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Happy 83rd Birthday to our U.S. Coast Guard Reservists! MISSION The United States Coast Guard Reserve is the reserve component of the United States Coast Guard. It is organized, trained, administered, and supplied under the direction of the Commandant of the Coast Guard through the Director of Reserve and Military Personnel. The mission of the Coast Guard Reserve is stated in the Reserve Policy Statement issued in 2004: The U. S. Coast Guard must be prepared to respond to a wide range of contingencies at home and abroad in accordance with the authorities and responsibilities vested in the Ser... read more

Great news for Military Kiddos, the National Military Family Association has announced the 2024 Operation Purple Camp locations for 2024!Applications are NOW OPEN! Since 2004, Operation Purple Camp has served over 64,000 Military Kids. Operation Purple Camp is a free week long camp available to military children from all military branches. Operation Purple Camp's mission is to help alleviatethe stresses of military life and connect with kids just like them. It's a great opportunity. Below are the announced locations of the 2024 camp season. While at an Operation Purple Camp your child will en... read more

Nothing says "I love you" like a beautiful bouquet of flowers. As you probably would suspect, a lot of flowers are sold on Valentine's Day. In fact, approximately 224 million roses are grown for Valentine's Day alone. What is even more astounding is cut flowers account for nearly $2 billion dollars spent annually for Valentine's Day. According to statistics, men are the biggest purchasers of flowers for Valentine's Day at 73%. As a military spouse, there were many occasions that my husband and I spent Valentine's Day apart. In general, we never planned anything to elaborate for Valentine's bu... read more

Photo credit Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, Virginia If you haven't been to a Great Wolf Lodge, I highly recommend putting it on your family bucket list. Great Wolf Lodge offers a fun experience for all ages. Great Wolf Lodge is known for their indoor water park (which is awesome by they way) but there is so much more to discover. Great Wolf offers themed rooms, scheduled activities, spa experiences, live characters, arcade games and more! What is even better.....Great Wolf Lodge offers an extremely generous Military Discount . Book your next getaway at Great Wolf Lodge and take advantage of ... read more

In need of a new roof? Make sure you are familiar with the Roofs for Troops military program. It offers military savings on qualifying GAF roofing systems. My husband and I used it several years back and it was very easy to use and everyone wants to save a little extra money. You just need to ask your contractor if he is GAF certified which many are. Or, you can also search for a GAF Certified Contractor. The rebate is now available online with Sheer ID verification of military service. Here is the Roofs for Troops Military Offer U.S. Military Troops*. Get a $250 rebate when you install a qua... read more