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Finding Money for Long-Term Care

From the Huffington Post website

What resources can you refer me to for long-term care financial help? My 84-year-old mother needs assisted living or nursing home care, but we don’t have a lot of money and she doesn’t have long-term care insurance.

If your mother does not have a long-term care insurance policy, depending on her circumstances, here are several other sources you should check into that can help pay for her care.

As Seen in MidWeek: Neal Mitsuyoshi

Ryan Matsumoto, Ashlee Chung, Erin Mitsuyoshi, Neal Mitsuyoshi. click on photograph to enlarge.

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Missing Children’s Center

The Missing Child Center-Hawai‘i (MCCH) locates and recovers missing children, reunites missing children with their families, and prevents child abductions in Hawaii.

The MCCH meets this mission by: Coordinating the efforts of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies as well as other  public and private agencies, in the protection of children;   Developing and implementing programs that promote community awareness about child abduction; and, Maintaining a system to notify the public when a child is missing in Hawaii.

COL Neal Mitsuyoshi currently serves as the commander of the 103rd Troop Command.

Namesakes: Castle AFB, California

Air Force Magazine’s back-page feature is “Namesakes.” Every month it profiles the person or people after whom an Air Force facility was named. This post is about Castle AFB

Castle Air Force Base (1941–1995) is a former United States Air Force Strategic Air Command base located northeast of Atwater, northwest of Merced and about 115 miles (185 km) south of Sacramento, California.

The base, located in unincorporated Merced County, was closed in 1995 pursuant to a Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision following the end of the Cold War and the disestablishment of Strategic Air Command. It is now known as the Castle Airport Aviation and Development Center.

Namesakes: Castle AFB

Castle Air Museum

2017 HNGEA Annual General Membership Meeting

The Hawaii National Guard Enlisted Association (HNGEA) will hold it’s annual membership meeting on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The meeting will be at the 154th Wing Dining Facility (DFAC).

BTW: Retirees are encouraged to attend to learn more about HNGEA’s programs and how they are constantly working to increase benefits for all Guardmembers. If you are not already a life member, there can join as a retiree member – contact one of the officers listed on the flyer for more information.

Social Security benefits to get another small boost in 2018

From the ABC News website

Millions of Social Security recipients and other retirees will get a 2 percent increase in benefits next year, the largest increase since 2012, thought it comes to only $25 a month for the average beneficiary.

The cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, affects benefits for more than 70 million U.S. residents, including Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees. That’s about one in five Americans.

The Social Security Administration announced the COLA Friday.

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Check Six: Mick Melick Promotion – 21 years ago

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In 1996, Michael “Mick” Melich was promoted to colonel after he became the commander of the 154th Maintenance Group. This photograph was taken at his promotion luncheon. Yvette Miraflor provided the following comments:

From left to right, Sylvian Goodspeed, Elizebeth “Liz” Karosich, Mick, his daughter Keri, Yvette Miraflor, Ellen Laguatan and I forgot the last girls name, she was a part-timer.

Sylvian was a civilian that worked in Supply, Liz worked for Lt Col Melvin Asai in Mobility, and Ellen worked in Maintenance Analysis.

Special Thanks to Yvette Miraflor for helping identify some of the people in the photograph.

Which Single Behavior Best Prevents High Blood Pressure?

From the Health Day website

You probably already know that certain healthy lifestyle behaviors can reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, but is any one behavior more important than the others?

Maybe, as new research suggests maintaining a healthy weight is the No. 1 behavior to prevent unhealthy blood pressure levels.

Learn more

8 Ways to Raise HDL Cholesterol

From the everyday Health website

You’ve probably heard of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the good and the bad, respectively. But did you know there are effective ways you can raise HDL cholesterol levels and protect your heart health?

HDL cholesterol carries excess cholesterol to your liver so it doesn’t build up in your bloodstream. But when LDL cholesterol moves cholesterol throughout your body, it can build up in the walls of the arteries, making them hard and narrow. If you have too little HDL cholesterol and too much LDL, you may be diagnosed with high cholesterol, a condition that can lead to atherosclerosis, angina (often experienced as chest pain), heart attack, and stroke.

Read on to find ways to boost HDL cholesterol — and the evidence behind them.

Check Six: F-47 Thunderbolt Off Diamond Head

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This photograph shows a F-47N Thunderbolt off Diamond Head. The photograph is undated but the 199th Fighter Squadron flew F-47N “Jugs” from 1946 through 1954.

The squadron was extended federal recognition on November 4, 1946. They were initially based at Bellows Field in Waimanalo. The unit relocated to Hickam Field on October 28, 1947. They operated from Area 35 until February 17, 1962 when they moved to the 154th Wing’s current location.

How to Face the Hidden Cost of Retirement

From the U.S. News & World Report website

All of us have heard (or told) the stories about how much things used to cost in “the good old days.” A candy bar and a soda could both be had for a couple of quarters in the ‘70s. A gallon of milk or a gallon of gas were both less than a dollar in the ‘60s. The list can go on and on. While the trip down memory lane can be entertaining, it also offers meaningful perspective on the effects of inflation, particularly in regards to retirement planning.

Keep the following tips in mind as part of the retirement planning process to help prepare for inflation in retirement.

Slideshow: What Your Nails Say About Your Health

From the MedMD website

Did you know your nails can reveal clues to your overall health? A touch of white here, a rosy tinge there, or some rippling or bumps may be a sign of disease in the body. Problems in the liver, lungs, and heart can show up in your nails.

Keep reading to learn what secrets your nails might reveal.

Check Six: Old 201 CCG Friend – 42 years ago

This photograph shows a very young Galen Nakahara, who was a key member of the 201st Combat Communications Group support staff. Galen was a avid tennis player and a music aficionado, who always had music playing in his office area. He retired as a senior master sergeant after a long technician career.

The Mysterious Origins of ‘HOOAH,’ The Army’s Beloved Battle Cry

From the Task and Purpose website

To a civilian, “hooah!” can sound like a completely nonsensical utterance, the guttural wail of an unhinged man on the verge of defeat. But to a soldier in the U.S. Army, however, it’s a fearsome a battle cry that heard on battlefields and among battalions deployed around the globe.

The meaning of the battle cry is difficult to describe: According to the Army’s Brief Guide to Modern Military Jargon, “hooah” can mean anything aside from no, and dropping the magic word “can do anything from getting a Soldier off the hook to earning him or her pushups,” the guide cautions. But while some Navy units have adopted “HOOYAH” soon and the Marine Corps now lays claim to “OOHRAH,” the characteristic road belong, always, to the Army.

But how did the primal roar become a mainstay of Army vernacular?

Ignoring These 6 Financial Moves Could Ruin Your Retirement

From the Yahoo Finance website

You finally have enough money to retire, and you’re counting down the minutes—no, seconds—until you walk out the door for the last time. The excitement is palpable, and you can hardly believe you’ve reached this milestone. After all, it probably took at least thirty years of diligent investing to make your retirement dreams come true.

While I understand why you’re probably bouncing off the walls, you still have some work to do if you want to actually stay retired.

Say what?

Yep, you read that right. If you don’t complete a handful of important tasks now, you could wind up heading back to work part-time or cutting back on spending just to get by.

To avoid ruining your retirement, you need to make a handful of smart financial moves now. Here are the most important steps to take to keep your retirement safe and on track.