About Amy Bushatz

Amy is the managing editor of Military.com’s spouse and family blog SpouseBuzz.com. A journalist by trade, Amy also covers spouse and family news for Military.com where she is an Associate Editor. An Army wife and mother of two, Amy has been featured as a subject matter expert on NPR and in the New York Times. Follow her on twitter @amybushatz.

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Gold Star Wife’s Courage Showcased in New Film

It wasn't long after Lisa Hallett's husband, Army Cpt. John Hallett, was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan in August, 2009, that she turned to running as a way to cope. And when those of us in … [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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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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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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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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How This Service Dog Saved Her Soldier

When retired Army Spc. Josh Tucker first met his black Lab military working dog Ellen, he had no idea she would someday give him back his soul. After a injury and short recovery period in … [Read more...]

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Ingenius Spouse Moves Family Training Online

Sometimes the best ideas are the ones right in front of you. That's how it was for Brandy Pearson. As a certified Army Family Team Building (AFTB) instructor currently far from a traditional base … [Read more...]

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She Had No Idea He Turned Down SGLI

Like so many of our service members, Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones thought he was invincible. He was also the saver in his military home, squirreling away money for the future any way he could. Which is … [Read more...]

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Why Increased Base Security Is a Mistake

If you think the most recent mass shooting on Fort Hood means that we really ought to tighten up physical security on military bases, I'm betting you haven't spent much time on one lately. With … [Read more...]

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Poll: Combine the Commissary and Exchange?

The CEO of Army and Air Force Exchange (AAFES) has officially proposed combining with the commissary in an effort to save them from the higher prices and potential closings under a new potential … [Read more...]

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Salad Shake-Up at Commissaries in Europe

If you are stationed north of the Alps in Europe you're about to see some changes in the produce section that could change prices and increase freshness. A few weeks ago we reported that the … [Read more...]

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Behind the CNN ‘Military Wife’ Weight Loss Story

When deployment slaps you across the face do you let it get you down, or do you fight back? You may have seen the story floating around Facebook early this month – “Military Wife Drops More … [Read more...]

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Poll: What Are You Doing With Your Tax Refund?

My friends who attack their finances with the precision of a money ninja think tax refunds are for the birds. They have figured out their paychecks just so – and manage to not give their federal and … [Read more...]

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New PCS Rule Gives Users More Power Over Movers

Have a really bad moving crew? Starting in May 2014, a new rule gives you a bigger say in whether or not they get to keep working for the government. But to make it work, you've got to fill out the … [Read more...]

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Is It Cheaper to Live On or Off Base?

It's a question every military family asks when they make a permanent change of station (PCS) move -- is it cheaper to live on or off base? And how do you choose which path to take? We linked up … [Read more...]

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5 Interview Questions Every Spouse is Afraid to Hear

You landed the interview - great job! - but now you have to figure out what to do about those nerve wracking interview questions. You know the ones we're talking about. How long do you plan to live … [Read more...]