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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The Troops and Ebola Stories You’ve Seen are Wrong

You've seen the headlines and felt the panic. "US troops deployed to battle Ebola in West Africa WON'T be equipped with Hazmat suits"  "US Soldiers Get Just Four Hours of Ebola Training" We … [Read more...]

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MilFam Appreciation: ‘How Lucky I Am’

They say that military families are the backbone of their service members. We are there to support, encourage and love. We are a reason to keep pushing toward redeployment. We are the reason for a … [Read more...]

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Commissary and Plastic: No Ban on the Horizon

As more and more grocery stores and municipalities ban plastic bags or, in some places like Washington, D.C., tax their use, the commissary still offers them. But after one website questioned … [Read more...]

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Operation Homefront Food Event Coming to You

A new free grocery and healthy eating event may be coming to a military installation near you thanks to Operation Homefront and grants from the Walmart Foundation. The Growing Healthy Military … [Read more...]

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US Produce at Commissaries in Asia Safe for Now

A plan announced in February to slash the amount of produce flown from the U.S. to commissaries in Asia and instead source all produce locally has been put on hold for now, commissary officials … [Read more...]

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MilSpouse Up for Pillsbury Bake-Off Award

A D.C. based Marine Corps spouse is one of 100 finalists for the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off contest thanks to a handy homemade donut recipe. Megan Beimer, 31, said she has always enjoyed baking … [Read more...]

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Stay-at-Home Dad Group Gives Unique ManSpouse Support

In the male heavy military with so many spouse support groups focused on the female majority, stay-at-home Dads (SAHD) can seem like a rare breed. As hard as being a SAHD stationed stateside is, … [Read more...]

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Some Tricare Paper Notifications Going Away

Tricare is moving many of its notifications from postal mail to an online system, the agency announced Oct 1. The change will be effective immediately, according to a release from Tricare, and … [Read more...]

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Why Cars Shipped Later by IAL Get Delivered First

As we muddle through the continued drama over vehicles shipped to and from overseas military bases by a Defense Department contractor, I've had the honor of listening to or reading the complaints and … [Read more...]

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Anti-Hunger Org Calls for DoD Food Benefit Changes

Junior military personnel or those with large households can apply for a Defense Department food assistance subsidy to be added directly to their paycheck every month, instead of applying for or using … [Read more...]

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Review: New DoD ‘Real Warriors’ App a Dud

A new Defense Department "Real Warriors Campaign" app aims to let users share encouraging photos while giving them access to mental health help and support. The app, rolled out mid-September, lets … [Read more...]

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5 Ways to Be a Commissary Ninja

You are a commissary shopping Ninja. You know how the best times to go, the smart aisle to start in, when the cereal is the cheapest and even how to score the much coveted car cart for your … [Read more...]

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7 Things You Forgot About Your Military Spouse

My Army husband recently came back from a long TDY separation. And he returned in just the nick of time as my two young cherubs danced on my very last string of sanity. Now that we have gotten … [Read more...]

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Books Help MilKids Through Tough Feelings

My 5-year-old is a worrywart. I'm embarrassed to say that he takes after his mother -- if anything goes off plan or off schedule it's a cue to FREAK OUT. I've gotten better about it over time, but he … [Read more...]

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Officials: Despite Lost Cars, Contract Still Worth It

Officials with U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) said that despite the drama over cars seemingly lost in shipping to and from overseas locations, the switch to a cheaper contractor was worth it … [Read more...]

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Commissary: Don’t Get Sick From Our Food

Commissary officials want to remind shoppers that following simple food safety guidelines could be the difference between getting sick and, well, not. The commissary says they have your back when … [Read more...]

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DoD to Help You Turn Experience Into College Credit

The Defense Department is adding a new facet to the their Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program that aims to help you turn life experiences into college credit: portfolio credit for … [Read more...]

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Lost Car? Senator Wants Your Information

In the craziness that has become seemingly lost cars shipped to and from overseas bases, one Senator is asking users to contact him their issues -- regardless of their state of residence. Sen. Mark … [Read more...]