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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ (VA) National Cemetery Administration (NCA) will host Memorial Day ceremonies from May 25 to May 27 to commemorate the nation’s fallen service members.

“At VA, we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice by providing them with a perpetual memorial in our national cemeteries,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “And we also care for their survivors, whether during war or peacetime. It is a profound and personal commitment for every one of us at VA.”

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Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

The Air Force announced the spouse relicensure reimbursement program, May 15, which would provide financial relief up to $500 to Airmen whose spouses must obtain state occupational relicensures or recertifications during a permanent change of station or assignment across state lines.

The Air Force will reimburse qualifying relicensure and recertification fees incurred during PCS/PCAs authenticated on or after Dec. 12, 2017.

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Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

All three military service secretaries signed a memorandum today to jointly explore how military spouses can find employment and sustain careers at overseas bases.

“Military service is a team sport that begins with the family," said Secretary of the Army Mark Esper. “Helping our spouses pursue their careers while they support their service members is not only the right thing to do, it improves the readiness of the force and our retention of top talent.”

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By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service

The Army recently issued a directive to reduce the financial burden for spouses who wish to continue their professional careers after they move to a new duty station. 

The policy allows spouses to be reimbursed up to $500 for qualified relicensing costs that result from a permanent change of station or assignment to a different state.

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by Amanda Turner

Sleep is essential for your physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s also one of the human needs that most people feel like they’re lacking. If you’re ready to start getting your sleep schedule back on track, take a look at these eight easy tips.

Go to Sleep at the Same Time Every Night

Your body craves routine. From your eating schedule to the time of day that you exercise, everything can be more efficient with a schedule. Your sleep schedule is no different. Try and go to sleep at the same time each night, even the weekends, so that your body starts to learn when it is time for sleep.

Try to Avoid Naps

Naps can be great when you need to catch on sleep. However, try to avoid making a routine out of long naps. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you’ll want to do everything in your power to make sure your body is ready to go to sleep at night. If you feel the need to take naps throughout the day, try and avoid taking them after 3 pm.

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By Lauren Finnegan, Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison Public Affairs

Resilience ... it's one of the first words people think of when they hear military spouse - and for good reason, too. Between the constant moves and family separations, anyone would have to be resilient to walk in those shoes. 

But Joint Base Lewis-McChord spouse, Mandy Kruger, the mind behind the popular travel blog, "Mapping with Mandy," hasn't let the military lifestyle dull her sparkle. In fact, she is using her experiences to her advantage as she continues to build a career no matter what the Army throws in front of her. 

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From Chief of Naval Personnel Public Affairs

 The Navy announced that education program information, application processes and deadlines will be announced through personalized notifications to eligible Sailors in NAVADMIN 106/19, May 10.

In an effort to reduce administrative distractions, education program announcements will no longer be disseminated through NAVADMIN messages.  Instead, these announcements will now be delivered to individuals by notifications within MyNavy Education, according to the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Navy Strategic Education and Academic (SEA) Plan.

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Posted by Julie Richardson

In classrooms all across America, long hours of curriculum are taught, thousands of papers are graded each day, yet teachers still find the time to constantly brainstorm strategies to support their diverse student population. They stay up late answering emails and stay after class to help a struggling student. On any given day, a teacher may wear the hat of educator, mediator, cheerleader, advocate, disciplinarian, nurse, counselor, and so much more. For many of us, there is no greater job!

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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced May 13 that Veterans who qualify for a VA Home Loan funding fee waiver are now being notified in their home loan eligibility certificate and disability compensation award letter. 

The recent change to the Home Loan Guaranty program aims to improve benefits delivery to Veteran homebuyers.  

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Users may now text, call or chat to learn about resources
 
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) added a text messaging feature to the Women Veterans Call Center on April 23, providing another convenient way for women to seek information about VA benefits, health care and available resources.
 
Women Veterans can now text 855-829-6636 to receive answers and guidance about VA services.

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