A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a Colonoscopy

Getting a colonoscopy is much simpler than you might fear and can be key to early diagnosis of colorectal cancer.
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7 Factors That Affect Heart Health

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Surprising Facts About Presidents Who Served in the Military

In all, a majority of U.S. presidents have served in the military, in theaters ranging from Valley Forge to the Pacific, and chalked up quite a few firsts along the way.
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12 Apps to Improve Heart Health

Get on the road to a healthier heart and keep informed between doctor’s visits with these apps for your smart device.
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Help Your Heart Now

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2017 Legislative Goals

Top ten legislative goals for 2017.
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All-Black Female Battalion Made History

The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, the first all-female, all-African-American unit to serve overseas during World War II, made history by sorting through a mountain of mail.
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Black Military Units Throughout History

Facing institutional racism as well as the enemy, African-Americans have fought throughout our nation’s history with honor and bravery, often making the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country. Here are just a few of their stories.
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Service Academy Grads in Super Bowl LI

The military service academies continue to be represented in the NFL.
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Bodybuilding Military Officers

Bodybuilders Navy Lt. Kayla Tawoda and Army 1st Lt. Stephen Bell look to inspire other military servicemembers to get fit, even during the challenges of deployment.
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Military Movies to Appreciate or Avoid

We asked a panel of servicemembers for their favorite and least favorite military-themed movies.
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Ways to Volunteer for Military Causes

Give back to members of the military through these volunteer opportunities that benefit servicemembers, veterans, and military families.  Read More >

Contact Congress- Repeal Sequestration

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Health and Safety Tips for Travelers

Follow these tips to help you stay healthy and safe while traveling.  Read More >

A Game of Truce

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New Year’s Eve Traditions

Fun international New Year’s Eve traditions to make your own.  Read More >

Counting Calories for Weight Loss

If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthier and lose weight, here are tips for keeping a more accurate count of the calories you consume.   Read More >

7 Little-Known Facts About Toys for Tots

Theme songs, celebrity sponsors, and other little-known facts about the history of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.  Read More >

What do rising interest rates mean to investors?

You might be wondering, what do rising interest rates mean to investors?  Read More >

Defense Bill: Pay, SBP, TRICARE, and Housing Wins

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Servicemember Superheroes

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Be Smart About Charitable Giving

With so many charities, choosing the right one can seem daunting.  
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Tips for Networking Over the Holidays

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The Storied History of the Army Navy Game

The tradition and rivalry of the Army-Navy football game make it unlike any other.
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Paradise Under Attack

Military nurses serving in Oahu, Hawaii, and at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago provided clinical expertise and care during the surprise assault that would alter world history.  Read More >

Educational Assistance

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Is It True? Tools and Tips for Fact-Checking

The online world also has a history of misinformation, disinformation, urban myths, rumors, conspiracy theories, and deception. But just as the internet is a fount of falsehood, it's also a source of tools for verifying statements and alleged facts.  Read More >

Update on FY17 Defense Bill

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Is Teleworking For You?

You probably know people who work from their homes, but are you - and your job - right for teleworking?
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‘Hacksaw Ridge’ tells the story of a soldier who wouldn’t bring a gun to war

The story behind Desmond Doss' Medal of Honor is hitting the big screen more than 70 years after the Army medic charged into the fray - weaponless - to save dozens of his comrades. 
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Tech Tactics — Will E-books Replace Printed Books?

