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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Are TDY Reimbursement Cuts Hurting You?

You may get less back from the government after your spouse's next TDY, thanks to new DoD rules. But are they hurting your pocket book? The cuts, which were designed to save the DoD money while … [Read more...]

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Pet Surgery Must now be Done Off-Base

A change to on-base veterinary clinics that is reported as "temporary" means you'll need to take your pets off-base for routine surgeries, at least for now. The command that oversees veterinary … [Read more...]

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Poll: How to Handle ‘Home for the Holidays’

Thanks to my pal Uncle Sam, my family and I live far away from all of our family. My mother and other immediate family live in Idaho, a 27-hour drive and $500 non-holiday season per-person flight … [Read more...]

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Many Paycheck Allotments Going Away

If you are the type of military person who likes to use to paycheck allotments to pay for items like furniture or cars military financial life is about to get a little more annoying. The Defense … [Read more...]

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Commissary Adding ‘Value’ Tags to Generics

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has directed their stores to add "value" tags to products in their off-brand lines or put them in special displays in an effort to highlight the lower … [Read more...]

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APO Holiday Shipping Cut-Offs for 2014

Yesterday I realized that it is already the middle of November. And that means Christmas shopping ... and shipping. I know, I hate to admit it, too. I like the Fall season. I love … [Read more...]

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Upcoming Study Highlights ManSpouse Struggles

A study that will be released out of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University next year takes a close look at the struggles faced by civilian male military spouses. The … [Read more...]

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Ebola Troops and Emergency Leave, R&R, Care Packages

Any time there is a new type of deployment to a completely new area there are a lot of unanswered questions from the family front. And while the major news outlets are focused on the mission, you know … [Read more...]

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DoD: Military OneSource is an Answer to Cuts

In the face of more potential budget cuts despite increased deployments to at least Iraq and west Africa, Defense Department family policy officials are trying to figure out how to stretch the dollars … [Read more...]

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Spiritual Reboot: PTSD Recovery Course Helps Spouses, Too

In the great cloud of resources out there for muddling your way through post-combat home troubles, it is can be hard to pick something and just do it. So overwhelming can the options be that it can … [Read more...]

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Happy Birthday, Corps: Thank God for Hot Marines

First and foremost, I want to make one thing clear: In my house abides the world's hottest service member. I don't even want to hear you say that yours is hotter because he simply is not. I would post … [Read more...]

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10 Military Pet Peeves That Drive Us Crazy

Some things in life just drive you crazy. Like my 5th grade classmate who always poked me with his finger in search of answers to math homework. Or the guy who hogs the shared arm rest on the plane. … [Read more...]

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Poll: Should Your Troop’s Career Be Most Important?

I have a problem: in the fight for career-priority, my service member wins every single time. In my equal-career fantasy world my soldier and I balance our careers against each other, split our … [Read more...]

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Rehome Your Pet, Harm Your Military Kid?

A new study says that military kids with a deployed parent who have a strong emotional connection to a pet are better off emotionally and handle stress better than kids who do not have that pet … [Read more...]

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Gold Star Parents Look to Honor Vets With Healing Retreat

Moving forward and healing from grief is a tricky thing that doesn't look the same way for everyone. But for Gretchen and Kirk Catherwood, whose son died in Afghanistan, healing themselves means … [Read more...]

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Officials: Troops’ Return Flights Mostly On Time

If there is one thing the family of a returning service member knows it's this: when it comes to homecoming, stuff changes. The hot second you have your dress and shoes picked out and the … [Read more...]

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Why the Ebola Fight Scares Us

Sometimes I have an imagination that would put Anne Shirley to shame. When I close my eyes and pictures what "fight Ebola" means I see a cross between Star Wars,  The Walking Dead and the … [Read more...]

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Army Family Ordered to Remove Offensive Decorations

An Army family on Fort Campbell, Ky. removed an "offensive" Halloween display that appears to depict a lynching after post officials ordered them to do so, according to a local news website. The … [Read more...]