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We Don’t ‘Stand By’ For Tragedy

Before the phone rings, it is a normal Thursday morning. Then we get the official word that there has been a casualty at the command. The next of kin has been notified, but the name has not yet … [Read more...]

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She Had No Idea He Turned Down SGLI

Like so many of our service members, Lt. Cmdr. Landon Jones thought he was invincible. He was also the saver in his military home, squirreling away money for the future any way he could. Which is … [Read more...]

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Dear America: You Failed Our Fallen Rangers

As a Army Ranger Regiment wife and wounded warrior spouse I know that we take care of our own. But what happens when our own make the ultimate sacrifice for a country that fails the left behind in … [Read more...]

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What Every Mother Sees: Gold Star Moms

The Marine pilot chuckled when I showed him the picture my Army son sent me of himself with a giant weapon and a threatening expression. “I have a picture of myself at the same age exactly like … [Read more...]

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Why Don’t Widows Already Get GI Bill?

When I was told that a bill making its way through the Senate would allow military widows to use their spouse's GI Bill, I was dumbfounded. How is that not already a thing? We actually need a new … [Read more...]

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Mark Memorial Day by Remembering Life

I never expected to know military death, even from a distance. When death came, it was not to my doorstep. There were many times its shadow passed by my home, but it never rested here. It … [Read more...]

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New Lifetime Series Helps Gold Star Families

A new Lifetime TV network project is raising money for Gold Star families – and you can help. Earlier this year at Military.com’s Spouse Summit, Lifetime Moms spent some time with some military … [Read more...]

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Gold Star Wives Don’t Need Art Projects

The stories of the fallen must have just hit me wrong. I was stranded in a hotel lobby in Munich surrounded by people speaking Italian and French. We were all idly watching CNN’s coverage of the … [Read more...]

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Why Don’t Military Widows Get Full Educational Benefits?

We military spouses duly learn to dread the knock at the door.  The folded flag.  The long, strange, dark trip through the thousand things a widow or widower must do if a servicemember is killed in … [Read more...]

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Will You Run to Remember?

I hate to love running. It’s hard and, especially at this time of year, it’s really hot and yucky. In fact, it’s kind of like torture. But running is so important to me, and not just because it … [Read more...]

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Stalking Military Widows Outrages Community

Military widows are working hard enough to get their lives back on track without suffering reality TV producers chasing them down.  This week the spouse blog community is in an uproar about the … [Read more...]

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Soldier Who Notified Via Facebook Could Face Prison

The Fort Carson soldier who notified a spouse of her husband’s downrange death using Facebook could face dishonorable discharge, prison time and loss of wages, a JAG official told us. Depending … [Read more...]

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Yes, AGAIN: Spouse Notified of KIA Via Facebook

Yet another Army spouse learned of her husband’s downrange death through Facebook when a female Soldier in his platoon sent her a message saying there was an emergency and asking the spouse to call … [Read more...]

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Reality Dating Show Seeks Military Widows??

This week a casting agent contacted SpouseBuzz for a new reality dating show on CBS. They are looking for military widows. Adam Sheldon explains, “I understand that the topic of military widows is a … [Read more...]

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Brace for Inspiration

This fantastic segment on the American Widow Project recently ran on MSNBC. These ladies have taken something that is painful beyond what I can even imagine and turned it into an inspiration to live. … [Read more...]

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Video: Song for a Fallen Father

Tricia Hall was 4-years-old when her father, Army Lt. Kelly Hall, was killed in a training accident in Germany. Since then her mother has encouraged Tricia and her four brothers and sisters to … [Read more...]

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Does Military Service Change the Meaning of Memorial Day?

Once upon a time, when I did not know anyone in the military, had not experienced deployment and had not witnessed the meaning of sacrifice, Memorial Day was a time for parties, a few hours of body … [Read more...]

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Life in the Aftermath

Predeployment. Deployment. Redeployment. Ah, the cycle of our lives. (Insert dramatic sigh here). I have spent a lot of time over the last year or so thinking and writing about these subjects as … [Read more...]