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  • UVa eliminates health insurance for working spouses of employees

    08/22/2013 5:43:21 PM PDT · by randita · 31 replies
    Roanoke Times ^ | 8/22/13 | Derek Quizon
    UVa eliminates health insurance for working spouses of employees Coverage will end Jan. 1 in a move that officials hope will save “millions of dollars.” by DEREK QUIZON | The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress Thursday, August 22, 2013 CHARLOTTESVILLE — The University of Virginia will no longer provide insurance coverage to the working spouses of its employees, a move university officials hope will save “millions of dollars.” Starting Jan. 1, employee spouses who have health insurance coverage under their employers cannot get coverage under UVa’s plan. If the spouse is covered under a plan defined by the Affordable Care Act as...
  • DemocratCare: UPS To Drop 15k Spouses From Coverage, Young Men Punished With Higher Rates

    08/21/2013 7:44:09 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 12 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 08/21/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Like the car salesman in National Lampoon’s Vacation (played by Eugene Levy) said: “You think you hate it now, but wait ’til you drive it!” The same applies to the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka, Obamacare). levycar Now UPS has announced that it is cutting 15,000 spouses from healthcare coverage. This is effectively another way that Obamacare raises the cost of healthcare. This, of course, is outrageous, the government telling companies what they can and cannot do for healthcare coverage. Why will you hate Obamacare once you drive it? 1. Forced forced home inspections by gov’t agents: Under Obamacare, government agents...
  • Great: UPS Responds to Obamacare By Dropping Spousal Coverage

    08/21/2013 7:20:27 AM PDT · by massmike · 25 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 08/21/2013 | Jim Geraghty
    United Parcel Service Inc. plans to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere. The Atlanta-based logistics company points to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as a big reason for the decision, reports Kaiser Health News. The decision comes as many analysts are downplaying the Affordable Care Act’s effect on companies such as UPS, noting that the move reflects a long-term trend of shrinking corporate medical benefits, Kaiser Health News reports. But UPS repeatedly cites Obamacare to explain the decision, adding fuel to the debate over whether it erodes traditional employer coverage,...
  • UPS to drop 15,000 spouses from insurance, cites Obamacare

    08/21/2013 5:22:33 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 48 replies
    Atlanta Business Chronicle ^ | Aug 21, 2013, 5:13am EDT Updated: Aug 21, 2013, 7:13am EDT
    United Parcel Service Inc. plans to remove thousands of spouses from its medical plan because they are eligible for coverage elsewhere. The Atlanta-based logistics company points to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as a big reason for the decision, reports Kaiser Health News.
  • Spouses cause more stress than bosses

    06/28/2010 3:47:53 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 28 replies · 1+ views
    times of india ^ | 6-28-10 | PTI
    If you think your boss is the biggest cause of stress at work, you may be wrong, for a new study has claimed that spouses cause more anxiety at home than superiors in office. According to the study, based on a survey of 3,000 people in Britain, there may be no place like home, but if one wants to relax then one might be better off at work.
  • Marine Spouses Send Thousands of Beanie Babies to Afghanistan

    12/24/2009 3:45:27 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 591+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Cpl. Priscilla Sneden, USMC
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 24, 2009 – In this season of giving, America has not forgotten her troops or their mission overseas. Thousands have contributed their time, energy -- and Beanie Babies -- to help Marines gain the respect and confidence of the Afghan population. Members of the Marine Aviation Officer's Spouses Club and the Marine Officer's Spouses Clubof Washington, D.C. collected more than 70,000 Beanie Babies for Marines to distribute to children throughout Afghanistan. The Beanie Babies, stored at Marine Barracks Washington, will be heading to their final destination when the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps makes a special visit...
  • Quick Hire of Military Spouses Starts in September

    08/14/2009 4:58:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 639+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2009 – Under a personnel rule that takes effect next month, some military spouses could be quickly hired for federal jobs without going through the usual competitive process. The new hiring authority takes effect Sept. 11. The Office of Personal Management issued the authority’s final regulatory guidelines Aug. 12. The guidelines are posted in the Federal Register under the title: “Noncompetitive Appointment of Certain Military Spouses.” The intended effect of the rule, according to documents listed in the Federal Register, “is to facilitate the entry of military spouses into the federal civil service as part of an...
  • Airman reunites with Tops In Blue husband in Kyrgyzstan

