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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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How Do You Get YOUR Message to the Military Community?

Do you ever wonder how some people get their message about military families out to the world and some don't? I have been writing about military families since 1996 and this has always been a puzzle … [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...]

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What Gift Won’t Fit In a Box?

I’m at that age where the gift I want most for Christmas doesn't fit in a box. This drives my niece, Maddie, absolutely crazy. I think it makes perfect sense. I think you ought to be able to wrap … [Read more...]

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Is the Military Served by Pity Profiling?

“Most of our clients are veterans coming home from war who can’t find work,” said the nice lady from Catholic Charities at our church this Sunday. “They are on the edge of … [Read more...]

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The Fort Bragg Rule For Military Parenting

When you are the Must Have Parent raising your military kids solo while your Must Do partner is away on the job, you get a lot of parenting advice like: You must breastfeed. You must involve … [Read more...]

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A Military Wife Retirement Poem

How do you honor a spouse at a military retirement? We often get requests for a military wife retirement poem or essay that could be read to honor a spouse who has stood by their service member … [Read more...]

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How Do You Stay Calm in a Crisis?

Calm in a crisis does not come easily to me. Anxiety comes easily to me. If there is nothing actually wrong, gimme a second and I can point out 20 impending signs of doom. It’s a little gift. So … [Read more...]

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How Do Military Wives Make Friends (Without Kids!)?

Wanna add nine new friends to your social life? Have a baby. According to a survey by Nature’s Purest last year, having a baby increased the number of friends the women surveyed had added to their … [Read more...]

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She Turned Her Grief to Giving. Let Her Inspire You.

Twelve days before Christmas 2011, Kryste Buoniconti had to tell her three children their dad was gone forever. Last week she gave away his old uniforms and other clothing to the homeless in her … [Read more...]

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May the Military Make You Truly Thankful

The military offers spouses plenty of chances to be profoundly grateful. I don’t just mean being grateful for the direct deposit that shows up in your account on the first and the fifteenth. I … [Read more...]

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Undeniable Truths About Raising a Military Child

I brought my baby home from the hospital in a blue stocking cap that read N-A-V-Y. It was my little sign to the world that I was raising a military child and I knew it. Bring on the criticism. I … [Read more...]

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Surprising Things Military Folks Learn in Louisiana

Where would you most like to be stationed? When we asked our audience at Military.com’s the Spouse Experience in New Orleans to tell us about the best duty station ever, most of them picked … [Read more...]

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Fake Homeless Veterans: What Do You Do?

I spotted him from across a busy intersection near the White House. Surrounded by bags and backpacks, he held a creased cardboard rectangle with the words “Iraq Combat VET” scrawled in Sharpie. He … [Read more...]

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Warrior Care Month: Choose How Tragedy Changes You

I didn't know my husband when he served in the Army, nor when he was injured. In 1988, just months following his four years active duty and while in the reserves, Geoff was in a horrific motorcycle … [Read more...]

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21 Things Only MilSo’s Understand

As every military spouse knows, the "military" part of your life doesn't just affect your service member. It affects your whole life, too. And these 21 ways sum it up... completely. 1. Because … [Read more...]

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18 Great Military Presents Under $20

We spend a lot of time roaming the aisles at the Exchange hunting down holiday presents for our spouses. And our spouse's parents, our parents, our grandparents, our siblings, our closest friends, our … [Read more...]

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DoD: Military OneSource is an Answer to Cuts

In the face of more potential budget cuts despite increased deployments to at least Iraq and west Africa, Defense Department family policy officials are trying to figure out how to stretch the dollars … [Read more...]