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SpouseBUZZ is proud to present a variety of outstanding guest bloggers from time to time. We hope you find the topics they bring to our community engaging and thoughtful.

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Deployment Helped My Sons Find Their Voices

My three sons had no idea what was waiting in the package that arrived one cold and snowy day before Christmas 2012. Their dad had been away for four months of a yearlong deployment, and the holidays … [Read more...]

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9 Ways to Get Hired Now, Military Spouse

After five rounds of interviews and a test that I passed with flying colors, I was rejected from my dream job at a public relations firm in Washington, D.C. I was told it was because there wasn’t … [Read more...]

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Should Rank Keep Your Military Teen From Babysitting?

Babysitters. I don’t know about you, but when I had small children, reliable and available babysitters were one of the most important things in my life. I just knew that I would pay-it-backward by … [Read more...]

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What You Wish You Knew BEFORE Starting a Business

I don’t regret starting my business Powerhouse Planning at all, but Lord knows I wish I’d had an article like this two years ago helping me make wise decisions. That said…I’m sucking up my … [Read more...]

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6 Easy PCS Savings Tips

“How am I going to get through this?" is the question that pops up when you get new PCS orders. The details and to do list can be overwhelming. Along with the mental preparation needed to get … [Read more...]

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Tricare Cuts to ABA Could Diminish Services for Autistic Kids

Services for autistic military children are on the chopping block again. Tricare proposed making cuts that could potentially affect thousands of special needs children. The new Tricare Autism … [Read more...]

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YDU: Graduate School Grant for Military Spouses?

Why didn't you tell me there was a graduate school grant for military spouses?  As a teenager, I believed you had to be extremely smart or wealthy to attend a college or university. I was neither, so … [Read more...]

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Dear Duchess Kate: I Feel You, Girl

This past month, the world was squealing with excitement over the news of Duchess Kate’s pregnancy. (It was the whole world, right? Not just me?) The palace then quickly followed that with the … [Read more...]

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MSJDN Conference Helps Spouses Make the Right Moves

Three moves in five years. A resume filled with time gaps and a string of unrelated past positions. Limited job opportunities at some duty stations. Repeated fees for relicensing. The dreaded … [Read more...]

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Don’t Give In to Reintegration Exhaustion

A woman standing next to me in the airport once complained, “I didn’t get married to be a single mom, this isn’t what I bargained for. I’m so exhausted!” She explained that her husband had … [Read more...]

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How I Get a Military Utilities Refund Every Month

For most us, living in base privatized housing means that we are responsible for our own utilities ... kind of.   In the Army, the military contracts with a civilian company to monitor and … [Read more...]

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Win Grant for Your Military Spouse Business

At the Military Spouse Business Association, we think there is no better feeling in the world than giving a new or growing business the money they need to keep plowing ahead. We are so excited to … [Read more...]

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Care Package OBSESSION: 8 Great Care Package Ideas

My soon-to-be husband deployed to Afghanistan for a year in 2012. Between planning our wedding and my career as a teacher, I became obsessed (and I mean obsessed) with care packages. It was the … [Read more...]

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Military Children Believe They Shouldn’t Need Help?

No military child should have to feel the weight of the world and the overwhelming loneliness brought on by an inability to understand how to deal with life in general--let alone military life. Yet … [Read more...]

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Did You Know the VA Still Denies Same Sex Benefits?

A deceased veteran’s spouse is twice denied survivor benefits because he resides in a non-marriage equality state. A Korean War veteran is denied joint burial in a national cemetery for his same-sex … [Read more...]

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Military Spouse Teachers Share Best Practices

Over the past 17 years as an Air Force Spouse, I found several challenges in transferring my teaching certification to my new state. Additional classes, added tests, and financial requirements in the … [Read more...]

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I Thought I Didn’t Matter: Suicide Awareness

I went through a period, not too long ago, where I felt like I didn’t matter. The deployments, temporary duty (TDYs), and unit deployment program (UDPs) had taken a toll on me emotionally. I felt … [Read more...]

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Military Love Letter: 70 Years Later Still Brings Tears

Military love letters connect couples over long distances -- whether by email or text or Pinterest or cards in the snail mail. During World War II, Myra Strachner exchanged nearly 700 letters with her … [Read more...]