    07/17/2009 4:36:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 218+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Olufemi Owolabi, USAF
    7/17/2009 - MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan (AFNS) -- The special effects and streaming lights on the stage were not as bright as the smiles that illuminated the faces of audience members during the Tops In Blue's debut of the 2009 "To Dream" tour July 10 at the Transit Center at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan. The group's performance was a dream come true for deployed Tech. Sgt. Patrika Boone; not because she hadn't seen the group perform before, but rather she was seeing her husband perform on stage for the first time. Staff Sgt. Wendell Boone Jr is a lead vocalist...
  • Face of Defense: Florida Spouses Deploy Together to Iraq

    07/13/2009 11:32:32 AM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 475+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Tech. Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa, USAF
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 13, 2009 – When Army Pfc. Joseph James deploys this month he won’t have to say goodbye to his wife, Army Pfc. Samantha James -- she will be with him throughout his yearlong deployment to Iraq. Army Pfc. Joseph James and his wife, Army Pfc. Samantha James, volunteered to deploy together to Iraq. The couple is assigned to the Florida Army National Guard’s 1218th Transportation Company, based in West Palm Beach, Fla. Photo courtesy of Florida National Guard.   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Joseph and Samantha are one of three married couples deploying...
  • Fort Stewart spouses test their Soldier skills, earn spurs

    05/08/2009 7:21:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 382+ views
    Army.mil ^ | Spc. Amanda McBride, USA
    FORT STEWART, Ga. - More than 20 spouses and one mother of a Soldier assigned to the 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team took part in the squadron's first Spouse Spur Ride at Fort Stewart, April 30. The Spouse Spur Ride is a variation of the Cavalry Spur Ride, which is designed to test Soldiers' physical and mental endurance in a series of tasks. Additionally, the event allows spouses to bond with one another and gives them an opportunity to experience a day in the life of their Soldier. "It is important for spouses to see...
  • Fort Sill Spouses Go Through ‘Field Exercises’

    04/29/2009 4:29:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 302+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 29, 2009 – More than 300 military spouses attended one of two "Field Exercises" recently at Fort Sill, Okla., designed to assist them in dealing with life while their deployed spouses are away. Tara Crooks, foreground, and Starlett "Star" Henderson, founders of Army Wife Network, listen to spouses share their personal deployment experiences during a "Field Exercise" event held April 23-24, 2009, at Fort Sill, Okla. More than 300 spouses gathered for the two-day event, created to empower and rejuvenate military spouses whose husbands are deployed. Courtesy photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Starlett "Star"...
  • 'Longknife' spouses earn their spurs

    03/12/2009 5:59:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 545+ views
    Army.mil ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim, USA
    FORT HOOD, Texas - When Christine Tharp saw her husband talk about getting his cavalry spurs, she knew she wanted the opportunity to earn them as well. So, when 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division got together to put on a Spouses' Spur Ride competition March 6, on Fort Hood, she was "thrilled" to say the least and more than 60 other spouses and family members came out to the competition. "I was like, 'thank God,'" said Tharp, of St. Johnsville, N.Y. "It's come to 2-12....
  • Foundation Gives Spouses Chance to Become Financial Counselors

    03/04/2009 3:30:15 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 218+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, March 4, 2009 – Through its investor education foundation, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or FINRA, is helping military spouses become accredited as financial counselors. The foundation’s “Military Spouse Fellowship Program” has been providing military spouses the means to earn the accredited financial counselor designation since 2006, John Gannon, the foundation’s president, said. Military spouses who are accredited financial counselors can be a wealth of financial information for servicemembers and military families as the country faces a challenging economy, Gannon noted. “What we’re trying to achieve with our spouse fellowship program is … [to] provide an additional resource...
  • Support Group’s Scholarships Help Spouses Finish Education

    12/10/2008 3:31:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 173+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2008 – Military spouses with an eye on professional certification or a post-secondary education may not have to foot the entire bill, thanks to a National Military Family Association scholarship program. The group is accepting applications for its annual Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to spouses or surviving spouses of servicemembers on active duty or in the National Guard or reserves and of military retirees. The scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,000, can be used for tuition, fees, and school room and board while the spouse obtains professional certification or attends...
  • Partnership Improves Career Opportunities for Military Spouses

