She Turned Her Grief to Giving. Let Her Inspire You.

Twelve days before Christmas 2011, Kryste Buoniconti had to tell her three children their dad was gone forever. Last week she gave away his old uniforms and other clothing to the homeless in her … [Read more...]

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May the Military Make You Truly Thankful

The military offers spouses plenty of chances to be profoundly grateful. I don’t just mean being grateful for the direct deposit that shows up in your account on the first and the fifteenth. I … [Read more...]

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Are TDY Reimbursement Cuts Hurting You?

You may get less back from the government after your spouse's next TDY, thanks to new DoD rules. But are they hurting your pocket book? The cuts, which were designed to save the DoD money while … [Read more...]

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Pet Surgery Must now be Done Off-Base

A change to on-base veterinary clinics that is reported as "temporary" means you'll need to take your pets off-base for routine surgeries, at least for now. The command that oversees veterinary … [Read more...]

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She Turned Her Grief to Giving. Let Her Inspire You.

Twelve days before Christmas 2011, Kryste Buoniconti had to tell her three children their dad was gone forever. Last week she gave away his old uniforms and other clothing to the homeless in her … [Read more...]

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May the Military Make You Truly Thankful

The military offers spouses plenty of chances to be profoundly grateful. I don’t just mean being grateful for the direct deposit that shows up in your account on the first and the fifteenth. I … [Read more...]

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Are TDY Reimbursement Cuts Hurting You?

You may get less back from the government after your spouse's next TDY, thanks to new DoD rules. But are they hurting your pocket book? The cuts, which were designed to save the DoD money while … [Read more...]

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Pet Surgery Must now be Done Off-Base

A change to on-base veterinary clinics that is reported as "temporary" means you'll need to take your pets off-base for routine surgeries, at least for now. The command that oversees veterinary … [Read more...]

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Poll: How to Handle ‘Home for the Holidays’

Thanks to my pal Uncle Sam, my family and I live far away from all of our family. My mother and other immediate family live in Idaho, a 27-hour drive and $500 non-holiday season per-person flight … [Read more...]

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Many Paycheck Allotments Going Away

If you are the type of military person who likes to use to paycheck allotments to pay for items like furniture or cars military financial life is about to get a little more annoying. The Defense … [Read more...]

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Phone Sex: Conduct Unbecoming a Military Spouse?

It takes two to have phone sex. So why is does all the blame fall on the military officer and not the civilian partner? We got a letter this week from a military spouse asking if we knew of any … [Read more...]

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Undeniable Truths About Raising a Military Child

I brought my baby home from the hospital in a blue stocking cap that read N-A-V-Y. It was my little sign to the world that I was raising a military child and I knew it. Bring on the criticism. I … [Read more...]

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Surprising Things Military Folks Learn in Louisiana

Where would you most like to be stationed? When we asked our audience at Military.com’s the Spouse Experience in New Orleans to tell us about the best duty station ever, most of them picked … [Read more...]

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Commissary Adding ‘Value’ Tags to Generics

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has directed their stores to add "value" tags to products in their off-brand lines or put them in special displays in an effort to highlight the lower … [Read more...]

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How to Throw a ‘Stories Around the Table’ Party

The funny thing about being stationed in Germany is, well, it's too big. There are 50,000 Americans in the Ramstein Air Base area. For someone who has moved as often as I have, you would think it … [Read more...]

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Mailbag: How Can I Support My Husband?

When your service member complains that you do not “support” him or her, what exactly do they want? Money? Words of good cheer? Attendance at events? Boots with better insoles? We want to … [Read more...]

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APO Holiday Shipping Cut-Offs for 2014

Yesterday I realized that it is already the middle of November. And that means Christmas shopping ... and shipping. I know, I hate to admit it, too. I like the Fall season. I love … [Read more...]

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Upcoming Study Highlights ManSpouse Struggles

A study that will be released out of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University next year takes a close look at the struggles faced by civilian male military spouses. The … [Read more...]

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Fake Homeless Veterans: What Do You Do?

I spotted him from across a busy intersection near the White House. Surrounded by bags and backpacks, he held a creased cardboard rectangle with the words “Iraq Combat VET” scrawled in Sharpie. He … [Read more...]

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Ebola Troops and Emergency Leave, R&R, Care Packages

Any time there is a new type of deployment to a completely new area there are a lot of unanswered questions from the family front. And while the major news outlets are focused on the mission, you know … [Read more...]

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Too Judgey Against Geographic Bachelors?

I gotta admit, I am judgey about geographic bachelors. Where I really don’t care if you breastfeed your baby and I don’t even notice what kind of car you drive,  I’m pretty much against … [Read more...]

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Warrior Care Month: Choose How Tragedy Changes You

I didn't know my husband when he served in the Army, nor when he was injured. In 1988, just months following his four years active duty and while in the reserves, Geoff was in a horrific motorcycle … [Read more...]