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Husbands Say: Get A Job, Military Wife

“He loved it while I was doing it,” a Navy wife told me. But once there was a ‘bill to pay?’ He forgot all about that part.” This Navy wife was not telling me about any dirty doings. … [Read more...]

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What to Do About Toxic FRG Members?

When do you move??  For the past 12 years, I’ve volunteered with the local installation or the Family Readiness Group wherever we have lived. When I meet a truly negative spouse in the FRG, … [Read more...]

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Report Takes In-Depth Look at all Military Benefits

We've told you about the work the Military Compensation Retirement and Modernization Commission (MCRMC) is doing. This board is tasked by Congress with coming up with recommendations that could … [Read more...]

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5 Things Military Movers Want You to Know

I am a packer. I work for a moving company, and I go to houses every day and pack military family belongings. I  have so much respect for these military families and everything they go … [Read more...]

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Special Needs and Moving? This Can Help

Moving your child to a new school is always a little scary. Moving a child with special needs, regardless of type, is even more scary. Will the district be able to help him? What resources will be … [Read more...]

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The Best ‘Home is Where’ Ideas Ever!

Regular people in decorating magazines collect ceramic chickens, hotel silver, blue and white plates, itty bitty Elvises. Military folks collect addresses. Lots and lots of addresses. When you move … [Read more...]

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Poll: Where Should Spouse Experience Go Next?

Our live Military.com Spouse Experience events have done so well this year at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wa. that our … [Read more...]

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Help This Spouse: Local Program to the National Level?

I remember hearing that the ship was in “River City” during my husband’s first deployment. I Googled the term and felt even more confused. I thought, “My husband is deployed. Why is he in … [Read more...]

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Commissary To Donate Expired Food

After the government shutdown last year left the commissary closed Oct. 2 to 6, stores found themselves with a sizable amount of food that they could not sell thanks to expiration dates, but was not … [Read more...]

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How You Can Get a Free YMCA Membership

If you don't live near a military base during deployment - or are stationed far away from one - you could get a free YMCA membership for your family. That's because a program that gives free YMCA … [Read more...]

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Behind Huge and Embarrassing Debt

My huge and embarrassing debt is becoming less huge but is still embarrassing. So I contacted Military One Source to get some help from a counselor with the emotional piece of this process. This is … [Read more...]

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You Say ‘Dependent,’ I Say …

It sets my back up when people dismiss military spouses as "dependents.” What kind of crack is that, anyway? “Independence? That’s middle class blasphemy,” wrote Nobel prize winning … [Read more...]

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Exchange Wants to Open Website to all Veterans

The Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which operates Exchanges, Class Six stores, Shoppettes and gas stations on Army posts and Air Force bases worldwide, wants to expand who can use their … [Read more...]

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‘Better for You’ Foods Score Commissary Spotlight

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) is planning to rearrange products in a handful of stores in an effort to highlight healthier foods that meet a "better for you" set of qualifications. They also … [Read more...]

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Complete Your Education, Military Spouse!

Why do some students make it to graduation, while others flounder or disappear after a few months? Meeting educational goals is a bit like meeting health objectives, isn't it? My health club has a … [Read more...]

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10 Terrifying Ways To Save Money

My 20-year old Army son and I have been talking about money. Specifically, he wants to know about all the stupid money decisions we made when we were his age—the brand new cars, the mortgage on a … [Read more...]

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5 Ways We Give “A Million Thanks” To Troops

I founded the A Million Thanks organization in 2004 when I was 15 years old. My goal was simple – to collect and distribute cards and letters of appreciation to military stationed around the … [Read more...]

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YDU: Don’t Believe the Spouse Sisterhood?

Why didn't you tell me you didn't know about the military spouse sisterhood? In my 25 years as a Military Spouse, I have come to fully believe that, “Yes Virginia, there is a Military Spouse … [Read more...]