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Cool App-titude: Military Wife Deployment Survival Guide

November 16, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

An app created by the wife of a U.S. Marine provides handy tools to help military spouses cope with deployment stress.

Homefront Help: Special Kindness In Packages Inc.

November 4, 2010
By Rita Boland

This all-volunteer organization, more commonly referred to as SKIP, sends care packages to deployed service members. Though many groups across the country perform the same activity, SKIP also works to cooperate with other organizations to enhance the support troops receive.

Homefront Help: Returning Heroes Home

October 28, 2010
By Rita Boland

Returning Heroes Home offers a place for wounded warriors and their families at the San Antonio Military Medical Center burn unit and the Center for the Intrepid to recover, rest and find support.

Cool App-titude: A Story Before Bed

October 26, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

Military personnel serving overseas can record a bedtime story and send it to their children for free thanks to an iPhone app called A Story Before Bed. The program offers 100,000 free recordings to help troops connect with loved ones back home.

Homefront Help: AdoptAPlatoon

October 21, 2010
By Rita Boland

AdoptAPlatoon allows organizations to adopt units of troops to send them packages and letters. But the effort goes much further, including: adoptions of military members by individuals or groups; a pen-pal option; one-time support opportunities; support for special operations forces; and holiday and special campaigns.

Homefront Help: USO-Metro's Casino Night 2010

October 7, 2010
By Rita Boland

Get out your good luck charms and join the USO of Metropolitan Washington (USO-Metro) for its 7th Annual Casino Night on October 15th at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. All proceeds will benefit the USO-Metro's programs for the capital area's service members and their families.

Homefront Help: ASMBA STAR Foundation

September 30, 2010
By Rita Boland

The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA) STAR Foundation is a voluntary group that assists members of the military community by awarding funds to organizations that support them. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that provide services to troops, veterans and their families as well as their communities.

Homefront Help: MyCAA

September 23, 2010
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Defense Department is resuming the military spouse career advancement accounts program (MyCAA) after a comprehensive review and restructuring. The benefits will be available for spouses of service members in ranks E1 to E5, W1 to W2 and O1 to O2 beginning on October 25.

Homefront Help: KidsLink Downrange

September 16, 2010
By Rita Boland

This service project matches people who want to support military families with the military families who need a lift. Through the effort, volunteers create Card Kits that are supplied to military children with deployed parents.

An Online Marketplace Serving Those Who Serve

September 13, 2010
By planetrussell

Blake Hall is a man on a mission: to help U.S. military personnel use "Web 2.0" Internet technologies to help one another and themselves. Hall's no stranger to demanding missions. A decorated former U.S. Army Captain and Airborne Ranger who led a scout platoon in Iraq, he relates how the first time he ever led a combat mission, his battalion commander laid his hand on his shoulder and said ominously, "Hall, don't screw it up." And based on the overwhelmingly positive, initial response to his and his co-founders' new, veteran-owned web venture, TroopSwap.com, an online community and marketplace for active duty U.S. military, reservists, veterans and their families, that battalion commander would be more than proud.

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