Of those reading e-books, more people are using tablet computers and smartphones to rather than a stand-alone e-reader.   Read More >

3-D Printed Prosthetic Covers for Military Amputees

Additive manufacturing, or 3-D printing, is changing the way prosthetics are manufactured and, in the process, changing the lives of military amputees.  Read More >

Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied

Bullying and cyberbullying is a serious issue affecting school-age children. Here’s how to recognize the signs and deal with the problem.  Read More >

Trump’s military: Here’s what troops can expect from their next commander in chief

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Congress Leaves Government on Idle

The continuing resolution (CR) Hill and Administration leaders finally approved will keep the government operating past Sept. 30 and let legislators race home to campaign for re-election.   Read More >

Unregulated Online Pharmacies

Online pharmacies might be convenient and help you save money but they might put your health in jeopardy.  Read More >

Continuing Resolutions are Bad News

It appears increasingly unlikely Congress will pass a budget before September 30.  Read More >

Memory Chip Vs. Traditional Hard Drive Storage

Data storage on personal computers is beginning to shift from traditional hard drives to memory chips.  Read More >

Zika: What You Need to Know

Learn about the basics of Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease.  Read More >

Protect Your Computer Data

A public VPN creates a private network within the larger public internet, as if you were connecting through a fiber or coaxial cable that linked only your machine and the machine you're connecting to. The main benefit is increased security, and it accomplishes this through dedicated servers and encryption.  Read More >

Clinton, Johnson, Trump: Presidential Q & A

Our parent organization, MOAA, reached out to Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, and Donald Trump for their perspective on issues important to the military community. Each candidate received the opportunity to provide responses to the same four questions.

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Dogs on Deployment

As any servicemember with a pet knows, animals are very important members of the family. One of the most heart-wrenching decisions is having to leave a beloved pet behind.   Read More >

Absentee Voting: Myths and Realities

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Fiduciary, fiduciary, fiduciary

Fiduciary. It’s the term of the season in the financial industry.  Read More >

Military Olympic Athlete Profiles

Check out some of the awesome Team USA Olympians- who also happen to be servicemembers!  Read More >

August Recess

Between July 18 and September 5, most U.S. senators and representatives will be on recess in their home districts to meet with constituents.  Read More >

Tech Tactics — Protect Your Computer Data

The most commonly recommended traveling protection is to use a virtual private network (VPN) service.
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Loaning Money to Family and Friends

Before you loan money to someone you care about, consider and address all the possible outcomes, or it could be a costly mistake, both emotionally and financially.  

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Another Day Another Financial Crisis

Well the British decided to secede from the European Union. Did you find yourself worrying about what would happen to your investment portfolios?  Read More >

Does the Public Trust the Military?

As an institution, the military holds a 73 percent approval rating, unchanged from a decade ago. Since 1975 when Gallup first began tracking such ratings, the military has averaged 67 percent approval.   Read More >

Tech Tactics — 12 Tips to Look Your Best in Email

There's no universal agreement what makes you look good and what doesn't in email, but thinking through your decisions before clicking send can help ensure you're presenting your best self.  Read More >

5 Drops of Financial Wisdom

In my days as a financial adviser and now as an educator at MOAA, I have witnessed financial behaviors that span the spectrum. Good or bad behavior, there is something to be learned that can help you on your financial journey.   Read More >

The Sweet Side of Military Rations

Early on, servicemembers asked that candy be added to the ration menu, and military food scientists, in collaboration with commercial candy manufacturers, worked hard to grant that wish. 
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Tips for a Safer Cruise Vacation

Cruising is one of the most popular vacations in the world, with some 24 million people choosing an ocean voyage in 2015. That's not surprising; a cruise ship serves not only as your hotel, but also your transportation, taking you to a new and exciting port of call every day or two.   Read More >

Protect Yourself From Medical Errors

Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Take steps to protect yourself.   Read More >

Tech Tactics — How to Deal With the Device-Addicted Generation

A new poll highlights cellphone addiction among teens. Here are some suggestions for managing your child’s device usage.   Read More >

Schoolchildren Thank WWII Vets

A small town in Normandy, France by the name of Sainte-Mère-Église has made it their duty to remember.   Read More >

Dealing with Risk in Money Management

Risk. Isn’t risk the reason so many people fear the stock market? Risk in the stock market is only one of many forms of risk. There are safe, conservative, even guaranteed, forms of savings that have risks. Managing money in any form of savings or investment vehicle involves risks.   Read More >

