Salute to Spouses Blog

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Alpha! Bravo! Charlie! IAVA's Storm the Hill teams fight to end veteran unemployment.

I just returned from actively participating in Storm the Hill 2011: ( which is sponsored by IAVA, a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of today’s veterans, as part of an advocacy team focused on veterans’ employment issues. In 2010, the unemployment rate for veterans was 11.6 percent, compared to the national average of 9.7 percent.  

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is Searching for Military Families to Help

Would your life story make millions of viewers cry?

Have you lead a life of extraordinary service? Is your house falling down around you? Do you know someone who deserves a major home makeover?

Nominate them for the ABC show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Producers are currently searching for deserving military families.

Veterans Groups Can Help Fund College

When it comes to scholarships, military families have a few more benefits than civilians. Several veterans’ organizations offer funding specifically to the children and spouses of military members.

Check out the following scholarships and apply before the deadline.

Marine Corps League:

Spouse Spotlight: Meet Ann Marie

Ann Marie is a proud Marine wife and mother to her five month old son, Connor. She currently resides in California with her family.  Below she shares some of her experiences as a military spouse as well as advice to others new to the military lifestyle.

How long have you been married and how did you meet your spouse? Do you have children? If so, what ages? Tell us about your journey through military life.

Military Retirement Info Good for Spouses to Know Too

Is your military spouse preparing to leave the rank behind and join the civilian job force? My husband only has a handful of years left until that transition to retirement and I am dreading it. I’m unsure of how our benefits might change, namely medical coverage. I fear losing that steady paycheck. And let’s be honest, tax free combat pay covered a lot of bills.

If your husband is anything like mine, he probably hasn’t brought much information home from his pre-retirement briefings, or even began looking seriously at some of the issues. I, on the other hand, need info!  

Ask Allison: How do I transfer my husband’s GI Bill Educational Benefits to myself or our children?

For the first time ever, service members may transfer their unused GI Bill benefits to their family members. Though there are very specific eligibility requirements, the actual transfer process is easy.

Army wife Lynda Hilliard, of Fort Bragg, N.C., said she completed the process online in about 30 seconds.

“It was really easy,” she said.

Spouse Spotlight: Meet Kimberly Joyner

Kimberly Joyner is a student at Bryant & Stratton College Online and a Salute to Spouses scholarship recipient. She is back in school to pursue a degree in business to better her family and to be a positive role model for her daughter. Kimberly has been the wife of a Marine for four years and currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.

Tell us about your family and journey through military life.

Meet Ed Dennis; Military and Corporate Relations Manager for Bryant & Stratton College Online

The 9-5 With Pamela McBride

Time to Cut Through Government Red Tape

Years ago, I was covering a joint U.S. military exercise in Thailand when the helicopter I was in malfunctioned. Technically, we crashed. To me, it felt more like a rough landing. As we hurried away from the aircraft, I looked at the public affairs officer who was accompanying me, and who I knew well, and said, “You know, I’m going to need a press release on this.” He replied, “On what? I didn’t see a thing.” He was kidding. Kind of.


For Military Spouses
Apply for the Salute to Spouses scholarship today and begin your education! You’ll be on the way to your dream career.

Salute to Spouses Scholarship Recipients