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MOAA Spouse E-News, June 16, 2016

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Summer – A Season of Change for Military Families

School is out for summer, and that means it’s PCS time, too. MOAA isn’t immune from the effects of PCS season, either.

Hello!

As the end of the school year rolls around, military families either begin packing out or watch a few friends prepare to move on to their next adventure. Here at MOAA, we don’t escape the consequences of PCS season either. Recently, we wrapped up another year with a great class of Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Council members, and a few of them are packing up and moving out of the area.

Additionally, Jennifer is getting ready to PCS with her Marine Corps family. Luckily, she will continue to support MOAA Spouse Programs on a virtual basis from the Pacific Coast. Like many of you, she’s shopping for a place to live that meets the needs of her servicemember, her children, and the needs of her career and a little fun whenever possible, to make the most of the next millife chapter.

We hope that whether you are saying goodbyes, or trying to reestablish roots, you utilize all of the resources available to you. When in doubt on where to find those resources, we have them, on our blogs and Facebook pages, or you can email moaaspouse@moaa.org.

Thank you for all you and your family do, and for being part of our MOAA military family.

Yours in Service,

Brooke & Jennifer

Networking in a New Place

As a new military bride, all starry-eyed over my lieutenant in dress blues and confused with the new “language” of acronyms, I recall one particular piece of advice a retired sergeant major’s spouse provided: “If there’s one thing you can be certain of with military life, it’s that you will move – a lot.”

For many military spouses, repeated moves at the discretion of Uncle Sam are simply a lifestyle requirement we become accustomed to; but it rarely means it gets easier. Relocating presents many professional challenges – new house, new job, new culture – but one of the most overlooked aspects of PCS is cultivating a new network.

Here are a few tips to accelerate your professional contacts like a pro.

Delaying College for a Good Reason

A gap year is unusual for many Americans. As such, Malia Obama’s decision elicited expected criticisms from people who think a kid should go right to college. But, as a college faculty member, I can tell you there are kids in college who are there solely because they’re trapped in the rhetoric of “go to college,” and it’s the next item on their checklist of life. As a result, their grades are average or worse and many end up taking extra years to finish college.

My observations have been that these kids would have benefited by waiting a bit and doing something like a gap year. And guess what? Research backs this up.

Career Relaunch

More and more people are talking about taking breaks from their careers — to have and raise children, to take care of ill and elderly parents, to go back to school or change their career trajectory. Military spouses, on the other hand, have been doing and talking about this since … well, forever. That doesn’t mean those other people don’t have really good tips that we can use for relaunching ourselves into the career we put on hold because of a spouse’s military service requirements.

Partners in Life and Business

Entrepreneurship can provide today’s military spouse with much-needed professional stability as they navigate the life of service. Despite its many benefits, starting a business ranks high on the list of top marriage stressors. Even if your spouse’s day job involves a uniform, they can invest in your business in many ways.

Here are a few tips for starting a business and staying (happily) married.

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We compiled a list of the top issues demanding your attention this month.

In January, we covered the gamut of issues, from résumé tips, to setting kids up for success in a new school, to prepping for college, and visiting Capitol Hill. We try to have a little something for everyone. Your needs and input matter, so if you have an idea for something we should cover, reach out to us at  moaaspouse@moaa.org.

On that same note, MOAA creates an annual letter to let you know about the things we have accomplished on behalf of families of all of the seven uniformed services. We accomplished a lot in 2015 with your support. Your input helps shape our advocacy. Please take our survey, see what we accomplished together, and give us your input on how we did and what you would like to see in the future.

Yours in service,
Brooke

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TRICARE REFORM, OR JUST FEE INCREASES?

President’s budget proposal hikes TRICARE costs

Proposal includes little detail on how to fix access and other problems.

MOAA TAKES SPOUSES TO THE HILL

MOAA’s Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Council had some face time with the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee staff – just one of the perks of serving with MOAA.

MILITARY CHILD BUDDY PROGRAM: START ONE IN YOUR SCHOOL

Did you ever wish your child had another military child to act as their sponsor when they enroll in a new school – someone who already knew all the resources and tips to get through the day with a smile? Erica Parra, a member of MOAA’s Spouse Council has outlined a program for just that.

THE BEST TIPS FOR STELLAR MILITARY SPOUSE RÉSUMÉS

Military spouses deserve results, so Michelle Aikmen teamed up with the best experts in this field, her résumé writer colleagues in the Military Spouse Résumé Writers’ Coalition. They gathered together the top résumé tips for military spouses.

MILPARENT SPECIAL OPS

Your precious little treasure is off to college, and you feel far away. How do you keep tabs on them without getting in the way? Today’s technology makes it easy to get up to date intel on your young adult’s activities, but be careful what you wish for.

 

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