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Why Obama’s Ebola Comments Should Make You Angry

Some days, as a military spouse, I feel like I need to beat the public over the head with what our life is like. The misconceptions, misunderstandings, and general misrepresentation of our troops and … [Read more...]

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7 Things Every American Should Know About Military Families

Hello, America. It means a lot to military families to have the entire month of November set aside for National Military Family Appreciation Month. Over the last 13 years, you have seen military … [Read more...]

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Too Young to Marry, Too Young to Die

In her high school cheerleader photo, Danielle Nemetz, is surrounded by red pompoms. Her bare feet are propped up behind her in the green grass, emblazoned with the year of her graduation … [Read more...]

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4 Things to Do at Every Duty Station

So you moved to a new duty station -- or are about to move away from an old one. You're overwhelmed with housing, finding or saying goodbye to new friends and the exact location of your kids shot … [Read more...]

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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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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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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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5 Ways to Be a Commissary Ninja

You are a commissary shopping Ninja. You know how the best times to go, the smart aisle to start in, when the cereal is the cheapest and even how to score the much coveted car cart for your … [Read more...]

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7 Things You Forgot About Your Military Spouse

My Army husband recently came back from a long TDY separation. And he returned in just the nick of time as my two young cherubs danced on my very last string of sanity. Now that we have gotten … [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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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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Combined Federal Campaign: How to Give

I call it the "fall wall" -- that moment you walk outside on the first morning it's not blazing hot or sufficatingly humid and you feel a certain hint at crispness in the air. Fall is coming, … [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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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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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...]