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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...]

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Why I Told My Boys What the Boots Mean

It’s so easy to shield our youth from the horrors of what it means to be at war, to let them believe that it is a thing that doesn't actually touch American soil. So telling children what … [Read more...]

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Top Ten Stereotypes Active Duty Females Hate

Being a female service member can come with a lot of baggage. People, including your male counterparts, expect you to act a certain way or fulfill certain roles. The problem? The stereotypes aren't … [Read more...]

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How to Live When the Military Forces a Pause

Anonymous ... raw ... lost. Even though it’s been a mere two years since our last military-mandated move, I’d nearly forgotten the feelings that would hit me on leaving a beloved location and … [Read more...]

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What I Love About Recruiting Duty

You're already thinking "I've heard that recruiting duty is horrible. What could there possibly be to love about it?" When my husband called to tell me he was put on the HSST list (or as I like to … [Read more...]

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Top 10 Worst ManSpouse Stereotypes

  A few weeks ago SpouseBuzz ran another Lady List -- this time on stereotypes military spouses hate the most. But what about us dudes? The list I have compiled is a familiar list, … [Read more...]

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How to Stay Close With Grandparents While Far Away

Growing up I was very close to my grandparents. I was lucky enough to have four grandparents and three great-grandparents for most of my childhood. I lived close enough for weekend visits and … [Read more...]

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Your Perfect Time for College? Try Now!

You want a degree and you have waited for the right time to get started. Supporting your spouse’s military career, raising children, a move on the horizon – it’s easy to postpone your goals when … [Read more...]

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9 Ombudsman Rules I Learned From a Navy SEAL Team

An Ombudsman is faced with enormous responsibility during deployment. The command Ombudsman also has a tremendous opportunity to lead by example and to deeply love those who wait. I had the honor … [Read more...]

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Did Gen. Amos Really Try to ‘Take Down’ the President?

You may have seen the footage or heard the rumor -- Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos slammed the president, blamed him for the current Iraq and basically took down Obama. Shocking, right? But true? … [Read more...]

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Dear Army: You Made a Mistake

Dear Army, You made a mistake. I know you don’t enjoy being told that, but I feel I have earned the right to let you know. I understand the need to "trim the fat." I understand the logic … [Read more...]

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New Adultery Rules For Military Spouses?

If marriage in the military is equal, then divorce should be equal, too. We have rules about adultery for service members, why not have adultery rules for military spouses, too? I think it is a … [Read more...]

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6 Ways To Get Busy On Your Own Marriage

When we were first married, my husband and I were friends with the Perfect Couple.  They never seemed to argue. They doted on each other and their children. They both understood their roles within … [Read more...]