New Sesame Street USO Show Focus Is Transition

There are countless challenges a service member will face throughout his or her military career, whether it be dealing with deployments, returning from combat changed in some way, or receiving orders … [Read more...]


Boot Camp Teaches Spouses to Run for Office

Military spouses need to have a seat at the political table if they want the military family story to be heard. That's the message a group of about 50 female military spouses heard at a political … [Read more...]


One Nationwide License for Teacher Spouses?

If you're a military spouse whose chosen career field requires any kind of state-based license, you probably pay special attention to the push for what supporters called "license portability" -- the … [Read more...]


GI Bill Transfer Came Down to ‘Do Spouses Serve?’

Over the last few months we've taken the opportunity to explain some of the proposed benefits cuts to you -- while letting you weigh in with what you think the best outcome may be through polls. In … [Read more...]


IG: Unchecked Contractors Had Army Family Private Info

A cascade of problems started by an Army decision to switch who manages their childcare subsidy program resulted in the personal information of over 9,000 Army children being available to contractors … [Read more...]


The Sisterhood of the Traveling Wife Handbook

I met my new friend April in the strangest of places — the Facebook comments of an Ask Ms. Vicki column. The topic was one that was sure to draw responses: the wife of an enlisted soldier had … [Read more...]


I Am Looking for a Military Sister Wife

Most mornings, I wake up alone. Yes, there are four people clinging to me, begging for my attention and toaster waffles, but for all intents and purposes, I am alone while I foggily pour juice, change … [Read more...]


‘Who Me?’ Why Military Spouses Should Run for Office

Ever thought about serving in office? And I don't just mean while binge watching House of Cards (don’t lie, you are imagining Frank turning to talk to you right now). Military spouses around the … [Read more...]


Gut Check: When Your Spouse Deploys at Home

Suddenly, with a flurry of late night phone calls, my thoughts and concern for those in Baltimore turned into fear. I felt like someone had just punched me hard in the gut. The words came out of my … [Read more...]


How This Supreme Court Case Will Impact Military Families

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two constitution-based arguments. The first concerns whether the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The second argument … [Read more...]


Guaranteed Time Off Before Deployment Pushed in Bill

A bill recently proposed in Congress would guarantee you time off before your service member deploys no matter what kind of job you have. Right now you are guaranteed two weeks of time off under a … [Read more...]


Surprise! Real Military Appreciation From the White House

What if I told you that the military support message coming from a pair of female celebrities and First Lady Michelle Obama was actually on target? It may be one of my biggest … [Read more...]


Why ‘We’ Is Better Than ‘Us’ and ‘Them’

We like to separate things. We like to place things in neat little boxes. When it comes to military life, we especially like to compartmentalize 'us' vs. 'them.' But then we complain about 'the … [Read more...]


Poll: Cover When Nursing on Base or Leave

A new policy at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho issued April 16 that was rescinded today after coming under heavy fire said that moms on base -- unless they are on duty service members or … [Read more...]


Partnership Promotes MilKid Service, Development

A new partnership between the Military Family Advisory Network and the Congressional Award program looks to promote public service and personal development among military teens and young … [Read more...]


Need to Know: Shipping a Car for a PCS

Are you PCSing overseas or to Alaska or Hawaii this year? Then there is a pretty good chance you are going to let the Defense Department ship one of your vehicles there for you. And why not? It’s … [Read more...]


Why You May Have to Pay for the ER

Among the many changes proposed by the Defense Department to Tricare is making you pay to pay between $30 and $70 (depending on rank) to use the emergency room if what you're there for is ruled a … [Read more...]


Free Vet Center Counseling for Everyone

Wayne Miller’s mother signed the waiver for him to enter the Marine Corps at age 17.  When he lost his leg and was temporarily paralyzed at age 18 due to a mortar attack in Vietnam, she and his … [Read more...]