Blog Posts tagged in "MilitaryBridge"

Beach Ford and Barton Ford have a long history of supporting the military community with fantastic Military Discount Offers. In honor of Presidents Day and kicking off February 14th Military Members & First Responders can SAVE up to $10,650 on a new F-150! This is an awesome deal. Learn more about Beach Ford & Barton Ford , their locations, cars for sale,and their Military Discount Offers on MilitaryBridge! ... read more

Sick of tossing and turning every night and waking up with a backache? You don't have to anymore, there is new technology now available helping you sleep better than you ever imagined. Check out Eight The Smart Mattress Company The world doesn't need another mattress company but it does need to sleep better. And smarter. We're Eight. We are driven by data and science in service of better sleep. We make the world's most comprehensive sleep measurement and improvement system. Modern life demands more of us, it's time we demand more from our beds. Smart comfort and thoughtful technology From our... read more

Father Daughter Royal Ball Presented By USAA April 13, 2018 Military Dads, looking for a special way to celebrate your daughter? Don't miss the annual Father Daughter Royal Ball, it's always a magical night. By royal proclamation, Military families are cordially invited to the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads Father Daughter Royal Ball presented by USAA. For every princess who has ever dreamt of attending a ball, this night will create lasting memories with her perfect escort. This enchanting evening will include a plated dinner, dessert, dancing, prizes and many special photo opportuniti... read more

Flying Space-A Without Your Sponsor: How Military Spouses Can Travel Solo Did you know that as a dependent (18 years or older), you can take a military Space-A flight without your sponsor? However, there are restrictions to where and how often you can travel, depending on your category . Here’s how you figure out what category you’re in, where you can fly, what paperwork you need, and how to sign up. Information for All Unaccompanied Dependents For all categories, you obtain the required paperwork from your sponsor’s commander. You must keep the paperwork with you at all times while traveling... read more

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love. Whether you go over the top or just like to do something small we have some of our favorites that all women are sure to love. Not only are these some great gift ideas but they all offer either specials or military discounts which will help you save at the bank too! A win-win! Women if you are reading this tag your man or share this post, it's a great way to drop the hint :) (1) ProFlowers Guys, you can't go wrong with flowers. I mean, what woman doesn't love a bouquet of flowers. Find a great selection fro... read more

Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA have a long history of supporting the military community. Every year they have offered wonderful military discounts on admission and annual passes. They also offer their Waves of Honor program which offers military personnel and up to three direct dependents one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens® or Sesame Place®. It was just announced that the military discount offers will be a little bit different this year and I am super excited about this news! What I am most excited about is the new edition of the Military P... read more

Got Orders? PCS Proof Your Military Child’s School Transition Those PCS order just hit…cue the insanity. If you’re moving with school-aged children, the process just got a whole lot harder. School transitions are super hard! Not only are you moving all of your things and your family, you’re also going to be searching for schools. With so many options out there, it’s a lot to take in. Instead of freaking out, make your child’s school move as seamless as possible! PCS Proof Your Military Child’s School Transitions Now, just like regular PCSing, moving your child’s move easier is never a 100% gu... read more

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming. Dory’s sing-songy voice plays in my head daily at the moment. It doesn’t help that Vivienne is going through a fish phase and screams “Dory, DORY!” constantly, while wielding her mini mop like a samurai sword around the living room. That little fish is on to something; it’s something that so many of us need: to stay busy. At the moment, all I need to do is move, move, move. She’s not messing around with that mop! It was a whirlwind departure this time around. We knew it was coming, but we expected more notice. Things are not exactly fair in this lifesty... read more

The time has come yet again…deployment. That word invokes a number of emotions in me, all mixing together to make my stomach queasy. Just writing this is making me feel uncomfortable because I know it’s right around the corner. I hate this part. Our very first “Welcome Home” This will be Danny’s fourth deployment since we have been together. They have truly become a normal part of life for us. I have even figured out his “tell” when he has gotten orders; he always says “We need to talk about something and I don’t want you to get upset.” He is super smooth, right? I don’t even ask what it coul... read more

We were racing around the house, tearing through drawers and ripping clothes off hangers. This deployment provided the least amount of heads up we had received yet; less than twenty-four hours and he was leaving. There was a lot of stress and a lot of holding back tears, but it was a huge relief to know that since this wasn’t our first rodeo, we were at least prepared. The Real Problem… Once he leaves, communication is not guaranteed. Even though wifi has become more and more common wherever someone goes, there is still no telling when I might actually hear from him. Therefore, I want passwor... read more

The 2-Park Preschool Pass is back for 2018 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg & Water Country USA This is such a fantastic deal! Below check out all the details of the offer and be sure to register by May 31, 2018! Busch Gardens Williamsburg + Water Country USA 2-Park Preschool Pass Kids (ages 3 - 5) play free this summer with a Preschool Pass Busch Gardens ® Williamsburg and Water Country USA ® bring out the kid in all of us, so why not experience the fun with your little ones, too. The 2-Park Preschool Pass offers unlimited admission to both our theme park and water park in Williamsburg, Virgini... read more

IMPORTANCE OF A MINDFUL MORNING Author: Mindful Morning, Life Coach, Megan Hall, Motivational Speaker The definition of mindful is conscious or aware of something. So what is a mindful morning? A mindful morning means we are being intentional about how we start our day so we can be conscious and aware of what’s going on while our day progresses. When we start our day off without a good morning routine we are in reactive mode. We are reacting to everything going on around us instead of being proactive. A mindful morning helps us be proactive by taking control of situations before they happen. ... read more

When moving to a new military community, finding a quality school can sometimes pose a challenge. There are often new curriculums, different ways of teaching, different budgets and so on. Many military families have turned to private schools when moving to new military communitiesto streamline the process. Trinity Lutheran School located in Newport News, Virginia is our featured school of the week with a lot to offer. Learn more about their curriculum, sports, mission and upcoming open house below. TRINITY LUTHERAN SCHOOL Overlooking the James River in the Huntington Heights Historic District... read more

Folds of Honor Scholarship Application Now Open! About Folds of Honor Our Mission~Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission. To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Our motto says it best. Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy. For the past five years, CORT has been a proud partner and supporter of the Folds of Honor Foundation, with the mission of providing education through scholarships to spouses and children of soldiers lost or severely disabled in service to our country. Learn ... read more

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel M. Young/Released) By Blue Angels Public Affairs The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for nearly 500 million fans. For the past 71 years, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels had the opportunity to represent the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps at cities across America. If you haven't had an opportunity t... read more

MANCHIN APPLAUDS FISHER HOUSE FOR VOLUNTEERING TO COVER EXPENSES FOR FAMILIES OF FALLEN SOLDIERS DURING SHUTDOWN Washington, D.C. – In the event of a government shutdown, the Department of Defense would not be able to pay death gratuities to families of service members killed in combat without additional legislation from Congress. If that happens, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has worked with the CEO of the Fisher House Foundation, Ken Fisher, to make sure these families are taken care of in their time of greatest need. The Fisher House generously agreed to offer the families an advance ... read more

ARMY & AIR FORCE EXCHANGE SERVICE TEAMS UP WITH COMCAST NBCUNIVERSAL TO PROVIDE U.S. MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS ACCESS TO OLYMPIC STREAMING COVERAGE DALLAS and STAMFORD, Conn. – November 8, 2017 – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service and NBC Olympics said today that U.S. service members worldwide would again be able to watch Olympic streaming coverage from their desktop and personal devices when NBCUniversal presents the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, in February 2018. This benefit is provided to current U.S. Military service members, including Navy, Army, Air Force,... read more

We were so excited to learn that these 5 retailers launched a military discount program to show their appreciation of the military community. I already had a weakness for shopping these stores but now that I can save it is a win win in my book. Enjoy and happy shopping. Know someone else that loves to shop these home goods stores? Share this post with them :) PIER 1 IMPORTS Pier 1 Imports announced their new veterans and military discount effective November 1, 2017. This exclusive offer will include 10% off regular and sale-priced merchandise and will be on-going. Active duty members of the m... read more

We know that there has been a lot of frustration over the changes to United Concordia. We see military members and families asking constantly for recommendations on best dentists both pediatric and adult in their military communities. If you have found a great UC dentist please take 30 seconds and recommend them on MilitaryBridge along with your rating/review. We will get it up on MB asap. Your recommendation and review will help others in the search for a new provider. We are all in this military life together, let's help one another out :) RECOMMEND A DENTIST HERE ... read more

Not only do brick and mortar stores love to honor the military community by offering a military discount. Many online retailers have also found a way to offer the military community a military discount to show their appreciation through online verification services such as Sheer ID and ID.ME. Below are our favorite online retailers that offer a military discount. (1) QUICKSILVER Quiksilver is Proud to Offer the Military Community a 15% military discount online! Shop Boardshorts, Wetsuits, Jeans, Pants, Shorts, T's, Shirts, Sweatshirts, Jackets, Sandals, Hats, Watches, Sunglasses, Backpacks, a... read more

What a great opportunity for # milspouses interested in going to school, pursuing a license, getting clinical hours, etc to receive a scholarship . Hurry and apply, the deadline is fast approaching! Please # spreadtheword and tag any friends who you think might be interested in this great opportunity! Joanne Holbrook Patton Military Spouse Scholarship Application The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and protecting military families. The mission of this scholarship program is to help prepare military spouses for meaningful em... read more

Hampton Roads, You can't beat this deal from Nauticus. From January 18-February 28th, 2018, Locals Explore Nauticus & Battleship Wisconsin for $7.57! This is just a fraction of the cost offering a great opportunity. ABOUT NAUTICUS NAUTICUS inspires and educates with engaging & interactive experiences that celebrate our connections with today's maritime world. Nauticus is a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk's harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world's largest Navy. EXHIBITS: Changing Exhibits Battleship Wisconsin Permanent Exhibits Digital Hi-Definit... read more

The way one man lived his life has inspired thousands to be a better person, to include me. I had known a little bit about Pat Tillman's story but what I didn't know was the back story. I recently watched the documentary "A Football Life: In memory of Pat Tillman". I was so moved by the person Pat was, what he stood for and how he lived his life.This man was the epitome of a true Patriot giving up millions playing in the NFL to serve our country as an Army Ranger following 9-11. "Sports embodied many of the qualities I deem meaningful," he said in 2002. "However, these last few years, and esp... read more

Military Family Day at MOCA WHEN: SAT, JAN 20 from 10AM-1PM FREE http://www.virginiamoca.org Active and non-active duty military and their families are invited to spend the day at MOCA. Visit our Studio School for drop-in art making activities. Join a family conversations tour, play detective in a gallery scavenger hunt, and experience the interactive ARTlab. Create, explore, enjoy art, and most important, have fun together! ABOUT MOCA The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Exhibitions and Education Department works collectively to generate signature exhibitions and related educatio... read more

Don't be without your FAN GEAR! Fanatics.com is the ultimate sports apparel store and Fan Gear Shop. Their sports store features Football Jerseys, T-shirts, Hats and more for NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and College teams. Fanatics is also proud to show their support of the military community in offering an everyday military discount! Fanatics.com is proud to offer a discount of 10% off + Free Shipping on Orders over $40 to all active duty military personnel, reservists, retired or disabled veterans and their immediate families. How to receive your military discount ----once your item is inthe sho... read more

When moving to a new military community finding quality education for your child is always a top priority. It is often difficult moving from schools around the country as education requirements are often different. That is why many military families have turned to private school education. They have found that it is often more seamless of a transition when moving frequently. We are excited to partner with Hampton Roads Academy in sharing their upcoming OPEN HOUSE. Hampton Roads Academy is proud to have many military families a part of the HRA Community! Learn more about what HRA has to offer ... read more

The Christmas Express at Wave Church A Musical Production VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Dec. 2017) – What if there was a magical train that could take you wherever, and whenever you wanted? A train that could show you amazing visions and incredible music performed live in front of your very eyes. What if this train could help soften the hardest of hearts and bring a brother and sister closer together by revealing the true meaning of Christmas? Come join us Dec 23 and 24 for The Christmas Express. An incredible musical production with breathtaking visuals, aerialists, dancing and magnificent musical arr... read more

Largest Military Family Ski Event in The Nation Happening at Taos Ski Valley Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico - The 5th Annual Not Forgotten Outreach Week’s FREE event will be held from January 16th – 21st, 2018. Taos Ski Valley (TSV) and Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. (NFO) invite Past & Present Military Members, their immediate family & Gold Star Families the opportunity to enjoy a week on the slopes, w/ free equipment rentals, $35.00 lift tickets, group lessons, Children’s Ski School and childcare STEEP discounts, allowing the whole family to reap the healing benefits. The event incorporates grou... read more

TOMS is Proud to Support the Military Community in Offering an Everyday Military Discount. This holiday season, they wanted to show their appreciation by increasing their Military Discount to 20% off full-priced sytles from TOMS.com now through December 31, 2017. You must be Military (family and veterans included) and go through the simple military verification process via SHEER ID. To learn more about this offer and restrictions and GET VERIFIED to receive this offer click the link below! Disclaimer: MB partipates in affiliate programs therefore these listings may contain affiliate links whi... read more

