About Jacey Eckhart

Jacey Eckhart is the Director of Spouse and Family Programs for Military.com. Since 1996, Eckhart’s take on military families has been featured in her syndicated column, her book The Homefront Club, and her award winning CDs These Boots and I Married a Spartan?? Most recently she has been featured as a military family subject matter expert on NBC Dateline, CBS morning news, CNN, NPR and the New York Times. Eckhart is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom.

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Poll: Spouses Don’t Use Programs?

I am always amazed at the number providers of military family programs featured in the Family Forums at the annual convention of the Association of the United States Army  (AUSA) in Washington, … [Read more...]

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Get Happy Guide For Military Brides and Grooms

I have my own wishes for military brides. I want the sun to shine generously upon them. I want grooms to laugh out loud like this is the happiest day of their lives. I want every single member of the … [Read more...]

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New Military Spouses Need Seat Around The Table

What’s the first thing you do when you meet a brand new military spouse -- young and in love? Struggling to make ends meet? Brave in that way only the young are truly brave? If you are like … [Read more...]

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Dual Military Marriage: 5 Factors That Will Trigger ‘The Talk’

Did you and your partner ever have ‘The Talk?’ Every couple does. At some point after you start dating, the two of you have to define the relationship: Are we exclusive? Where is this relationship … [Read more...]

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Thanks to the L’il Helper at Home!

I’m always a little uncomfortable when some general or admiral or elected official decides to thank a crowd of military spouses for all we do. It isn’t that we don’t deserve thanks. We do. … [Read more...]

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10 Ways To Be An Awesome Mom — On The Cheap!

The things that make a person a good mom or dad always seem a little boring to me. I can do them. I can cook nutritious meals and brush little teeth and make itty bitty kiddies feel safe and cuddly. … [Read more...]

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Kids Worry About Your Safety, Too 

Kids are going to say what they are going to say when they want to say it. The trouble is I have no idea what I am supposed to say in return--especially when it comes to deployment. When I had a … [Read more...]

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New TAPS Education Program for Bereaved Families

Ashlynne Haycock was only ten years old when her father Sgt. First Class Jeffrey Haycock was killed in Iraq. But Ashlynne already knew education was important to him. “He made me learn all 50 … [Read more...]

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Will ISIL Panic You into a 21st Century Bomb Shelter?

Sarah, one of our favorite spouse bloggers, wrote us a post about the recent threats from ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) calling for an attack against individual military … [Read more...]

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Are Your Kids Afraid of Online Threats to Military Families?

Online threats to military families? I confess I ignored the recent news story about how extremists urged “lone wolves” in the United States to find military families online and kill … [Read more...]

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Did Your Combat Vet Tell You Too Much?

When you are a kid, you think the mark of an intimate relationship is that you and your beloved tell each other everything. When ‘everything’ consists of how you feel about your mother, how much … [Read more...]

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I Blame the FRG

When I go to the Family Readiness Group and no one even says hello to me, I blame the FRG. When the events are all held during the day or only held at night, I blame the FRG. When everyone is … [Read more...]

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It’s the Length of DEPLOYMENT, Navy

Dear Big Navy, I’m worried about you. Have you really forgotten how the length of deployment affects retention? Have you really forgotten that the primary influence on retention is the husband or … [Read more...]

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Staying Married: Never Use the D Word

Being married is not the goal for the young military spouses we see at our live Spouse X events. Staying married—happily married—is one of their many life goals. And we see them looking for ideas … [Read more...]

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Dear Wife: This is What You Say About Iraq

My Dear Friend, You asked me what you are supposed to say to your soldier when he sees Iraq go to hell on the news and he asks:  Did any of it matter? You think this moment of questioning … [Read more...]

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The Spouse Experience: Ft. Bragg Here We Come!

We asked our readers where we should bring our next Military.com Spouse Experience live event. And you told us—Bring it here! Bring it to where I live! Evidently EVERYONE needs a few great … [Read more...]

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Cute Marine Has Awesome Message For New Moms

New Moms, you know that moment when you catch sight of yourself in a mirror and a mommy suddenly stares back at you? You know that moment when you have had so little sleep you look like Frodo, … [Read more...]

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How Do YOU Parent Without Your Service Member?

It is a shocker. Even if you think you do everything yourself, the minute your service member takes off for boot camp or basic training, goes to the field, gets underway, leaves for TDY, deploys or … [Read more...]