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Celebrate Your Military Kid With Reading

Why is the internet riddled with photos of Cat-in-the-Hat hats, Thing 1 & Thing 2 costumes and Dr. Seuss quotes lately? Simple: March is National Reading Month and that annual Read Across America … [Read more...]

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Why You Should Hit the MOAA Spouse Career Event

Remember that stay-at-home mom business? It ends. My first born is heading off to college and my second will be a junior in the fall. My servicemember is looking at PCS orders again. We will move this … [Read more...]

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How Introverts Make Military Friendships

I think military life may have turned my husband and I into an "outgoing introvert."  My husband was voted “Shyest” in his high school class. If my high school would have had that Senior … [Read more...]

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When a Natural Disaster Steps Into Military Life

Wives were talking about staying or going. I decided to stay. Anything I was experiencing didn’t seem as bad as what the Japanese were facing. In March of 2011, my husband and I had been … [Read more...]

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New Law Eases Burden for Special Needs Military Kids

A new law has taken a big load off the shoulders of special needs military families who want to stay in the service until retirement. The Disabled Military Child Protection Act, signed into law by … [Read more...]

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The (Un)Written Lessons I Learned in Grad School

I was asked recently by a fellow military spouse whether earning a graduate degree was worth the time and effort involved. The question is very broad, and the answer truly depends on you and your … [Read more...]

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Sea Time Confessions to my Husband

Dear Husband, First and foremost, I’m thrilled you've once again advanced your career and received orders back to sea. While I’m saddened you won’t be home as much, I’m ecstatic that … [Read more...]

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What NOT To Say To National Guard Families

I don’t think anyone denies the fact that the National Guard played an important role in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  These men and women trained and fought bravely along side their active … [Read more...]

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Coast Guard Shut Down Signals Lack of Respect for America

Just yesterday while taking about the Department of Homeland Security funding issues I candidly said to my co-worker "If I had the opportunity to meet and actually speak with President Obama or … [Read more...]

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PTSD and the Family: Maintaining Your Unit

From Somalia to Iraq Ashley Lambert-Wise’s husband, Rob, has served in both the Marines and the Army. Stateside today, he’s engaged in battle with an invisible foe: posttraumatic stress disorder … [Read more...]

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Luck of the Draw: Why This First Kiss Matters

The  community enjoyed another “first” on February 10th when USS San Francisco pulled into port in San Diego. U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Thomas Sawicki, having won the lottery for … [Read more...]

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13 Things You Should NEVER Say to a Military Child

Did you meet a military kid when they made your kid’s baseball team? Did you wonder how they made it on the team when tryouts were weeks ago? Or maybe you saw some military kids in the newspaper … [Read more...]

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How To Ruin Your Military Life

Anyone who lives a fulfilling military life would tell you that it's not easy--but they wouldn’t change it for the world. Ruining your military life? Now that’s easy. Although I wouldn’t advise … [Read more...]

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The Not-a-General’s-Wife Reading List

I’m no general’s wife. But the First Lady of the Marine Corps Recommended Reading List is being discontinued, so I hereby volunteer to step into the breach with my own military spouse reading list … [Read more...]

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Life Raft to Row Boat to Party Boat? National Guard Wife

My husband deployed to Iraq with the National Guard in 2008.  It was the first deployment of our married life (his third.  My first time as a National Guard Wife was the loneliest time I have ever … [Read more...]

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Why Nothing Gets Done During Deployment

Dear Husband, You want to know why nothing ever seems to get done during deployment?  This is why: Wake up 25 minutes before the alarm clock goes off. Glare at it with disdain. Turn the … [Read more...]

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5 Reasons Military Families Avoid Real Estate

We have all heard the stories of bad real estate experiences. The house that wouldn’t sell. The tenants who destroyed the carpet and put holes in the walls.Thousands of dollars lost, and a mountain … [Read more...]

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My Dream House Is Not What I Thought

“Wow, so now that he’s retiring, you’re going to buy a house! You’ve moved so many times, I bet you know exactly what you want," a civilian friend said to me. You'd think so, right?  My … [Read more...]