Military | MyCAA Program for Military Spouses {Up to $4,000 for Career Oriented Programs}


We are a military family and I know that over the last few years we have had some military families in or around Tucson and Phoenix who may follow the blog.

Being married to a military Service Member always brings a unique set of challenges – and thankfully you can find resources to help you with those challenges to make your day to day life a little easier.

If you are a military spouse, you can score FREE Career Development and Employment Assistance through the Military Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA).  My sister in law is actually a recent participant in this program – it truly is a blessing for those of you who wish to receive training in a career oriented program.

The MyCAA program pays tuition expenses for Career Oriented Programs that focus on teaching the knowledge and skills you will need to do a specific job – many Military spouses may want to work and not have that opportunity.  Programs include:

  • Medical Coding
  • Medical Billing
  • Executive Assistant
  • Pharmacy Tech with Healthcare Billing
  • Childcare Administration
  • Medical Transcription

The MyCAA program is designed for Spouses of Service Members on Active Duty – Army, Navy, Air Force & Marines, Pay Grades E-1 to E-5, W-01 to W-02 and O-1 to O-2.

The MyCAA program provides up to $4,000 to cover tuition of an approved MyCAA Program. it does not cover Books, Fees or Child Care or Fees – you can apply for the program by heading here.

Even better…right now, Career Step now includes a Kindle Fire at NO additional cost for MyCAA students who enroll in programs that will require eBook textbooks.

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SeaWorld Parks: 50% off Single Day Admission to Qualifying Service Members & Veterans


If you or someone you know is military, here’s a great deal that has been extended another year – for the second year in a row, SeaWorld Parks is offering 50% off single day admission to all those who have served in the US Military.

We all know that Waves of Honor offers FREE Admission for Military- but this discount from SeaWorld extends to Veterans – which is NOT offered through Waves of Honor.

The offer is valid for bookings through November 11th – and includes 50% off single day admission for Service Members and Veterans who qualify.  You must visit by December 21st.

The offer can be redeemed from 9/2 to 12/21 – tickets are available online or at participating military bases. Up to six one-day admissions can be purchased.

If you are a Service Member you must validate through the Troop ID on their website to qualify for the offer.

The offer includes Active, Retired, Honorably Separated, and Enlisted personnel.

If you aren’t familiar with the Waves of Honor Program you can see more on my last post.

thanks, Military Disney Tips!

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Supporting the Military Through Expired Coupons

Supporting Military Families through Expired Coupons
Those of you who are new to my site may be curious as to what you should do with any coupons that you might not be able to use, that expire – and the great news is that we can use them to support the troops.

For military families who relocate overseas to various locations…the transition can be very difficult.

Enlisted soldiers and their families may find stretching their dollars a real challenge, even more so then those who are based in this country.

We can send those families our expired coupons or….sending them to cooperatives (co-ops) around the nation who can pass them along.   There are several military family support centers overseas who offer coupon exchanges.

The military commissaries (grocery stores) overseas accept manufacturer’s cents-off coupons for up to six months past their printed expiration dates.


Some tips for gathering those coupons:

  • Cut your coupons, do not send full inserts.
  • Tallying your total or separating coupons/sorting is not required.
  • Printed internet coupons can be used by recipients.
  • Do not staple your coupons.
  • Ship those coupons that have recently expired in the last month or two.
  • Do not send store coupons, or Restaurant coupons.
  • You can send any coupon that is a Manufacturer coupon with a valid redemption address.

We have reached out to Coupons for Troops and just this past week I requested for my readers to be matched with a family serving overseas. They have been gracious enough to work with us and match us with a family in Okinawa, Japan.

She has permitted me to share her FPO address on my site so that we can support her by sending our coupons.

Shantelle Stewart
PSC 557 Box 1871
FPO AP 96379-1871 
Shantelle is with the Marine Corp, and will be returning stateside in March, 2016 – until that time, I encourage you to send your expired coupons to her by referencing the tips above. 
You do not need to send a large box at once – you can keep it easier to manage by going through your coupons on a weekly basis, setting expireds aside, and putting in a regular letter-size envelope addressed to her FPO address, above. 

I am able to message Shantelle through email if an issue arises – but she is looking forward to receiving your coupons and sharing with MilitaryFamilies near her in Okinawa.


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Operation Gratitude: Write Letters to Support the Troops (Great for Classrooms)


This is a great resource to share since we’re at the beginning of the school year. It would be a great class project.

I have posted several ways you can show your thanks to the troops, from donating to Operation Gratitude, to sending their family expired coupons – this post today is one that you help our children support the Military.

Operation Gratitude encourages classrooms to write letters to those who are serving – teachers can engage the students as a part of a classroom project in Civics, History, Social Studies, Writing Skills, Art and Grammar.