    10/02/2008 4:41:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 210+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 2, 2008 – Military spouses often have a hard time finding employment, and even when they do, there’s little opportunity to continue their career because it’s only a matter of time before their servicemember spouse is transferred to another duty station. Inova Health System of Northern Virginia is trying to help. “It’s a challenge to build and keep a family together, especially while the nation is at war,” Michael L. Dominguez, principal undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said yesterday during a ceremony in which Inova made its commitment to the military community. Inova’s pledge gives...
  • America Supports You: Group Offers Military Spouses Small-Business Help

    08/29/2008 12:28:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 79+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2008 – Starting a business requires cold, hard cash and moral support, both of which are now available to military spouses through a Virginia-based organization. “Military Spouse Business Association will help military spouses with the tangibles of financial and business resources and the intangibles of motivation, encouragement, support and recognition,” said Lanette Lepper, a co-founder of the organization, and a military spouse who owns her own business. The other co-founders, Joanna Williamson and Rebecca Poynter, share the same backgrounds as military spouses and small-business owners. Their idea to create the Military Spouse Business Association stemmed from...
  • America Supports You: Group Awards Spouses Record Number of Scholarships

    08/28/2008 5:37:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 126+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2008 – More military spouses than ever before are heading back to school this year, and they’ve earned some financial help to study for their chosen degree, National Military Family Association officials said. The association, which prepares military spouses, children, and parents to better deal with the unique challenges of military life, recently announced the nearly 400 recipients of its 2008 Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program. This number represents a dramatic increase over previous years, officials said, thanks to new partnerships with the Fisher House Foundation and Health Net Federal Services, who helped meet...
  • America Supports You: Groups Help the Few, the Proud, the Expecting

    08/14/2008 4:21:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 146+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Sharon Foster
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2008 – Two troop-support groups hosted a “Military Showers of Appreciation” for 15 expectant military mothers July 27 at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Many of the expectant mothers helped by the two groups -- North Star Group and Operation Showers of Appreciation -- have spouses who are deployed and will not be home for the birth of their new babies. “Military Showers of Appreciation assists active-duty military families from all branches that are expecting new babies with various items they will need to care for their new baby,” said Mandy Sims, vice president of the North Star...
  • America Supports You: Entrepreneur Helps Spouses Start Businesses

    05/24/2008 7:11:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 66+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 24, 2008 – An entrepreneur who has moved around with her Marine Corps husband and now calls Camp Lejeune, N.C., home is using her small-business success to help other military spouses get started with businesses of their own. “Being a military spouse breeds an excellent opportunity for reach and really working with a community that shares the same love and support that you have as a business owner,” Roxanne Reed -- founder of the All Fired Up Candle Company, Jane Wayne Gear and Marketing to Military Group – said in an “ASY Live” interview on BlogTalkRadio. “I...
  • Military Spouses Earn Presidential Volunteer Service Award

    05/06/2008 4:37:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 44+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 6, 2008 – President Bush presented six military spouses the Presidential Volunteer Service Award today for exceptional support to their communities and the nation. Video Bush made the presentation as 1,100 military spouses gathered for a Military Spouse Recognition Day celebration on the White House South Lawn. This year’s awardees were: Colleen Saffron, an Army wife; Ramona Vazquez, a Coast Guard wife; Bob Davidson, an Air Force husband; Ellen Patton, a Navy wife; Dawnle Scheetz, an Army Reserve wife; and Kaprece James, a Marine Corps wife. “The six individuals we honor here today have earned the respect...
  • Bush, Gates Honor Military Spouses at White House Ceremony

    05/06/2008 4:34:05 PM PDT · by SandRat · 56+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 6, 2008 – President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid tribute today to about 1,100 military spouses who gathered for a Military Spouse Day celebration at the White House, where Bush promised to continue pushing for more benefits for military families. Alex Loudon, wife of Navy Command Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Dyer, left, and Amanda Villiers, wife of Army Staff Sgt. Stan Villiers, join about 1,100 military spouses at the White House for a Military Spouse Day celebration, May 6, 2008. Defense Department photo by Donna Miles  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Following...
  • President's Proclamation Honors Troops' Spouses

    05/05/2008 4:52:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 55+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 5, 2008 – Military spouses embody the courage, nobility of duty, and love of country that inspire every American. On Military Spouse Day, we pay tribute to the husbands and wives who support their spouses in America's Armed Forces during times of war and peace. The legacy of military spouses began when colonial Americans were fighting for independence. Martha Washington boosted the morale of her husband's troops by visiting battlefields and tending to the wounded. Since then, members of our Armed Forces have served our Nation accompanied by the steadfast love and support of their spouses and...
  • America Supports You: Fellowship Offers Spouses Portable Skills

