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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...]

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What I Learned About Career From Young Spouses

Do you ever wish you could tell the younger version of yourself some words of wisdom about your career? I recently had a chat with a newer military spouse about her experiences assimilating into … [Read more...]

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Why Am I The One Explaining The War?

As we prepare for yet another upcoming deployment, I find myself increasingly stressed out about those innocent conversations I have with well-meaning friends. Me: "Yes, he's deploying." Friend: … [Read more...]

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10 Reasons I Believe In The Kindness Of Military Families

After having a routine mammogram, the technician informed me that a mass was found in my left breast. The doctor’s office ordered a biopsy to be performed two days later. With no family history, on … [Read more...]

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MG Stout: Using Creativity to Heal Military Burdens

What do you do when the kids are on your nerves, your job has you down, and your spouse is deployed or otherwise unavailable? Instead of reaching for that box of cookies or your favorite distractor, … [Read more...]

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The Investment Every Military Spouse Should Make

Invest in yourself and become the fullest version of yourself possible. That is the investment every military spouse should make. If that seems selfish, it’s not; it’s the best gift you can give … [Read more...]

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10 Reasons We Drive 600 Miles to Visit the Family

Gather around, everyone. It’s time to talk turkey, or tofurkey, or ham, or leg of lamb, or whatever roast beast is served at your holiday feast. Even if we don’t do it any other time of year, most … [Read more...]

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The BRAT Perspective: ‘We Are not Spoiled Brats’

In recent weeks, there has been a war of two cultures across social media. There is a group, a non-profit, called Operation C.H.A.M.P.S (Child Heroes Attached to Military Personnel) that is run by … [Read more...]

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Why Didn’t You Tell Me Military Retirement Was Like This?

It’s been a year since my husband retired from the Army. It has been a year of huge change, so why don’t I look forward and leave the former life behind? The ceremony was a turning point, but I … [Read more...]