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Real Simple Magazine Seeking Milspouses

Liz is working on a story about the communities/support groups and friendships that military spouses build as a result of their partner's deployment She'sspecifically interested in how these groups of women (or women and men) help one another through the day to day tasks of either being a single parent, or simply being alone, with a partner overseas and what it means to be married to the military. Details below:

REAL SIMPLE IS MAGAZINE LOOKING FOR A GROUP OF MILITARY SPOUSES WHO HAVE FORMED A SUPPORT GROUP

If you are in a formal or informal support group and interested in sharing your story with a national magazine for an upcoming feature, please send the following information to writer Liz Welch (www.lizwelch.com) at her email address:lizmorganwelch at gmail dot com

- NAMES AND AGES OF EACH WOMEN IN GROUP(one or two men in the group would be fine!)

- WHERE THEY ARE BASED

- CONTACT INFORMATION FOR EACH (phone number or email address)

- PARAGRAPH DESCRIBING HOW THEY HELP ONE ANOTHER WHILE THEIR SPOUSES ARE GONE (both practically–ie, babysitting, grocery shopping, carpooling etc. to the more emotional ways they are there for one another)

- PHOTOGRAPH OF THE GROUP (either individual snap shots or a group shot would do)

If selected, I would come spend a few days wherever the group is located–US based is the only requirement–to do individual interviews as well as a group one (say they meet weekly for an impromptu or planned support group) We'd likely have a photographer come with me to take portraits or send him or her in the weeks following the interview to do so.

About Andi

Andi is married to an active-duty soldier and is the founder and former editor of SpouseBUZZ.

She is the founder of the Annual MilBlog Conference. The MilBlog Conference is the premiere event of the year for military bloggers. President George W. Bush, U.S. Representative Adam Smith, GEN David Petraeus, LTG Mike Oates, LTG William Caldwell, RADM Mark Fox, MG Kevin Bergner, MG David Hogg and The Honorable Pete Geren have addressed previous conferences.

While living in Washington, DC, Andi was the Ambassador to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for Sew Much Comfort, a non-profit organization which makes and delivers, free of charge, special adaptive clothing for wounded service members. Andi has worked with several non-profits to help our wounded heroes and their families. She finds that work to be the most rewarding and meaningful of all.

Andi strives to find humor in the good, bad and ugly of life and is a firm believer that laughter has the ability to cure most ills.