    01/15/2008 4:13:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 43+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2008 – Frequent military relocations can take a toll on spouses’ careers unless they have a portable skill, which is exactly what one foundation has set out to provide them. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Investor Education Foundation has partnered with the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education to offer military spouses a chance to earn the “accredited financial counselor” credential. The credential gives spouses the ability to work in financial counseling, nationwide, either on or off military installations, said Gerri Walsh, associate vice president of authority’s office of investor education. “It is a well...
  • America Supports You: Partnership Gives Spouses Gift of Education

    12/28/2007 5:54:40 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 164+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2007 – Military spouses now have a larger scholarship pool to draw from, thanks to a new partnership between the National Military Family Association and the Fisher House Foundation. The collaboration will enable the NMFA to expand its Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Program to many more deserving spouses, association officials said. “With 55 years of combined experience serving military families, both NMFA and Fisher House Foundation are acutely aware of the challenges and hardships facing today’s military families,” Tanna Schmidli, chairman of the NMFA’s board of governors, said. “We are thrilled to be working...
  • New Initiative Offers Education, Training Funds for Military Spouses

    11/14/2007 1:24:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 117+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2007 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates joined Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao today in supporting a new initiative to help military spouses get the education and other credentials needed to pursue careers in high-demand, high-growth occupations. Gates praised the new Military Spouse Career Advancement Initiative as a “landmark program that will open the doors to our military spouses for more fulfilling careers,” even as they relocate regularly due to their loved ones’ assignments. The $35 million demonstration program, co-sponsored by the Defense and Labor departments, sets up accounts for eligible spouses in eight states to cover...
  • America Supports You: Warriors’ Injuries Affect Spouses Too

    11/01/2007 5:35:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 67+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    ST. JOHN, U.S. Virgin Islands, Nov. 1, 2007 – The calls family members receive about a servicemember’s injury come out of the blue at all hours of the day and night, and they all have the same general effect. Susanne Rooney and her husband, Army Sgt. Peter Rooney, enjoy the warm weather and water of Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands, on Oct. 20, 2007. The couple was part of a small group of wounded veterans and their spouses who participated in a kayaking trip to the Virgin Islands. Photo by Samantha L. Quigley  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image...
  • From the depths: Airmen, spouses act quickly in water rescue

    08/10/2007 5:46:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 423+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Benjamin Rojek
    /10/2007 - OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea (AFPN) -- "Breathe, baby! Breathe, baby!" Claire Darnell tried again to give the little girl mouth-to-mouth at the edge of the pool. The child lay there, pale, eyes partly open but unmoving, pupils dilated. The rescue breathing didn't seem to be working. "Breathe, baby!" The fifth of August started out like any other Sunday at the height of summer. After church, Claire, her husband, Maj. Bart Darnell, and their three children made their way to the Splish and Slash water park at Camp Humphreys. They ran into two other families from Osan Air...
  • House members vote to bar their spouses from campaign jobs

    07/23/2007 4:12:56 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 369+ views
    Associated Press ^ | July 23, 2007
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON: Spouses do not belong on campaign payrolls, the House of Representatives says, voting to end a practice that has benefited some members of Congress for years. Monday's action follows controversies in which lawmakers added many thousands of dollars to their family incomes by hiring relatives for campaign tasks, even if their qualifications were not always apparent. The practice "has shown the potential to foster corruption," said Rep. Adam Schiff, chief Democratic sponsor of the measure that was approved by voice vote after little debate. ~ snip ~
  • America Supports You: Havoline Keeps Homefront Spouses Moving

    06/14/2007 4:43:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 121+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 14, 2007 – A national motor oil company is partnering with a volunteer troop-support group to keep spouses of servicemembers deployed overseas on the road. Chevron Products Company announced yesterday that its Havoline with Deposit Shield motor oil brand is partnering with Operation Homefront to launch a national program supporting troops’ wives. The program, called Operation Havoline Star, will provide 1,000 free conventional oil changes, including lube and filter, at participating Texaco Xpress Lube locations. The program is available to select military families with a financial need, and is available now through Dec. 31. “Operation Havoline Star...
  • America Supports You: Veterans Spend Down Time Tubing with Spouses, Guests

