April is the Month of the Military Child, and if there’s one thing we know already, it’s that military kids really ROCK! And while it’s a pretty unique experience being a military child, we know that sometimes it’s a little tough.
That’s why we are looking for some awesome military kids to share their best advice for other military kids! Anything from tips on making new friends to interesting ways to remember their service member parent while they’re deployed! In a contest we’re calling, #MilKidMessages, we want parents to create a short video – less than 1 minute – of their child sharing some of their tricks of the trade, like this one:
Send your video to us:
- on our Facebook timeline
- via Twitter or Instagram (with the hashtag #MilKidMessages)
- or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
1st prize: 4 Southwest Airline tickets
2nd prize: 2 Southwest Airline tickets
Honorable mentions: $25 AMEX gift card
**CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED**
In an increasingly interconnected world, military families face unique challenges when using social media to connect to loved ones. Maintaining operational security and the safety of family members at home and abroad requires extra levels of care and planning.
This afternoon, the National Military Family Association will convene a conversation that explores these unique challenges and provides recommendations that will help family members stay safe online.
Cyber Crisis: Protecting the U.S. Companies and Your Family in a War Waged by Hackers takes place today at 3:00pm EDT. The second in our series on technology advancements and threats affecting the Nation, this event focuses on its impact on every American home—including those of military families.
Follow us on Twitter, or to see the live tweets, search for #cybersafe!
We’re getting into the thick of NFL football season, and while my hometown team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, is leading the competition for number of losses, I still faithfully wear all the jaguar-print clothing I own to show my support. I’m used to waving at the bandwagon while it rolls off into the sunset. Now that’s loyalty!
USAA and the NFL are showing their loyalty and support of our Nation’s military service members and veterans in the month of November. Join them, along with fans in stadiums across the country, by participating in the Million Fan Salute. Choose your favorite team and click “Salute,” it’s as simple as that! Every salute will earn rewards for your local military community.
NFL Quarterback and military brat, Robert Griffin III, sat down with USAA to share some of the military values he learned from his parents, who both served in the Army. Check out the video below:
Are you a military brat? What values did you learn growing up?
Posted by Shannon Sebastian, Online Engagement Manager
“Hooohah! Our first ALR ride was a doozy!!”
Those were the excited words expressed by American Legion Riders Post 662 Treasurer Kipp Halpin in an email to his fellow riders. The ALR Post 662 out of New Holland, PA hosted “Cover Our Vets with Hope,” a benefit motorcycle ride that raised $3,657 for the National Military Family Association. Eighty six motorcycles, riders, and passengers participated in the 60-mile scenic trip that toured 10 covered bridges in eastern Lancaster County.
The riders of Post 662 were so excited about their benefit and money raised, they rode their motorcycles down to the Association’s headquarters to deliver the donation in person on behalf of the American Legion. On July 24th, Kipp Halpin, Des Hoover, Tom O’Neill, Frank Usner, and Art Sheffield gathered at a local gas station in Pennsylvania at 7am and started their three hour trip south to Washington, D.C.
It was a pleasure to greet these gentlemen at the door and introduce them around the office. It is always such an honor to meet our donors in person. To be able to shake their hands and sincerely say “thank you” for a job well done was special moment. One that brought smiles to all those in the office that morning.
They proudly presented the Association’s Chairman of the Board, Mary Scott, with a check for $3,657.
“We truly live in a community that cares for it’s military families! Let’s give them big thanks!” said Halpin.
THANK YOU American Legion Riders Post 662! We appreciate your support of military families and in the words of Neil Young, “Long May You Run.”
By Annie Morgan, Development and Membership Deputy Director