High-Tech Global Scavenger Hunts

Find out what geocaching is and why servicemembers are drawn to the hunt.  Read More >

Pentagon Pulls Plug on Hiring

Effective March 20, the Pentagon has implemented a civilian hiring freeze that affects all vacant permanent civilian positions for which no tentative employment offer had been presented as of March 19.
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Protect Yourself From Ransomware

Do you find the new "smart" credit cards — the ones with a computer chip embedded on their front — a pain? Well, some improvements are coming.
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Update from Board of Directors

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How to Support the Troops

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Should Apple Help the FBI?

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Top Generals: Issue Women Draft Cards

The top generals in the Army and Marine Corps told Senate lawmakers that women should be required to register for the draft.  
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Understanding Fixed Index Annuities

Fixed Indexed Annuities (FIA) are very popular at this time. Let’s get to know the product.   Read More >

Money-Saving Habits to Begin Now

One of the secrets to a healthy financial future is to develop strong money-savings habits now to be used over your lifetime. The key to real savings is understanding all aspects of your finances, using that knowledge to your advantage, and exercising some financial discipline. 
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Prevent Auto Installation of Windows 10

Do you like Windows 7? Many people do. In organizational settings, some custom programs are customized for Windows 7. A small percentage of printers and other peripherals work with it but not its successors. With some people, it's just inertia. If it ain't broke, why fix it? 
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Shop Online and Contribute to Charity With Amazon Smile

Imagine buying what you need and want online and helping save the world at the same time? That's the premise behind Amazon Smile, a service by the Internet retail behemoth Amazon.   Read More >

Top 10 Legislative Goals for 2016

Voices for America's Troops and its parent organization, MOAA, support the following 10 legislative goals for 2016.
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The Internet of Things

The Internet is connecting technology and our devices to automate everyday tasks.
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Military Healthcare: What’s Working, What’s Not

This week, MOAA President, Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, USN (Ret.), testified before the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee on what's working vs not working in military healthcare delivery, and what should be done about it.


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How Much Does It Cost to Raise a Child?

The fulfillment of the traditional American dream often includes a family surrounded by all the comforts of home. We take satisfaction in buying our first house, leasing a second car, or finally replacing the couch that's been around since college, but can we afford the children that go along with it all? Rarely do prospective parents give any real consideration to the total cost of raising children - from the first diapers they wear to the car insurance they'll need before they back out of the driveway.   Read More >

How to Prolong the Battery Power of Your Smart Devices

With the ever-increasing reliance on high-powered smartphones and other portable digital devices, the lowly battery is getting more and more attention - from charging stations at supermarkets to new battery technologies on the horizon.   Read More >

Forget Swiping — There’s A New Way To Use Your Credit Card

If you have a credit card, you've already received - or soon will - a spanking-new one with a highfalutin computer chip embedded in the front. Such chips are designed to reduce credit card fraud, though they won't eliminate it. 

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Career Reservists Next Big Win

In recent years, House of Representatives action on significant veterans’ matters often cleared the chamber before the Senate. This year the full Senate went first by favorably voting out the “21st Century Veterans Benefits Delivery and Other Improvements Act,” which addresses veteran health care and benefits needs.   Read More >

Angels in Blue Dresses

At a time when many young men were burning draft cards and fleeing to Canada, a group of young women answered the call by joining the Red Cross Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas (SRAO) program, volunteering for duty in Vietnam. The story of these “Donut Dollies” - an affectionate term used by American servicemen in England during World War II for the Red Cross volunteers who served them coffee and pastries - remains largely unknown.
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No COLA in 2016

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the September inflation figure this week and confirmed what most retirees already knew – there won’t be a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2016 for people collecting military retired pay, Social Security, VA compensation, or survivor benefits.
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Get Your Flu Shot

