How to Avoid Military Charity Scammers

A 67-year-old Ohio man was sentenced to 28 years in prison for masterminding a $100 million Navy veterans charity fraud.  The judge said that not only had the scam hurt the veterans who were intended … [Read more...]


On-Base Housing Listings in One Convenient Place?

You know the drill: you’re in the process of moving to a new base and you want on-base housing. But their website, when you finally find it, has no photos, floor plans, or helpful information about … [Read more...]


What Profession Works for Your Military Life?

We all know that there are certain majors you should just avoid in college. Underwater basket weaving has yet, to the best of our knowledge, landed anyone that must-have job. And I’m pretty sure my … [Read more...]


Are There Any Bad Commissaries Left?

My friend Jen was laughing over Ketchupgate—that thing in which Washington Post implied the commissary system was extravagent because it carried filet mignon and 15 kinds of ketchup. “You can … [Read more...]


MilLife App a Helpful Tool

Being the perfect helper person is hard. At Military.com we try oh, so hard to give you every single drop of information you need to make it in military life. But there is so much out there. And … [Read more...]


Military Family Services: Let’s Work Together

These days it feels like budget cuts are lurking in every corner of military life, just waiting to jump out and sucker punch us. It doesn’t matter whether we’re talking about canceled deployments … [Read more...]


Help for the Big Transition Back to Civilian Life

We have decided to retire from the United States Marine Corps.  (deep breaths …) This is one of those life-altering events that we knew was coming – like giving birth – you know it’s got to … [Read more...]


Sears’ Heroes at Home Gift Program is Back

The Heroes at Home free gift card registry program, run and funded by Sears, will open for registration August 30 at 1 p.m. Central Time, according to the Sears website. The program, which last … [Read more...]


Why I Decided the MilSpouse World is Better

When my husband and I PCSed from Yuma, Ariz. to the Pentagon, it was a welcome change. I’m a Chicago gal and was desperate for city life, a fat National Sunday paper to devour, hip neighbors, … [Read more...]


Why I Hate “Resiliency,” and Something That Helped

What does it mean to be resilient? By definition "resilient" means "recovering easily and quickly from shock, illness, hardship, etc; irrepressible." Quite honestly after both my husband’s, and … [Read more...]


YDU: Online Yardsale Hunting Is Part of My Sanity?

As a military spouse and mother of 4 children, I've found a lot of different ways to keep sane. During deployments and times of separation, I used to get depressed. I've missed 3 wedding … [Read more...]


Social Workers Join Forces With Military Families

What happens to a military family if the only mental health care professional in their county is the local social worker? What happens if they are in crisis and the social worker secretly thinks the … [Read more...]


6 Surprise OPSEC Don’ts

As a military blogger, almost every site I visit has something along the lines of the saying, “Loose Lips, Sink Ships,” paired with some jolly looking seamen carrying his pack.  But also every … [Read more...]


Top 5 Tips for Military Spouse Brides [or Grooms]

After writing my open letter to a naive National Guard spouse yesterday I got to thinking about all the the things that I really wish someone would've told me when I married into the military. The … [Read more...]


How to Care for a Long Distance Battle Buddy

One of the great thing about military life is that you have the opportunity to make a new very good, or maybe even “best,” friend at every duty station. Unfortunately this “great” thing comes … [Read more...]


Is Your Military Family Ready for a Pet?

Although some might think the time, money, and planning for lifetime pet ownership isn’t worth it, many military families wouldn’t have it any other way. “My husband and I don't have … [Read more...]


Top 7 Summer Boredom Busters

The last day of school ... the day every kid so eagerly waits for all year long. And while parents look forward to that day as well, there is also a sense of apprehension as the school year winds … [Read more...]


The Care Package Post Office Survival Guide

So you just spent a whole week sweating over what to put in a care package for your spouse. You’ve finally stuffed the box full, taped it up and put it in your car. The job is all but done. But … [Read more...]