Should She Go To Crazy Family Wedding?

Amy is supposed to be a bridesmaid in her little sister’s wedding. Her son is lined up to be the ring bearer. And now Amy’s husband is scheduled to come home from a nine month deployment and … [Read more...]

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Military Life is Socialism and I Love It

Military life is a perfect example of socialism in action says Daily Beast columnist and Iraq and Afghanistan vet Jacob Siegel. Other than a few key ways it's not actually socialism at all … [Read more...]

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‘We Can Live Without the Commissary’

Next to the camp of service members, military families and retirees who rely on the commissary as a must-have benefit is another less vocal but just as important group of people: those who are fine … [Read more...]

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Drawdown and Other Things That Are Too Good to Be True

"The military is drawing down. Deployments are slowing. Your service member will be home more." Someone please tell me I'm not the only person who reads those words and thinks "I'll believe THAT … [Read more...]

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Should She Go To Crazy Family Wedding?

Amy is supposed to be a bridesmaid in her little sister’s wedding. Her son is lined up to be the ring bearer. And now Amy’s husband is scheduled to come home from a nine month deployment and … [Read more...]

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Military Life is Socialism and I Love It

Military life is a perfect example of socialism in action says Daily Beast columnist and Iraq and Afghanistan vet Jacob Siegel. Other than a few key ways it's not actually socialism at all … [Read more...]

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‘We Can Live Without the Commissary’

Next to the camp of service members, military families and retirees who rely on the commissary as a must-have benefit is another less vocal but just as important group of people: those who are fine … [Read more...]

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Drawdown and Other Things That Are Too Good to Be True

"The military is drawing down. Deployments are slowing. Your service member will be home more." Someone please tell me I'm not the only person who reads those words and thinks "I'll believe THAT … [Read more...]

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I Didn’t Know to Have the ‘No Touching’ Talk With My Toddler

My 3-year-old shouldn’t be impacted by both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Month of the Military Child. I was not prepared for the call I got at work one afternoon. An incident had occurred … [Read more...]

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4 Ways to Handle Adversity

Whether you are rushing out the door to take the kids to school, or taking care of the house while your spouse is deployed, adversity can be a scary thing to experience. This is especially true when … [Read more...]

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Top 10 Signs You’re a Complainer (And How to Fix It)

I am not one to join a Quit Complaining campaign. I figure if you aren’t complaining about life just a little, you aren’t paying enough attention. But in military life where so many hold a … [Read more...]

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11 Ways To Calm Down (When Freaking Out!)

During deployment, we don’t just worry about our service member’s safety, we worry about the house burning down for good measure. We don’t just worry about the deployment being extended, we … [Read more...]

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Commissary Card Now Up for Android

If you're an Android platform user you're now in the money, or at least the mobile coupons, with the commissary. Eight months after the original launch of their rewards card app for iPhone, an app for … [Read more...]

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Caregivers of Vets Deserve These Proposed Perks

If you’re a caregiver of a veteran wounded before 9/11 you receive no stipend from the Veteran Affairs administration (VA), no health care and no mental health help. And if you receive the Defense … [Read more...]

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YDU: I’m a Big Fat Fraud?

Why didn't you tell me that I would be a big fat FRAUD? I have been through many, many deployments. So many, that I haven’t even kept track of the number. I have felt the dread of … [Read more...]

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Sesame Street USO Show Not Just for Kids

You probably don't take your military child to a Sesame Street show so that you can also be reminded how to navigate military life. You're probably there for Elmo. Or Cookie. Or Elmo. But when my … [Read more...]

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Spouse Summit: Your BEST Military Life, Not Just His

Does it ever seem like the military only sees you in terms of what you can do for your husband? Or your wife? Or your partner? It can feel like they don’t quite realize that you have a life, … [Read more...]

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Money Nightmare: Commissary Changes and You

There seems to be three types of military grocery shoppers out there -- those who are certain the commissary saves them money, those who think it's a wash, and those who find they save more by staying … [Read more...]

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You Can’t Quit the Military!

Nobody “quits” the military. There is no walking into the first sergeant’s office and telling him that you are “grateful for the opportunity.” You can’t text the CO from your car in the … [Read more...]

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What To Write For SpouseBuzz

One of my favorite moments at a Spouse X event is when the writers appear at my elbow. “What can I write for SpouseBuzz?” they ask me. Some of them are professional writers already. They have … [Read more...]

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Top 10 Questions Before Your Military Transition

Leaving the military may feel like someone has just pushed you out of an airplane without issuing you a parachute. Whether your service member decides to leave the military due to the drawdown, … [Read more...]

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Newsflash: Marines Don’t Care a Lick About Pay

Marines don't care about their pay. And receiving less will make them better. That's what the Marine Corps' top enlisted official, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal Barrett told Congress April … [Read more...]