Influenza, or the flu, is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. The best way to prevent the flu is to get vaccinated.   Read More >

Make the Most of Your Savings

Saving money is a way for you to invest in yourself in order to reach a future goal.   Read More >

5 Rules of Etiquette When Talking With a Wounded Veteran

Whether you’re in a professional setting or a coffee shop, wounded veterans would greatly appreciate the general public observing a few unwritten rules when talking with them.   Read More >

The Puerto Rican Rambo

Known as the “Puerto Rican Rambo,” Jorge Otero Barreto was one of the most heavily decorated American soldiers of the Vietnam War. During National Hispanic Heritage Month, MOAA shares his story.   Read More >

Warm Weather Wheels

Summer travel season is officially here, and with it comes thoughts of the perfect summer road trip. After all, there’s no better way to see the countryside than by driving through it, making the journey just as much an adventure as the destination. But is your vehicle up to the task?   Read More >

Banking Flexibility

We all have busy schedules, so why are we still doing contortions to be able to make it to a bank branch during their limited hours in order to manage our money? To get the most flexibility from your financial institution, maybe what you need is more than just another bank.  Read More >

Mortgage Pay Off Vs. Investing

The truth about choosing between paying off your mortgage or investing your money is that personal choice can play as crucial a role as many financial factors.  Read More >

Memorial Day and Veterans Day

There are two national holidays that members of the military and all Americans consider sacred, and many people confuse the significance of the two.
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Powers of Attorney

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4 Sensible Reasons to Refinance Your Auto Loan

This information is provided by our friends at Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed). Compared to the commitment of a mortgage, an auto loan seems like a drop in the bucket. Refinance a car loan? Why bother?  Read More >

Maintain an 800+ Credit Score

High achievers, start your engines: The road to an elite 800+ FICO score is long and arduous. Maintaining a high credit score requires scrupulous attention to detail over the long haul.  Read More >

Save With Biweekly Mortgage Payments

If there were an easy way to make your mortgage payments that was guaranteed to nudge you over the payoff line sooner, wouldn’t you do it?  Read More >

10 Tips for Recovering From Holiday Debt

A new year shouldn’t herald a new flight of credit card payments, but if you got a little carried away by the holiday spirit this winter, you might be facing a bevy of new balances arriving in your mailbox. Sure, you can resolve to do better next year — but what can you do now to clean up the debt you’ve already unwrapped?  Read More >

When Should I Start a Coverdell Account?

Every day a young family is presented with new financial priorities: a bigger car seat, entirely new winter wardrobes in larger sizes for each child, another doctor’s visit, and another $10 check to the PTA for the latest school event. And what about college? Start saving and earning interest now.  Read More >

16 Myths About Your Credit Score

With so many good reasons to get a credit card, the fact is that mismanaging your payments can leave you with a puny credit score that’s too weak to qualify you for that big wish list item you’ve been hankering to buy.  Read More >

America’s Global Role

The nation wrestles with a lack of consensus about its place on the world stage.  Read More >

Your Financial Checklist

Are you buying a first house or facing the big 4-0? Your financial goals should shift along with your situation and age. Use this cheat sheet to figure out which financial tasks you should take on when.  Read More >

Citizenship Through Service

Foreign nationals seeking a fast track to citizenship are an overlooked and critical component of U.S. armed forces.  Read More >

Facing Their Own Challenge

Military family members are stepping up to care for wounded veterans — but are we giving them the support they need?  Read More >

Close to Home

These military spouse writers draw inspiration from their own lives and share the military family experience with a wider audience.  Read More >

Icy Frontier

The thawing of the Arctic Ocean promises new opportunities — and new responsibilities for the military.  Read More >

Simulating Disaster

At the Center for National Response, military and civilian crisis teams train for the unthinkable.  Read More >

Invisible Wounds

Not all war scars can be seen. Many servicemembers suffer from psychological injuries.   Read More >

