09/28 What Does the American Flag Mean to You?

Have you thought about what the American Flag means?

What it symbolizes? Have you taught your children the history of the American Flag?
Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies; the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
I often think of how our flag grew into what it is today. It is so much more than 3 colors or a decoration. Think of the areas around the globe that our flag has …

07/11 How To Prepare For The Army National Guard

Preparing for the Army by Succeeding in the Classroom
(A Guide for High School Juniors and Seniors) by Scott Ostrow for USMilitary.com Network

If you’re a high school senior or junior and you are thinking of joining, or have decided to join, the Army National Guard, it is just as important that you prepare yourself as it is for your friends who are preparing to apply for college. This short article will help you get on the right path to achieve your goals of getting into the Army National Guard and to prepare you for the day you finally go off to basic training.
When I wrote the first two editions of my book, Guide to Joining the Military …

1) How Do You Spend Your Memorial Day Weekend?

Memorial Day Weekend. Across this nation, families and friends are gathering together for picnics. Backyards are turned into a place of laughter and fellowship.
People are firing up their grills, making salads, cookies, pies; setting out tables and chairs in the back yard, placing a radio in the kitchen window and welcoming those they care about; those that have come to share the day.
Knocks on the door can be heard from those who arrive and are greeted with a friendly “come on in! It’s open”.
The kids are playing in the sprinkler, the dogs are barking and trying to sneak food from unattended plates. Friends and family sit in lawn chairs, relaxing, enjoying a long awaited …

2) Law Enforcement Career After the Army

Is Transitioning to a Police Job Natural for Army Veterans? It seems as though transitioning to a police force from military duty should be rather natural. Many veterans work on local and federal police forces because it’s within their comfort level. However, this has caused other veterans to resent being typecast.
Many military veterans find law enforcement to be a natural fit. They understand how the brain of a police officer works and fit in rather quickly as they transition out of military life.
However, other service members believe the police force is the least suitable choice for veterans. They believe this because many are still working through emotional issues from deployments. Many also believe …

3) National Guard Army Medical Careers Are Hot!

One of the National Guard Army’s leading careers is an operating Room Specialist who steps in and provides all-important emergency medical assistance.

4) Veteran Home Loans

One of the best, yet most underutilized, benefits of serving in the armed forces is the loan guarantee program provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Simply put, veterans should know all about the VA home loans. The VA offers no down payment mortgage loan guarantees to qualifying current and former service members, or their surviving spouses, with lower interest rates and payments than traditional mortgage loans. The United States has said thank you to over 20 million returning troops with this program since its inception following World War II.

Who Qualifies For VA Mortgage Loans?

In order to take advantage of the VA home loans program, some important qualifying factors need to be met. During a …

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