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College Countdown: What to Do Over the Summer

  • If you're a rising junior or senior in high school with college on the horizon, summer is no time to leave your university prep at the beach. Now is prime time to make sure your activities are in line with your goals, and will go a long way in helping to make sure your applications are in great shape when the time comes to send them to your top-choice schools.

    So, what to do? Our friends over at have come up with some summer college prep tips to keep you busy.

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DoD Submits Retirement Changes to Congress

  • After a long silence on the issue, the Pentagon has sent its formal recommendations for changes to the military retirement system - changes that include a "blended" retirement option that includes a smaller pension plus government contributions to an individual retirement account.

    The Pentagon's Changes

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Blue Star Offering Free Museum Admission This Summer

  • Memorial Day is fast approaching, and with it the official start of summer. This summer, the Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Department of Defense have partnered with more than 2,000 museums (in all 50 states) to give free admission for military members and their families.

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Reserve and Guard New Retirement Plans

U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges for Veterans 2015 Edition

  • U.S. News and World Report has released its 2015 Best Colleges rankings. These are the top ten national universities that the publication has found to be the Best Colleges for Veterans. For more information about the schools, U.S. News and World Report's survey and methodology, and the complete list of best national universities for veterans, best liberal arts colleges for veterans, best regional universities for veterans, and best regional colleges for veterans, visit:

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