Legoland has a long history of supporting the Military Community with their Military Appreciation Offers. Just Announced, the 2018 Military Discounted Tickets for LEGOLAND California Offering 3 Ways To Save! Discounted tickets for Active duty, Reserve, National Guard, Military Retirees, Veterans, and Dependents. Special Military offer applies to LEGOLAND California tickets with second day FREE for 90 days, or LEGOLAND California Resort Hopper tickets valid for same day admission to LEGOLAND California, SEA LIFE Aquarium and LEGOLAND Water Park with 2 days FREE! Water Park Open seasonally Marc... read more

images courtesy of http://pearlharbor75thanniversary.com The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Imperial Japanese Navy against the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on the morning of December 7, 1941 (December 8 in Japan). The attack led to the United States' entry into World War II. The attack lasted 110 minutes, from 7:55 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. A total of 2,335 U.S. servicemen were killed and 1,143 were wounded. Sixty-eight civilians were also killed and 35 were wounded. To all the brave soldiers that were a part of Peal Harbor WE WILL NEVER... read more

Via Wreathes Across America Facebook Event Page: Join Wreathes Across America on National Wreaths Across America Day December 16, 2017 Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. It is encourage that every volunteer who places a wreath on a veteran's grave to say that veteran's name aloud and take a moment to thank them for their service to our country. It's a small act t... read more

Don't miss out on this wonderful event upcoming! Home for the Holidays Concert Join us for a free, family friendly concert at the Virginia Beach Convention Center! Featuring performances from Guava Jam Band and a special appearance from the Big man in a red suit! Open to the public, and especially our Military Family members! Learn more about the USO of Hampton Roads & Central Virginia along with other upcoming events. ... read more

HIGHLY DECORATED Tree-lighting with honor. The 5th Annual Highly Decoratedis a tree-lighting ceremony honoring veterans, active military and their families. With a confirmed reservation, complimentary half-day lift tickets at Snowbird and an après-ski reception with refreshments will be provided to each service member and up to 3 family members in recognition of their service and sacrifice. The event then opens to the public aswe gather on Snowbird’s Plaza Deck to enjoy thecolor guard and anthems of the U.S. Armed Forces and countdown to the lighting of 3 prominent trees that will act as a sy... read more

MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND~FREE ADMISSION to Nauticus & the Battleship Wisconsin with purchase of a Dickens' Christmas Towne ticket. Military ID required. ABOUT DICKENS' CHRISTMAS TOWNE BIGGER. BRIGHTER. BOLDER. Dickens’ Christmas Towne returns this season with a bigger, brighter, bolder line-up of activities and entertainment.Their newest experience called “London Docks” features a 120-FOOT-LONG WATERFRONT MAZE for children made entirely out of shipping pallets! Enjoy Once Upon A Time, a new interactive space showcasing a larger-than-life TALKING BOOK AND BOOKWORM. Countdown to Christmas ... read more

Add This To Your PCS Binder: A Home Safety Audit Our friends at Armed Forces Insurance have served the military community for over 130 years, and protecting your family is their top priority. That is why Military Bridge and Armed Forces Insurance have teamed up to provide your military family with this important reminder, as well as tips to perform a safety audit in your new home. Military families are unique in that they often face frequent moves.Military members and families move an average of once every three years.In fact, the average child in a military family will move six to nine times... read more

SIX COMPANIES THAT HONOR AND SUPPORT BOTH OUR TROOPS AND OUR PETS WITH A MILITARY DISCOUNT We all love our furry friends. We would do anything for them, they are part of the family. However, we all know that pets can be expensive. That is why we are super excited to share these 6 companies that offer online military discounts on pet supplies. These are such great savings even your pets will be celebrating! (1) STATE LINE TACK State Line Tack is Proud to Honor the Military Community with a 25% military discount on stable supplies! What you'll find at State Line Tack: State Line Tack is your ho... read more

12TH ANNUAL TIPS FOR TOTS EVENT FROM OPEN-CLOSE, DECEMBER 13, 2017 Join us at participating Greene Turtle locations Wednesday, December 13th*, 2017 for our 12th Annual Tips for Tots Event!Last year we reached our goal of almost $70,000 for local Toys for Tots programs, and this year we’re upping the ante with a goal of $90,000! Help us reach our goal and make the holiday season happier for local children by participating in one of two ways: Dine with us at a participating location on December 13th* and 100% of the tip you leave will go toward the purchase of toys, which will then be donated t... read more

The holidays are often times spent with loved ones. However, for military members deployed the holidays are often a tough reminder of how much loved ones are missed at home. Experiencing deployment during the holidays can often be very lonely. There is no better way to show your support and appreciation for military members deployed than to send a holiday card, gift package, or holiday treats. It means the world to deployed servicemembers and helps them get through a difficult time of deployment. Looking for somewhere to donate a gift package or holiday card for a military member deployed? Be... read more

Trees for Troops delivers the spirit of Christmas to military families-one Christmas Tree at a time Mission The mission of the Christmas Spirit Foundation is to advance the Christmas Spirit for kids, families & the environment through programs & activities. About Trees for Troops Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, provides free, farm-grown Christmas Trees to United States armed forces members in all branches of the military and their families,through donations, sponsorships, grants and the work of many volunteers. Review our Trees for Troops Fast Facts for more. C... read more

VETERANS DAY OFFERS FROM ONLINE RETAILERS Not only do brick and mortar stores love to honor our military for Veterans Day....many Online Retailers also love to show their appreciation with special online offers. Visit our Online Military Discount section for updates on Online Veterans Day Discounts & Everyday Military Offers *Disclaimer: MB partipates in affiliate programs therefore these listings may contain affiliate links which means MB receives a commission when you purchase from some of the online retailers* Under Armour : Under Armour is Proud to Honor the Military Community with an Inc... read more

VETERANS DAY OFFERS FROM ONLINE RETAILERS Not only do brick and mortar stores love to honor our military for Veterans Day....many Online Retailers also love to show their appreciation with special online offers. Visit our Online Military Discount section for updates on Online Veterans Day Discounts & Sales. *Disclaimer: MB partipates in affiliate programs therefore these listings may contain affiliate links which means MB receives a commission when you purchase from some of the online retailers* Under Armour : Under Armour is Proud to Honor the Military Community with an Increased Military Di... read more

The Ultimate Staycation Guide For Military Families One of our family’s favorite ways to explore a new military duty station is to plan several mini staycations. If you haven't heard of a staycation, it isa vacation spent in one's hometownoften involving day trips or nearby weekend getaways to local attractions. A staycation can be one of the best ways to get to know your new town at your military duty station. Staycations provide an affordable and fun way to get some R & R with your family. If you want to plan the ultimate staycation in or around your military town, follow these tips to make... read more

The Melting Pot Newport News Veterans Day Special November 10-12, 2017! NOVEMBER 10-12,$30 Four-course Land and Sea with a Champagne toast available all day. $15.95 Lunch Cheese Fondue, Salad, and Chocolate Fondue. Available from 12pm-3pm Join us this Veterans Day weekend as we salute all of our past and present service men and women. Friday through Sunday we will open our doors at Noon. We are offering our Land and Sea Four course experience for just $30/person (originally $38.95) along with a complimentary Champagne toast all day long. From Noon until 3pm enjoy our Crave Combo of Cheese fon... read more

Veterans Day Wave Church Virginia Beach A Veterans Day service honoring our Military. VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (Nov. 2017) – On November 12 th at 6 pm, Wave Church will hold a special service which will honor our Service members. Under the vision of Pastors Steve and Sharon Kelly, Wave Church has always sought to value and honor our military and the sacrifices they and their families make every day. Wave Church has a history of honoring the military. In the past, they have partnered with the Missing in America Project to give an honorable burial to several veterans whose remains were unclaimed. And... read more

Get Your BBQ ON....... Famous Dave's is Honoring the Military Community this Veterans Day with a Free Meal! IT’S OUR HONOR TO SERVE YOU On Saturday, November 11, in honor of Veteran’s Day, Famous Dave’s would like to thank all former and current military personnel for their dedication and service to our country by offering a FREE Two Meat Salute*. Choose Two Different Meats From Below Georgia Chopped Pork | Country-Roasted Chicken | Barbeque Chicken | Sweetwater Catfish Fingers | Traditional Wings | Boneless Wings | Southside Rib Tips | Chicken Tenders | Texas Beef Brisket Served with choice ... read more

All Six Hampton Roads Grand Furniture locations are Proud to Show their Support of the Military Community by Offering Fantastic Savings In Honor of Veterans Day! The Instant Discounts below are available to all who shop the sale, but the FREE DELIVERY ($599 minimum) is for active and retired military ONLY, 7 cities of Tidewater ONLY (MON thru THURS only). Instant Discounts -$1000 off $2499 or more -$750 off $1999 -$500 off $1499 -$300 off $999 -$150 off $599 ABOUT GRAND FURNITURE Our Family Welcomes Yours to Grand Grand Furniture began as a small, one-store operation in downtown Norfolk, in 1... read more

Now there is even another reason to LOVE Target! They just announced they will be honoring the military community this Veterans Day with a special military discount. As part of our longtime commitment to supporting veterans, active military members and their families—including thousands of our own team members—Target is proud to offer a Veterans Day military discount from Nov. 7-11, 2017. All active duty military, veterans and their spouse and/or dependent children are eligible to receive a 10 percent discount on purchases in store and on Target.com (some exclusions apply; discount via single... read more

VETERANS DAY DISCOUNTS & FREEBIES Brought to you by MilitaryBridge.Com THE MEANING OF VETERANS DAY: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We would like to say a special "Thank You" from MilitaryBridge to all military members past, present, and future foryour amazing dedication and sacrifices you and your families make every day to protect our freedom! GIVEAWAYS (1) In Honor of #VeteransDay Samuels Jewelers is Honoring the Military Community with Two Giveaways Plus a Special Discount! This sw... read more

The Children's Museum of Virginia is Honoring the Military Community this Veterans Day with Discounted Admission! Children’s Museum of Virginia November 10 and 11, 2017 from10 am – 4 pm. will offer a discounted $5 admission for veterans and active duty members (with valid I.D.). Offer is not valid with any other discount. Visitors can simply present their valid military ID to the front desk staff to receive the discount. Learn more about the Children's Museum of Virginia on MilitaryBridge! ... read more

Bed Bath & Beyond is Honoring the Military Community this Veterans Day with a Fantastic Discount! Active duty military and veterans along with their family members will receive 25% off their entire purchase November 9- 12, 2017, with valid military ID or proof of service. In-store only. Find a Location Near You ! Related Posts MilitaryBridge's Big List of Veterans Day Discounts & Freebies ... read more

Veterans Can Visit VetVerify.org for Exchange Online Shopping Authentication DALLAS – As the Department of Defense’s military exchange services prepare to welcome potentially 13 million honorably discharged Veterans back to their military families this coming Veteran’s Day, VetVerify.org has launched to confirm eligibility to receive a lifelong military exchange online shopping. Veterans may log onto VetVerify.org , which will use information from DoD’s Defense Manpower Data Center’s records and inform them of their ability to access this new benefit. If a Veteran’s record has character of se... read more

iFLY Virginia Beach is Proud to Honor the Military Community this Veterans Day with a Special Military Discount for the Month of November Veterans DayPromotion All Veterans and active duty will receive 20% off all First Time Flyer Packages booked to fly during the entire month of November with proof of service.. Call to book 757.754.4359 ABOUT iFLY iFLY is an indoor skydiving experience that creates true free fall conditions, just like skydiving, without having to jump out of an airplane. iFLY’s vertical wind tunnel generates 1400 horse power from 4 powerful fans, creating a wall-to-wall cush... read more

LEGOLAND FLORIDA is Honoring Veterans During November Plus A Generous Discount for Your Guests! They also have a Free Admission Offer for Active Duty, Guard and Reserve for 2017! VETERANS DAY OFFER: LEGOLAND Florida Resort is offering VETERANSFREE ADMISSION Nov. 1-19, 2017, plus a 50 percent discount on tickets for up to six guests during the same period. To receive free admission, U.S. veterans must present valid military ID or proof of veteran status at the theme park ticket windows on the day of their visit. This offer is not available online or by phone. On Veterans Day, Friday, November ... read more

VETERANS DAY DISCOUNTS & FREEBIES Brought to you by MilitaryBridge.Com THE MEANING OF VETERANS DAY: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We would like to say a special "Thank You" from MilitaryBridge to all military members past, present, and future foryour amazing dedication and sacrifices you and your families make every day to protect our freedom! GIVEAWAYS (1) In Honor of #VeteransDay Samuels Jewelers is Honoring the Military Community with Two Giveaways Plus a Special Discount! This sw... read more

Information provided from Operation Homefront Website REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN FOR HOLIDAY MEALS FOR MILITARY 2017! PLEASE NOTE: Registrations for Fort Campbell and Hampton Virginia are completely full (including w aitlist). Hawaii is still taking waitlist as of the evening of 10.31.17 The added expense of the holiday season can be challenging for military families. We at Operation Homefront recognize that many military families are separated during this time due to deployments and others travel long distances to be together. Holiday Meals for Military is Operation Homefront’s way of saying t... read more

