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Friends & Extended Family

As a parent, sibling, grandparent, fiancé, extended family member or friend of a service member, you feel pride for your loved one’s call to serve. You may also have questions about your service member’s military experience. We have answers for you.

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Accessing and Updating Your Military OneSource Account

With the breadth of information publicly available on Military OneSource, you may wonder why you need a Military OneSource account, how to update your password or who to contact if you need help troubleshooting your account. Behind the Military OneSource login, you get access to many free tools and additional content.

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MilTax: Tax Services for the Military

MilTax preparation and e-filing software is available mid-January through mid-October. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. This easy-to-use, self-paced tax software walks you through a series of questions to help you complete and electronically file your federal return and up to three state tax forms. Calculations are 100% accurate – guaranteed by the software provider.

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A Children's Guide to Coping With Disasters - This webinar will discuss how disasters impact children and what you can do to. …
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Transitional Compensation: Help for Victims of Abuse

Victims of abuse can feel isolated and discouraged. For the families of military service members, this isolation can be more intense when living far from extended family and close friends. If you’ve bravely decided to leave an abusive relationship, transitional compensation is a financial benefit that can help you move and get back on your feet.

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How to Support Your Service Member Before Deployment

Your service member has just told you that they’ve received “orders to mobilize” – that means they’ll soon be deployed. This is the moment they have trained for since they entered basic training: preparing to serve a greater mission wherever and whenever they are needed.

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10 Tips for Safe Internet Browsing

Technology abuse — when one partner seeks to control how the other accesses or uses technology and the internet — is a common form of domestic abuse. This article shares 10 tips for safe and smart browsing based on best practices recommended for everyone’s cybersecurity.

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Obtaining and Renewing Military ID and Common Access Cards During COVID-19

Your military benefits, like access to commissaries and exchanges and health care, tie in to your military identification card. With current stay-at-home orders in place in most areas because of coronavirus disease 2019, you may be wondering how military ID and Common Access Card issuance and renewal will work.

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How Your Service Member Will Benefit From the Military’s New Blended Retirement System

The military recently adopted a new retirement plan called the Blended Retirement System which extends benefits to a lot more service members than the old plan. The good news: the BRS can put your service member on the path to long-term financial security. And, the more a service member contributes to their own retirement, the more the Department of Defense matches it.

EFMP: Resources, Options, Consultations (ROC) – The Essentials

Managing the care and services for a family member with special needs – whether it’s a spouse, a child or a dependent adult – is a lot easier with the right support. The best place to start is to enroll them in the military-wide Exceptional Family Member Program.

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New to the Military? Get Answers to Common Military Uniform Questions

Thinking about joining the military? Perhaps you’ve already signed up and are waiting to head to boot camp, or someone close to you has joined the military. Some of the common questions among new recruits and their loved ones relate to military uniforms.

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Preparing Your Family Care Plan

Whether it's a deployment or training, sometimes your military career obligates you to leave your family and loved ones for an extended period of time. While being away from home is never easy, creating a family care plan can give you some peace of mind while you’re gone.

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Eligibility for Confidential, Non-medical Support Services

Military OneSource helps service members and their families be the best guardians of their country, team and family by helping them find information, manage challenges and connect with the military community.

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MilTax: Free Tax Return Filing Help for Your Service Member

If your service member has recently entered the military, you may now lose the ability to claim them as a dependent. On top of that, this may be the first time your loved one has ever had to file a tax return.