BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D It is recommended to consult with a financial advisor before leaving the military and, again, after retirement to assess any changes in expectations and create a plan for financial stability. As a family transitions from active duty to civilian life, changes in financial stability can be a major stressor, and many families are not prepared. Up to a year before retirement, families can participate in retirement classes to assist with questions […]
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According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. Depression can be a chronic illness or a short term reaction to a life stressor. Military lifestyle involves more than just deployments. Stress on the family and adolescent can come as a result of many moves, changing schools, leaving friends and community connections, constant training, and separation of the active duty service member. Deployments are […]
It is very important for everyone to appreciate that the burden of care and the effects of the disease on the child necessitate adjustments in virtually all aspects of the lives of all family members. THE IMPACT OF LENNOX-GASTAUT SYNDROME ON FAMILIES Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe form of childhood epilepsy that not only has a major impact on the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of the affected children, but on their caregivers as […]
BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D As a family transitions from active duty to civilian life, changes in financial stability can be a major stressor, and many families are not prepared. Up to a year before retirement, families can participate in retirement classes to assist with questions and discuss realistic financial adjustments that will need to be considered. For example, according to GIJobs.com a Marine with four dependents and a rank of E7 retires at 20 years […]
PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN Your pen will not judge you. Just promise yourself that if you write about the bad, you need to share all the goodness in your journal too. For the past few years, I have been writing a book discussing the challenges involved with raising a child with autism while being in the military. Raising a child on the spectrum can be stressful and challenging, but with multiple PCS moves, […]
Saving for your child’s education while they are young should be a top priority when developing a financial plan for the future. Planning for college may mean putting money into a 529 plan, which grows tax-free as long as the earnings are used for college expenses. As your children get older, you’ll want to educate yourself on how to apply for the different financial aid, college loans and scholarship options. With college costs rising each […]
Although there’s not much you can do about the price of fuel, there are ways to use less energy and lower your heating eating bills. And some of these changes may entitle you to federal tax credits that can add to your savings. PAYING FOR FUEL The most obvious way to save on home heating costs is to shop around for the best price on fuel. Here are a few tips: • If possible, lock […]