COME VISIT SANTA AT HIS ROOMIER WORKSHOP AT BUSCH GARDENS® CHRISTMAS TOWN™ Delight in the magic of an unforgettable experience inside Santa’s new workshop WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia (Oct. 18, 2017) – Family fun during the Christmas season often revolves around colorful light displays, visits with Santa Claus, great food, delicious hot chocolate and festive music. These holiday traditions come to life in splendid beauty at Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™. The annual Christmas celebration starts Nov. 24 and runs select days through Jan. 1, 2018 . This year’s event is bigger and better than ever with... read more

Honoring American Veterans Free U.S. VETERANS $22 OTHER ADULTS $9 CHILDREN,5—11 (under 5 free) Must be purchased in person at Monticello. Monticello Friday, November 10, 2017 - 8:30am to Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 5:00pm Monticello is proud to offer U.S. military veterans complimentary admission to Monticello for Veterans Day Weekend, November 10-12, 2017. Admission is for the regular daily House Tour and Grounds Tickets .The discount does not apply for special or after-hours tours, such as Behind-the-Scenes Tours and Evening Signature Tours. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Domini... read more

Jefferson Lines is proud to announce free bus travel on any Jefferson Lines schedules to all active military members and veterans in honor of Veterans Day on November 11, 2017. Jefferson Lines is proud to support those who have served and are currently serving in all military branches: Army, Army Reserve, Army National Guard Marine Corps, Marine Corps Reserve Navy, Navy Reserve Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard Coast Guard, Coast Guard Reserve TO QUALIFY: Veterans and active military members must obtaintickets in person at a Jefferson Lines corporate location by showing their D... read more

For the seventh year, Westgate Resorts and CEO David Siegel are proud to continue the company tradition of honoring our U.S. military personnel and their families by giving away 1,500 free vacations . Starting November 10, 2017, at 9 AM EST, the first 1,500 eligible service members who complete the online military application form will receive a complimentary vacation to either Orlando, Florida, or Las Vegas, Nevada ! Choose Your Vacation Orlando, FL May 3-6, 2018 Entertainment Water Park Tickets Resource Fair Las Vegas, NV December 8-10, 2017 Saturday Night Concert: Travis Tritt Once all vac... read more

The Oregon Zoo is Honoring the Military Community November 10 and 11, 2017 for Veterans Day with Free Admission! The Oregon Zoo will mark Veterans Day by offering free admission for military veterans and active military personnel, as well as family members who accompany them to the zoo. Families of deployed military personnel also will be given free admission. In addition, the zoo store is offering a 10 percent discount and all zoo food outlets are offering a 25 percent discount for veterans, active military personnel and their families, with proper identification. To receive free admission N... read more

Special offers for military families THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE! Chuck E Cheese's is proud to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Veteran's Day Offer This Veteran's Day, Chuck E. Cheese's will thank veterans for their service by offering one free personal 1-topping pizza to military veterans at all U.S. restaurants. The Veteran's Day offer is good on Nov. 11, 2017 for retired service members with valid Military ID or proof of military service. Promo code #5500. Everyday Offers The Alpha Get a Large 1-topping pizza, 4 drinks & 45 play points for $28.99 ($40 value) The... read more

Help Support Those Who Have Served and Sacrificed. by Samantha Kearns | Oct 27, 2017 On behalf of the entire bd’s Mongolian Grill team, we would like to thank our veterans and our military families for their service, bravery and sacrifice. Without their contributions we would not have the safety or security to continue our business in this great country they’ve protected. At bd’s Mongolian Grill we strive to make Community one of our Core Values. We believe it is crucial to give back to the people who make our business possible. This year, we are very proud to continue a partnership that will... read more

CentraArchy Restaurants offers free meals for veterans Sunday, November 12. ATLANTA (October 12, 2017) – As grateful Americans recognize the work and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans, CentraArchy Restaurants once again offers veterans their service. Any U.S. veteran or active duty military member is invited to enjoy a FREE entree Sunday, November 12 , at any CentraArchy restaurant location.* “Many members of the CentraArchy family, have served our country—including my father,” said CentraArchy president and CEO Greg Greenbaum. “We are proud of them, our guests and all fellow Americans who h... read more

Chili's is Honoring the Military Community this Veterans Day with a Special Offer! Chili’s restaurants isoffering a complimentary entrée to veterans and active military on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11 as a small way to say thank you for their service. At participating Chili’s restaurants, the menu items being offered include the following: Chicken Crispers® Chicken Bacon Rach Quesadillas Oldtimer® with Cheese Classic Bacon Burger Chili or Soup & Salad Find a Chili's Location Near you! Related Posts MilitaryBridge's Big List of Veterans Day Discounts & Freebies ... read more

Burntwood Tavern invites vets and active duty military on Veterans Day Saturday, November 11, 2017 to stop in and receive a free lunch or dinner. It’s our way to say thank you and show appreciation for all those who have served our country. Find a Location Near You! ... read more

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant is Honoring the Military Community this Veterans Day Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant will be honoring the military community this Veterans Day with a Fundraiser and Military Discount at Participating Locations Queso for Heroes fundraiser for Homes for Our Troops – Abuelo’s will donate $1 to Homes for Our Troops for each Chile con Queso appetizer that is sold, Thursday, November 9-November 12, 2017 Nationwide VirginiaAbuelo's locations will offer Veterans and Active Duty Military a 20% discount on their entire check all day on Saturday, November 11. Valid Military ID re... read more

This Veterans Day, Tucanos Brazilian Grill is providing a special "Thank You" to military heroes. There are three ways to save November 9-11, 2017 at all Ten Tucanos Locations Nationwide A ctive Duty, Reserve and Retired Military Veterans Receive a C omplimentary Churrasco Meal with the Purchase of Another Adult Churrasco. Veterans dining single will receive a 50% discount on their meal . In addition, guests are encouraged to post a selfie taken at Tucanos to receive a Free Dessert Certificate to use on your Next Tucanos Visit. Must provide proof of service About Tucanos Brazilian Grill Come ... read more

THIS VETERANS DAY, BRIDES ACROSS AMERICA WILL HONOR OUR VETERANS AND FIRST RESPONDERS AND MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE BY GIFTING FREE WEDDING DRESSES! Brides Across America holds its wedding gowngiveaways twice a year in partnership with bridal salons across the country. The events take place in July and November to honor our troops around Independence Day and Veteran's Day. We also host special Signature Events at selected venues throughout the year.In addition, we have opened our events up to first responders as well! To attend, brides must first make sure that they meet all of the qualification ... read more

Bar Louie is Honoring the Military Community this Veterans Day with a Free Meal! Veterans Day Offer This Veterans Day, Active Duty Military and Veterans stop into Bar Louie for a Free Burger or Flatbread at Participating Locations. About Bar Louie Bar Louie is an eclectic urban bar and eatery made famous for their handcrafted signature martinis. Centered around socialization, the exceptional food selection is uniquely presented and portioned for sharing. Oversized apps, flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, burgers and entrees are made in scratch kitchens daily from traditional and regional inspira... read more

Texas de Brazil loves to serve the military community! Join Texas de Brazil this Veterans Day and Enjoy this Offer 50% off for up to 2 veterans and 20% off for up to 6 additional guests About Texas de Brazil Texas de Brazil is an authentic Brazilian-American Churrascaria (steakhouse) that combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil with the generous spirit of Texas. Our story begins in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Living the cattle rancher’s life and feasting in the traditional rodizio style native to this region, one of the partners had visions of bringing this culture north to the United States. The u... read more

Happy Navy Day! Navy Day is observed annually on October 27. (Via National Calendar Day ) The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the sevenuniformed services of the United States. The U.S. Navy is currently the largest, most powerful navy in the world,with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The service has over 340,000 personnel on active duty and more than 71,000 in the Navy Reserve. HOW TO OBSERVE Use#NavyDay to post on social media. HISTORY The Navy League of the United States organized the first Navy Day in 1922... read more

Veterans Day Offer In celebration of Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific honors veterans and military personnel . These men and women are invited to enjoy the Aquarium with free admission on Veterans Day. The Aquarium is open 9 am to 6 pm. Admission is FREE forveterans and military personnel when ID is shown at the ticket window. Friends and family can buy tickets at your local MWR/ITT office or receive $3 off adult and $1.50 off child admissions by showing a Military ID card at the Aquariumticket window. About Aquarium of the Pacific Take a journey of discovery at the Aquarium of the P... read more

Knott's Berry Farm is Honoring the Military Community with a Special Military Tribute Promotion! Military Tribute Promotion: Dates: November 1-16 , 2017 Offer: Free Admission for Active, Retired or Veteran U.S. Military Personnel and spouse (or one guest). Show your Military I.D card or DD214 at the Knott's Berry Farm main gate to redeem this offer. Additional tickets: $35 admission each for up to 6 persons Valid proof of military service with photo I.D. required. Eligible person must be present. Includes Reserves and DOD (Department of Defense) Redeem at Park Dates: November 27-December 15, ... read more

Pasha Mezze is a family owned Mediterranean restaurant with European and American influences. Pasha Mezze loves to serve the military community and is offering a special Veterans Day Discount & Entree to Show Appreciation Pasha Mezze menu features delicious cuisine based on original and traditional recipes using fresh, local and organic ingredients. Check out our fabulous Saturday and Sunday Brunch! Happy Hour ( 4 pm - 6 pm ) 50% OFF all Beer, Liquor and Select Wines + 25% OFF All Mezzes! For more information please visit our website: www.pashamezze.com Call us today at 757-627-1317 to make R... read more

Sleep Number has a long history of supporting the military community locally in Hampton Roads. Every year, Sleep Number launches their Veterans Day Promotion offering great savings for military members & families in Newport News. In honor of Veterans Day, Sleep Number Newport News is Offering Several Special Savings for the Military Community from October 29, 2017 to November 19, 2017: Military Save $700 Sleep Number i8 mattress with SleepIQ technology Military Save $700 on Sleep Number p6 mattress with SleepIQ technology Military Save $400 on a Queen Sleep Number c4 mattress with SleepIQ tec... read more

Samuels Jewelers Loves to Show their Support of the military community This Veterans Day, Samuels Jewelers is showing their appreciation for the men and women in uniform by giving away two beautiful necklaces. Samuels Jewelers wanted to make sure to take care of both our male and female veterans therefore they are offering one giveaway for each! This sweepstakes will start on 10-27-2017 12:00 PM EST and end on 11-12-2017 11:59 PM EST. The giveaway winner will be announced on 11-13-2017 via email. The winner must respond to the email within 24 hours or a new winner will be selected. Please rea... read more

NATIONAL DAY OF THE DEPLOYED October 26 is annually designated asNational Day of the Deployed. National Day of the Deployed honors all of the brave men and woman who have been deployed, are sacrificing, or have sacrificed their lives to defend our country. The day also acknowledges their families who are separated from them during deployment and the sacrifices they make in order for theirfamily members to serve our country. HOW TO OBSERVE Use#DayOfTheDeployed to post on social media. HISTORY Shelle Michaels Aberle founded National Day of the Deployed in 2006. Ms. Aberle approached then North ... read more

Sleep Number has a long history of supporting the military community locally in Hampton Roads. Every year, Sleep Number launches their Veterans Day Promotion offering great savings for military members & families in Virginia Beach & Newport News, Virginia. In honor of Veterans Day, Sleep Number Virginia Beach at Lynnhaven Mall and Sleep Number Newport News at Tech Center is Offering Several Special Savings for the Military Community from October 29, 2017 to November 19, 2017: Military Save $700 Sleep Number i8 mattress with SleepIQ technology Military Save $700 on Sleep Number p6 mattress wit... read more

Mission BBQ is a big supporter of the military community through their Military Appreciation Events to Hiring Veterans Initiatives. This Veterans Day, November 11, 2017,Veterans and Active Duty will receive a FREE sandwich and cake! Find a Mission BBQ location near you! Related Posts MilitaryBridge's Big List of Veterans Day Discounts & Freebies ... read more

Free Admission November 10-13, 2017 in Honor of Veterans Day at Colonial Williamsburg Year-round Military Admissions Savings Plus A Military March Honoring America’s Veterans Honoring Service to America Colonial Williamsburg has a Long History of Supporting the Military Community. Colonial Williamsburg has Several Military Appreciation Offers along with their Veterans Day Offer. VETERANS DAY MILITARY APPRECIATION OFFER: Colonial Williamsburg is offering FREE admission during Veterans Day weekend, Friday through Monday, November 10-13, to all active duty Military, Reservists, Retirees, Veteran... read more

Veterans Receive A Free Flu Vaccine Through Walgreens or Duane Reade Through March 31,2018 With flu season kicking off, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Walgreens are making it easier than ever to protect Veterans against the Flu. Veterans who are currently enrolled in the VA Health Care System can visit their local Walgreens or Duane Reade location to receive a FREE flu shot from now until March 31, 2018. As stated by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs : All Veterans who are currently enrolled in VA care may walk into any of the over 8,000 Walgreens nationally and the Duane Re... read more

