Move Home for Deployment, Get Free YMCA

When military spouses ask me what I think about moving home during deployment, I tell them there are pros and cons. The support of immediate family (if you like them) can be invaluable, but then … [Read more...]


You Could Get Paid to Drop Weight

Sound like a gimmick? It's not. Researchers in New York are looking for almost 300 military spouses to participate in a weight loss study and program starting in April. If you get chosen you could … [Read more...]


More Commissaries Lose Bakery, Deli Sections

Commissary shoppers at 22 more stores will be without deli and bakery sections, likely until early June, according to officials with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). That means all gourmet … [Read more...]


Dear Suicide: I Don’t Know How to Stop You

You are an enemy I cannot see until it is too late. And I don't know how to stop you. I'm tired of you taking my friends' spouses. I'm tired of you taking children, wives, husbands, daddies, … [Read more...]


How Many ISIS Threats Will it Take?

It's now happening monthly. In January CENTCOM's twitter account was hacked. In February I and a handful of other military spouses received tailor-made threats via Twitter. And late last week the … [Read more...]


Columnist: Ditch Veteran Preference, Military Discounts

When military spouses and others ask for discounts or special treatment at a business, they are not only embarrassing the military community, but they are encouraging a military-civilian divide … [Read more...]


MilSpouse Shoots Husband Home to Surprise Her

Imagine this: there's been a lot of robberies in your neighborhood. Your husband isn't due home so you set the house alarm, but you're still feeling nervous. That chirping of the alarm as someone … [Read more...]


Pick Your Own Cuts: The GI Bill

Among a pile of recommended changes to military benefits made early this year by a commission convened by Congress was a series of suggested changes to military education benefits. You can read … [Read more...]


When the Cape Comes Off: Reintegration On the Guard Side

I love Superman. He is by far my favorite superhero, but there is something utterly ridiculous about the Clark Kent “disguise." I never could wrap my mind around the fact that he could change his … [Read more...]


New Military.com Pay App Makes Life Easier

A new app focused on military pay and benefits takes the guess work -- and googling -- out of exactly what your paycheck should look like. The app, run by Military.com and available for both iPhone … [Read more...]


Flag as MilFam Photo Prop ‘Shocking’ and ‘Disrespectful?’

There's nothing like a service member in uniform with his newborn. Maybe it was giving birth alone that did me in. Maybe it's the troops I've seen meet their babies for the first time at the … [Read more...]


You Say: ‘Don’t Touch My Tricare’

A few weeks ago we asked our readers to tell us which of the suggested Tricare cuts, if any, they liked the best. Both a commission tasked by Congress with examining military benefits and the … [Read more...]


Too Much Praise Puts the ‘Brat’ in ‘Military Brat?’

I want my military kids to know I am always proud of how they adapt and overcome. I want to encourage them. I do not want them to grow-up to be aggressive, narcissistic jerks. But a new study … [Read more...]


Lost $35k in PCS Family’s Own Fault?

Gold. Rare comic books. Social security cards and birth certificates. Gem stones. Savings bonds. Passports. These are just some of the items -- all told, valued at $35,000 the owners say -- that … [Read more...]


Nebraska Shelves MilSpouse Concealed Carry Law

Gun totting military spouses know that PCSing can bring an additional headache when carrying a concealed weapon is an important part of your life and personal safety. Depending on where you are … [Read more...]


Female Troops and Their Shocking Divorce Rate

Do female troops love divorce? Probably not. I can't imagine anyone loving the excruciating pain that is divorce. But the military divorce statistics released yearly by the Defense Department tell … [Read more...]


Vet Creates Clothing Line Just for Female Veterans

This one is for all you prior service female spouses who know the struggle is real ... the struggle to find something to wear showing you served, that is. Nadine Noky, who left the Army in 2007 … [Read more...]


New Military Kids Magazine Speaks at Kids’ Level

Sometimes managing military life for our kids is about striking that balance between acknowledging publicly that, being a military family is hard and letting yourself wallow in it at home. We … [Read more...]