Military Life

How APO, FPO, and DPO Military Mail Service Works

Updated: November 1, 2023

Military mail is an essential link with members of deployed members of the US armed forces. It is administered by the Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA), an extension of the United States Postal Service providing Department of Defense personnel, their family members, and other authorized users global mail services. You can send letters and packages […]

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Air Force Tech. Sgt. Corey Peterson dances during the annual Air Force Ball

Everything You Need to Know About Going to a Military Ball

Updated: March 15, 2023

At least once a year, each military branch hosts a formal military ball that spouses and significant others can attend. Events and formalities vary by branch, but all have similar expectations.  Below we break down what to wear to the military ball, the typical flow of events, expectations and general advice. What to Wear to […]

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Free resources and counseling for military couples

Military Marriage Counseling

Updated: November 10, 2022

Military marriages have higher divorce rates than civilian marriages. According to Pentagon data from 2019, among female service members, the divorce rate averages 7%, and among male service members, it is 2.5%. Military divorce rates are 3.2%, whereas civilian divorce rates are 2.9%. This may be due to the additional challenges military couples face, such as […]

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Military Spouse Residency Relief Act MSRRA

Military Spouse Act – Residency Relief (MSRRA)

Updated: November 10, 2022

The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act (MSRRA) of 2009 is the first of two amendments to the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA) that extend privileges and protections to service members’ spouses. Amendments under the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 expanded those benefits. According to MilitaryOneSource, “MSSRA allows military spouses to maintain legal residence […]

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Uniform Code of Military Justice

The Uniform Code Of Military Justice

Updated: November 4, 2022

The Uniform Code of Military Justice, or UCMJ, is the legal framework governing all members of the United States military. The UCMJ covers a variety of legal issues from apprehension and confinement of military personnel to regulations covering courts of military appeals. History of the Uniform Code of Military Justice The UCMJ has its roots […]

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Citizenship for Military Children Outside US

Citizenship for Military Children Born Outside of the U.S.

Updated: November 2, 2022

Overseas assignments are not uncommon for military families, and there is always the potential that a child may be born while a family is stationed in another country. Previously, children born on military bases overseas were usually granted United States citizenship automatically. Recently, however, the requirements for citizenship for children born to U.S. troops or […]

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Caring for Your Pet While in the Military

Updated: October 12, 2022

We love our pets like family members because of the joy they bring to our lives. Caring for pets when you are in the military can be challenging, but many services make it easier. These services include military veterinary facilities, foster care or pet sitters for military deployment, pet insurance, pet sitting and making a […]

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Military proxy marriage

How Proxy Marriage Works for Military Members

Updated: December 24, 2022

  Weddings can be difficult to plan when one or both partners are in the military. Deployments and geographical separation can slow things down. But, if you need to get married faster to add your partner to your insurance plan or another military benefit, a proxy marriage may be a good option. Proxy marriages allow […]

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