This Veterans Day The Greene Turtle Would Like To Honor Our Military Active Duty & Veterans With A Special Discount From Their Regular Menu! This Offer Is Available At All Participating Greene Turtle Locations Nationwide This Veterans Day, The Greene Turtle Would Like To Honor Our Military Active Duty & Veterans With A Special Discount on Veterans Day. Up to $12 off you meal from their regular menu . Ex: If an entree costs $14.00 you only pay $2. It the item costs $11.99, you pay nothing. Please present your military or veteran id. Learn more about The Greene Turtle , their Everyday Military ... read more

On Veterans Day, Olive Garden restaurants will offer a free entrée from a special menu to active-duty military and military veterans. The special menu features six of Olive Garden’s most popular items. Entrees are served with unlimited homemade soup or famous house salad and warm, garlic breadsticks. Find a Location Near You! Related Posts MilitaryBridge's Big List of Veterans Day Discounts & Freebies ... read more

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks has supported the military community over the years with a Free Meal. This is a very popular event and books up quickly. It is recommended to make reservations and call in advance to make sure your location is participating. As a sincere token of our appreciation, we invite Veterans and Gold Star honorees (parents and spouse) to enjoy a free entrée on Sunday, November 5 th Learn more about McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks and Find a Location Near you! Related Posts Learn About Other Restaurants Offering Veterans Day Discounts & Freebies MilitaryBri... read more

Golden Corral has a long history of supporting the military community. Golden Corral loves to show their appreciation by offering their annual Military Appreciation Night. To date, Golden Corral restaurants have served over 5.1 million free meals and contributed over $12.9 million to Disabled American Veterans. Click here to find a Golden Corral near you . Related Posts MilitaryBridge's Big List of Veterans Day Discounts & Freebies ... read more

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Howl-O-Scream Fill fall days with family fun and nights with fright at Busch Gardens®, select dates Sept. 23 - Oct. 29, 2017. Kid-friendly rides are open for families during the day, but at night Busch Gardens becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds with elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed Terror-tories™, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining shows. Busch Gardens becomes a scary place when the haunts come out for Howl-O-Scream®. Military Offers: Active Duty Waves of Honor Offer-One complimentary a... read more

Sport Clips Haircuts is Honoring the Military Community this Veterans Day with FREE HAIRCUTS (At Participating Locations) & THE HELP A HERO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM~ October 16 through Veterans Day, November 11, Sport Clips locations around the country want you to help us “Help A Hero” by donating to our Help A Hero Scholarship program . On Veterans Day, November 11, $1 from every haircut service will be donated to the program. In addition, participating Sport Clips locations will offer free haircuts to all active duty military and veterans (with valid ID.) For a list of stores offering free hairc... read more

Happy 242nd Birthday To The United States Navy! "Sea Power to Protect and Promote" Theme for 242nd United States Navy Birthday: “Sea Power to Protect and Promote” History of The United States Navy The United States Navy (USN) is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. T he U.S. Navy is the largest, most capable navy in the world , with the highest combined battle fleet tonnage. The U.S. Navy has the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with ten in service, two in the reserve fleet, and three new carrie... read more

Military Spouse Central has thought up a fantastic way to celebrate this spooky time of year- carve Military-themed pumpkins! Since a favorite fall activity is carving pumpkins, it is good to know there is a way to make even your Halloween decorations patriotic. Blogger Samantha Reeves shows the different options for carving military themes into pumpkins, whether it’s just with one of your drawings, or with some of the free stencils provided below. She also offers some tips for keeping your pumpkin looking great for as long as possible, including these: 1. Go big. The larger the pumpkin, the ... read more

The mission of the Military Family Festival is to provide our local military families with a day of appreciation and fun sponsored by our local business partners, while also staging the largest resource fair in the region geared toward the needs of military families. Each October the festival vibrates with the fun of a new kid-friendly theme while our vendors have as much Halloween candy and treats for the kids as their tables can hold. The event welcomes a crowd of thousands eager to have a fun, safe, and wholesome family day focused on their unique culture. The 2017 Military Family Festival... read more

Halloween is right around the corner. It's a great time of year, full of fun for kiddos and adults. We've compiled a list of Military Discounts you can use to help you save a little extra money this Halloween. Halloween Costumes, Crafts & Decor Halloween Costumes - offers the MB Community a 20% Military Discount off all your Halloween needs. HalloweenCostumes.com is one of the largest costume retailers on the web with tons of costumes for adults and kids. The discount will be applied at checkout automatically. Not valid with other offers or promotions. Michaels Arts & Crafts - Michaels offers... read more

United States Postal Service is Making it Easier to Support the Troops this Holiday Season The U.S. Postal Service is offering discounted shipping of presents and cards to military members this holiday season. The postal service justrolled several discounts for family members and loved ones of service members. Among other benefits, those sending packages in the largest priority mail boxes would receive a discounted price of $17.35 These flat rate boxes are free at local post offices or can be purchased online here . Since Priority Mail supplies are the packaging of choice for families prepari... read more

Base Reviews: Fort Lee, Virginia BY GUEST BLOGGER, BRIDGET CARLSON Fort Lee is located in Prince George County, Virginia and is home to the Army Logistics University, Defense Commissary Agency, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and the U.S. Army Transportation School. Basically, it is mostly AIT and ALC/SLC. The housing waitlist (due to this being mostly a training post) is not long and the housing is fairly new. When we left in 2013 there were still a couple of older homes, but for the most part, they were all new. Fort Lee is small compared to other posts and as such... read more

Children’s Museum of Virginia to Host 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Day In celebration of the U.S. Navy in Hampton Roads, the Children’s Museum of Virginia will host their 2nd Annual Military Appreciation Day on October 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum will offer a discounted $5 admission for active duty members, Department of Defense civilians, and their families (with valid I.D., children under 2 are free), as well offer a 20% discount in the museum gift shop during the event. They will extend a 15% discount on membership to military families. This offer is not valid with any other ... read more

Members of the U.S. Military Enjoy Specially Priced Theme Park Tickets & Hotel Rates in 2018 At Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida –Members of the U.S. Military: Enjoy Specially Priced Theme Park Tickets in 2018 Walt Disney World Resort is saluting U.S. military personnel by offering promotional theme park tickets. TWO TICKET OPTIONS: Choose between a Disney 4-Day Military Promotional Ticket or a Disney 5-Day Military Promotional Ticket. The Park Hopper is included, so you can come and go as you please at all 4 theme parks each day of your ticket! Purchase now through December 15, 2... read more

Military life: Honorable, exciting, ever-changing. Burdensome, terrifying, exhausting. Those are just some of the words that come to mind when you think about the emotions a MilSpouse or servicemember may experience during a military career. Military families are constantly on the move and deal with pressures that are seldom spoken about or addressed. Years spent away from loved ones, sleepless nights on the frontlines of war, and unforgettable images of poverty, death, and despair can take a toll on anyone’s mental health. And guess what? This is completely normal. The problem with mental he... read more

MilSpouses know that there's nothing quite like the long-awaited homecoming that occurs after a loved one returns from deployment. Reuniting after having been a part for so long can mean that you're flooded with feelings of excitement, anxiety, impatience, joy, and everything in between. Whether you've been through four deployments or are experiencing your first, long distance love isn't easy. As much as you want your spouse back home with you, returning to normal life takes time, patience, and understanding from both parties. Although there's no right way to plan a homecoming, you can make t... read more

This is sure to be a magical experience for military daughters. This is the first time Operation That's My Dress will come to Hampton Roads. It isAll for FREE in true USO tradition, they will walk with a designer dress worth hundreds to thousands of dollars, and bags of makeup, hair and skin care products, and jewelry. That’s an experience that will last a lifetime. Please help spread the word on this once in a lifetime opportunity so military families find out about this wonderful day of pampering for our military daughters. USO Operation That’s My Dress Brings Day of Fashion to Military Tee... read more

Planning a vacation can be the best way to rejuvenate your soul and connect with your family. But, we all know vacations can be expensive! Here are lodging options that offer the best military discounts to help make your next vacation a little more affordable. 1) Hilton Hotels: Up to 10% off for active & retired military, veterans and their families on leisure stays at Hilton.com 2) Radisson Hotels: The Government Rate Offer is available for active and retired U.S. Federal Government Civilian employees and U.S. Military Personnel at participating hotels in the United States. Radisson is a vib... read more

Fall is one of my most favorite times of year. I love the changing leaves, cooler temps, bonfires, and the thrills of Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream. Kicking off September 23-October 29, 2017. Fill fall days with family fun and nights with fright at Busch Gardens®, select dates Sept. 23 - Oct. 29, 2017. Kid-friendly rides are open for families during the day, but at night Busch Gardens becomes home to a host of creepy creatures that wait for unsuspecting victims. Fear abounds with elaborate haunted houses, immersive themed Terror-tories™, challenging escape rooms and darkly entertaining shows. B... read more

We are proud to share the launch of Talk to the Teacher, a new ebook by our friendMeg Flanagan, the founder of MilKids Ed. Meg understands the struggles that military families often face when moving to new communities and schools every couple of years. She wanted to create this resource to help families achieve their best at every new duty station. What parents need to know when they talk to their child’s teacher New e-book is a resource for every school situation Military families move every 2.5 years on average. Every 2-3 years, military families walk into brand new schools across the world... read more

Our friends at VetSource wants to work with you! Join the IVMF, #Walmart and the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business for #VetSource on Sept. 20 in #Norfolk to network with veteran-owned businesses and other procurement professionals. Learn more and register on their website at ivmf.syracuse.edu/vetsource . This is definitely worth taking a day off for. Walmart and the Coalition for Veteran Owned Business Host VetSource Event to Boost Business Opportunities for Veteran Entrepreneurs The first-of-its-kind event will connect veteran, military and military spouse business owners to Fortune 500 c... read more

2018 Military Child of the Year® Award Honoring military kids! Operation Homefront's annual awards recognize six outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Each of them represent a branch of the armed forces for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. There is a seventh award for a young person age 13-18. This award is the Military Child of the Year Award for Innovation® presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. With a new invention, improvement to existing technology, creation of a new nonprofit or... read more

The Best and Worst of Hill Air Force Base We never wanted or expected to live in Utah. It was a culture shock, but we made the best of it, as military families have to do. We lived there for four years. My husband deployed a few months after we arrived. On our anniversary. I spent the first winter of my life alone with four kids. Our cat died and the basement flooded while he was deployed. The Best of Hill AFB Outdoors Activities We’re not so much into winter, but I hear the skiing is wonderful. I did like how sunny winters are and it doesn’t feel very cold. We enjoyed hiking, fishing, and ca... read more

We would like to welcome Smile Doctors Braces to MilitaryBridge. What we love about Smile Doctors.....they are located near several military installations, they have fantastic reviews from their clients, 4.9 stars out of 562 reviews and they LOVE to serve the military community. About Smile Doctors It is our mission to brighten futures through authentic smiles throughout our community. We provide all our past, current, and future patients with the ultimate patient experience. At each Smile Doctors location, our patients experience quality care from an energetic team within an atmosphere of ce... read more

The USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia with the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk present 2017 Military Appreciation Day! WHEN: Oct 8th, 2017 10:00 AM EDT (1000Q) WHERE: Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23504 This great partnership with the Virginia Zoo, allows us to provide FREE ADMISSION to Active Duty Military, Retired, National Guard, Reserves, and dependents. This is a fun day for military families that all ages can enjoy. We will have children’s games, giveaways, inflatables, face painting, and maybe one of your favorite super heroes! Stay tuned for more information!! Oct 8th, 2017... read more

Suicide Prevention Resources: Read Them, Share Them Posted by DCoE Public Affairs on September 1, 2017 Graphic courtesy of Military Health System September is recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the Defense Department, and also in mental health communities worldwide. At the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) our mission is to bring the military community resources on psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and treatment, which ultimately helps in the battle against suicide. We know that one of the keys to... read more

Florida Navy Bases Prepare for Irma Story Number: NNS170906-11 Release Date: 9/6/2017 2:36:00 PM From Navy Region Southeast Public Affairs JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Navy installations throughout Florida are preparing for heavy weather as Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida. Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, directed the evacuation of non-essential personnel and family members from Naval Air Station Key West, Florida, Sept. 5. "Their safety and security is a top priority," Bolivar said. Approximately 50-60 mission essential personnel are remaining behind to maint... read more

I'm wiped out this week. I think I do too much and then when I get sick, I still do too much and do not recover as quickly (i.e. immediately) as I would like. My kids are driving me crazy with their constant need for food, attention and air. I've almost hit "googling mental health clinics in my area" status. I have talked to other moms at the gym this week and I feel that alot of us are in the same boat. Summer camps are winding down, back to school shopping posters are bombarding us, and soon, I will be gently scrolling through everybody's "BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTO 2017-18" on Facebook. But this... read more

Ah, the joys of back-to-school chaos. The simplicity of summer has come to an end and the hustle and bustle of a brand-new school year has set in. As much as the promise of a new teacher and classroom full of potential friends excites our kids, it can also cause them a lot of anxiety. Let’s be honest, back-to-school season can cause military moms a lot of anxiety, too. Whether you and your family relocated to a new base or your kids are just trying to get back into the swing of things, back-to-school madness can put a lot of pressure on military families. Here are tips to make the beginning o... read more

