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The PCS Expenses You Can't Escape

July 22, 2021

It’s the PCS tax, and it’s the hidden expense that comes with military moves that no one talks about.

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Stressed About Back to School? Control What You Can

July 22, 2021

Last year, the world was turned upside down, and as a result, many of us don’t know what to expect this academic year.

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Tips For Hitting The Road or The Friendly Skies This Summer

June 28, 2021

If you’ve been stuck inside or haven’t traveled in a while, here’s some of the latest tips and advice for hitting the road or the friendly skies this summer!

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Protect Your Military Family from These 4 Summer Party Mishaps

June 28, 2021

After a challenging year, many of us are looking to celebrate, and with Summer officially here, it’s the perfect time for eating, laughing, and letting go with friends, family, and neighbors on base.

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Getting Prepared for Summer Storms

June 1, 2021

Because the languid days of summer bring many pleasures, it can be tempting to ignore the very real risk of summer storms to your home and property.

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8 Date Ideas Just In Time for Summer

June 1, 2021

The days are longer and it’s the perfect season to explore your surroundings in gorgeous weather!

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How to choose the right dog for your family.

May 5, 2021

Bringing a dog into the family is an exciting and challenging decision. However, it’s a decision that will bring joy, bonding, and many new stories.

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For the Milspouse Who Thinks of Everything: AFI Flood and Fire Insurance

May 4, 2021

Milspouses are resilient! We don’t care what anyone says -- military spouses did NOT “know what they were getting into” when they married someone in the military. Instead, we receive zero training, no briefings, and only have a support network if we develop one ourselves. We learn from groups on social media, from friendly neighbors on base, and last but not least, from the school of hard knocks.

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In Honor of Milspouse Appreciation Day: Military Spouses Throughout History

May 4, 2021

This Military Spouse Appreciation Month, we present to you some military spouses throughout history who broke the mold. Some stories are inspirational. Others might make you think, “Could be worse, I guess.

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for PCS Season

March 31, 2021

With all the things you need to keep track of when you’re getting ready to move, getting your car(s) ready can seem like “just one more thing.” But–just like no one has ever been sorry they washed their hands–if you take the time to adequately prepare your vehicles before a PCS, you’ll be glad you did.

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The PCS Secret Weapon: Renter Insurance

March 31, 2021

Although I’d lived in apartments for years before becoming a military spouse, I had never once heard of renter insurance. None of my previous complexes required it, and it wasn’t until we were living on a military base that it came across my radar. Now, I wouldn’t dream of going without it! This is a quick story of how renter insurance saved my finances!

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Spring Has Sprung: Protect Your Dream Car or Boat with AFI

March 1, 2021

March has arrived! Warmer, sunnier days are ahead, and our clocks will spring forward. After a long winter, what’s the first thing you envision? For many of us who have been cooped up inside, it’s enjoying fresh air, basking in the warmth of the sun, and feeling our worries and stress melt away.

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Fun Facts About St. Patrick's Day

March 1, 2021

Maybe one of the most surprising things to visitors to the US is how excited everyone seems to get for St. Patrick’s Day. Why, they wonder, are Americans so eager to celebrate a religious holiday from another country? The history of St. Paddy’s Day in America is a fascinating one. So pour yourself a green beer (or a nice mug of Irish breakfast tea, depending on your preference), and let’s delve into the extraordinary history of the wearin’ o’ the green here in the US.

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Preparing Your Home for Spring

February 1, 2021

Believe it or not, spring is coming. It comes every year, why should this one be any different? That can mean only one thing: if you’re a homeowner, it’s not too early to think about preparing your house for spring.

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Protect Your Symbols of Love with Armed Forces Insurance

February 1, 2021

When you think of the valuable items in your home, what comes to mind? Is it the watch from your grandfather, the pearls from your mom, your wedding and engagement ring, or the glittering charm bracelet you received for Mother’s Day?

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Happy New YOU Year!

January 4, 2021

Each and every day is special. On January 13th, the day centers around YOU! It is “Make Your Dreams Come True” Day. The year that time stopped has now passed, and it’s time to focus on the future. The future starts now, and it begins with you, your dreams, hopes, passions, and goals. Not sure where to start? Keep reading for a few simple tips on how to make your dreams come true.