History Revealed

The Montford Point Marines led their service — and the country — to victory in war and civil rights.  Read More >

Camp Leatherneck Runs for a Cure

Marines based at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, organized an on-base Race for the Cure, which raised almost $20,000 in support of Susan G. Komen San Diego.  Read More >

Atomic Veterans, Part II

Between 1945 and 1962, nearly half a million members of the armed forces participated in atomic bomb detonations from the islands of the South Pacific to the deserts of Nevada. For some, the outcome was deadly.  Read More >

Personal Story: Tara Dixon

Invisible War Wounds Can Leave Very Deep Scars
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Atomic Veterans, Part I

Between 1945 and 1962, nearly half a million members of the armed forces participated in atomic bomb detonations from the islands of the South Pacific to the deserts of Nevada. For some, the outcome was deadly.     Read More >

Celebrities Support the Troops

Actors, singers, athletes, and others use their star power to support servicemembers and their families.  Read More >

Personal Story: Capt. Clayton Hinchman

Read this firsthand account from Capt. Clayton Hinchman, USA-Ret., deputy director of Outreach for MOAA and a wounded soldier.  Read More >

Personal Story: Nancy Wake

Well-to-do newlywed Nancy Wake became an unlikely heroine as a spy during the French Resistance.  Read More >

Personal Story: Shindand Air Base

Shindand District, Afghanistan, has an estimated 400 villages and not one single hospital. But thanks to the work of the 838th Air Expeditionary Advisory Group (AEAG) and the civil affairs program at Shindand Air Base, all that is about to change.  Read More >

Personal Story: Staff Sgt. Barry Homberg

Army Staff Sgt. Barry Homberg’s path to recovery took him from his mission in the town of Ramadi, Iraq, to Trier, Germany, where he is now participating in a rehabilitative cycling event for wounded warriors.  Read More >

Personal Story: Matthew Newberry

Matthew Newberry needed a service project that would earn him the rank of Eagle Scout, and at just thirteen years old, he found one; honoring the veterans buried in the cemetery in his hometown of Leesburg, VA.  Read More >

Personal Story: Lt. Nicole Auth, USCG

One would think Lt. Nicole Auth, USCG, and her teammates in the 5th World Military Games had been sailing together for years when they took the bronze medal in the women’s military sailing competition in July, but in fact, they had just 11 days to prepare for the international event.  Read More >

Personal Story: Sgt. Bobby Brewster

Sergeants first class not only are platoon sergeants and senior enlisted section leaders, but they also are responsible for training and mentoring other soldiers.  Read More >

Personal Story: Kelly Cotton

There are times in all our lives when we reflect on where we’ve been, what we’ve experienced, how we made it through, and where we are headed. While this is true for just about everyone, military families often have a very different perspective on this simple truism. VIDEO: Watch Kelly Cotton talk about her life as a military spouse.   Read More >

Personal Story: Daniel Williams

Struggling with mental illness resulting from traumatic brain injury (TBI) or PTSD is a common occurrence now among today’s veterans returning from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. But although the wounds are not physical, they can be just as painful.  Read More >

Personal Story: Capt. Leigh Larkin

In the call of duty, servicemembers perform acts of bravery on a daily basis. One such airman is Capt. Leigh “Breaker” Larkin, an Ohio native who earned the 2010 Mackay Trophy for her bravery in Afghanistan.   Read More >

Personal Story: Patty Horan

Most spouses of active duty servicemembers live with the constant fear of getting that phone call or uniformed visitor at their door. For Patty Horan it became a reality when she awoke to her ringing phone, “There had been a serious accident and Pat has been shot in the head.”   Read More >

Personal Story: Col. Mark Desens

In 2007, Marine Col. Mark Desens and his Marine Expedtitionary Unit found themselves as accidental crisis responders. While training for an upcoming deployment, he and his Marines were in southern Indiana, an area soaked by three days of heavy rain.   Read More >