The Military Fired My Friends — Are We Next?

My stomach is in my throat. After sharing this article on Facebook about 1,100 Army Captains being given the boot sometime this week, my phone rang. "I'm calling because that's us," she said. "My … [Read more...]


Poll: Iraq is Back? We Got Punked

Drawdown is a "believe it when I see it" sort of thing for me. And I was just starting to buy in. So little of our battalion is deploying on this rotation that, just a few months out, they haven't … [Read more...]


Commissary Adds New Special Needs Carts

You may see some different looking new carts (or "buggies" as they call them here in the South) soon at your local commissary, Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) officials announced last week. The … [Read more...]


How to Prep for a PCS Before Orders

Butterflies in my stomach. A tightening in my chest. A insatiable desire to use Google. Obsessively creating check lists. I'm on the cusp of our next PCS. If you're like me, the beginning of the … [Read more...]


4 Reasons to Try Camping With Your Family

"I require a toilet that flushes. And I don't go to the bathroom with spiders." Those were my primary reasons for not going camping with my family before last year. I want to pee in peace … [Read more...]


Top 10 Army Slang Phrases We Use at Home

When we share our spouse with the Army, we agree to let some – OK, a lot – of the Army into our homes. And while the Army jargon and slang that comes with it may be really confusing at first, … [Read more...]


Tricare Appeals Process Long and Unsure

If you talk to someone moving through the Tricare coverage appeals process, you'll probably find that they are frustrated. At least that was the attitude of the folks I talked to over the last … [Read more...]


New List Narrows Down Great Communities

Think back with me to your last PCS (or focus on the one you're doing now) and remember just how hard/terrifying/unsettling/frustrating it is to pick the perfect neighborhood for your family. There's … [Read more...]


How to Plan a Kick-Butt PCS

Whether you've been expecting new orders to come down or a change of duty station comes as a complete surprise, it's important to get your family squared away ASAP. Before you go off kicking and … [Read more...]


Commissary, Tricare Likely Safe … For Now

Defense Department proposals to gut commissary funding, a move that likely would've led to store closures, as well as an elaborate plan to combine the various Tricare options into one system known as … [Read more...]


Dear Bowe: I’m Embarrassed That I Cried for You

I was happy for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his family. Now I'm just embarrassed. What about you? When the news about the impending return of America's only living Prisoner of War broke Saturday, I … [Read more...]


Don’t Hang With Enlisted? The ‘Fraternization’ Line

The word on the street at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, home of the Air Force's basic training school, is that if you're an officer, hanging out with or paying special attention to enlisted … [Read more...]


Attorney Org Offers Free Legal Advice For MilFams

If you're a military family member in hot legal water, a new project may soon be able to offer you some help. Justice for Military Families is an ambitious new project from the Military Spouse JD … [Read more...]


Have a Say: MWR Survey Sent to Troops

Make sure your service member has checked his email. He (or she!) may have been randomly selected to take part in an MWR use survey -- and his responses can make a big difference. The Defense … [Read more...]


New Tricare Nurse Advice Line Could Make Urgent Care Easier

A new nurse advice line staffed by real humans available full time -- including nights and weekends -- to nearly all Tricare users could make getting seen at an off-base urgent care slightly … [Read more...]


Hickam MWR Gives Spouse Owned Business the Boot

A military spouse owned small business fitness boot camp, which employed over 20 fellow spouses, has been shut down by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) MWR after officials awarded a contract for … [Read more...]


Book Series Helps Kids Embrace New Hometown

When I talk to my son I sometimes feel like he hears me. But most of the time I'm pretty sure he has tuned me out and is instead thinking about Angry Birds. But when I read my son a book? He … [Read more...]


Memorial Day for Those Who Fall at Home

I never want to forget Mary Jo Coleman. Just because she didn't die in war doesn't mean she doesn't count. When Dave ‘Bulldog’ Coleman, her high school sweetheart, told her four days before he … [Read more...]