Free or Discounted Tax Filing and Preparation for Military Members

TurboTax Military Edition. TurboTax created a software program specifically for military members. There is currently a free version for junior enlisted, and a discount for senior enlisted and officers. offers a free version of H&R Block At Home®. You must click the link directly from the MilitaryOneSource home page and be logged into your account. This version features one federal return and up to 3 state returns (good for military members who change state residency in a tax year). Visit their website and click the link on the center of the page. offers 50% discounted state and federal e-filing for military personnel.

Kick Start Your Emergency Fund

UnknownFor most of us, receiving a tax refund is a welcome break from our monthly routine of managing expenses to make ends meet. While it is very tempting to cash in your return and spend it on everyday items, the tax refund can also be a great way to motivate yourself to start an emergency fund.

As members of the military, we are less exposed to the risk of job loss than our civilian counterparts. However, it is still very important to have money set aside for any unplanned and expensive emergencies that might occur. Some examples of unplanned emergencies include broken appliances, medical emergencies, and auto repairs. For homeowners, having a well-stocked emergency fund can also help cushion your budget from any major increases in your escrow account obligations, which may result in a higher monthly mortgage payment.

The more fiscally responsible readers of this blog may argue that they would rather use the refund to pay off debt. However, in the absence of an emergency fund, something as simple as replacing a tire or brakes may cost hundreds of dollars and require you to take on additional debt burden either by paying through your credit card or taking out a short-term loan.
Here are some steps to setting up an emergency fund:

How much should I set aside?
 It is recommended that you have an emergency fund that covers at least 3-6 months of your living expenses. Some practitioners recommend having a minimum savings buffer of at least $500-$800.


MLK Observance

MLK Observance — Tripler Army Medical Center will host a ceremony to honor the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Tuesday, Jan 19th, at noon in Kyser Auditorium. This event is open to everyone. All are reminded to Remember-Celebrate-Act.

“Deck the Halls” Sewing Class (Tree Skirt)

TREE SKIRT – $40 per person (plus supplies)

Wednesdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Dec 2 and 9

Dress your beautiful tree with a final touch: a skirt to highlight the bounty of gifts! No sewing experience required and you must have your own sewing machine.


335 Kuntz Avenue
Bldg 1889
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI 96853
Start: Wednesday, Dec 2, 2015
End: Wednesday, Dec 9, 2015
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Schofield Arts & Crafts

The Schofield Barracks Arts & Crafts is always coming up with fun family friendly activities.  12244391_1103600999673351_259942484843735532_o

SGT Yano Library – After School Fun

School life getting you down? Come to After School in the Library for some fun. We will be reading stories and making crafts. So come in and relax at the library. Begins at 3pm.
For school aged children kindergarten to 5th grade.
For more information, contact the library 655-8002

Arts and Crafts Holiday Sale

Arts and Crafts Holiday Sale

Start your Christmas shopping early at the Schofield Arts & Crafts Holiday Craft Sale.  Friday and Saturday, November 13-14,  9:00 am-4:00 pm. Pottery, Quilts, Ceramics, Jewelry and more will be available for purchase.

Schofield Arts & Crafts

BLDG. 572 (Next to the Bowling Center)


Call 808-655-4202 For more info.

2015 Thanksgiving 5K Run

2015 Thanksgiving 5K Run

Come and Join the Run!

Saturday, November 21

Helemano Military Reservation (HMR)

Physical Fitness Center Gymnasium

6:30 – 9:30am

Register at any Amy Garrison Physical Fitness Center. Pre-Registration is $20 per person until November 8. Race day registration is $25. All participants that register will receive a t-shirt.

Awards will be given to the top male and female in six different age categories:

12 & under, 13-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50 and over.

Call: 653-0723/0719

Job Fair

Club Pearl
Tuesday, October 20
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Are you looking for a new job? Did you just graduate from school? Do you want to change careers? Then don’t miss out on the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Job Fair! Over 100 local and mainland employers will be here for the largest military job in Hawaii!