#DefenseMobile – An Affordable Cell Phone Service for Military & Family

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Defense Mobile - An Affordable Cell Phone Service for Military & Family

When I first heard of Defense Mobile, my immediate reaction was “It’s about time!” This amazing new cell phone company has partnered up with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon, thus being able to provide its’ customers with awesome cell phone signals and fast 4G service! But, this phone service isn’t for everyone. It is exclusive to our military Veterans, Active Duty, and family members (including National Guard and Reserve)!

Defense Mobile will be comprised of service for each branch: ARMYmobile, NAVYmobile, MARINEmobile, AIRFORCEmobile, and COASTGUARDmobile. They have partnered up with RadioShack to offer the military community this exclusive service, and what better company to work with? “At RadioShack, we know the importance of connecting veterans and those serving in the military with their loved ones. We feel honored to add the complete line of Defense Mobile services to our mobility offerings,” said Paul Rutenis, chief merchandising officer at RadioShack. “We have long offered a 10 percent discount to military families and launching Defense Mobile is one more way we can provide custom offerings to these loyal consumers.”

What’s even better is the fact that most of those behind Defense Mobile are military and disabled veterans. Even most of their executives have formerly served in the U.S. Military! They know first hand how frustrating it can be having to travel, whether it be to PCS or TDY, and not be able to get the best signal (if any, at all)! That’s why they thought up the genius idea to work with the nations largest providers as a team, to help make the military community’s lives a little easier. Being a Defense Mobile customer will mean never having to switch carriers – in fact, they will make sure that you always have the strongest signal!

This amazing service will be offered with no annual contract, starting in the upcoming months. Cell phone service through Defense Mobile will set you back about $25 – $240 a month, depending on your plan and how many people are on it, and yes, they have a family plan, too! RadioShack will be rolling out this service in its’ 2500 store locations by 2015, however, you can pre-register for Defense Mobile now here and even be considered for Charter Membership when it launches! And, when it’s live, you can purchase phones and service online or at RadioShack (military installations will offer the service soon after). If you want to dive straight into the fine print, check out this link!

In addition to this exclusive service, there are many perks that come along with it! Check it out:

* miliCASH -  a secure mobile banking application with a pre-approved pre-paid MasterCard® that delivers military-and-veteran-only cash back rewards at participating merchants nationwide.

* miliSOURCE – a powerful application that helps veteran families discover and obtain valuable veteran benefits and services from the VA, States, and Veteran Service Organizations.

 * miliMAIL – a free email service providing transitioning military personnel and Defense Mobile Members with a unique email that proudly confirms their affiliation to the branch of service they served.

These will all be pre-loaded apps featured on your new smartphone. Or, if you are keeping your phone, you’ll be able to download them after you sign up. Remember, you can pre-register now (don’t worry, there is nothing to pay for upfront, and there is no obligation to even join when they launch), and you’ll have the chance to be considered for their Charter Membership, which offers the following benefits:

  • 50% off your first 3 months of service
  • Priority access to the newest phones, including special pre-orders
  • Other exciting offers and savings opportunities throughout the year!

Go Here to Pre-Register!

To find out more about Defense Mobile, please visit the links below:

ARMYmobile: http://bit.ly/Xv8uBZ

AIRFORCEmobile: http://bit.ly/1qUbLqa

COASTGUARDmobile: http://bit.ly/1BITEqH

MARINEmobile: http://bit.ly/XbOOCR

NAVYmobile: http://bit.ly/1sgntb2

 

Michaels Stores offer a 10% #Military Discount!

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Where are all my Michaels Arts & Crafts Store fans? I swear, I get lost in there for hours! Well, in case you didn’t already know, Michaels offers a 10% Military Discount everyday, at all Michaels stores! Combine this with the 40% off coupons they offer (or other coupons), and you may be able to save up to 50% on your purchase! Love it! You can read more about this discount here.

