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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Do 25 Percent of Military Families Use Food Banks?

A new report by Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks, says that 25 percent of military personnel use food banks. Could that possibly be true? Before I dive into the numbers let me … [Read more...]

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Open Access Bases to Require Visitor Passes Again

If you have the pleasure of living on a base where visitors simply show their drivers licenses to get on, or you count on showing yours when you forget your DoD ID card at home, that's about to … [Read more...]

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Top 10 MilSpouse Stereotypes We Hate the Most

Stereotypes are just a part of life. But when it comes to military spouses stereotypes, there are some we hate more than others. Our fans at a recent Spouse Experience event in San Diego, Calif. … [Read more...]

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Commissary Rewards Card Has Saved Shoppers $5 Million

Commissary shoppers who have used the Commissary rewards coupon card since its launch in August, 2012 have saved over $5 million on their groceries, commissary officials announced Aug. 14. The … [Read more...]

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Even More Useless Army Uniform Items in Your Home

How often do you think I look in my husband's closet and think "what we really need here is even MORE obsolete uniform items?" If you guessed "never," you're on target. But apparently the good … [Read more...]

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Sears Heroes At Home Gift Registry Shuts Down

After six years of giving gift cards to military members and their families, officials with Sears have decided to discontinue the Sears Heroes at Home gift card registry. "Sears has long supported … [Read more...]

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Help Me: The Back-to-School Missing Parent Void

My 5-year-old got on the school bus for the first time ever recently for his three-quarter mile ride to our local elementary school. He had his Lightening McQueen backpack filled with school … [Read more...]

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Take This Survey and Help Protect Your Benefits

A panel of advisers will in February be giving the Defense Department and Congress their official, much researched advice on which of our benefits should stay and which should go. The problem? They … [Read more...]

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Want a Government Job? There May be Hope

If you've been in the market for a government employee job on or near your military base over the last few months, you have been feeling pretty frustrated. Government budget cuts have not only meant … [Read more...]

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PX Magazine Stands to be Restocked Soon

A distributor issue that has left many magazine stands empty at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) stores is in the process of being fixed, officials with AAFES told me last week. … [Read more...]

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‘Lost’ Vehicle Worries Increase – Congress Responds

Complaints surrounding vehicles with what officials have called "loss of visibility" are continuing to grow as more and more service members come forward to complain that shipping officials can't … [Read more...]

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Mail Forwarding Headaches Overseas Be Gone!

Remember the time you moved from one state to another and just went on the internet to file your new address? And remember how your mail just started showing up seamlessly at your new place not long … [Read more...]

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Vehicles Gone Missing? The Shipping Problem

Officials with a company newly responsible for shipping service member's personal operated vehicles (POVs) too and from overseas locations say they have absolutely not lost any vehicles in the … [Read more...]

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The Young Spouses Don’t Care?

"The young spouses just don't care anymore." That's what a friend told me last week as she related her problems with getting volunteers involved in the Family Readiness Group (FRG) in her husband's … [Read more...]

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Should Gay Military Spouses Go Overseas Anyway?

Same-sex military partners, many of who cannot accompany their spouse on an overseas PCS because the host country won't recognize them as dependents, can now get command sponsorship to … [Read more...]

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Army Boot Regulation Could Mean Big Expense

If you're an Army family member you've probably heard the news -- your service member's favorite off the shelf combat boots (known as COTS) may no longer be authorized. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond … [Read more...]

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Advocates: Tricare’s ‘Adequate’ Care Isn’t Enough

A long awaited report from the Defense Department on Tricare's care for children released July 15 says the agency is meeting the needs of children, yet still has areas that need more examination. But … [Read more...]

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7 Ways Military Movers Want You To Get Ready

Editor's note: When we published an anonymous post from a military mover on what movers want you to know, you asked for more. What, exactly, is the best way to get ready for your movers? Our … [Read more...]