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Congratulations! Below are the Top 18 Base Level Spouses of the Year who will be moving on to the Branch Level voting process. Voting takes place on Wednesday, February 4th 2015! View All Candidates Here Army Rachel …

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Congratulations! Purely based on popular vote, these military spouses have been nominated and selected to represent their bases, states, and districts. Click on any time to check out their profile and pick your favorite! The top …

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Photo credit: Flickr user Len Matthews   The issue of mental health in the military is one that is often difficult to talk about. Sure, the experts talk, our leaders talk, but what about our service members …

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Photo Credit: Flickr user MilitaryHealth   If taking charge of your health is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you might want to add getting a Pap test to your to-do list. January is Cervical Health Awareness …

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Photo Credit: Flickr user UW Health    It seems like every time a health problem occurs in our family, I end up having to fight – quite hard – to get things taken care of properly. There’s …

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Hi, my name is Susan Reynolds and this is my friend Elena Roberts; together we are Bad Mother Advocate: Fighting for your Family. This is the first edition of our new series on advocacy and …

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Photo Credit: Daniel X. O'Neil, Flickr.com For those of you who do not know Ms. Amos, she is the former First Lady of the Marine Corps. During her tenure, she created a reading list to mirror the …

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Photo Credit: Amanda Govaert, Flickr.com   Every once in a while a girl just needs a good old-fashioned sleepover: cute pajamas, good food, great friends, deep conversation and very little sleep. Recently I had the opportunity to join …

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Photo Credit: Flickr user Ruhama Quadir   The moments before, during, and after deployments are strange. They can make you feel light as air and fill you with bliss; yet they can also crush you as you …

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Sometimes I truly wish that after my wedding, I received a textbook detailing what it is to be married, especially to someone enlisted. I would love to say that I was naïve back then, but …

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Will War and Marriage Ever Mix?

Photo Credit: Amanda Govaert, Flickr.com   Every once in a while a girl just needs a good old-fashioned sleepover: cute pajamas, good food, great friends, deep conversation and very little sleep. Recently I had the … Continue Reading

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Top 18 Base Spouses of the Year!

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Congratulations! Below are the Top 18 Base Level Spouses of the Year who will be moving on to the Branch Level voting process. Voting takes place on Wednesday, February 4th 2015! View All Candidates Here Army Rachel O'Hern Pentagon I'm originally from Texas, and a proud graduate of Texas A&M - gig'em Aggies! I completed my Master of Social Work degree virtually … [Read more...]

Top 18 Base Spouses of the Year!

Reducing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Military

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Photo credit: Flickr user Len Matthews   The issue of mental health in the military is one that is often difficult to talk about. Sure, the experts talk, our leaders talk, but what about our service members and their families? Mental health in the military is an important issue to discuss. Those affected are often the ones who live in silence. Mental illness exacts a real toll, … [Read more...]

Reducing the Stigma of Mental Health in the Military

Tricare? Get the Care YOU Deserve

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Photo Credit: Flickr user UW Health    It seems like every time a health problem occurs in our family, I end up having to fight – quite hard – to get things taken care of properly. There’s a solid protocol in place when you’re on Tricare, and I understand it’s important to follow procedure. However, it seems ridiculous that service members and their families have to work so … [Read more...]

Tricare? Get the Care YOU Deserve

Everyone is an Advocate

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Hi, my name is Susan Reynolds and this is my friend Elena Roberts; together we are Bad Mother Advocate: Fighting for your Family. This is the first edition of our new series on advocacy and we just want to introduce you to what we’re all about – showing you that everyone is an advocate.  Our goal is work with military families to teach advocacy, build partnerships and … [Read more...]

Everyone is an Advocate

The Reality of a 9-month Deployment

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Photo Credit: Flickr user U.S. Pacific Fleet   When my dad would go out to sea, I always had this picture in my head of what he was doing. Part of it probably came from watching Peter Pan so many times as a kid I just imagined him on the water with Captain Hook. Now that I’ve done my own 9-month government-sponsored cruise, I know I was wrong. Oh so very wrong! Let me help … [Read more...]

The Reality of a 9-month Deployment

Adoption 101: The Breakdown of Resources

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Photo Credit: Flickr user K. W. Barrett   This is the third installment in my series on adoption for military families. In the first installment, we talked about the four kinds of adoption to choose from when a family decides to adopt. If you missed Part 1, you can view it by clicking here. In the second installment, we talked about the home study, and unique challenges … [Read more...]

Adoption 101: The Breakdown of Resources