    03/10/2007 1:57:55 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 470+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    VAIL, Colo., March 10, 2007 – After two days of skiing and snowboarding, last night was all about fun for the 25 injured veterans participating in the Vail Veterans Program here and their guests. Army Sgt. J.R. Salzman (from left), adaptive snowboard instructor Eric Norton, Wendy Owen, and Josie Salzman, fly down a tubing trail at Vail Mountain’s Adventure Ridge on March 9 in Vail, Colo. The outing, which included ski biking and dinner, was a time for the 25 injured veterans and their guests to come together as a group after two days of private and group lessons....
  • Chairman Thanks Spouses, Listens to Their Concerns in Alaska

    02/24/2007 11:31:25 AM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 259+ views
    ELMENDORF AFB, Alaska, Feb. 24, 2007 – About 60 military spouses here had a chance yesterday to share some of their concerns with the military’s top ranking officer. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, accompanied by his wife Lynne, thanked the spouses for their contribution to the nation’s defense. “Spouses and families serve this country as well as anybody that’s ever worn the uniform,” the chairman said. In some ways, he said, it’s harder for the folks back home than it is for the troops deployed in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. “When we...
  • Lawmakers' Lobbying Spouses Avoid Hill Reforms (Equality but Some More Equal Than Others)

    01/17/2007 4:28:29 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 3 replies · 362+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 17 January 2007 | John Solomon
    When Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-N.D.) rose to the Senate floor last summer and passionately argued for keeping the federal estate tax, he left one person with an interest in retaining the tax unmentioned. The multibillion-dollar life-insurance industry, which was fighting to preserve the tax because life insurers have a lucrative business selling policies and annuities to Americans for estate planning, has employed Dorgan's wife as a lobbyist since 1999. A few months earlier, Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) had pleaded for restraint as she urged colleagues to avoid overreacting....At the same time, her husband, Robert J. Dole, was registered to...
  • Spouses to Teachers Program Expands to Europe

    09/29/2006 6:41:53 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 247+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Aimee Millham, USA
    HEIDELBERG, Germany, Sept. 29, 2006 – Starting Oct. 1, military spouses in Europe interested in teaching can participate in the Department of Defense Spouses to Teachers program, which until now had been only available stateside. The program’s services include information on state-specific educational requirements, teaching credentials and scholarship options, along with a maximum reimbursement of $600 for teacher certification examinations. “Spouses serve too,” said Pamela K. Smith, the Spouse Education, Careers and Relocation program manager for the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. “It’s our goal to help them build careers.” According to DoD research, teaching...
  • America Supports You: Kansas Program Works to Get Military Spouses Working

    09/29/2006 5:43:22 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 301+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2006 – Military spouses facing a permanent change of station into or out of the Fort Riley, Kan., area can relax about at least one aspect of their pending move. A $500,000 Workforce Investment Act grant through the Department of Labor will help them with job training and placement, Lesa Crockett, a career counselor with Heartland Works, Inc., said. “It’s not something you’ve probably seen before,” Crockett, who’s also a military spouse, said. “It’s something that I’m very excited for because … military spouses normally don’t get anything unless it’s provided by the (military).” Heartland Works, Inc....
  • American Jews wrestle with whether to suggest non-Jewish spouses convert

    09/21/2006 4:15:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 97 replies · 1,700+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 09/21/2006 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK - Christine Benvenuto embodies a Jewish ideal. Her kitchen is kosher, she attends synagogue and has read rabbinic writings and Torah. But for many American Jewish leaders, she has an even more compelling quality. The mother of three, whose husband was born Jewish, is a convert. “A lot of things attracted me to Judaism,” said Benvenuto, whose book “Shiksa” chronicles her path to conversion and the choices of other non-Jewish spouses. “I grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in New York and my friends were always Jewish.” As intermarriage continues at a high rate, many community leaders believe...
  • America Supports You: RE/MAX Helps Military Spouses on Career Path

    08/18/2006 4:56:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 308+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2006 -- Moving frequently is not always beneficial to military spouses’ careers, but RE/MAX officials hope to help change that. RE/MAX, an international realty company, announced “Operation RE/MAX” on Aug. 14, during opening ceremonies of the 2006 RE/MAX International Conference of Broker/Owners and Managers here. This program assists military spouses in developing careers in real estate, which a recent American National Standards Institute survey indicated as one of the top five careers suited for military spouses. “A career in real estate is ideal for many military spouses,” Dave Liniger, RE/MAX co-founder and chairman of the board,...
  • Heroes: 172nd Stryker BCT spouses (You'll should get tissues before reading)

