Military Family Friday: Audie Murphy on PTSD + College Savings Strategy

Medal of Honor and flag

Medal of Honor and flag

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Audie Murphy: Leading the Battle for PTSD Awareness
Audie Murphy, one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II, also experienced symptom of PTSD and was very open in talking about it. It’s been around for centuries, but under different names: During the Civil War, it was called “soldier’s heart.” During World War I, it was called “shell shock,” and in WWII, it was “combat fatigue” or the “thousand-yard stare.” But whatever it’s called, the most common symptoms of PTSD include mood disorders and frequent, dramatic—and sometimes debilitating—flashbacks. And it is by no means a sign of weakness.
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Photo credit: JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images

Whether you’re saving up for your children or your spouse, it’s imperative for military families to strategically plan their education funding, and to be knowledgeable about the resources that are available.
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Military Families: New Articles for February

The latest batch of great articles for military families just went up.  Here’s what you’ll find this month:

  • Information on how to transfer military education benefits. If the servicemember can’t use them, it’s now possible to transfer them to the spouse, a child, several children, or any combination. But restrictions apply, and it’s important to know what they are.
  • Creative ways military families can reduce their tax bills. There are a lot of programs that aren’t available to civilians. You’ll learn about the most important ones here, including a situation where you can actually end up paying less tax by declaring more income.
  • Strategies to steer clear of the biggest financial pitfalls many military families fall into, from having to live on one income (because it’s so hard for spouses to find and keep work) and relocation expenses, to insanely expensive childcare and predatory lenders.
  • Advice on how to weigh your options when you’re faced with a “should-I-reenlist-or-should-I-get-out?” decision. There are plenty of advantages and disadvantages to both civilian and military life. We’ll help you make the choice that’s best for you and your family.
  • A guest post on the ins and outs of the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). What you don’t know could really hurt your chances of finding that perfect home.

The Latest Articles for Military Families

I just posted a new batch of articles for military families on about.com.

This month I covered: the many ways deployment affects parents and children, strategies to help kids keep busy when a parent is deployed, understanding–and handling–rebellious teen behavior, how to make a temporary home feel like a permanent one–something many military families struggle with, and overcoming the challenges of long-distance relationships.

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New Articles for Military Families

I’m the Military Families Expert for About.com, and I post new articles every month

This month, we’ve got a couple of articles on retirement planning, one on the Strengthening Our Military Families Initiative, one on the age old buy-vs-rent dilemma, and one on support groups for servicemembers, spouses, and children.

You’ll find these and dozens more articles for military families at militaryfamily.about.com.

New Articles for Military Families

My latest articles for military families are up on my mini site on about.com. Here’s what’s new this month:

What military families need to know to find the perfect home. (a guest post from AHRN.com)
The ins, outs, upside downs of VA Loans
How military spouses can avoid getting sucked into the destructive, dangerous rumor mill.
Family planning for military families: When’s the right time to start planning for a baby? Is there even such a thing as “right time”?

New Articles for Military Families on About.com

As some of you may know, I’m About.com’s expert on military families. Here are the latest articles:

Paying for Your Child’s College Education–A Guide for Military Parents

The Military Spouse Residency Relief Act

Overcoming the Challenges to Military Spouse Employment

Installation Education Centers–Everything You Need to Know to Land a Job

Military Relocation–Know Your Relocation Resources