Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

Let’s face it:  Military spouses are superheroes. They manage kids, pets, carpools, schedules, jobs, households, all the while ready to help others at a moments notice.  Often without ceremony or fanfare, they are the backbone of every military community.

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, and the Warrior Gateway asks you join the country in thanking the women and men who bravely and graciously take on what is arguably the most important role in the military.

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Upcoming event: Military Spouse Career Expo at Ft. Meade

This Saturday May 8, from 9:00a-3:34p the USO of Metropolitan Washington and Joint Employment Transition Services (JETS) will be hosting the 5th Military Spouse Career Expo at Fort Meade.

Here are the details from the organizers:

  • Saturday May 8, 2010
  • 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
  • Military ID required

Attendees receive:

  • Access to Employers, Home-based Business opportunities and Military Service Organizations.
  • One-on-One Job Search or Resume Review Consultations.
  • Give-Away Bags to first 100 Attendees.

Topics  include:

  • Spouse Education (MyCAA &  9/11 GI Bill)
  • Resume Writing Skills
  • Spouse Hiring Initiatives (Fed. Executive Order, Spouse Preference, Army Spouse Employment Partnership)
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship
  • Interviewing to Win
  • Federal Employment Applications
  • Stress Management and more ….

For more details, contact:


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Sending Christmas care packages

Fellow blogger from the military community Armywives 101 has a good post on sending care packages to active duty service members.

As the author notes, the last day to get in care packages in time for Christmas is tomorrow, Dec. 8. Be sure to check out the post – it includes some lovely photos of care packages with some inspired decoration schemes. She also provides some information on the logistics of sending a care package overseas in her Thanksgiving care package post:

Military Care Package Mailing Kit
Since Priority Mail service supplies are the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the USPS has created a “Mili-kit” based on the items most frequently requested by the military.
The kit contains:

* Three (3) each of flat rate boxes O-FRB1 and O-FRB2
* Two (2) each of Cube boxes OBOX7
* Address labels – Label # 228: 8 each
* Address labels – Label # 106-A: 1 each
* Customs FORM 2976-A: 8 EA.
* Customs FORM Envelope 2976-E: 8 EA.
To order your kit and have it delivered straight to your door call 1-800-610-8734 (Packing Supply)

* Choose your language (“1” is English, “2” is Spanish).
* Choose option 1 (it states it is for Express Mail service, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed).
* When you reach a live agent, request “CAREKIT04.”
* Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.

Note: These are free supplies, postage must be affixed.
Also keep in mind FREE APO and FPO boxes can always be ordered by visiting the USPS site. The boxes will be delivered straight to your door.