Purple Heart Scholarship

Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship Program

Did you know that Veterans Day was originally celebrated as Armistice Day? When President Wilson proclaimed it a holiday in 1919, it was meant to remember those who gave their lives in World War I (WWI) and to recognize the end of the “war to end all wars.” It wasn’t until May 13, 1938 that November 11 was made a legal holiday that should be dedicated to the cause of world peace and set aside to honor the veterans of WWI. Nearly two decades later, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by changing the word “Armistice” to “Veterans.”  Today, we celebrate Veterans Day by recognizing all those who have served and honoring those who gave their lives for our country.

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Military Family Financial Aid

Financial Aid Resources for Military Families

It takes a great amount of dedication and willpower to keep a military family intact. The constant uncertainty and long periods of separation require an enormous amount of trust between spouses, and those left behind must find a way to keep things together, although they are falling apart on the inside. How would I know? I was married to a U.S. Marine for 12 years.

Unlike a regular day job, our military members put their lives on the line every day; even when they are stationed at home, a simple training exercise can have serious consequences. They spend months separated from their families, relying on letters, email and an occasional phone call to keep them together. They give everything to ensure we are all safe from harm and receive very little in return. For those who are not officers, it can be a struggle to make ends meet, let alone save any money for college. Fortunately, there are some resources specifically designated to help veterans, active duty members and their families. Here are just some of the many scholarships and tuition assistance programs available to those who have served our country.

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Memorial Day: Don’t Forget the True Meaning of the Holiday

Memorial Day Scholarships Memorial Day has become an occasion to gather with friends and family, to barbeque and light fireworks and, for some, a day to shop. Unfortunately, some may have forgotten the true meaning behind the holiday. Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day, a tradition that started after the Civil War where people would place flowers on the graves of fallen soldiers. It was typically celebrated on May 30, though some places in the South held memorials on other dates. In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which officially designated Memorial Day to fall on the last Monday in May.

While many Americans may appreciate the extended weekend, several organizations have called for the holiday to return to its original day of observance, as they feel the three-day holiday undermines the very meaning of the day. We should never forget that Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have given their lives in service of our country. Continue Reading…

For Those Who Serve: Military Scholarships

Military Scholarships As we head into the holiday season, I often think of those who serve our country. While we are enjoying our feasts among family and friends, many military personnel are overseas risking their lives for our freedom. Some are working in the Middle East under hostile conditions, while others may be stationed at sea. No matter where they are, one thing remains the same: they put their lives on the line for us every day. The sacrifices they make are many. They face long absences from their families, losing the comforts of home and, for some, the ultimate sacrifice – losing their lives. We salute those who have served in the military by highlighting some of the military scholarships that are available for service members and their families. Continue Reading…

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