faced with feelings they likely do not understand. AFBA has compiled five tips to assist you in helping your children cope with deployment.

8/21/2015

Blog: 5 ways to help your children with their feelings during a parent's deployment

Deployment is especially difficult for children, as they will be faced with feelings they likely do not understand. AFBA has compiled five tips to assist you in helping your children cope with deployment. read more »

Exchanging letters, email and video calls can help combat the feelings that accompany separation during deployment, but many soldiers still long for the familiar luxuries from home. One thing military families can do for their heroes is send care packages.

8/17/2015

Blog: Care package ideas for military families

Exchanging letters, email and video calls can help combat the feelings that accompany separation during deployment, but many soldiers still long for the familiar luxuries from home. One thing military families can do for their heroes is send care packages. read more »

If you have ever served in the military, you probably have many stories to tell about the people you met and the things you experienced. Military stories make some of the most memorable and inspiring narratives.

8/12/2015

Blog: 5 military-based books that will have you shouting 'Hoo-ah!'

If you have ever served in the military, you probably have many stories to tell about the people you met and the things you experienced. Military stories make some of the most memorable and inspiring narratives. read more »

Since 2014, the American College of Financial Services has honored an individual with the Soldier-Citizen Award. This year's honoree is four-star Gen. Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart, formerly with the United States Air Force.

8/11/2015

News article: Gen. Eberhart honored with 2015 Soldier-Citizen Award

Since 2014, the American College of Financial Services has honored an individual with the Soldier-Citizen Award. This year's honoree is four-star Gen. Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart, formerly with the United States Air Force. read more »

Individuals who serve in the military and first responders have a high probability of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. AFBA has compiled a list of seven programs designed to help servicemembers, veterans and first responders heal their PTSD.

8/10/2015

Blog: 7 programs to help heal PTSD

Individuals who serve in the military and first responders have a high probability of developing post-traumatic stress disorder. AFBA has compiled a list of seven programs designed to help servicemembers, veterans and first responders heal their PTSD. read more »

When people think of the Army, they don't usually think of their favorite food. However, the military is responsible for creating some of America's tastiest treats.

8/6/2015

Blog: 5 foods invented by the military

When people think of the Army, they don't usually think of their favorite food. However, the military is responsible for creating some of America's tastiest treats. read more »

Camp Corral is a summer camp created to give military kids the chance to be young and to let loose.

7/31/2015

News article: Summer camp brings military kids together

Camp Corral is a summer camp created to give military kids the chance to be young and to let loose. read more »

Life can be stressful for military families. However, when the family is together again, a vacation can be the perfect way to reconnect and relax.

7/29/2015

Blog: The best vacations for military families

Life can be stressful for military families. However, when the family is together again, a vacation can be the perfect way to reconnect and relax. read more »

Combat veterans  will have license plate fees waived in Illnois for 12 months after returning from service.

7/14/2015

News article: License plate fees waived for combat veterans in Illinois

This month, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed state legislation that will waive license plate fees for combat vets who are returning from active duty.   read more »

Many combat veterans struggle with their return to civilian life. However, former U.S. Marine Tank Commander Sean Gobin may have found a solution.

7/14/2015

Veterans 'walk it off'

Many combat veterans struggle with their return to civilian life. However, former U.S. Marine Tank Commander Sean Gobin may have found a solution. read more »

Earlier this month, Angers, France hosted the first ever Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Women’s Basketball tournament.

7/9/2015

US women take bronze in armed forces basketball tournament

Earlier this month, Angers, France, hosted the first-ever Conseil International du Sport Militaire Women's Basketball Tournament. read more »

Vets who used the virtual training program were significantly more likely to receive job offers.

7/9/2015

News article: Virtual training helps veterans with PTSD ace job interviews

Researchers at Northwestern University found that veterans with PTSD were much more likely to get job offers after training with a virtual interview program.  read more »

The brain bank will serve to advance scientific research on PTSD's effect on the brain.

7/8/2015

News article: VA starts brain bank to study PTSD

On July 2, the VA announced the creation of the first-ever nationwide brain bank founded to help researchers study PTSD in veterans.  read more »

Baseball fans in Cincinnati will have the opportunity to support their favorite team and the troops at a baseball game on July 12.

7/7/2015

News article: All-Star FanFest to salute troops

Baseball fans in Ohio, can celebrate their favorite sport while supporting the troops at All-Star FanFest.  read more »

The Army began implementing the Operational Camouflage Pattern on July 1.