You can include first names only, the school name, address, and classroom/grade, and send in a large envelope or box to:

Operation Gratitude
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406

Operation Gratitude sends thousands of care packages each year to troops, Wounded Warriors & Veterans – letters are probably the most meaningful way you can show your support. Read more about their project here.


Military Commissary | Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale {August 14–September 30th}

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If you shop at the Military Commissary, stateside commissaries are back with their Customer Appreciation Case Lot Sale for 3 days between 8/14 and 9/30.

Your store sale dates will vary – you can head to the Commissary’s breakdown of sale dates and locations by heading here. Luke AFB is scheduled for 9/18 – 9/21.

The Case Lot Sales afford you a multitude of items, some at saving sof 50% or more, in full cases found in off-base warehouse stores.

Operation: Love Reunited | FREE Photography Session for Families of Deployed Soldiers

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If you or someone you know is a military family, you can score FREE Photography Sessions and Photo Gifts with an offer called Operation: Love Reunited.

Operation Love Reunited is a Non-Profit that set up families dealing with deployment, with a photographer located worldwide. They capture a photography session for those who are going to be deployed, who are deployed or for those who are returning from a deployment.

  • Pre-Deployment or Deployed – 15 4×6 Prints and 2 Dog Tag Necklaces
  • Homecomings:  15 Images with Print rights up to 4×6

How it works

OpLove captures sessions for those loved ones that are in pre-deployment, and mid-deployment – they will send the prints from the session directly to your loved one overseas.

They will also coordinate with you when your loved one arrives from deployment – to capture the homecoming in a unique photo session that you will score in 15 digital images.

You can read their page for more details and share if you or someone you know is experiencing a deployment within their family.

Session Request

Head over & request a session by completing the Session Request form here; you can also check the OpLove Photographer Map to determine if there is a photographer near to you.

If you are a Photographer that would love to be part of their endeavor you can apply on their site here for a small subscription fee.

Photo Credit: Operation: Love Reunited

Vet Tix: FREE Tickets to Qualified Military, Veterans + Families (Nascar + More)

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For those of you that are military, or military Veterans, you can request FREE Tickets to various events to include concerts, special events & more.

Vet Tix is an organization that helps to provide FREE Tickets to Military, Veterans and their families – you must meet certain requirements to qualify.

You must be in one of the 5 branches of the armed Forces, and either Active, Veteran, or Spouse of someone Killed In Action. Branches include Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Air Force, Navy & Army (including Reserves).  To read the rest of the qualifications head HERE.

Through the Hero’s Wish Program, members of Vet Tix may request specific tickets for any single event (no trips, flights, hotels or cruises).  Members can submit a Hero’s Wish through the Vet Tix site HERE – Vet Tix will then verify the member as qualified, and help explore ways to make the Hero’s “Wish Come True” – whether posting on their site with a donate button, through emails, faxes or phone calls & sometimes even more.

Non-military can help fulfill the requests of these Hero’s by donating tickets to fulfill, OR by making a monetary payment towards a Vet Tix request or requests.

You can read more about Vet Tix here on their site.

Six Flags Over Georgia | FREE Admission for Military + 3 Dependents {9/20 & 9/21}

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We may not have too many readers in Georgia but I know we do have some military here that may be able to share this with friends.

If you are near the Six Flags Amusement Park in Georgia, on September 20th – 21st they are having Military Appreciation Days.

During that weekend there will be complimentary Admission to Current Members (that means Active)… and up to 3 Dependents.

If a military service member is deployed during that weekend, their spouse and up to 3 dependents can score FREE admission with current military ID card (the Spouses ID).

Additional Tickets after those 3 FREE and General Admission for Retired Military, and Veterans can be purchased at the Six Flags front Gates for 50% off.

All tickets must be purchased at the front gate to receive these special military discounts and a valid military ID card is required.

(Note:  Each location is different; this is only for the Georgia location – if you want to find out if your location is doing this, visit their website or give them a call).

Supporting our Troops | Sending Care Packages to Those Who Serve Abroad

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If you are picking up items this week at Fry’s or Safeway, please consider setting some of your great deals aside and sending to our troops overseas.

I have posted this several times this past year, but a great reader let me know that Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan recently asked for your generosity just within the last 24 hours.

At Safeway this week:

Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna with Water, 5 oz $.69
Use $.75/3 Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna with Water zip 03103
Pay $.36 ea. wyb 3

Starkist Tuna Creations Ranch ONLY 5/$5.00 (or $1 ea.)
Use $.75/1 Starkist Product 7/27 SS (x 9/21)
OR $1/2 Starkist Tuna Pouches
OR $.75/2 Starkist Tuna Pouches
As low as FREE after coupon

Or pick up for $.25 at Fry’s – noted in the Matchups this week. We also had FREE Kool Aid, FREE Crystal Light and more this week… those would be great to donate, too!

