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 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...]

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Civilians Can Rent Military Housing

Have perpetually empty houses on your base? Your next new on-base neighbor could be a non-military affiliated civilian getting all the perks of on-base living without any of the sacrifice. If your … [Read more...]

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Tricare Mental Health Provider Change Delayed

A Tricare mental health counselor rule change that some worried could drastically reduce the pool of available providers has been delayed until 2017, while a rule allowing others to operate under … [Read more...]

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Mailbag: How Do I Pick a Good Neighborhood?

Think back to your last Permament Change of Station (PCS), and you'll remember the anxiety you felt trying to decide where, exactly, you were going to live. On base? Off base? And, if off, what … [Read more...]

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Booted Hickam Spouse Wins New Contract Process

A military spouse owned small fitness business that was given the boot from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Hawaii in late May after a contract was instead awarded to different company has … [Read more...]

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Lawmakers Ditch Military Tobacco Discount

A Senate subcommittee July 15 approved a measure that eliminates the discount military members receive when they buy tobacco at the commissary or exchange. Currently, tobacco products are … [Read more...]

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Report Takes In-Depth Look at all Military Benefits

We've told you about the work the Military Compensation Retirement and Modernization Commission (MCRMC) is doing. This board is tasked by Congress with coming up with recommendations that could … [Read more...]

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Special Needs and Moving? This Can Help

Moving your child to a new school is always a little scary. Moving a child with special needs, regardless of type, is even more scary. Will the district be able to help him? What resources will be … [Read more...]

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Commissary To Donate Expired Food

After the government shutdown last year left the commissary closed Oct. 2 to 6, stores found themselves with a sizable amount of food that they could not sell thanks to expiration dates, but was not … [Read more...]

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How You Can Get a Free YMCA Membership

If you don't live near a military base during deployment - or are stationed far away from one - you could get a free YMCA membership for your family. That's because a program that gives free YMCA … [Read more...]

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Exchange Wants to Open Website to all Veterans

The Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which operates Exchanges, Class Six stores, Shoppettes and gas stations on Army posts and Air Force bases worldwide, wants to expand who can use their … [Read more...]

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‘Better for You’ Foods Score Commissary Spotlight

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is planning to rearrange products in a handful of stores in an effort to highlight healthier foods that meet a "better for you" set of qualifications. They also … [Read more...]

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Are Military Health Town Halls Just Box Checking?

A series of town hall meetings advertised as a means of hearing from families users as part of Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel's 90-day military health care system review may feel more like pro-forma events … [Read more...]

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Commissary Case Lot Sales Return Despite Cuts

After eliminating case lot sales last year and the first half of this year thanks to budget cuts, they are now back for stateside shoppers, commissary officials said. The sales, which will be … [Read more...]