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Milspouses Meet Your New Year’s Goals with These Health and Wellness Tips

January 4, 2021

Self-care in the New Year: it’s not always something we associate with health and wellness.

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Creating New Holiday Traditions for the Modern Military Family

December 1, 2020

Military families are accustomed to nontraditional holiday celebrations. A global pandemic plus social distancing, on top of living far from family, friends, and loved ones, makes this year even more of a year to remember. Here are a few ways to embrace the unconventional holidays you may face this year due to your current location, a possible deployment, and virus restrictions.

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Tried and True Holiday Lessons From Military Families

December 1, 2020

Celebrating the holidays remotely. Boy, is it something military families understand. In early November, the country came to terms with the reality of spending every holiday from Thanksgiving onward apart from loved ones. Meanwhile, military families stood placidly, a wise smile on their faces, saying to our fellow Americans, “Welcome to our world."

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A Fun Veterans Day History Lesson For Military Families

November 2, 2020

Like many holidays and national observances, Veterans Day has its own symbols and traditions. Knowing the history and significance of a couple of them will help make this holiday more meaningful for you and your family.

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How to Be Happy and Thankful Despite a Different Type of Thanksgiving

November 2, 2020

This year, the holidays look different for everyone, and military families are no exception. So, how do we make the most of Thanksgiving by focusing on being happy and thankful despite the circumstances in which we find ourselves?

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Fur Babies Are Part Of The Military Family Too: Here’s How To Protect Them

September 28, 2020

When we think of what makes our military family special, our pets are right up there! They have a way of making our homes complete, from one duty station to the next. They are with us through thick and thin, as our families grow, through numerous moves, and have gotten us through separations from our service members during training and deployments.

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It Turns Out, Deployment Was Good Practice for 2020

September 28, 2020

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that you can never predict what life’s going to throw at you. Military spouses might have been a little less phased by this crazy year since they’re used to change, risk, and uncertainty.

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Why Military Families Who Rent Should Have Renter Insurance

September 2, 2020

While your landlord or a property management company may be responsible for those things - big and little - that pop up when you live someplace, you need to protect your own possessions and property, as well.

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5 Ways to Protect Your Milspouse-Owned Business from Murphy’s Law

September 2, 2020

It affects your best-laid plans, sneaks up on you when you least expect it, and most military spouses have already experienced this “anything that can go wrong, will” phenomenon.

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Stress Free Ways To PCS With Pets

August 3, 2020

PCS season can be stressful, no matter where you’re moving. Those inevitable challenges always arise - and that’s just if we’re talking about humans! That’s right, military moves can be challenging for our furry friends, which is one reason AFI offers pet health insurance.

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Change Your PCS and Travel Game with AFI’s Motorhome Insurance

August 3, 2020

Unusual times call for creative solutions, and we are thrilled to offer you one you may not have considered yet. It's the freedom and flexibility of a motorhome or travel trailer.

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Turn Your PCS "Hurry Up and Wait" into a Staycation

July 6, 2020

There's a reason that "hurry up and wait," is such a commonly used phrase among military families. How do you get through it, especially when you're dealing with the stress of a PCS?

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How To Have A Successful PCS During The Pandemic

July 6, 2020

This year is a little trickier than usual, however. As if upending your life for weeks-to-months at a time wasn’t stressful enough, now there’s the added peskiness of a pandemic and nationwide lockdown. Let’s unpack (ha!) some of this PCS season’s challenges, and corresponding potential strategies.

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Fun, Safe Social Distancing Ideas for Summer

June 5, 2020

When it comes to a sense of community with those around you, nothing beats the real thing. However, the military and veteran community is pretty experienced when it comes to creative ways to show up for each other in difficult times. In that spirit, here are some ideas for fun social distancing during the summer months.

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Stationed in the Path of a Hurricane? Check Out These Tips from Armed Forces Insurance.

June 5, 2020

Hurricanes bring many things, but panic doesn’t have to be one of them. You’ll want to prepare for high winds, debris, power loss, falling objects, flood, damages to your personal property, school cancelations, potential evacuation, and -- most importantly -- the safety and security of your family.

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