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Military Family Readiness series

This series on military family readiness aims to provide valuable resources, information, and support to family service professionals and Extension agents who support military families navigating the unique challenges and opportunities that come with a military lifestyle. From relocations to retirement, each publication in this series will equip you with the knowledge and resources you need to engage with service members and to promote readiness, resilience, and overall military family well-being.

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Credit and Debt Repayment “Need to Knows” for Military Families

FY1535/FCS3393by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen JowersJanuary 31st, 2024This publication is the third in the series on military family readiness. The publication discusses general information about credit and debt repayment, general information about credit reports and scores, military-specific credit-related challenges, military-specific credit-related laws and support services, five credit management tips for military families, and credit education resources. Written by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen Jowers, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, January 2024.

Saving and Investing “Need to Knows” for Military Families

FY1533/FCS3391by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen JowersJanuary 12th, 2024This publication is intended for family service providers, Extension agents and specialists, educators, and other professionals in the Military Family Readiness System. It discusses general and military-specific information about saving and investing money. Written by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen Jowers, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, January 2024.

Education Planning “Need to Knows” for Military Families

FY1536/FCS3394by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen JowersFebruary 16th, 2024This publication discusses general information about education costs, savings plans, and payment methods, military-specific educational benefit programs, military-specific laws and policies affecting student loan repayment, five education planning tips for military families, and education planning resources. Written by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen Jowers, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, January 2024.

Homeownership “Need to Knows” for Military Families

FY1532/FCS3390by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen JowersJanuary 17th, 2024This publication discusses general information about home buying, military-specific housing decisions, military-specific home buying, and home-buying tips for military families. Written by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen Jowers, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, January 2024.

On the Front Lines: Helping Military Spouses Thrive in Your Community

FY1534/FCS3392by Kristen Jowers and Martie GillenJanuary 26th, 2024Knowing how to support military spouses in your service network can contribute to mission readiness, and help military spouses thrive in the communities you serve. This publication discusses military spouse demographics, military spouse employment, military spouse well-being including food security, financial security, and civilian community belonging, and employment resources and strategies to support military spouses. Written by Kristen Jowers and Martie Gillen, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, January 2024.

Income Tax “Need to Knows” for Military Families

FY1537/FCS3395by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen JowersFebruary 6th, 2024This publication discusses general information about income tax terminology, general information about income tax rules, rates, and refunds, military-specific income tax challenges, military-specific income tax regulations, five income tax planning tips for military families, and income tax resources. Written by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen Jowers, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, January 2024.

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OneOp: A Professional Development Resource for Extension Professionals

FY1526/FCS3387by Kristen Jowers and Martie GillenAugust 2nd, 2023This publication is part of a series that aims to provide valuable resources, information, and support to family service professionals and Extension agents who support military families navigating the unique challenges and opportunities that come with a military lifestyle. Written by Kristen Jowers and Martie Gillen, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, July 2023.

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Understanding Military Retirement and Supporting Military Retirees in Your Service Network

FY1528/FCS3388by Kristen Jowers and Martie GillenOctober 20th, 2023This publication discusses aspects of military retirement, including retirement systems, planning processes, pay and taxes, survivor benefits, and planning resources. Written by Kristen Jowers and Martie Gillen, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, October 2023.

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Estate Planning “Need to Knows” for Military Families

FY1531/FCS3389by Barbara O'Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen JowersJanuary 31st, 2024This publication discusses general information about estate planning, military-specific estate planning, five estate planning tips for military families, and estate planning resources. Written by Barbara O’Neill, Martie Gillen, and Kristen Jowers, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, January 2024.