Military Spouse News

Latest Military Spouse News

• MYCAA Resumes with New Qualifications:
According to the Military One Source website, the popular myCAA program will resume at 8 a.m (EDT) on Monday, October 25, 2010. The announcement, released July 20, 2010, stated that the MyCAA program will have new requirements in order for spouses to take advantage of the educational funding. All currently approved financial assistance documents will be honored.

The new eligbility guidelines are outlined as follows:
- Eligibility is limited to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2
- The new total cap has been lowered to $4,000, with a fiscal year cap of $2,000
- Spouses are allowed to use the funding for licensure or certification up to $4,000
- Spouses must finish their program within 3 years from the start date of the first course
- Programs covered are limited to associate degrees, certification and licensure programs
- National Guard and Reserve members must be on active duty for spouses to use MyCAA
- Effective immediately, spouses may no longer use the MyCAA benefit when the service
member is in an alert or demobilization period.

In addition:
- Spouses with active accounts as of July 20, 2010 must request approval of a career plan
no later than August 31,2010.
- September 1, 2010 through October 21, 2010, spouses with active accounts may request
financial assistance for classes with start dates up to January 15, 2011.

If these new guidelines have disqualified you from receiving MyCAA funding, try a free counseling session to determine if a personalized military spouse scholarship search might benefit you.

• New Survey for Military Spouses to Express Obstacles and Concerns
MilitaryWivesMatter.com is currently conducting a survey to get a sense of what life is like for military spouses. The collected information will be used to best provide resources on the Military Wives Matter website. (http://www.militarywivesmatter.org/home.html)

• Air Force Officials Update Key Spouse Program:
As part of the 2009-2010 Year of the Air Force Family initiative, a revised Key Spouse program has been launched. According to the Official U.S. Air Force Web site, the Key Spouse Program is an official communication network designed to establish a sense of community among unit leaders, Airmen and their families. A Key Spouse volunteer may be the spouse of an officer, an enlisted Airman, a Department of Defense civilian or other qualified person connected to the unit. Additionally, unit leaders formally select and appoint each Key Spouse.