We are excited to share this powerful upcoming documentary film "Unforgotten 24", to be released on Veterans Day, November 11, 2017 directed by Jeremy Doublestein and produced by Life is My Movie Entertainment. Unforgotten 24 is the story of one man’s fight to ensure his fallen childhood friend received the Medal of Honor and how that fifty year long battle lead to twenty-four other servicemen receiving their proper recognition. It is the single largest group of service members to be awarded the Medal of Honor since World War II. MORE ABOUT UNFORGOTTEN 24 In 2014, twenty-four servicemen were ... read more

2017 NAS Oceana Air Show NAS Oceana Air Show Presenting Sponsor USAA The men and women of Naval Air Station Oceana are busily planning 2017 NAS Oceana Air Show and are very excited to once again open their base up to the public on Saturday and Sunday, September 16th & 17th, 2017. This year the NAS Oceana Air Show is pleased to present the United States Navy’s Blue Angels flight demonstration team along with a host of thrilling military and civilian performances. We’re especially pleased to dedicate our show to the service and sacrifice of our Navy Families, so please join is as we “Honor the ... read more

Navy Rings In Recognition For America's Fallen Heroes Story Number: NNS170828-10Release Date: 8/28/2017 3:24:00 PM By Stephanie Hunter, Commander, Navy Installations Command Navy Gold Star Program (Photo courtesy of Navy.mil) WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Sept. 21, Navy installations will participate in the second annual Bells Across America for Fallen Service Members ceremony to honor those who died while on active duty. For centuries bells have been used by the Navy for timekeeping, safety, communication, to sound alarms, in ceremonies and to signal the presence of VIPs. During Bells Across Americ... read more

US Navy Recovers Remaining USS John S. McCain Sailors aboard Ship Story Number: NNS170827-04Release Date: 8/27/2017 8:57:00 PM A A A Email this story to a friend Print this story From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs (Photo Courtesy of U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs) CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore (NNS) -- U.S. Navy and Marine Corps divers have now recovered the remains of all ten USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors. The fallen Sailors are: - Electronics Technician 1st Class Charles Nathan Findley, 31, from Amazonia, Missouri - Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Abraham Lopez... read more

JUNIOR ENLISTED MILITARY FAMILIES TO BE HONORED FOR VOLUNTEERISM The Armed Services YMCA will host the 23rd Annual Five Star Military Family Recognition Luncheon on Friday, November3rd at the Westin Virginia Beach . Several Hampton Roads businesses and community supporters generously contribute to this event each year. November is National Military Family Month and the Armed Services YMCA honors one Hampton Roads junior enlisted family from each of the five military branches of service that best represents a commitment to serving others through volunteerism . Each family is formally honored a... read more

US Navy Identifies Second Deceased USS John S. McCain Sailor Story Number: NNS170825-01Release Date: 8/25/2017 7:32:00 AM From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore (NNS) -- U.S Navy and Marine Corps divers recovered and identified remains of 26-year-old USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailor, Electronics Technician 3rd Class Dustin Louis Doyon, of Connecticut, Aug. 24. More divers and equipment arrived overnight to continue search and recovery operations for eight missing Sailors inside flooded compartments of the ship. Earlier Thursday, divers recovered the rema... read more

I’m a big supporter of the military community (in case you haven’t noticed) 😉. In college, my dorm was filled with the best Army girlfriends as my BFFs, thanks to my proximity to Fort Drum (yes, I survived years of those winters and don’t wish them upon anyone!). As I graduated, my closest friends in every city I moved to were military spouses (you can’t have a better friend than a milspouse!). So, when my career became revolved around assisting military community business owners and companies with their marketing and social media (get your free guide to social media for the military communit... read more

The Best and Worst of Hickam AFB You either love Hawai’i or you don’t love Hawai’i. I knew people who resented not having cooler weather or who didn’t like sand or beaches. What?! We were surprised to get stationed there for three years. Living in Hawai’i isn’t the same as a vacation there. But every single day, there’s a rainbow! We lived on base. My son was born in Hawaii. We loved it and the kids still call it home. We long to go back! I couldn’t limit my list to just 10 items! Best of Hickham AFB 1. Beaches All beaches are open to the public. We love the beach life! About the Author: Jenn... read more

Story Number: NNS170824-08Release Date: 8/24/2017 9:11:00 AM From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs (Press Release) (Image courtesy of U.S. Navy) CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Republic of Singapore (NNS) -- After more than 80 hours of multinational search efforts, the U.S. Navy suspended search and rescue efforts for missing USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) Sailors in an approximately 2,100-square mile area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Ten Sailors went missing following a collision between the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer and the Liberian-flagged merchant vessel Alnic MC Aug. 21.... read more

Families decide to homeschool their children for so many different reasons: academics, extra-curricular activities, special needs, allergies, religion, and more all bring families to the decision to homeschool. Who homeschools? Homeschooling families are as diverse as our United States military families! According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in 2012, there were an estimated 1.8 million homeschooled students in the United States, and those numbers are increasing! Many families homeschool temporarily for various reasons and some families are in it for the long haul. ... read more

Support the Military Community In Hampton Roads & Support Your Local USO By Sponsoring Their Path of Patriots Support the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia by sponsoring our Path of Patriots with a donation of $100 or more. Honor a loved one for his or her service in our armed forces, or show our troops that you have their back! Sponsors of our Path of Patriots can submit a picture of themselves, or a loved one, as well as one line of text to be printed on signage, and placed along the cart path. Sponsors of our Path of Patriots will be listed in our Golf Classic program. When: Septem... read more

ATTENTION BUSINESS-MINDED MILSPOS! Just because you missed the early bird window doesn’t mean you’re out of luck! Discounted tickets to @MilspoProject’s #MilspoCON2017 are available through August 15. This limited ticket conference and retreat will take place October 5-6, 2017 in Wilmington, NC and is perfect for those who are new to running their own business, those new to milspouse life, and/or those looking to discover entrepreneurship as an employment answer to their constantly relocated lives! Conference details and tickets available at: https://www.classy.org/wilmington/events/milspocon... read more

HAPPY 227TH BIRTHDAY U. S. COAST GUARD HISTORY The United States Coast Guard , one of the country's five armed services, is a unique agency of the federal government. We trace our history to 4 August 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. Known variously through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as the Revenue Marine and the Revenue Cutter Service, we expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew. The service received its present name in 1915 under an act of Congress when the Rev... read more

JUST ANNOUNCED: MILSPOCON 2017! Military spouses looking to grow a successful, rewarding, and creative business or career should hit @MilspoProject’s #MilspoCON2017. Explore what is possible in your personal and professional lives during a 2-day conference and retreat in Wilmington, NC on October 5-6, 2017. This limited ticket event is perfect for those who are new to running their own business, those new to milspouse life, and/or those looking to discover entrepreneurship. EARLY BIRD TICKET PRICING available through July 31! Only 100 tickets available to this conference, get yours today at h... read more

I showed up to my gym for my group workout with a pounding headache that my 1 small cup of coffee couldn’t even touch. I look up to the board for the the list of activities and I smirk when i see jumping jacks to start the day. “GREAT”, I thought, “I love jumping around….” sarcastically muttering while trying to keep my thoughts to myself. With nowhere else to go, I start in with the workout- that was when I think “I probably should have gone to the bathroom before this, oh wait a sec, I did go, I should be good. Nope. Not good. Not good at all.” I muddle through the rest of the set and thank... read more

How To Prepare for Warrant Officer Basic Course (WOBC) From the moment we received notice that Logan had been selected to become a warrant officer, we were excited! Who wouldn’t be? What we weren’t thinking about was how much money we were about to shell out in preparation for Warrant Officer Basic Course or WOBC (pronounced Wo-Bic) and what it would entail. Logan did know that he needed to be in great shape for the course, but that was about it, and there are typically only a few short months between the time you find out you’ve been selected and the beginning of the course. As the start of ... read more

We love Seaworld Parks & Entertainment's commitment to the Military Community through their Waves of Honor Program offering Free Admission to their everyday Military Discount Program. We are excited to share that Seaworld San Diego just announced One limited-time, complimentary admission to SeaWorld San Diego per active duty & veteran service member and up to 3 guests for a limited time. This is great news! This is a Sponsored Blog Post. ACTIVE DUTY WAVES OF HONOR - SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO OFFER Free Admission for Active Duty Military and Families For your service and sacrifice, we thank and salut... read more

Many businesses love to show their Military Appreciation through a Military Monday Discount. Here is our list of 7 great spotsoffering a Military Monday Military Discount in Hampton Roads! (1) The Melting Pot Peninsula MILITARY MONDAYS AT THE MELTING POT PENINSULA! The Melting Pot Peninsula is Proud to Support the Military Community by offering a 20% military discount off regularly priced menu items. This offer does not apply to alcohol or any promotions and can't be combined with any other discount. Must have a reservation and mention "Military Monday" when placing the reservation. LEARN MOR... read more

Dell Military Loves to Support the Military Community in Offering a Fantastic Military Discount & Specials! Dell Military has increased their everyday 10% Military Discount to 15% off for Fourth of July! Check out Dell Military's Other Specials in Honor of Fourth of July Think you’re a serious gamer? Visit www.battlefy.com/branchbattle to register your team for Branch Battle 2017 presented by Alienware, a military only CounterStrike: GO tournament. Alienware is giving away $15K to United States military personnel including $1K to the winner from each base and $5K to the tournament grand champ... read more

Looking for a great spot to Celebrate Independence Day? Tucanos Brazilian Grill not only has amazing food with something for everyone.....they also have a fantastic offer for Fourth of July. ABOUT TUCANOS BRAZILIAN GRILL Tucanosoffers CHURRASCO (shoe-HAS-ko) style dining, where fresh meats and vegetables are grilled and brought directly to your table by our meat servers. While your Tucanos Cue remains green side up, our meat servers will continue to bring fresh selection of meats and vegetables to your table. When you have finished or would like a break, simply turn your Tucanos Cue red side ... read more

As the holidays come and go throughout the year, we know how to support our troops. The routine is established and the major celebrations are taken care of. The lone warriors are adopted for a Thanksgiving meal. Christmas means cookie drives and big unit parties. Deployments equal a rally cry for care packages. A big breakfast is arranged for Easter, with an egg hunt for all the kids. It’s easy to volunteer for functions and make an impact during big seasons. But there is a whole other year full of days where often service members are standing alone. Perhaps they are experiencing their first ... read more

ABOUT THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL BRIGADE Operation Homefront begins their eleventh season of Back-to-School Brigade ™, a nationwide school supply collection campaign. Operation Homefront is happy to announce the start of their Back-to-School Brigade where they provide backpacks and free school supplies to military families. There are over 50 locations for official events.Last year, Operation Homefrontdistributed more than 25,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to military kids across the country. Dollar Tree joins them again as theirpresenting sponsor for the eighth year by setting out collecti... read more

Looking For Summer Fun That Won't Break The Bank? SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is Proud to Support the Military Community through their Waves of Honor Program Offering Free Admission One Time Per Year! Waves of Honor This program offers any active duty military, reservist or National Guardsman ONE FREE ADMISSION each yearand up to three direct dependents .to either Busch GardensWilliamsburg , Busch Gardens Tampa , Sesame Place , SeaWorld San Antonio , SeaWorld San Diego , SeaWorld Orlando .THESE OFFERS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT THE PARK and military verification is through Troop ID. Click the li... read more

HAPPY 242nd ARMY BIRTHDAY! Two hundred forty-two years ago, our nation's leaders established the Continental Army. Today, the Army is the strategic landpower of the joint force; called upon to prevent, shape, and win against our adversaries. The U.S. Army's 242nd Birthday is June 14, 2017, a day we celebrate the Total Army Force comprised of multi-component Soldiers and Department of the Army Civilians and their contributions to national defense. The American Soldier trains, deploys, engages, and destroys enemies of the United States in combat operations as the world's premier land force. The... read more

Americans observe Flag Day each year on June 14, the day when the Continental Congress first issued the U.S. Flag in 1777. Our American Flag is such a beautiful sight to see, fly it high and proud everyday! The History Of Flag Day The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars ... read more

"Allegiant Honors" Program Supports U.S. Military & Veterans With Select Free Services (PRESS RELEASE) CHARLOTTE, N.C. May 25, 2017-- Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today announced Allegiant Honors - a special program to support and thank U.S. active duty military and veterans for their service with select free services. The program was unveiled with a special announcement at Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola, in conjunction with NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola, NASCAR’s program paying tribute to our troops. Speed Street attendees may visit the Allegiant booth for information and g... read more

ENTER BY JUNE 30th! ABOUT SAMUELS JEWELERS Serving generations of happy clients for over 125 years, Samuels continues to pride itself on marking life’s greatest moments. Regardless of whether you're looking for bridal, diamond, fashion or men’s collections, we create our own jewelry to be unique, yet affordable. Our dedication to providing superior value through innovation, creativity, and personal attention will create the unparalleled jewelry shopping experience you are looking for. MILITARY DISCOUNT PROGRAM Samuels Jewelers is Proud to Offer a Military Discount! We appreciate the military ... read more