7/6/2015

News article: New Army uniforms released

The new Army fatigue pattern officially hit select military stores on July 1.  read more »

A study by the VA is examining the effects of service dogs on veterans with PTSD.

7/6/2015

News article: Government to study benefits of service dogs for veterans

The VA is currently conducting a study on the effect that service dogs have on veterans with PTSD. read more »

Blind army vet completes Ironman Triathlon

7/2/2015

News Article: Blind Army vet completes Ironman Triathlon

Army Maj. Scott Smiley, a blind veteran, completed the Ironman Triathlon. read more »

The Warrior Games celebrate the athleticism and perseverance of wounded warriors.

6/30/2015

News article: Army finishes on top at Warrior Games

The Army took home highest honors with 162 medals at the Department of Defense Warrior Games.   read more »

Former military members are being trained to fight fires through a partnership between the  Bureau of Land Management and a veteran organization.

6/30/2015

News article: Partnership trains veterans to fight wildfires

Veterans were deployed this month to fight fires in Alaska, the result of a new partnership between the Bureau of Land Management and Team Rubicon. read more »

Wounded Warriors overcome injuries through athletics

6/26/2015

Wounded warriors overcome injuries through athletics ?

From June 18-19, the Defense Department's Warrior Games took place at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. read more »

This summer's viral "challenge" is aimed at helping military veterans

6/26/2015

This summer's viral 'challenge' is aimed at helping military veterans

The new Give Them 20 challenge puts participants to the test by requesting that they do 20 push-ups and other actions. read more »

The female sailors were selected from a large pool of applicants to serve on the submarine.

6/24/2015

First female sailors named for submarine service

On June 22, officials released the "FY16 Enlisted Women in Submarines Selections," naming the first group of female sailors who will serve in the U.S. submarine force.  read more »

Navy divers will help to salvage a warship more than 150 years after it sunk in the Savannah River.

6/4/2015

Navy to help salvage sunken Civil War ship

A Navy dive team will spend just under two months freeing a Confederate warship from the bottom of the Savannah River.  read more »

The new pattern will be available in select army stores this summer.

6/2/2015

Army to roll out new camo

Beginning on July 1, soldier uniforms in a new camouflage pattern will be available for purchase at select military clothing stores. read more »

The Air Force reported that remotely piloting an aircraft is nothing like a video game.

6/1/2015

Air Force corrects myths about remotely piloted aircraft

The U.S. Air Force released a statement to dispel common misconceptions about remotely piloted aircrafts.  read more »

High school students build home for injured vet

6/1/2015

High school students build new home for injured vet

Jerral Hancock, a wounded Army veteran, will soon receive a brand new home thanks to the students from Lancaster High School in Southern California. read more »

The USS New Jersey will use cutting-edge technology for improved stealth and accuracy.

5/29/2015

New submarine to be named after Garden State

The Secretary of the Navy announced that a Virginia-class attack submarine will bear the name USS New Jersey. read more »

Boston Harbor is the usual home of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy.

5/29/2015

Oldest commissioned warship leaves water for restoration

For the first time in two decades, the USS Constitution left the water to undergo restoration at a dry dock of the Charlestown Navy Yard. read more »

A recent study revealed that the unemployment rates for female veterans are trending down.

5/29/2015

Report shows employment on the rise for female veterans

A new study shows employment for female veterans is on the rise in the U.S. read more »

NASCAR partners mobilized to support U.S. troops both living and fallen.

5/26/2015

NASCAR tribute honors fallen servicemembers

NASCAR honored fallen members of the military with a special Memorial Day tribute at the Coca-Cola 600. read more »

Bands 4 Courage uses pieces of old uniforms to create bands and bracelets.

5/26/2015

Military mom puts old uniforms to good use

A U.S. Marine mom is turning old uniforms into treasured mementos for loved ones. read more »

University starts two new programs to aid veterans and active duty students

5/21/2015

University announces 2 new programs for veteran and active duty students

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced its plans for two new programs that will support military veterans and active duty members who want to enroll. read more »

Two of the bills passed by the House of Representatives could protect veterans from identity theft and increase accountability at the VA.

5/20/2015

New bills passed by House to aid veterans

Six bills passed by Congress aim to provide solutions to some of the problems that veterans face in everyday life.  read more »

Veterans set out on 6,000-mile journey to raise funds for military families and their pets

5/20/2015

Vets set out on 6,000-mile journey to raise funds for military families and their pets

Pets often have a major impact on how successfully military veterans heal after physical or mental injuries while serving. read more »

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