By SCOTT HUBBARTT
Retired Chief Master Sergeant
U.S. Air Force
Why is December 7 important?
December 7 Thanksgiving turkey has been eaten, games have been watched, Black Friday is past and the numbers are in. How well did the merchants do? Talking heads will tell us. Christmas is just around the corner. It’s a busy time for us all. What to do for New Year’s?
By LISA SMITH MOLINARI
Like most military families struggling to climb the never-ending series of financial peaks along life’s path, we are in a constant state of semi-panic.
Mortgages, car loans, school tuition, music lessons, credit card payments, repair bills, sports fees, application fees, grocery bills, insurance bills, and all the other costs that encumber the typical military family, can pile up into a seemingly overwhelming mountain of expenses.
By DANIEL M. DELLINGER
National Commander of the American Legion
During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.
More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more servicemembers by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.
By LISA WITCHER
FKSCC Publicity Chair
Traditions are one of my favorite things about the holidays. Boys against the girls board games during Thanksgiving. Hanging stockings—a tradition I adopted when I got married. I’m sure you have one or two of your own. Being part of the military can keep us from our traditions or cause us to form new ones. It is exciting to travel and see how others celebrate in different places.
By GEN. RAYMOND ODIERNO
38th Army Chief of Staff
As your 38th Army Chief of Staff, I have visited with Soldiers serving around the world as well as at our installations across the United States. At every location our Soldiers, Civilians, and Family members have inspired me with their passion, courage, and commit-ment to each other, to our Army, and to the Nation.
By HOLLY PETRAEUS
Consumer Financial Proection Bureau
September is usually a time when military Families are wrapping up duty station moves, squeezing in summer vacations, and getting the kids enrolled in school. The hazy days of summer are not exactly the time when military parents (or kids) are thinking about December holiday wish lists, door-buster sales, and gift wrapping.
By REYNALDO LEAL
Why did the man run around his bed all night? To catch up to his sleep.
My son thought this joke was so funny he repeated it for days. Although I chuckled every time he yelled the punch line at me, I couldn’t help but feel he was unconsciously talking about me. Years after the end of my 2006 deployment to Iraq I was still that person frantically trying to “catch up” to the rest I needed.
By CATRINA FRANCIS
Gold Standard Senior staff writer email@example.com
“I have a dream.” On Aug. 28, 1963, this infamous phrase was said by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the March on Washington which was attended by more than 250,000 people.
Although the 50th anniversary isn’t until Wednesday, the march will be celebrated Saturday in Washington, D.C.