If you are picking them up .. you can send to the troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan  = They serve over 50,000 troops per month in their USO Center and you can ship your box to them directly.

USO Bagram
Pat Tillman Memorial Center
APO, AE 09354

Visit the post office for a flat rate box – the flat rate boxes have gone up in cost and are $18 at the Post Office. If you have a friend that can go split the cost of a box you can pack in quite a few things.

thanks, Mireya!

JCPenney: FREE 8×10 Portrait for Military + Traditional Sheets just $3.99


If you, or someone you know is military, you can score a FREE 8×10 with FREE Sitting Fees at JCPenney.

And, additional portrait sheets are just $3.99 (reg. $10)- through 7/15. The offer is limited to one per family, per day and is not valid with any other offer.

You will need to print this coupon and present valid Military ID to redeem.

Don’t forget this other offer:

Disney Armed Forces Salute Discounts to Theme Park & Rooms for Military {Renewed through 2015}


If you are military, here is some good news – Disney has announced that the latest prices for the Armed Forces Salute Discount (which gives military families the ability to buy multiple day tickets at discounted rates) have been renewed.

The resorts that offer discount rates include the Orlando and Anaheim locations.

Walt Disney in Orlando, Florida

  • 40% off Deluxe Resorts
  • 35% off Moderates & Fort Wilderness Cabins
  • 30% off Value resorts including Art of Animation (with some exceptions)

Disneyland in Anaheim, California

  • 40% off at The Grand Californian
  • 35% off at The Disney Hotel
  • 30% off at The Paradise Pier

You can read in depth details on this promotion on the Military Disney Tips page here. (this page is a great one for keeping bookmarked if you are not familiar with the Military Disney program).

Military Assistance Mission Back to School Brigade for Phoenix & Yuma | Register NOW for July 26th


We have another Back to School Fair tomorrow – this one is for Military. Please feel free to share.

Military Assistance Mission has a Back to School Brigade Mission on Saturday, July 26th – the event is open to ALL Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve in ALL Branches,  E6 and Below.   The event will be held in Phoenix and Yuma, Tucson is now closed for registration.

Your child must be registered in DEERS and an ID Card Holder must be present. Register HERE and print out your ticket.

You can see location, times and details by heading here.

Photo Credit
Thanks, Rachel!

Military | FREE 5×7 Softcover Photo Book


Many of us did this last year  – and the offer is still available…what a great way to show your love for a Soldier!

You can head on over here to create a 20-page personal photo book and ship it to any APO, FPO, or MPO address for free.

These full-color, 5×7 softcover books fit perfectly in a soldier’s cargo pocket, yet hold over 60 photos. RocketLife prints the books for free, and the USO pays for shipping.

1. Fill out the form to get your promo code and a link to launch the RocketLife software.
2. Load your pictures and see them transformed into amazing layouts.

Please, if you have friends and family who are military feel free to share this post/offer with them – I know firsthand how difficult it is to have a loved one stationed abroad (whether deployed or on a regular duty station) – something like this can mean the world to that person.

Armed Forces Vacations: 7-Night Space-A Stays $299 Sale (Select Locations Worldwide)


Armed Forces Vacation Club is running another sale on their 7-night Space-A Stays for $299 through 7/15 only!  If you are a veteran or in the service and you plan on taking a family vacation in the next 12 months, this is a great way to save on lodging.

You can see HERE for list – click “Preview Resorts” on the left side of the screen.

The recipient has 12 months from date of purchase to redeem, which is reflected on the “Book By” date printed on the RVC.  They have locations in the US, Europe, South America, the Caribbean + more.

Not all areas have $299 offer, but many do.   They do book up fast…… and you are not required to stay for the 7 days but you will pay $299 for the 7 days regardless of how long you choose to stay.

Operation Homefront: FREE School Supplies for Military Children {Register Now}


Today kicks off the 8th Season of Operation Homefront’s Back to School Brigade – a nationwide school supply collection campaign for Military Families.

Dollar Tree starts setting out Barrels at their stores today, 7/9 through 8/15 – at over 5,000 locations… They will be collecting school supplies – you can help by donating at your local Dollar Tree, by making a tax-deductible donation, volunteering, and also help by requesting a collection bin at your church, office or school as well.


There are many locations across the U.S. – those above are just a few!

Distribution events for FREE (Limited) School Supplies & Backpacks are scheduled at locations all across the United States – click on the MORE to see the details in the area near to you, and to register your children.

Supplies are limited – if you or someone you know is a military family and in the area noted here, make sure you register early so you can pick up FREE school supplies.

Once your registration is complete you will receive a confirmation email.  This program is for military dependent children only and identification of all children registered will be required the day of the event.