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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.

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April is the month of the military child. But for service members’ kids, every month is about being a military child. According to the 2010 U.S. census, more than 1.2 million dependent children live in active-duty families.

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Military brats aren’t your typical kids. They are adaptable, resilient, and maybe pick up a few quirks — like knowing the phonetic alphabet, or asking the barber for a high and tight.

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The price of college has been on the rise for decades. According to the College Board, the average cost of tuition and fees for the 20152016 school year was $32,405 at private colleges, $9,410 for state residents at public colleges, and $23,893 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.

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Maybe you’ve been at your new duty station for several months or your spouse has been deployed for a while. You have followed all the suggestions friends and experts have given you:

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For most of our daughter’s five-year life, it seems she has been saying goodbye.

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