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Female Air Force Vet Offers MilSpouse Inspiration

I called Jen Griswold because I had just quit my job. I had fallen into the trap so many spouses do of underemployment. I needed some inspiration, and through her, a fellow Air Force wife, I found … [Read more...]

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Happy Birthday, Corps: Thank God for Hot Marines

First and foremost, I want to make one thing clear: In my house abides the world's hottest service member. I don't even want to hear you say that yours is hotter because he simply is not. I would post … [Read more...]

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Boots to Business Suit: A Veterans Day Memoir

Ten years ago on Veterans Day, I was still an eager young Captain, my rank newly pinned on, and proud to don my uniform on the Air Force flightline every day as an aircraft maintenance officer. I … [Read more...]

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10 Military Pet Peeves That Drive Us Crazy

Some things in life just drive you crazy. Like my 5th grade classmate who always poked me with his finger in search of answers to math homework. Or the guy who hogs the shared arm rest on the plane. … [Read more...]

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ArmyFit: Frustrating, Then Surprisingly Empowering

I don’t recommend resources to military families without trying them myself first. So a few weeks ago I sat down to log onto ArmyFit and take the new GAT 2.0 (Global Assessment Tool).  According … [Read more...]

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Is Unhappiness Causing Your Debt?

I’m never surprised when military folks struggle with money. For one, the steady paycheck is nice, but the majority of us don’t make that much. Look it up. For two, we live in a two-income … [Read more...]

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Poll: Should Your Troop’s Career Be Most Important?

I have a problem: in the fight for career-priority, my service member wins every single time. In my equal-career fantasy world my soldier and I balance our careers against each other, split our … [Read more...]

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Chocolate Gravy: Comfort Food at Fisher House

Your mother would forbid chocolate gravy at breakfast. But when you are a guest of Fisher House—those lovely folks who provide free or low cost housing for wounded, ill or injured service members … [Read more...]

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Rehome Your Pet, Harm Your Military Kid?

A new study says that military kids with a deployed parent who have a strong emotional connection to a pet are better off emotionally and handle stress better than kids who do not have that pet … [Read more...]

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Dear School Principal: Why Are You Against Veterans Day?

Why would school principals object to asking students to mark Veterans Day? After all, it is an official United States holiday and a federal holiday created to honor the military veterans who have … [Read more...]

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How Veteran With New Exoskeleton Thanks Helpers

When my husband Gary was paralyzed in a helicopter crash in Iraq in 2008, our world was turned upside down. Immediately we knew the best way to deal with this new life was to do it as a team, along … [Read more...]

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Gold Star Parents Look to Honor Vets With Healing Retreat

Moving forward and healing from grief is a tricky thing that doesn't look the same way for everyone. But for Gretchen and Kirk Catherwood, whose son died in Afghanistan, healing themselves means … [Read more...]

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Why The Low Expectations for Military Spouses?

I had a big league career. Watching my daughter switch to softball this year made me realize that I’d been traded into the minor leagues. How does that happen to military spouses like us? I have … [Read more...]

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Are You Teaching Your Children to Appreciate the Military?

I wake up every morning to another day of eating, sleeping, and breathing the military life. I’m a part of the crazies who truly do love the military lifestyle – most days. In November our … [Read more...]

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Officials: Troops’ Return Flights Mostly On Time

If there is one thing the family of a returning service member knows it's this: when it comes to homecoming, stuff changes. The hot second you have your dress and shoes picked out and the … [Read more...]

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Why Obama’s Ebola Comments Should Make You Angry

Some days, as a military spouse, I feel like I need to beat the public over the head with what our life is like. The misconceptions, misunderstandings, and general misrepresentation of our troops and … [Read more...]

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Why the Ebola Fight Scares Us

Sometimes I have an imagination that would put Anne Shirley to shame. When I close my eyes and pictures what "fight Ebola" means I see a cross between Star Wars,  The Walking Dead and the … [Read more...]

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Army Family Ordered to Remove Offensive Decorations

An Army family on Fort Campbell, Ky. removed an "offensive" Halloween display that appears to depict a lynching after post officials ordered them to do so, according to a local news website. The … [Read more...]