Worlds of Fun is Honoring the Military Community this Fourth of July with FREE ADMISSION! Worlds of Fun wants to thank the men and women who have served and who are currently serving in our country’s military.Veterans of the American Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will receive complimentary admission to Worlds of Fun on: Tuesday 7/4/16 (Independence Day) Monday 9/4/17 (Labor Day) Complimentary tickets available for active duty, retired or reserve military with honorable or medical discharge and government issued ID. Veterans or active military members only will receive complim... read more

Six Flags St. Louis is Honoring the Military Community with FREE ADMISSION July 2-4, 2017 for Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Veterans and Retired with a Military ID. Plus, Military Families Will Receive Discounted Admission with a Military ID. Independence Day is more than just a holiday, it’s the ultimate American tradition. July2 thru July4 SixFlags is the premiere destination to celebrate our country, enjoy the summer, and share great times with friends. Exclusive ride time each morning on select rides Salute to Heroes event Nightly fireworks show Ride The Biggest Thrills of The ... read more

Kings Island Military Appreciation Days! Kings Island is Proud To Honor The Military Community This May By Offering FREE ADMISSION To Active And Retired Military Personnel July 1-4, 2017. Military who qualify for the free admission ticket include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID. A valid military ID must be presented at Kings Island to take advantage of this offer. ABOUT Kings Island is the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest and features more than 100 world... read more

Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 241 years ago in 1776 on July 4 by the Continental Congress. It declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in... read more

Star Spangled Celebration~Military Days Active Duty, Retired and Veterans Receive Free Admission June 30-July 4th, 2017 Join us over the Fourth of July Weekendas wecelebrate our independence with an event for the whole family! Kings Dominion will also pay tribute to our brave military service men and women – all active, retired and veterans with honorable or medical discharge get FREE ADMISSION to the park with a valid military I.D. or DD214 June 30-July 4, 2017! Head to the front gate and present your Military ID for Free Admission. Military Discounted Tickets For Military Family Members Kin... read more

Through June 30 , Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can enter for a chance to win a trip for two to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii , this fall for the 2017 Ironman World Championship. One lucky winner will be awarded a $4,700 prize package including round-trip airfare, two nights of lodging, transportation to the hotel and airport, $500 in spending money and two tickets to the Ironman World Championship on Oct. 14 . DALLAS – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers have the chance to win a trip for two to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii , this fall for the 2017 Ironman World Championship. Through June 30... read more

$1 Admission This Summer at The Mariners' Museum and Park June 1 through September 4, 2017 The Mariners’ Museum and Park seeks to unite people. Through the stories told in the Museum’s world-class collection, guests are encouraged to explore their own history and discover their story to see how we are all connected to the water and, through the water, each other. Admission to the Museum will be reduced to $1 per person for the entire summer to engage as many people as possible because, through our maritime heritage, we are one community. To further enhance the guest experience, the Museum wil... read more

Free wedding gowns for to be Military Spouses! #OperationWeddingGown July events are being posted daily at Brides Across America. Brides Across America Saluting America And Celebrating Our Heroes All Month Of July By Giving Away Free Wedding Gowns. Kickoff July 5th for the Annual “Operation Gown Giveaway” Events Nationwide (May 23, 2017) – Brides Across America is proud of our men and women in uniform. During the month of July, we are honoring our heroes for their bravery and sacrifice for us. Brides Across America is proud to kick off its annual Operation Wedding Gown giveaway events in salo... read more

The Armed Services YMCA is an amazing local military related non-profit. They have several wonderful programs and events throughout the year. Below are some of their upcoming summer events. ABOUT ASYMCA Hampton Roads: The mission of the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads is to improve the quality of life for junior enlisted military personnel and their families through values oriented social, recreational, personal development, crisis prevention, deployment separation, and child care programs. ASYMCA of Hampton Roads Branch is unique in that we have three outreach centers, all of which are ... read more

McCormick & Schmick's is Honoring the Military Community this Military Appreciation Month with a Free Meal! Reservations are very important as this always books up quickly. Find a location near you! ... read more

T oday is Armed Forces Day, May 20, 2017 May is a month dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation for our military both past and present. Take a moment this month and THANK a military person you know. (Photo courtesy of Department of Defense) May 1-31st, 2017 isNational Military Appreciation Month. Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members - past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, rem... read more

Rogers Jewelers has a long commitment of honoring the Military Community Nationwide through their Everyday Military Discount Program. This Military Appreciation Month, Rogers Jewelers wants to say "Thank You" to the men and women in uniform for the sacrifices they make daily to serve and protect our country. This Military Appreciation Month, Rogers Jewelers is increasing their Military Discount and Giving Away a Beautiful Diamond Necklace to ONE LUCKY military member or spouse via MilitaryBridge. INCREASED MILITARY DISCOUNT As a special thank you to those who serve us, Rogers Jewelers is offe... read more

Career & Educational Support The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) MSCCN is a is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that focuses onEmployment readiness training programs, Job placement solutions, and No-cost services to all military-affiliated spouses, retired military spouses and caregivers to war wounded heroes. MSCCN provides personalized service to military spouses pursuing meaningful career opportunities. Theirservices also include resume review, professional development courses, mock interviews, and connections to employers. Learn more about MSCCN eMentor Leadership Pr... read more

PureGear is Excited to Announce their Year Round Military Discount Program! REWARDING OUR HEROES! Pure Gear is proud to offer a 35% discount to our Military servicemen and women. Pure Gear has made it easier than ever to receive your Military Discount via Sheer ID, a company that does online verification. To see if you are eligible to receive a Military Discount CLICK HERE ! About PureGear: PUREGEAR IS CHANGING THE GAME. AND CHANGING THE WAY YOU PHONE. BREAK OUT OF YOUR BOX. JUMP A CLIFF. FREE YOUR HANDS. FIND YOUR SOUL MATE. BE CLUMSY. BE INSPIRED. HAVE FUN. At PureGear, we believe that wire... read more

To show their appreciation of the military community, BEHL ORTHODONTICS is Offering$1000 off Invisalign or Braces for all military personnel and their families for Military Appreciation Month through June 31, 2017! ABOUT BEHL ORTHODONTICS: Behl Orthodontics comes highly recommended in Hampton Roads. Behl Orthodontics is also Proud to Serve the Military Community! Behl Orthodontics proudly provides a state-of-the-art facility for the highest quality orthodontic care available Meet Dr. Yugal Behl The Premier Orthodontist Hampton Virginia Dr. Yugal Behl and our staff are dedicated to your orthod... read more

Zoo Salutes This May, the San Antonio Zoo is honoring active duty, retired, veteran members of the military, National Guard and reserves withFREE admission to the San Antonio Zoo. Plus, up to four (4) immediate family memberscan receive 50% off standard admission* on date of visit. To qualify for discount please visit any of the zoo ticket windows and provide: Military member must show valid Military I.D. to receive complimentary admission Additional standardadmission tickets may be purchased for direct dependants at a discounted rate of 50% *Military member or dependent(s) must show Military... read more

Virginia Aquarium Military Appreciation Month: In honor of our military and everything they do for us, the Virginia Aquarium proudly announces the return of Military Appreciation Month in May! Active duty, dependents, and retired military will enjoy 50% off Virginia Aquarium admission each Sunday and Monday in May when they show their valid military ID (active duty, dependent or retiree). Contact: (757) 385-FISH (3474) Admission Learn more about Virginia Aquarium The Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium: All Military Guests with ID (Active, Retired and Dependents) get 50% off starting next Mon... read more

American Heroes Week May 29 to June 4, 2017 Open at 10:00 AM - Closing Times Vary: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Members of the Military, Police, Firefighters & EMTs are admitted FREE during this special week as a salute to our troops and public safety officers. Tickets for Spouses and Dependent Children are available for 50% off the gate price. On the day of your visit, simply show your military ID or proof of employment at the park entrance to receive a complimentary wristband valid for admission on that day. At the same time, you may purchase tickets for your spouse and dependents for 50% off the pre... read more

Lowe's expands its military discount program by offering 10 percent off personal purchases every day to current and honorably discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces. The new program uses a MyLowes card for quick identification, is available both in U.S. stores and on Lowes.com and offers easy online enrollment. The discount is effective immediately. MOORESVILLE, N.C. , May 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. announced today it will expand its military discount program by offering 10 percent off personal purchases every day to current and honorably discharged members of the U.S.... read more

At the Museum, it's Throwback Thursday as we celebrate the World War II era. In Huber Court, an Andrews Sisters-type musical act, America's Sweethearts, will be harmonizing in classic '40s style. Come dressed in your best swingtime-era outfit and be ready to dance. We'll also offer tours of the exhibitions behind the theme, Thomas Hart Benton and the Navy at 6 p.m., and Glen McClure: The Shipyard Workers of Hampton Roads at 7 p.m. At the Glass Studio, two internationally traveled artists will blend hot glass, music, and digital technology in a performance called Sending . Visual artist Alli H... read more

A special offer to honor our military and veterans: Switch to Verizon, get $200 when you buy a new smartphone NEW YORK – May is Military Appreciation Month – the perfect time to say thank you to all of the brave men and women who have contributed to the U.S. military. Verizon is kicking off this special month with an offer to show our appreciation and support for our troops. For a limited time, all active military members and veterans who switch to Verizon and purchase a new smartphone can get a $200 Visa prepaid card per line on us*. “This offer is just a small way of saying thanks to our mi... read more

MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND IN HONOR OF MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH Knott's Berry Farm and Soak City Waterpark Orange County pays tribute to U.S. veterans, retired andcurrent military personnel with OneFree park admission Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 – 29, 2017. Thisoffer is valid to all past and present armed forces personnel. One complimentary admission isprovided to Military personnel. Eligible person must be present. Up to (6) additional Knott’s Berry Farm tickets may be purchased at the military discounted rate of$48.00 for Regular Admission and $45.00 for Junior (ages 3-11) and Senior... read more

MILITARY DAYS 05/27/17, 05/28/17, 05/29/17 Join us May 27-29th, 2017 as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. Kings Dominion is also offering a Special Military Discounted Ticket for Family Members for Memorial Weekend . Save $31 off front gate admission. To purchase your Military Discounted Memorial Weekend Tickets CLICK HERE ! Star Spangled Celebration Over July 4th (Waiting Verification of dates) Join us over The Fourth of July as we pay tribute to ou... read more

As a thank you to active and retired United States military personnel for their service to our country, Mystic Aquarium is offering free admission for United States Military Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members May 27 to 29 with Military ID. Family members with U.S. Military ID receive a discounted admission rate of $20.99 per adult, $15.99 per youth (13-17) and $13.99 per child (3-12) when each person shows their U.S. Military ID. The discounts don’t stop there! Shop Mystic Aquarium’s Gift Store and receive 10% off by showing your Military ID. Whether you go bananas over belugas, are cra... read more

Military Appreciation at The Minnesota Zoo July 1-9, 2017 The Minnesota Zoo salutes our troops with special discounts and promotions throughout the year. Individuals eligible for military discounts and promotions include current, former, and retired members and family members of the US Military, National Guard, and Reserve in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Valid military ID or proof of military service is required. No other discounts apply and not valid for special programs or exhibits. Summer Promotion July 1 – July 9, 2017 Minnesota Zoo Military personnel receive free admission,... read more

NATIONAL MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH CELEBRATION AT TUCANOS BRAZILIAN GRILL HAMPTON ROADS Learn more about Tucanos Brazilian Grill and their National Military Discount Program on MilitaryBridge! While your there, leave a Review on your experience! ... read more

NATIONALMILITARY APPRECIATION DISCOUNTS, FREEBIES, AND EVENTS FOR MAY 1-31, 2017! (Includes Discounts/Offers For Military Appreciation Month, Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Armed Forces Day, and Memorial Weekend) May 1-31st, 2017 isNational Military Appreciation Month. Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publically demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members - past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the importan... read more

In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, MILITARY KIDS' LIFE MAGAZINE would like to offer MB followers a Special Dicount to Show their Appreciation! This is an awesome magazine just for Military Kids....makes a great birthday gift, pre-deployment or PCS gift, or just because your Military Kiddo is Awesome! Special Offer for The MilitaryBridge Community MILITARY KIDS' LIFE is an award-winning, quarterly print magazine for military kids. We encourage kids to find the bright side of their military life. Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps. Active, National Guard, Reserve. W... read more

Military Appreciation at The LPGA Kingsmill Championship May 15-21, 2017! Celebrating the Military Community with Two Appreciation Offers Patriots' Outpost The Patriots’ Outpost is a special venue dedicated to active duty, retired or reserve military in support of the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms. This skybox is located behind #15 green and features views of championship golf, player appearances and complimentary snacks and beverages. To access the Patriots’ Outpost you can show your military ID at the entrance. In addition to the skybox, women from the Armed Forces attend the A... read more

Did you just make a PCS move to a new area? Have some extra time on your hands? Want to make a difference doing something you enjoy? Meet MilSpouse Britni Miltner, author of MilSpouseResource.com , a personal blog focused on enabling fellow members of the Military Spouse community to inspire each other. Britni recently blogged aboutvolunteering time and skills to meaningful causes. Here’s what she had to say about her experience with the Military Spouse Advocacy Network (MSAN) mentorship program. Volunteering Is Good for You: MSAN’s New Military Spouse Support Program … I mention volunteering... read more

