helpful web sites

February 19, 2010
By Katie Packard

Ahhhh, February. A time when thoughts naturally turn to love or at least to the need to buy tokens of that love and hand them out on the 14th. The Internet is full of sites selling cards, diamonds and everything in between, but it also offers more substantial materials. Anyone looking to learn about the history of, unique takes on or international customs celebrating the holiday need look no further than their favorite browser. For all those who are separated from their loved ones because of military deployment or other reasons, the Web also offers ways to stay connected now and all year long. And those who want to send gifts to deployed service members--without paying shipping--can find that too.

January 11, 2010
By Henry Kenyon

Service members and their families can now determine what their pay will be at specific duty locations thanks to and After inputting specific criteria, users can use the tool to accurately predict their pay and allowances based on year and job.

Military pay increased by 3.4 percent in 2010. The tool is being offered to enable service members and their spouses to improve financial planning. In addition, service organizations that assist military families will use the tool to assist their clients in estimating income and managing finances.