A Family's Guide to the Military For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 6, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 388 pages
Expert advice on all aspects of military life

A Family's Guide to the Military For Dummies is for the millions of military dependents, family members, and friends who are looking for straightforward guidance to take advantage of the benefits and overcome the challenges unique to life in the military. This comprehensive guide covers such key topics as introducing military life to readers new to the armed forces, financial planning, relocation, deployment, raising kids alone while a partner is away, and taking advantage of the available benefits. It offers tips and advice for dealing with emotions that surround events like deployments, deciphering the acronyms used in daily military life, forming support groups, keeping track of a loved one's whereabouts, and surviving on a military base in a foreign country.


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Table ofContentsIntroduction
Getting a Grasp on the Military Culture
Learning the Military Language
Keeping Up with Traditions and Ceremonies
Party Protocol Chapter 3 Getting Around Military Bases
Child development center
Connecting with the Military Community
Finding Support within the Installation
Finding Employment and Educational Opportunities
Raising a Family in the Military
Staying in touch
Tappinginto Community Support
Searching the Web for Support
Dealing with the Disability orDeathof aFamily Member
Surviving the Death ofa Servicemember
Managing Stress

Taking Careof Yourself Health and Dental Insurance
Maximizing Military Benefits
Starting Out on the Right Financial Foot
Accumulating What Youll Need for Specific Goals
Planning for Childrens College Costs
Housing Options for the Military Family
Rehabbing a property
Having some fun and giving back
Communicating Securely
Separating from Service
Retiring from Service
Prescription drug coverage
The Part of Tens

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About the author (2009)

Sheryl Garrett is a financial advisor, author, and speaker. She founded the Garrett Planning Network and is the author of Personal Finance Workbook For Dummies.

Sue Hoppin is the Deputy Director for Spouse Outreach at the Military Officers Association of America. In 2007, Military Spouse magazine placed Sue on their 2007 Who's Who of Military Spouses list.

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