Michaels Stores Military Discount

#ChevySalutes our Military members (and my salute to my husband)! #sponsored

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A Salute to my Husband …

Pre-deployment Kisses

It’s the end of May, which means Military Appreciation Month is drawing to a close. However, just because it’s over doesn’t mean we can’t recognize and honor our awesome servicemen and women all year round! Afterall, our servicemembers are serving 24/7, 365, sacrificing time with loved ones and maybe even making the ultimate sacrifice. That’s why I’d like to dedicate this post to saluting my husband, Clint, who is currently serving in the United States Army as Flight Medic.

I first met Clint in November, 2007, when my best friend set us up on a blind date (they had both recently been stationed at Fort Lewis). At that point in time, I had pretty much given up on meeting a good man, having just gotten out of a relationship a few weeks prior. I agreed to being set up, as it was really just a get together with friends that night, meeting up at Red Robin and then going bowling. It was funny, looking back, that we didn’t even sit next to one another at dinner. Not sure how that happened, but I remember being slightly upset. I kept looking at him, but nothing really happened until we went bowling. That’s when we loosened up and started talking, and ended up having a great night together. The next day, he and I went to a Seahawks game with friends, and were inseparable ever since. And when he got orders to Fort Bragg a month later, he asked me to go with him. In fact, we decided to get married, too! Mind you, we were both 29 at the time. Sure, two months seems like an awfully short time to get to know someone and decide to get married, however, I think we were both old enough to realize that we knew each other were “the one.”

It hasn’t all been roses and cupcakes, however. During our first PCS, I was pregnant with our first, and we had to move from Seattle, WA to Fort Bragg, NC (we did a DITY move to maximize the savings). I disliked Bragg very much. Hubby was attending SOCOM at the time, and was at school from 5AM til 5PM most days, but he worked his tush off, studying and trying to take care of me, his pregnant wife. After a year in Bragg, we got orders to head back to Fort Lewis, WA, which I was completely stoked about. Again, we trekked across country, DITY-style. My husband was so awesome throughout the whole process, making sure that our baby girl and myself were taken care of. During our first two PCS moves, I realized what a hard worker my husband was, making sure everything was taken care of for us, his family (not to mention, what an great soldier he was in his units)! I realized I had met and married a man with the same personal values that I grew up with and knew I had made the right choice :)

Fast forward two deployments, two more PCS’s and two kids later, it’s only gotten better. He is an amazing father, husband and soldier. I commend him for his work ethic in making sure that his own soldiers are taken care of! Sometimes you hear about guys only being out for themselves, but my husband is anything but. He gets the job done, and he gets it done right. I can’t imagine my life without him. So with that, Thank You, Clint, for your sacrifices and your dedication, not only for us, but also for our country.

And, #ChevySalutes by honoring our military members YEAR ROUND!

Chevrolet Military Discount

And did you know, Chevrolet honors our military families and veterans year round, too! You can read about the several campaigns they are involved with here. And don’t forget, throughout the month of May, Chevy is celebrating Military Appreciation Month by offering the Chevrolet Military Discount!

Now all Veterans along with Active Duty, Reserves and Retirees — including their spouses — are eligible for the Chevrolet Military Discount. The discount can be combined with most current incentives. You’ll also get the security of Chevrolet Complete Care available on 2014 purchased and leased vehicles. Backed by 24 months or 24,000 miles of included scheduled maintenance, warranties that cover powertrain, bumper-to-bumper and anti-corrosion, and five years or 100,000 miles of roadside assistance with courtesy transportation. USAA members receive an additional $750 private offer. The Chevrolet Military Purchase Program is available to more military personnel than any other brand. It’s just one of the many ways that Chevrolet is proud to serve all that have served.

What’s really cool about this program is that you can actually go online here (scroll down to “Get Your Discount”) and get your exclusive code and take it into your local dealership!

Also, be sure to check out this post that I wrote last week about the discount (my two cents about how I appreciate military discounts such as this one)!