April 2017

There are 4 blog entries for April 2017.

The meme from Julie at the “Soldier’s Wife, Crazy Life” blog about reusing curtains from home to home rings true with every PCS move.

Sometimes, however, it might be easier to start with a clean slate when it comes to furnishings in a new home. Depending on the age and condition of your furnishings, you may not want to take everything you own. You may want to start with an almost clean slate.

But it doesn’t mean you’ll have to spend a lot of money to rebuy new items. You can check out the local thrift stores or Craigslist for some gently used pieces to start. But, if the thought of buying used furniture makes you cringe a little, you need to know how to do it.

Rashon Carraway runs Rashon Carraway Design, a company in Charlotte, NC. Carraway has

The National Park Service, celebrating its 101st birthday, is again partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, to present National Park Week from April 15 to 23, 2017.

“First proclaimed in 1991 by President George H.W. Bush to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the National Park Service, this week is a time to renew our passion and commitment to the resources we protect. National Parks provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge,” said Rachel Cooper, an expert on The District of Columbia.

National Park Week is America's largest celebration of national heritage. It's about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces,

Buying a house when you’re an active-duty military member isn’t something into which you just jump. Aside from knowing where future orders could take you, there’s also the financial side of homeownership. Even if you can afford a home, you need to know if it’s going to be the best bang for your buck, especially if you’re a first-time homebuyer.

Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, said it best: “Whether you’re a newbie recruit or an old salt, managing your money takes some time and attention.  Despite the regular paycheck, it doesn’t happen on its own. Forgive the pun, but the effort will pay off.”

Talk to your bank or credit union. If you have a good relationship with your

Children around the world are born into their parents’ military communities. The month of April provides an opportunity to recognize and honor the service of our youngest heroes: military children. Established by former Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger in 1986, the designation of April as the Month of the Military Child acknowledges the significant role military youth play in our communities.

This awareness month was established to highlight the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old; 1.3 million of those military children are school-aged.

Julie Provost, author of the “Solider’s Wife Crazy Life” blog, reflects that her