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Monday, August 14, 2006

America Supports You: CinCHouse Column Benefits Military

By Samantha L. Quigley

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2006 – Servicemembers and their family members with financial questions need look no further for the answers than a new column on the CinCHouse Web site, www.cinchouse.com. CinCHouse and the Military Officers Association of America recently launched a new advice column for young military families addressing questions about pay and benefits, Meredith Leyva, CinCHouse founder, said.

"This is a terrific opportunity for our (Web site) visitors, who represent the youngest and newest members of the military community, to get solid advice from a trusted source," she said. "It's wonderful to have experts from (the association) to get them the straight scoop and clarify a lot of myths." The Military Officers Association of America, a nonprofit organization, is the leading voice on compensation and benefit matters for members of the military community, according to the association's Web site.

CinCHouse is a nonprofit organization of military wives that provides military wives and women in the military advice on managing everyday life, according to the organization's Web site. The group is a member of the Defense Department's America Supports You program, which highlights grassroots and corporate support for U.S. military members and their families. A team of association experts will take questions from a designated discussion forum on the CinCHouse Web site and via e-mail, Leyva said. The every-Monday column will provide detailed answers to those questions.

Additionally, both questions and answers will appear on CinCHouse Web site discussion forums, Leyva said. She said she hopes this will generate additional discussion of the topic as well as follow-up questions. "Every member of the military family is an important part of the MOAA family as well," retired Navy Vice Admiral Norb Ryan Jr., president of the Military Officers Association of America, said. "It's all about making our servicemembers and their spouses understand how valuable they are to our country."

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