How Military Couples Can Improve Communication About Money

By Laura Royer Money is the source of many conflicts among couples. In fact, there are several studies that report that most couples cite money as their top reason for arguing, with debt generally the most common culprit. Meanwhile, managing finances and successfully paying off debt together is proven to enhance stability and marital satisfaction.… Continue Reading How Military Couples Can Improve Communication About Money

Go Beyond the Webinar| Engaging Military Fathers to Model Healthy Relationships for Their Children: Lessons from Promundo’s Global Work with Dads

In our most recent MFLN Family Development webinar training, “Engaging Military Fathers to Model Healthy Relationships for Their Children: Lessons from Promundo’s Global Work with Dads,” we were joined by Jane Kato-Wallace of Promundo to discuss social, personal, and professional expectations of masculinity. In this session, she explored the link between perceived “manhood,” and the… Continue Reading Go Beyond the Webinar| Engaging Military Fathers to Model Healthy Relationships for Their Children: Lessons from Promundo’s Global Work with Dads

Helping Military Families Cope with COVID-19

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC® boneill@njaes.rutgers.edu. Six months into the pandemic, Personal Financial Management (PFM) staff are helping military families stay afloat financially and emotionally. Starting in August, the $600 per week of federal unemployment benefits will go away, causing a “cash cliff” for unemployed military spouses. Moratoriums on utility shutoffs, foreclosures, evictions, and… Continue Reading Helping Military Families Cope with COVID-19

Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Update 

By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, AFC® boneill@njaes.rutgers.edu. Like benefits for surviving spouses of workers who are covered by civilian pension plans, the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) provides a monthly stream of income, called an annuity, to military spouses and/or children when a Service member dies during active duty Service or in retirement. Similar to other… Continue Reading Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) Update 

Upcoming Webinar| Using Evidence-Based Programs to Best Support Military Families: An Intro to the Continuum of Evidence

  Prioritizing the health and well-being of military families has always been important. This includes giving Service members the tools to excel both in their military career as well as to thrive at home with their families. Managing this balance can be especially difficult for families during times of tough transitions. Military families are familiar… Continue Reading Upcoming Webinar| Using Evidence-Based Programs to Best Support Military Families: An Intro to the Continuum of Evidence

Medicaid & Medicare in a Time of National Emergency

Christopher Plein, Ph.D.  MFLN Military Caregiving Concentration Team and West Virginia University During times of local, regional, and national crisis, vulnerable and elderly populations have often been assisted by flexible and responsive actions provided under the Medicaid and Medicare programs.  A joint federal and state program, Medicaid, provides coverage for many low-income families as well… Continue Reading Medicaid & Medicare in a Time of National Emergency