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8 Back-To-School Deals For Military Families
Back-to-school is a stressful time of year. For military families who often move to new districts or base schools, the price of buying new supplies, signing up for local sports teams, and uniforms or school clothes can be financially overwhelming. Luckily, there are retailers, charities, and statewide incentives that can help ease the burden. And these eight deals will help you and your family be well-prepared for the upcoming school year.
Operation Homefront's Back-to-School Brigade
Operation Homefront partners with Dollar Tree and SAIS to collect school supplies for military children as part of their Back-to-School Brigade. The stores collect items from July 5 through August 11, and then Operation Homefront volunteers give them to military children all across the country at the end of summer.
It seems like a given, but you can’t go wrong with the Exchange. It’ll have everything you need and you won’t have to pay taxes on any of it. For many military families, it also has the added bonus of being nearby.
The shoe store offers a 10% military discounts across the board. Whether it’s sneakers, uniform shoes, or just new school shoes, Payless carries just about everything you could need in terms of footwear. Plus, they have have BOGO, so you can buy one pair and get a second for half the price.
Pottery Barn Kids
There is a 15% discount for all military families. Though Pottery Barn is on the pricier end, the items like backpacks, lunch boxes, thermoses, and even study furniture (like desks) are all very high quality — as in, they will no doubt make it to the end of the school year.
Obviously a computer and software are bigger ticket back-to-school items, but necessary nonetheless. Microsoft offers a 5% military discount on Surface devices and PCs with Windows, and it also offers a 10% discount on the ever-necessary Microsoft Office.
A bit of a splurge, but Apple does offer very generous military discounts on computers. The deals can help you save on computers like as the iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini and Mac Pro. Discounts vary but typical ranges are between 5% and 15%. There is also a special discount provided for the AppleCare Protection Plan.
Duty-free isn’t just for liquor. There are also a number of days that state governments designate as tax-free on clothes, shoes, school supplies, and computers. These are typically scheduled for back-to-school. So in addition to saving on school items, you are also helping to stimulate your state’s economy.
Labor Day Deals
If you can hold out on last year’s supplies through the first week of school, new supplies will likely be on clearance after Labor Day. Stores like Target and Walmart, which boast an incredible arsenal of school supplies, will be trying to clean house in order to prepare for Halloween. This means huge savings.
Kade Kurita, the 20-year-old West Point cadet who had been missing since Friday evening, was found dead on Tuesday night, the U.S. Military Academy announced early Wednesday morning.
"We are grieving this loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to Cadet Kurita's family and friends," Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, superintendent of West Point, said in the release.
The Air Force is investigating whether an airman smoked weed at a missile alert facility for nuclear Minuteman ICBMs
The Air Force is investigating reports that an airman consumed marijuana while assigned to one of the highly-sensitive missile alert facility (MAF) responsible for overseeing 400 nuclear GM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
Mark Mitchell is stepping down as the acting assistant defense secretary for special operations and low-intensity conflict, a position he has held since late June, a defense official confirmed on Tuesday.
No information was immediately available about why Mitchell decided to resign. His last day will be Nov. 1 and he will be replaced by Thomas Alexander, who is currently leading the Defense Department's counternarcotics efforts, the defense official told Task & Purpose.
The U.S. Army's Next Generation Squad Weapon effort looked a lot more possible this week as the three competing weapons firms displayed their prototype 6.8mm rifles and automatic rifles at the 2019 Association of the United States Army's annual meeting.
Just two months ago, the Army selected General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems inc., Textron Systems and Sig Sauer Inc. for the final phase of the NGSW effort — one of the service's top modernization priorities to replace the 5.56mm M4A1 carbine and the M249 squad automatic weapon in infantry and other close-combat units.
Army officials, as well as the companies in competition, have been guarded about specific details, but the end result will equip combat squads with weapons that fire a specially designed 6.8mm projectile, capable of penetrating enemy body armor at ranges well beyond the current M855A1 5.56mm round.
There have previously been glimpses of weapons from two firms, but this year's AUSA was the first time all three competitors displayed their prototype weapons, which are distinctly different from one another.
US troops withdrawing to Iraq from Syria can't redeploy there and have to leave in 4 weeks, Baghdad says
The 1,000 U.S. troops leaving Syria will be allowed to stay in Iraq for at most four weeks, Iraq's defense minister said Wednesday, in an embarrassing rebuff to President Donald Trump's plans for withdrawing from Syria.
Najah al-Shammari's comments to the Associated Press came shortly after his meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who went to Baghdad to negotiate the redeployment of U.S. troops in Iraq after they withdrew from Syria.