    08/15/2006 5:36:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 524+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Kamryn Jaroszewski
    I wrote a commentary recently about my husband’s upcoming third deployment. In that article, I referred to him as a hero. When he read it, he zeroed in on that word and said I was wrong, that he wasn’t a hero – just another Soldier doing what he was told to do. I explained to him my reasons for describing him a hero: because he was able to leave his family and step foot on a plane when he knew he may not come back. Because he was one of the people who volunteered to do that. Because he saw...
  • America Supports You: CinCHouse Column Benefits Military

    08/14/2006 6:04:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 161+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2006 -- Servicemembers and their family members with financial questions need look no further for the answers than a new column on the CinCHouse Web site, www.cinchouse.com. CinCHouse and the Military Officers Association of America recently launched a new advice column for young military families addressing questions about pay and benefits, Meredith Leyva, CinCHouse founder, said. “This is a terrific opportunity for our (Web site) visitors, who represent the youngest and newest members of the military community, to get solid advice from a trusted source,” she said. “It’s wonderful to have experts from (the association) to...
  • 1st AD spouses test their mettle for Combat Spouse Badge

    06/07/2006 4:16:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 257+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Alexandra Williams
    FRIEDBERG, Germany (Army News Service, June 7, 2006) – A group of oddly dressed U.S. Soldiers patrols a village on the lookout for insurgents. Suddenly ambushers open fire from windows, an assumed casualty springs to life firing at the patrol and the Soldiers quickly head for cover. As members of the 1st Armored Division’s 1st Battalion, 37th Armor Regiment, coached the squadron of Army spouses through the combat course on Friedberg’s Ray Barracks, the competitors discussed their options and took action. It was all part of the 1st Brigade Combat Team’s Combat Spouse Badge Challenge June 3 – an event...
  • Senior Enlisted Spouses Discuss Wounded Troop Programs

    05/09/2006 4:29:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 238+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, May 9, 2006 – Spouses of the military's senior enlisted leaders gathered here today to learn about each service's program for wounded troops and to share ideas for the future. Marine Gunnery Sgt. J.A. Burks, a representative for the Marine for Life program, speaks to the spouses of senior enlisted leaders during a conference at the Pentagon, May 9. Photo by Sgt. Sara Wood, USA  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The wives of the senior enlisted leaders from the combatant commands and the service senior enlisted advisors met at the Pentagon in conjunction with their husbands' conference,...
  • Brothers of the unpopped question

    04/25/2006 6:38:23 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 118 replies · 2,710+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | April 25, 2006 | LEONORA LAPETER with Matthew Waite and researcher Angie Drobnic Holan
    Twenty-five years ago, most men in the Tampa Bay area married by age 35. But since 1980, the number of never-married men 35 to 55 has jumped sevenfold. ST. PETERSBURG - On the eve of his 50th birthday, Robert Mendenhall was trying to decide whether to spend the big day with someone new or with his ex-girlfriend. She had held his interest the longest: eight months. Mendenhall, who works in regional sales for a roofing and window company, hangs out with half a dozen never-married men in their late 40s and early 50s. They are successful at their jobs, keep...
  • Baggage collection drive receives national recognition (Troops Families Support others)

    04/23/2006 9:02:16 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 370+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — A hugely successful drive to help Cochise County’s foster children has received nationwide recognition. USA Weekend Magazine has chosen the Herald/Review and the Fort Huachuca Community Spouses’ Club as honorees in its Make A Difference Day Awards. It follows the amazing support given by our readers to an appeal for luggage for youngsters who often have to throw their belongings into a trash bag when they leave home. The campaign culminated in a one-day collection last October of more than 1,000 suitcases and travel bags — making a difference in the lives of more than 1,000 children....
  • America Supports You: Singer Chronicles Military Spouses' Lives

