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My Soldier is Being Separated

For my entire 10 years as an Army Spouse, I have always thought that the only people that get kicked out of the military are the losers. The drug users. The thieves. The slackers. And then it … [Read more...]

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Will You Ever Have a Forever House?

“Is this your Forever House?” our mayor asked while canvasing for reelection in our small town. She and I are both old house owners and old house lovers -- the kind of people who lust after … [Read more...]

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Stop Living In the Past, New Retiree

Living in the past may be one of the unspoken hazards of leaving military life. Our younger daughter had some straight talk for my husband and me one summer when she came home from college. "You … [Read more...]

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You Can’t Quit the Military!

Nobody “quits” the military. There is no walking into the first sergeant’s office and telling him that you are “grateful for the opportunity.” You can’t text the CO from your car in the … [Read more...]

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Top 10 Questions Before Your Military Transition

Leaving the military may feel like someone has just pushed you out of an airplane without issuing you a parachute. Whether your service member decides to leave the military due to the drawdown, … [Read more...]

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Will Your Family Stay for 20 if Retirement Changes?

Before the magic ten year mark, military retirement is so far away it doesn’t make any difference in a couple’s decision to leave the military. After the magic ten year mark, leaving the … [Read more...]

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Please Start ‘Thinking About’ Leaving the Military

Some military members are more than ready to get out. One soldier I know told his wife, “When you are ready, I am ready.” Others never, ever, wanna think about getting out. Maybe they are … [Read more...]

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Can Pentagon Do More to Help Transitioning Families?

If you've had military transition on your mind lately like so many of us, you may have started to pay attention to just what the military offers families as they look to rejoin military life. The … [Read more...]

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10 Truths About Military Transition

After the worst move in military history (really: every single table we own was either broken in half, smashed, or crushed), the Big Change has finally happened: We're civilians. Well, the hubs is … [Read more...]

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Why Didn’t You Tell Me I Would Miss Military Life?

It still happens sometimes. As I near the entrance to a store, I reach into my wallet and attempt to pull out my ID. Then, it dawns on me. I am not at the PX, I no longer carry a dependent's ID , and … [Read more...]

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Should Spouses of Convicted Troops Get Benefits?

When Kris Johnson turned her husband, then Col. Jim Johnson, in for bigamy and other crimes she thought it would mean the end of any retirement benefits for both of them. She wanted justice to be … [Read more...]

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Do Military Personnel Cuts Freak You Out, Too?

When my husband and I decided the Army would be his career, we gave the lifestyle our all. We are an Army family through and through – and we have the t-shirts, car decals, home decorating items, … [Read more...]

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Poll: How Has the Military Helped YOU Transition?

We've heard it over and over again from Defense Department leadership: the military is drawing down. Servicemembers will be transitioning out. Cuts to personnel are coming. Some reenlistments won't be … [Read more...]

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Would You Stay in the Military Without the Benefits?

A few years ago we were faced with the famous “10 year” decision: To retire or not to retire? My husband is a civil engineer and even in a “frail” economy would have been able to find a … [Read more...]

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Top Ten Reasons Our Dual Military Marriage Worked

"After 30 years of service, we’re excited to start our 60 years of leave."  Sgt. Maj Holly Prafke Does happily ever after really happen to drill instructors? It does if they marry each … [Read more...]

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Prince William Hangs Up Flight Suit

He didn’t get passed over. His position wasn’t cut due to any sequestration. Prince William finished his 156 search and rescues for the British military. He put in his 1300 flying hours in his … [Read more...]

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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...]

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Poll: Are You Afraid of Getting Out?

When it comes to the sequester, you might not care about cuts to shipbuilding and whether or not some Air Force guy you don't know gets his tuition assistance. But we all have our twinges about how … [Read more...]