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Persistent Spouse Unemployment Affects Military Families

By C. Todd Lopez

For many families, a dual-income household is needed to get by, but that's a challenge when one of those earners is a service member.

 The cost of things like education and housing have gone up greatly in the past 50 years, compared to the value of the dollar, meaning things are more expensive now than they were in the past, said Holly Petraeus, the former assistant director for Service member Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during a panel discussion today at the Brookings Institute in Washington.

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Persistent Spouse Unemployment Affects Military Families

By C. Todd Lopez

For many families, a dual-income household is needed to get by, but that's a challenge when one of those earners is a service member.

 The cost of things like education and housing have gone up greatly in the past 50 years, compared to the value of the dollar, meaning things are more expensive now than they were in the past, said Holly Petraeus, the former assistant director for Service member Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, during a panel discussion today at the Brookings Institute in Washington.

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Dislocation allowance now available before PCS moves

By Sean Kimmons, Army News Service

Soldiers and their Families can now receive dislocation allowance ahead of a permanent change of station move after the Army updated its policy in an effort to reduce the burden of moving.

The new policy is effective Oct. 10, when Gen. James C. McConville, chief of staff of the Army, and Secretary of the Army Ryan D. McCarthy signed the policy. Soldiers who possess an individually-billed government charge card are eligible for the advance payment.

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