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How to Avoid Scholarship Scams when Paying for Your Kid’s Education

Every year, millions of high school graduates seek creative ways to finance the costs of a college education. With four year college education costs rising faster than the rate of inflation, many parents are understandably concerned about how to pay those costs without saddling themselves or their children with heavy debt. Scam artists prey on those concerns. Every year, several hundred thousand students and parents are defrauded by scholarship scams. The victims of these scams lose more than $100 million annually. Scam...

Reader Question: Can education benefits be transferred to grandkids?

Q: I'm a veteran. If my grandson wants to go to college, can I transfer education benefits if I don’t use them? A: Unfortunately, no. Education benefits fall under the Transfer of Entitlement provision. Transfer of Entitlement (TOE): DoD may offer members of the Armed Forces on or after Aug.1, 2009, the opportunity to transfer benefits to a spouse or dependent children. DoD and the military services must approve all requests for this benefit. Members of the Armed Forces approved for the TOE may only transfer any unused...

Military Kids: Education After High School

By this time every year, some high school students have selected a college and maybe even know if they will receive a scholarship. But for others, making a decision about attending college — and specifically, which college — is not so easy. Here are a few things to consider when your high schooler is contemplating his or her next step in life.   Questions to ask when considering a college: 1. Does the school offer the program and courses that I’m interested in? 2. Do I meet the admissions requirements? 3....

Trees for Troops Weekend: December 6th-8th, 2013

It’s just about dawn when your little ones jump on your bed, excitedly yelling, “Santa came! Santa came!” then bolt out your bedroom door. You look across the bed, empty but it feels too weird and somehow wrong to use the entire bed while he’s deployed. Bleary eyed from staying up until 2 a.m. wrapping the presents, presents that are fewer and smaller than last year since you couldn’t afford child care for your own job, you stumble into the living room hoping that Santa made coffee before he left. The little buggers...

Military Family Association Publishes “#EndSequestration” Book

The ‘sequestration’ spending cuts have been in effect since the beginning of March – and they are starting to hurt. These automatic spending cuts, combined with a general rollback in appropriation growth, have combined to force DoD planners to slash a wide variety of quality-of-life programs that directly affect military families. The Military Family Association responded by soliciting photographs and true stories depicting base neglect, poor access to benefits, and so on. The Military Family Association then produced...

Camp C.O.P.E.

Camp C.O.P.E’s motto is “Kid’s Serve Too!” and to that end provide children of deployed service members and their families an opportunity to have fun, reconnect, and heal all at the same time. C.O.P.E. stands for courage, optimism, patience, and encouragement; traits they hope to develop and reinforce for improved family resilience and happiness. Hosted by Mo Ranch in Hunt, Texas, the camp is free, but travel expenses to Hunt, Texas are the responsibility of the families. Camp C.O.P.E. balance fun, independent time,...

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