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These Services Exist To Help Veterans And Their Families

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Times are tough for veterans and their families. Though they’re not getting pelted with eggs like after Vietnam, they aren’t getting the hero’s welcome back in the USA that the veterans of WWII enjoyed. In 2012, the unemployment rate for veterans was almost 10%, and stood at a whopping 20.4% for veterans under age 24. The manufacturing and labor jobs to which veterans could apply their military experience have mostly gone overseas or to people working under the table. Meanwhile, many military families end up going into debt, with 27% of them owing up to $10,000 on their credit cards.

In light of these disturbing facts, we must ask ourselves: What can ordinary Americans do to provide support for military families?

One of the simplest and easiest ways to provide support for milit Continue Reading

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Organizations That Help Military Families

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What is a Purple Heart in the military? It is an award given to those wounded or killed while serving in the United States armed forces. The Purple Heart has been awarded to an estimated 1.7 million people since its commencement in 1932. The medal’s precursor, the Badge of Military Merit, was first awarded to Revolutionary War soldiers by George Washington himself beginning in 1782. It was a purple piece of cloth cut in the shape of a heart, giving the newer medal its name.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) was also formed in 1932,with membership only available to those who have earned the award during their service. Of the organizations that help military families, this is the only on Continue Reading

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Keep Your Spring Cleaning Environmentally Friendly

It’s that time. It’s well into spring, and that means it’s time to look at your home — including the garage, the spare room, and any closets full to bursting — with a critical eye. Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be the equivalent of a purge, however. In fact, there are several steps you can take to declutter and clean your home while throwing away as little as possible and reducing your environmental impact. Here are just a few:

Rethink Traditional Cleaning Products
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] names phosphorus, nitrogen, ammonia and chemicals grouped under the term ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’ as the worst environmental hazards in household cleaners,” according toThe San Francisco Chronicle. If you pick up everyday items like all-purpose cleaners, glass cleaners, and more, the chances are pretty high that you have used and continue to use cleaning products with these dangerous chemicals. Even typical use of these cleaning agents may end up contaminating the fresh water supply, which can — in turn — contaminate produce and farm products. There is a better way, and it’s cheaper, too!

Common items like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice can be used alone, combined with water, or sometimes mixed together to create powerful, effective, and environmentally friendly cleaning agents. Vinegar can easily clean toilets and pots and pans, and baking soda creates a good scrub or deodorizer for the refrigerator or household carpets.

Take A Few Extra Minutes When Cleaning Out The Closet
Everyday clothes and linens account for 5% of the waste in U.S. landfills, and — worse — 90% of this waste could have easily been recycled and donated to help those in need. Set aside lightly used clothing, and look into nearby places to donate clothes. In some cases, you may even be able to save a trip; there are plenty of charities that will pick up charitable clothing donations. And if tidying up the closet and helping families in need isn’t enough incentive for you, you can often write these donations off on your taxes. As many as 1,507,231 organizations that accept donations are tax-exempt. Ask for a receipt, keep it, and enjoy the break on next year’s taxes.

It’s time for spring cleaning. Do it without a hugely negative impact on the environment. Choose baking soda and vinegar over chemical cleaners, and find nearby places to donate clothes instead of simply tossing them.

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You can call us anytime. (203) 285-8692 My name is Alice Jennings. I am a working mother of two young boys, Jim and Joey. My husband travels a lot for work and I handle most of the household "stuff". I created this site to share my ideas for family dinners. At first that's all that it was, but over time I have had requests and questions about other family issues and products. This is very much a work in progress. I plan to let this site grow and continue to help all my readers and contributors.

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Kids Teach Us A Thing or Two About Supporting Our Troops

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Teachers and parents are asking children to take a few moments to remember our troops. Adorable — and often unintentionally funny — letters express kids’ support and thanks. “Thank you for fighting for our country. I love the color camo. I am nine. Why did you want to go to the military? Thank you for dieing for our country. I love American flags. Do you ever stop working?” one such letter begins. “I love that every hour of every day you fight for our lives. I respect my veterans. How long do you have to sleep?” Similarly, Americans can take a leaf out of kids’ books and give back to troops — without spending a great deal of money or committing unreasonable amounts of time.

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You can call us anytime. (203) 285-8692 My name is Alice Jennings. I am a working mother of two young boys, Jim and Joey. My husband travels a lot for work and I handle most of the household "stuff". I created this site to share my ideas for family dinners. At first that's all that it was, but over time I have had requests and questions about other family issues and products. This is very much a work in progress. I plan to let this site grow and continue to help all my readers and contributors.

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