When it comes to the military, the tax code has many options and unique ways to assist enlisted and officers and their families either during permanent changes of station (PCS) or while serving in a combat zone.
A long-decried law dubbed the “widow’s tax” that reduced the amount of cash support some surviving military spouses could receive each month will begin a planned phaseout this month, a change triggered by a 2020 law.
Military spouses face particular challenges in completing their education. Continuous moves from changes in duty station make completing a degree at a traditional brick-and-mortar school nearly impossible.
Are you a military spouse that would benefit from financial assistance to get started on a career enhancing education program?
It’s a great honor and a privilege to serve in the military. But let’s also remember the great sacrifice made by family members of military personnel. They often don’t see or hear from their deployed loved ones for months on end. Sometimes, they aren’t allowed to even know where their loved ones are.
According to Hire Heroes USA, an organization that specializes in veteran employment, the military spouse unemployment rate is four times the national average.
The stress of parenting alone while a spouse is deployed or in training can become overwhelming. I often heard civilian friends tell me, “I wish I had known what to do to help.” As an independent, “I can do it all myself” type of person, I didn’t ask for help when I needed it. But there are ways to easily provide assistance to military spouses. Here are 10 ways to help a military wife this Mother’s Day or any other day during the year.
How does one measure a life? T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock meted out his existence in coffee spoons. Mine, I quantify in luncheon plates.
The increasing pressure put on service members to acquire a civilian education and complete their degrees leads more and more active-duty service members to increase their course loads.