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New Program Offers Peer-to-Peer Counseling

Officials with Military OneSource have peeled off from their 800-number counselors pool a group of experts with military experience to run a new peer-to-peer counseling program. The idea behind … [Read more...]

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Dear Military Community: I Know Why You’re So Mean (and I’m Sorry)

It drips with hate and disgust. Facebook spouse support groups, those horrible bullying sites, social media feedback on articles and the comment section of any given military spouse blog site, … [Read more...]

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MilSpouse Friendship Fears: Confessions

Can I tell you guys something? I've been lonely. Really, really lonely. Can you relate? You're probably thinking "stop complaining and get out there and make friends." That's not the problem. I DO … [Read more...]

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The 5 Friends Every Military Spouse Needs

Every year the meeting halls and conference rooms of Washington D.C. fill with military spouses. They’re there for Military Spouse of the Year, Homefront Rising, MSJDN, Spouse Summit, or maybe the … [Read more...]

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Are Spouse Clubs Going Away?

Gone are the days of white gloves at spouse clubs luncheons. Maybe next on the disappearance list? The clubs themselves. The last several years has brought some major changes to the traditional … [Read more...]

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To the MilSpouse Who Is Struggling

Dear Struggling Spouse -- When you wrote me to vent about your Army husband's field time absences and how lost and lonely you are, my heart broke for you. Ongoing field time and no schedule … [Read more...]

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Boot Camp Teaches Spouses to Run for Office

Military spouses need to have a seat at the political table if they want the military family story to be heard. That's the message a group of about 50 female military spouses heard at a political … [Read more...]

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The Sisterhood of the Traveling Wife Handbook

I met my new friend April in the strangest of places — the Facebook comments of an Ask Ms. Vicki column. The topic was one that was sure to draw responses: the wife of an enlisted soldier had … [Read more...]

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Surprise! Real Military Appreciation From the White House

What if I told you that the military support message coming from a pair of female celebrities and First Lady Michelle Obama was actually on target? It may be one of my biggest … [Read more...]

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I Was an Online Military Spouse Bully

I never really gave too much thought to the online shaming of military spouses until recently. In fact, I was completely oblivious to the hurt, emotional abuse and let down that I was causing for the … [Read more...]

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MilSpouse Shoots Husband Home to Surprise Her

Imagine this: there's been a lot of robberies in your neighborhood. Your husband isn't due home so you set the house alarm, but you're still feeling nervous. That chirping of the alarm as someone … [Read more...]

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Top 10 Tips for Starting a Family Readiness Group

The FRG. The Family Readiness Group.  These three words can conjure up so many images. Some are good, some not so much. So you can imagine the feelings that came up for me when I was asked to lead my … [Read more...]

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Upcoming Study Highlights ManSpouse Struggles

A study that will be released out of the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University next year takes a close look at the struggles faced by civilian male military spouses. The … [Read more...]

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Female Air Force Vet Offers MilSpouse Inspiration

I called Jen Griswold because I had just quit my job. I had fallen into the trap so many spouses do of underemployment. I needed some inspiration, and through her, a fellow Air Force wife, I found … [Read more...]

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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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Stay-at-Home Dad Group Gives Unique ManSpouse Support

In the male heavy military with so many spouse support groups focused on the female majority, stay-at-home Dads (SAHD) can seem like a rare breed. As hard as being a SAHD stationed stateside is, … [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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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...]