December 2017 Newsletter
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Retirement System Benefits

Calculating your future

Changes to the Blended Retirement System, which go into effect January 2018, will provide benefits to 85 percent of all active-duty, Guard and reserve service members, even if you don’t make the military your career. Participation depends on the date you entered service, so learn about eligibility, benefits and decisions you need to make.

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Plan Your End-of-Year Giving Now

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Tax season hasn’t officially started yet, but Dec. 31 is the deadline for making any charitable donations you plan to claim on your 2017 return. Get more ideas to help you save on next year’s tax bill, and learn about free tax consultations, online preparation and filing software.

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Rediscover the Joy of the Holidays

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If the holiday season stresses you, Military OneSource counselors can help you rediscover the joy of the holidays. They can give you tips for setting priorities, managing your schedule and dealing with stress so you can get the most out of this season.

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New Resources in the MWR Digital Library

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The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library is growing, giving you and your family even more choices for leisure and learning. Among the 12 new resources recently added, see ArtistWorks for music lessons, Mango for foreign languages and world culture lessons, ProQuest US Major Dailies for world events and Brain HQ to train your brain.

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While You're Apart, Connect for the Holidays

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If your family will be separated for the holidays, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the season and keep your connection strong. From video chats to sending homemade gifts, take a little time now to create special moments to bring your loved ones closer.

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Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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On Dec. 7, we remember the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. This event launched the United States into World War II and changed our country forever. Check with your installation or local veterans’ organizations for events commemorating this milestone in American history.

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Service Providers: Using Military OneSource for Caregiver Support

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Military OneSource offers many resources to support caregivers. Service providers are invited to a Dec. 13 webinar that will explain how to navigate the resources available to help meet caregiver needs. Register Now.

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Jump-start Your Education

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For military spouses with plans to continue education in 2018, the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program can help. From identifying a career path to exploring colleges and budgeting for school, SECO can help you discover the right program and the best school to suit your mobile military life.

Four Centuries of the Guard

The first militia regiments of the National Guard were organized on Dec. 13, 1636.

Holiday Wishes from Military OneSource

Wishes for peace and joy to those celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa.

Love Every Day

Strengthen your relationship with Love Every Day, an online tool for building deeper connections.

Dynamic Group Discussion

Join us online Jan. 11 to explore strategies to help achieve your health goals.

MSEP Job Search

Spouses, find your next job through the Military Spouse Employment Partnership.

Join the Blog Brigade

Get entertained and energized with the Blog Brigade, written by and for military spouses.

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Tax Tip

Taxpayers can request a free transcript of tax returns covering the past three years.

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