Please join us for the 4th Annual Dove Real Beauty “Women of the Military” luncheon. All women of the military are welcome and encouraged to attend. Event includes: A workshop lead by veteran and small business owner, Tricia Driscoll. The opportunity to meet, mix and mingle with other military women. A complimentary three-course lunch, gift bags and giveaways! Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Time: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM Location: Kingsmill Resort – 1010 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 This year features Veteran and small business owner, Tricia Driscoll. Just as we weave a cord or crease a p... read more

We love sharing our fellow military bloggers. Bloggers are such a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of military life. Milspo Bloggers are a great resource for learning tips about PCSing, Deployment, Health & Wellness, Budgeting/Couponing, Raising Military Kiddos, and Lifestyle Blogs. We love their insight and passion for helping others by sharing their stories. MB will be featuring Military Spouse Bloggers every weekin effort to highlight their blog and topics shared. This week's feature goes out to Moms Don't Sleep Please take a minute to get to know Kara- the creator of Moms Don't Sleep. S... read more

Kings Island Military Appreciation Days! Kings Island is Proud To Honor The Military Community This May By Offering FREE ADMISSION To Active And Retired Military Personnel Over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, 2017. Military who qualify for the free admission ticket include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps with government issued ID. A valid military ID must be presented at Kings Island to take advantage of this offer. ABOUT Kings Island is the largest amusement and waterpark in the Midwest and ... read more

Mission BBQ has a long history of supporting the military community through their Military Appreciation Days and Hiring Veterans Initiative. In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, Mission BBQ is Honoring The Military Community With Military Appreciation Days Offering A Free Sandwich! Be sure to come out to your local Mission BBQ during these Military Appreciation Days! Find a Mission BBQ location near you! ... read more

In honor of National Military Appreciation Month, Lincoln Military Housing is holding a sweepstakes giving away FREE RENT.* Move into your new home in Hampton Roads before May 26th, 2017 , and you will be entered to win up to SIX MONTHS FREE RENT! * Stuck in a lease? Ask about our Lease Buyout Program! Are you already a resident?Refer a friend to Lincoln Military Housing and if they move in before May 26 th , 2017, you will be entered to win up to SIX MONTHS FREE RENT!* Did we mention, you and your referral will receive $500! Qualifying Hampton Roads Installations Include: Little Creek (NAB/J... read more

HAPPY 71st BIRTHDAY TO THE U.S. NAVY BLUE ANGELS On April 24, 1946, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Chester Nimitz, ordered the formation of a naval exhibition team to keep the public interested in naval aviation following the end of World War II. The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach. Since 1946, the Blue Angels have performed for nearly 500 million fans. For the past 71 years, the U.S. Navy Bl... read more

HAPPY 109TH BIRTHDAY TO THE ARMY RESERVE! (Image Courtesy of The U.S. Army Reserve) ARMY RESERVE VISION: The most capable, combat-ready and lethal federal Reserve in the history of the Nation. AMERICA’S ARMY RESERVE: GLOBALLY POSITIONED, GLOBALLY ENGAGED On 23 April, America's Army Reserve will celebrate 109 years in service to the Army and the Nation, evolving from a tiny corps of medical professionals to a globally positioned and engaged operational reserve force. For 109 years, the Army Reserve has never failed to meet the challenges of its time, evolving from a tiny corps of medical profe... read more

MILITARY APPRECIATION WEEKEND MAY 26-29, 2017! PLUS, CHECK OUT COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG'S EXCLUSIVE MILITARY DISCOUNTS YEAR-ROUND ON GOLF, LODGING, FOOD, ADMISSION & MORE! As a tribute to the men and women in the U.S. armed forces, Colonial Williamsburg is offering exclusive discounts to military guests and their families. Explore the Revolutionary City and enjoy special patriotic programming in honor of our nation's armed forces. Memorial Weekend at Colonial Williamsburg The historic attraction will offer FREE ADMISSION to military members and their families during Memorial Day weekend . From F... read more

MILITARY DAYS AT DORNEY PARK May 27-29 & July 1-4, 2017 Dorney Park’s Tribute to the Armed Forces program will offer a free regular admission ticket to any active or retired military personnel Memorial Day weekend (May 27-29) and Fourth of July (July 1-4). Military personnel who qualify for the discount include active military, retired military, National Guard, veterans with honorable or medical discharge and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Valid ID should be presented at turnstile for entry into the park. Along with free admission, active and retired members of the military will be able to... read more

MILITARY DAYS at Valleyfair May 26-29 and July 1-4, 2017 Valleyfair is honoring our hometown heroes with Military Days during the Memorial Weekend (May 26-29) and Fourth of July Weekend (July 1-4) Any member of the armed service, active or veteran, will receive a free regular admission ticket into Valleyfair. Along with free admission, members of the military will be able to purchase discount admission tickets for members of their immediate family (maximum of six) at a special military discount price of $35.00 plus tax per ticket. A valid military ID must be presented at a Valleyfair ticket w... read more

Michigan's Adventure Offering FREE ADMISSION for Military Members May 28-29th and July 4, 2017! Plus, a Special Discount For Immediate Family Members of Military. Memorial Weekend Tribute to the Armed Forces Details Michigan's Adventure will be celebrating Tribute to the Armed Forces by offering military personnel of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserve a free admission. In addition, military personnel may purchase up to six additional tickets for immediate family members at $25.00 each. Requirements Guests will be required to show one active military ID, DD-214, or Veteran's Administ... read more

Military Appreciation Days at Carowinds May 28- 29 and July 3-5 Join us as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. Located off I-77 (Exit 90) at the NC/SC border, the park touts w orld-class thrill rides, live entertainment, authentic Carolina cuisine and more. Learn more about Carowinds and Share your Experience by Leaving a Review on MilitaryBridge! ... read more

Story by: Senior Airman Krystal Wright (502nd Air Base Wing) To make PCS moves a smoother process for military families, the Department of Defense has launched a new website that allows them to submit an online request for child care before they even get to their next destination. This single online gateway provides access to comprehensive information on military-operated and military-subsidized child care options worldwide, according to the new Military Child Care website, http://www.militarychildcare.com . Through this system, military families are able to update their online profile, searc... read more

Military Bloggers We Love We love sharing our fellow military bloggers. Bloggers are such a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of military life. Milspo Bloggers are a great resource for learning tips about PCSing, Deployment, Health & Wellness, Raising Military Kiddos, and Lifestyle Blogs. We love their insight and passion for helping others by sharing their stories. MB will be featuring Military Spouse Bloggers every weekin effort to highlight their blog and topics shared. This week's feature goes out to ANTICS OF A NUTTY HIKER & MILITARY SPOUSE. Please take a minute to get to know Bridget -... read more

Military Bloggers We Love We love sharing our fellow military bloggers. Bloggers are such a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of military life. Milspo Bloggers are a great resource for learning tips about PCSing, Deployment, Health & Wellness, Raising Military Kiddos, and Lifestyle Blogs. We love their insight and passion for helping others by sharing their stories. MB will be featuring Military Spouse Bloggers twice a month in effort to highlight their blog and topics shared. This week's feature goes out to Uplifting Anchor-Empowering Tales of Motherhood. Please take a minute to get to know... read more

#TravelTuesdayDeals U.S. Military Spring Offer: Save Up to 40% on Weekday Stays of 1 to 3 Nights in Paradise Combine your "at ease" time with Disney magic at Aulani Resort and discover a tropical paradise with something for everyone in the family. We're proud to salute U.S. service members with special savings to say thank you for your service. MILITARY SPRING OFFER Stay most Sunday through Thursday nights March 26 through May 25, 2017, and save: 40% on Ocean View and Partial Ocean View Rooms and Deluxe Studios 25% on Poolside View, Island Garden and Standard View Rooms, Studios and Villas Ca... read more

COMMISSARY CASE LOT SALES ARE HERE FOR SPRING 2017! DeCA's Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale Do you love to buy in bulk? If so, the DECA Case Lot Sale might be a great opportunity for you to SAVE money. Click on your local commissary to be linked to the store's web page where you can find additional store information including phone numbers, contact information, local store information and other upcoming events. The dates below reflect upcoming Case Lot Sales.Always check with your commissary for date changes or cancellations before you go. Case lot sales may be cancelled due to weather or ... read more

Having a ton of extra money isn’t something a lot of military spouses experience. In fact, recent studies have shown thatan alarming 26% of military spouses face unemployment challenges, and living on one income can be difficult. You cut expenses, and budget your finances , and find ways to save but you still wonder why you can’t get ahead. Every holiday, birthday party, or non-monthly expense (like oil changes or other annoying money-sucking expenses that always pop up at the worst times) causes you to lose sleep. It causes tearsand arguments with your spouse. The solution is actually pretty... read more

Major changes are coming to the Tricare Dental Program effective May 1, 2017, United Concordia will assume responsibility for administering the TRICARE Dental Program, replacing the outgoing dental contractor, MetLife. You can enroll for dental coverage now through the Beneficiary Web Enrollment website. (Via tricare.mil ) Why is this causing a major concern for military members & families? The article link at the bottom of this pagedoes a fantastic job of explaining what is happening and why dentists are choosing to opt out of United Concordia. Frankly, I don't blame them one bit. I have spo... read more

Hampton Roads Month of The Military Child Appreciation Events, Offers, and Resources 2017 (1) The Virginia Living Museum This weekend! The Virginia Living Museum Military Child Appreciation Weekend April 8-9, 2017 In a salute to military families, the Virginia Living Museum offers half price admission for the children of those who give their all. Children (ages 3-12) will receive half price admission ($7.50) with a paying adult showing valid military ID the weekend of April 8-9, 2017. Military families purchasing a membership at the Museum will receive a 20% discount (double the usual 10% dis... read more

Photo courtesy of: U. S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 1st Class William R Goodwin. Story by:Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- In a message released March 24, Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) advised Sailors and family members that peak season for household goods (HHG) moves will run from May 15 to August 31 this year. During this time, almost 55 percent of all Department of Defense household goods moves for the year will be executed. Sailors expecting to move during this time should prepare as early as possible. This... read more

I remember two things from Mothers Day last year: Cuddling with my baby boy Wondering how much my husband had spent on my gift Pretty sad right? To say our budget last year was tight is an understatement . It really puts a damper on things when you wonder if youcan even afford that lunch with your mom or not. Luckily this year our story has changed, we have successfully budgeted our finances to get ahead and plan for holidays. I can go ahead and enjoy that lunch and not have to worry about what my hubby gets me (I hope it’s a massage!) After all, unless you are literally living on nothing, yo... read more

Exchange Celebrates Month of the Military Child with Giveaways by Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs DALLAS – For military children, there is no “hometown,” only home: the United States Armed Forces. Despite constant moves, school changes and goodbyes to best friends, military children stand resilient in the face of challenge. To honor this sacrifice and dedication, the Exchange is offering three sweepstakes in celebration of Month of the Military Child. Through April 29 , the Exchange will be putting $4,000 in gift cards up for grabs during the Month of the Military Child Givea... read more

Norfolk Naval Station Centennial The world’s largest naval station, Naval Station Norfolk, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. The City of Norfolk and Naval Station Norfolk will spend the year highlighting the installation’s rich history and impact it has had on Hampton Roads, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Nation. More than 30 events will honor the past, celebrate the present and shape the future of Norfolk’s proud Navy tradition. Join in all the festivities. DATE EVENT LOCATION January 27 Virginia Arts Festival/Naval Station Norfolk Centennial Press Conference Virginia Arts Festival... read more

Wave Church invites you to join us for Easter Weekend. Hear our Easter Story – It Is Finished – kicking off Good Friday and continuing through Easter Sunday! Bring the family for a Petting Zoo, Family Pictures & Easter Egg Chopper Drop! Pastors Steve & Sharon Kelly invite you to join us for our Easter Weekend! We have some wonderful things planned for a special weekend in God’s house. This year across Easter Weekend, our production is called ‘It Is Finished’. Wave Church’s Easter Weekend begins on Good Friday where we ask the question, is Jesus finished? We continue our story on Easter Sunday... read more

Virginia Beach Joggin’ for Frogmen 5K October 21, 2017 The Navy SEAL Foundation’s Virginia Beach Joggin' for Frogmen 5k will take place on Saturday, October 21st, at the Military Aviation Museum, 1341 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23457. Inspired by US Navy SEALs (Frogmen), the Navy SEAL Foundation's Joggin' for Frogmen Race Series brings communities and families together to jog in honor of the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. Race categories include Adult Civilians, Adult Active Duty Military, and a Tadpole Trot (children 6 & Under). Registration prices vary by cate... read more

Exchange’s You Made the Grade Program Rewards Military Students’ Achievements by Army & Air Force Exchange Service Public Affairs DALLAS – For 17 years, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade program has been a cornerstone of military life. Now, students who participated in the program as children are passing it on to another generation of military students—and the Exchange is ready to honor their achievements . In recognition of military students who excel, the Exchange is rewarding high-achieving scholars in first through 12th grades who maintain a B average or better wi... read more