    04/13/2006 4:31:44 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 287+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, April 13, 2006 – Growing up in Bristol, Tenn., country singer April Taylor heard tales of her grandmother's struggles while her grandfather served in Korea, and she's hearing similar tales from her friends today. America Supports You member and country music singer April Taylor remembers her grandmother's struggles as a military wife, and is working to support military spouses, their families and the troops. Twenty percent of the proceeds from Internet sales of her single "Hero at Home" will go to benefit military spouses. Taylor recently became a member of the America Supports You program. Photo by Samantha...
  • Judge: Domestic partners same as spouses when inheriting property (Sacramento Co. ruling)

    03/24/2006 8:56:34 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 548+ views
    Registered domestic partners will continue to get the same tax benefits as married couples who transfer property under a recent court ruling that upheld a 2003 decision granting that right. The ruling last week by the Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Jack Sapunor upheld the California Board of Equalization decision to extend to domestic partners a property tax exemption originally written for spouses. Under tax code dating back to 1979, people who inherit property after the death of their spouses are exempt from the category of "change in ownership," which would subject them to reassessment of the property's value. The...
  • America Supports You: Spouses Receive Support with Scholarship

    03/21/2006 4:45:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 312+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Christopher J. Moore
    WASHINGTON, March 21, 2006 – Military spouses looking to further their education are receiving a helping hand, thanks to America Supports You team member the National Military Family Association. The group's Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship provides $1,000 to spouses of servicemembers studying for professional certification or attending post-secondary or graduate school. The funds can be used for tuition, fees, books, and school room and board, according to the NMFA Web site. "NMFA has been working with education issues for a while, (but the work) wasn't specific to military spouses," said Michelle Joyner, the organization's director of communications. "However,...
  • Wounded Warrior Spouses' Support Group reaches out to family members, ...

    02/06/2006 6:11:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 229+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Feb 6, 2006 | Staff Sgt. A.C. Mink
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2006) -- “To anyone who has lost a loved one or has experienced the wounds of war I extend my deepest sympathy. Casualties of war are not only those lost, but also those left behind. For the departed, the family feels the loss most. For the wounded, it is both the Marine and those who love them who experience the void of a past life free from disabilities. But, in each case the sacrifice of the Marine was freely given, an outward sign of his or her faithful sense of duty to...
  • Married to the Military: Spouses Need Own Identity

    01/19/2006 10:19:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 440+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 19, 2006 | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2006 – Military life is full of ups and downs. But for it to be a more positive experience, military spouses have to know themselves, Amberlynde Graham said. Graham has been a married nearly six years to a Navy fire controlman - he operates, maintains and repairs weapons systems' control mechanisms. In that time, the couple and their four children -- the youngest is now 22 months old -- have had six changes of station in five states and gone through two deployments. They are currently stationed in San Diego. Through the moves and separations, her enthusiasm...
  • Information sessions arm spouses with Corps knowledge (Married to the Corps not just a Marine)

    12/08/2005 4:25:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 417+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 8, 2005 | Cpl. Susan Smith
    MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (Dec. 8, 2005) -- Recruits endure three months of intense training to make the transition from civilian to Marine. But Marine spouses get thrown into the military lifestyle without any formal training. Quantico’s military spouses can turn to the Lifestyle, Insight, Networking, Knowledge and Skills program to help adjust to the change. The program offers three three-hour or two four-hour sessions each month packed with information about the Marine Corps, resources, services, community activities, and deployment and separation issues. “If Marine spouses have an understanding of the Marine Corps’ mission and how it affects them,...
  • Job Fair Planned for Wounded Troops, Spouses

    09/13/2005 5:03:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 385+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | sep 13, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2005 – Severely wounded servicemembers and all military spouses are encouraged to attend a "Hiring Heroes Career Fair" Sept. 20 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to explore job opportunities in the federal government and private sector. The fair, similar to one held earlier this year at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here, represents one of many steps the Defense Department is taking to help wounded troops transition to productive, satisfying civilian careers, Mark Smith from the Defense Civilian Personnel Management Service told the American Forces Press Service. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has expressed the department's continued...
  • FREEDOM TEAM SALUTE (CALLING ALL ARMY PERSONEL AND FAMILIES)

    08/06/2005 4:17:10 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 520+ views
    FREEDOM TEAM SALUTE ^ | Aug 6, 2005 | unattributed
    The FTS program provides Soldiers with a means to recognize their supporters: spouses, parents, and employers of National Guard and Reserve Soldiers. Honorably discharged veterans may likewise nominate themselves for recognition under this program. Nominees will receive an Army lapel pin, an Army decal, a certificate and letter signed by the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army thanking them for their support.