Caregiving Resource to Continue at Reduced Military Fee By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 — The Defense Department’s contract with the Sittercity Corporate Program for military families’ caregiver needs will expire July 31, but the service will remain available at a discounted military fee, Pentagon officials said yesterday. DoD contracted with the database service in 2010 when U.S. service members were frequently deployed during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Then a free service for military families, the database offered caregiver options from b... read more

By Lt. Cmdr. Kate Meadows, Naval Education and Training Command Public Affairs PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- A new mobile application which provides a direct access point for approved unclassified U.S. Navy mobile apps was released March 16. The Navy App Locker is an app version of the U.S. Navy's associated website, www.applocker.navy.mil/ and provides Navy Sailors, civilians, and family members a central location to view mobile applications, review detailed information about Navy-developed apps, and have streamlined access to their device's appropriate app store. The Navy App Locker assures user... read more

Photo by Rachel Larue Arlington National Cemetery ARLINGTON, VA, UNITED STATES A Tomb Sentinel, 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, March 14, 2017, in Arlington, Va. The winter precipitation came from winter storm Stella. (U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue/Arlington National Cemetery/released) ... read more

Best Cities for Veteran Homebuyers in 2017 Transitioning servicemembers face many challenges as they integrate back into civilian life. One of the first obstacles any military member must overcome is finding a place to call home. Veterans United Home Loans , one of the largest VA lenders, put together a list of the top 10 cities for veteran homebuyers to live in the U.S. Their study compared 100 of the most populated U.S. cities across three dimensions: military culture and services, economic wellness and livability. Of the 18 variables included, each was weighted based on its importance to V... read more

California's Great America Opens March 25, 2017 for the season! To kick it off they are showing Appreciation to the Military Community through their Military Appreciation Days Military Appreciation Days for 2017~ Opening Day-Memorial Day California’s Great America is proud to announce a special event in honor of our nation’s military heroes: from Opening Day through Memorial Day (March 25­-May 29), any member of the armed services, active or veteran, will receive free regular admission to the park. Plus, each military guest will be able to bring up to six additional guests at a discounted rat... read more

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stephane Belcher, Navy Medicine East Public Affairs March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Navy Medicine East staff and its health care facilities across the eastern hemisphere are encouraging the Navy and Marine Corps family to "Think Ahead: Be Safe. Know the signs. Get help," the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center theme for 2017. "Traumatic brain injuries can happen to anyone, so it's especially important we think ahead when it comes to the prevention of brain injuries -- whether driving your kids to school, enjoying ... read more

Image: Official U.S. Navy file photo of Official U.S. Navy file photo of movers delivering household goods on Ford Island, Pearl Harbor. Story bySuzanna Brugler, Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support, Deputy, Office of Corporate Communications SAN DIEGO (NNS) - - Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS) Household Goods (HHG) added 15 more webinars to its series of live, interactive webinars that assist Sailors and their families in facilitating military moves, March 10. The total number of webinars offered since Jan. 10 is 65, up from the original 50 ... read more

NATIONAL K9 VETERANS DAY March 13th recognizes National K9 Veterans Day. A lot of things changed after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Oil, leather and rubber were rationed. Men were drafted. Women rolled up their sleeves and built war supplies. And dogs were called to duty. During the first world war, the United States took notice of the European use of canines as sentries, message carriers and several other functions. Dogs for Defense was a program initiated by a private citizen by the name of Mrs. Alene Erlanger. Along with the American Kennel Club and a handful of breeders, the group... read more

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving shoppers the chance to get extreme this spring with a Rockstar Husqvarna FC 350 motorcycle! Authorized shoppers 18 and older may enter the Rockstar Husqvarna Sweepstakes March 1 through 30 at www.shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes . No purchase necessary to enter or win. DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is giving shoppers the chance to get extreme this spring with a brand-new motocross machine. From March 1 to 30 , shoppers can enter the Rockstar Motorcycle Sweepstakes for an opportunity to win a Rockstar Husqvarna FC 350 motorcycle, v... read more

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel M. Young/Released) By Blue Angels Public Affairs EL CENTRO, Calif. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, added a performance at the 2017 New York Air Show at Stewart International Airport, Feb. 28. The air show will take place July 1-2, which was previously an open date on the Blue Angels schedule. The team is now scheduled to perform 64 demonstrations at 34 locations in 2017. The mission of the Blue Angels is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by in... read more

TRICARE online patient portal improves user experience By Yan Kennon, Naval Hospital Jacksonville TRICARE® Online (TOL) Patient Portal will make access easier and quicker for site users, according to Defense Health Agency (DHA) officials. “The goal is to empower patients with tools to control their health care,” explained COL Rich Wilson, Chief, Solution Delivery Division, a component of the DHA J6 - Health Information Technology Directorate. “TOL has made tremendous performance and capability improvements over the years. The TOL Patient Portal puts the patient at the center with simplified a... read more

Military Child Weekend April 8-9 In a salute to military families, the Virginia Living Museum offers half price admission for the children of those who give their all. Children (ages 3-12) will receive half price admission ($7.50) with a paying adult showing valid military ID the weekend of April 8-9, 2017. Military families purchasing a membership at the Museum will receive a 20% discount (double the usual 10% discount). These discounts are in recognition of Military Child Month. Year-round the Museum offers both admission and membership discounts to military families. ABOUT The Virginia Liv... read more

Military Exchanges Online Shopping Privileges to Open to Honorably Discharged US Veterans By Kristine M. Sturkie, Navy Exchange Service Command Public Affairs VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Beginning Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, military exchange online shopping privileges will be extended to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military. The Department of Defense announced this policy change as a way to recognize the contributions of service members who served in the military and to thank them for that service. "We are proud to support this policy and extend the online shopping benefit to ... read more

Seabees Commence 75th Anniversary Celebrations From 30th Naval Construction Regiment Public Affairs PORT HUENEME, Calif. (NNS) -- U.S. Navy Seabees from around Naval Base Ventura County gathered at the Seabee Museum, Jan. 18, to kick off a series of celebrations throughout 2017 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the creation of the Naval Construction Force, March 5, 1942. The event also marked the start of celebrations recognizing the 150th anniversary of the U.S. Navy's Civil Engineer Corps, as well as the 175th Anniversary of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) this year. In a... read more

Navy Celebrates 2017 Women's History Month From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Navy joins the nation in celebrating Women's History Month throughout the month of March. ALNAV 006/17 encourages participation in all the heritage celebrations and special observances throughout the year. This year, Navy commands are encouraged to celebrate and reflect on the theme "Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business." Women have served in the Navy as nurses dating back to the 1800s, most notably during the Civil War when the Sisters of the Holy Cross served aboard U... read more

President Trump Visits Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) From Gerald R. Ford Public Affairs (Picture courtesty of Mass Communication 1st Class Joshua Sheppard/Released) NEWPORT NEWS (NNS) -- President Donald J. Trump addressed Sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and shipbuilders from Huntington Ingalls Newport News during a visit to the first-in-class aircraft carrier March 2. "This carrier and the new ships in the Ford class will expand the ability of our nation to carry out vital missions on the oceans and to project American power in distant lands," Tru... read more

Pfc. Desmond Doss: The unlikely hero behind 'Hacksaw Ridge' By Katie Lange DoD News, Defense Media Activity With the 2017 Academy Awards still fresh in our memories, I thought it was fitting to highlight World War II Army Pfc. Desmond Doss, whose life and heroics were featured in the Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge." Spoiler Alert: You might not want to read further if you don't know his story and still want to see the movie. For those who have, there are a few more details here that weren't shared in the movie.' Doss grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, and was a Seventh Day Adventist, which me... read more

Military Bloggers We Love We love sharing our fellow military bloggers. Bloggers are such a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of military life. Bloggers are a great resource for learning tips about PCSing, Deployment, Health & Wellness, Raising Military Kiddos, and Lifestyle Blogs. We love their insight and passion for helping others by sharing their stories. MB will be featuring Military Spouse Bloggers twice a month in effort to highlight their blog and topics shared. Our first Feature goes out to Whimsical September-A Family & Lifestyle Blog . Please take a minute to get to know Erica and... read more

St. Patrick’s Day Lucky Charms Cheesecakes! SpouseLink.Org What better way to enjoy St. Paddy’s Day – coming upon March 17th – than with some Lucky Charm’s Cheesecakes!? After all, Lucky Charms are a beloved Irish delicacy (not at all…). Buuuut, they are a fun and colorful ingredient that’s just perfect for Kawaii Sweet World ‘s adorable baked mini cheesecakes to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland’s special day. Here’s what you’ll need 3 cups Lucky Charms cereal 3 tbsp. butter 2 8oz. packages cream cheese 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs Whipped cream Follow along with the video... read more

Homemade Shamrock Shakes SpouseLink.Org What’s more festive than a Shamrock Shake for St. Patrick’s Day?! Now you can make them in the comfort of your own home for anyone and everyone! And, we’re absolutely LOVING the adorable rainbow and clouds on top! Here’s what you’ll need Vanilla ice cream Milk Mint extract Green food coloring Whipped cream Airheads Xtremes sour belt candy Check out Amy Locurto ‘s video above to see how she turns these ingredients into the iconic Shamrock Shake! About SpouseLink.org Linking Military Spouses Around the World SpouseLink.org ™ is a free website that support... read more

Little Heroes at Home Please join us for the 2017 Little Heroes At Home Celebration! A super-hero inspired Celebration of the Military Child. Sunday, April 2 from 1-5PM at the Hampton Roads Convention Center. As April is the official “month of the military child”, the Little Heroes at Home celebration will honor our local military children who serve along with their families. This event honors their service, sacrifices, and strength of character. This fun for all agesevent will include family activities, entertainment, face painting, games, giveaways and more! Kids can come dressed as their f... read more

4Unusual TipsTo Keep You Sane In Your Next PCS Last week I shared how technology saved my sanity more than once during our recent PCS. I also shared that this PCS was so different from any of our other movesbecause the short notice prevented us from being able to schedule movers AND meet my soldiers report date. At first it seemed like an impossible situation but as we sorted through so many different options we settled on a FULL DITY(aka Do it yourself). While I don’t know if its the perfect option for us it did have it’s perks – like the fact that I knew where everything was throughout the ... read more

Top 3 Military PCS Tips Guest Post by SpouseLink.Org SofiaAlejandra9 has seen her share of military moves. From Colorado to Belgium to Washington, she and her family have learned a few things about PCSing. Here are her top 3 tips for you to keep in mind while preparing for your next relocation. 1 . Don’t procrastinate Once your service member gets their PCS orders, start planning from that moment. 2. Make lists The housing department will give you a list for your house. From there, make lists of things you want to get rid of, things you want to pack and things you want to take with you. 3. Do... read more

It’s Time to PCS… Military Spouse Advocacy Network By: Rose Holland News of a PCS can bring a mix of emotions. For spouses this includes the knowledge that we are leaving yet another job and going to yet another unknown location. So, how do you keep your career moving along with your PCS? It is not easy, but you can do it and there are a number of ways. The first thing you need to do is dust off your resume and Linked-In profile, update them with your recent accomplishments (think what you did, how and what were the results). Realistically assess your situation. What type of positions you are... read more

5 Ways to Stay Present Through a PCS, and Beyond By SpouseLink.Org “No matter where you go, there you are.” So true on so many levels. Just likethe members ofalmost every Military Family, guest blogger and MilSpouse Laurie Borrett can relate. She has returned to SpouseLink to share with us her tips, wisdom and inspiration for making a military PCSfrom here to there… and staying in the moment every mile of the way. Read her thoughts and advicebelow. In a rare quiet moment, I allowed myself to sink into reflection. The warm soapy water at my feet swirling towards the drain, the window lazily fo... read more

Minorities in the Civil War Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend Weekend commemorates 155 years since Battle of the Ironclads On Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, 2017 , The Mariners’ Museum and Park will commemorate the Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever. The Battle of Hampton Roads, when the Union ironclad USS Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia to a draw, proved the supremacy of iron to wood. One hundred and fifty-five years later, the Museum remembers the Battle with a weekend full of family-friendly activities, living history encampments, special events,... read more

U.S. Army expands the Call to Active Duty Program for Guard and Reserve members By Lt. Col. Janet Herrick | U.S. Army Human Resources Command FORT KNOX, Ky. - The most recent Regular Army Call to Active Duty program is expanded for commissioned officers and warrant officers this year. The program allows Army Reserve and National Guard members in select grades and specialties to go on active duty. "The Army looks to retain the talent, skills and experience of quality officers who are fit, resilient and ready to serve America's Army," said Brig. Gen. Joseph R. Calloway, director, Officer Person... read more

2017 Evening Under the Stars Joint Military Spouse Appreciation Presented by JBLE Military & Family Readiness Wednesday, 10 May 2017; 5:00PM - 8:00PM Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Dr. Hampton, VA OPEN TO ALL DOD ID CARDHOLDERS ONLY No Children Please! For more information call 757.764.3990 Military Spouses, you don't want to miss this event. There will be amazing vendors, giveaways and tons of fun. It is a really special night where military spouses can come together for a fun night. It is a night to celebrate and honor our fellow military spouses. Hope you can make it! Please... read more