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career military spouse

Article previously published at NextGen Milspouse I want to say that having a career as a military spouse has absolutely nothing to do with your level of patriotism, but what I see around me daily suggests …

reenlist in military

It’s a question every active duty member of the military has contemplated at least once in their military career. For most families this means discussing what it will mean for them as a whole unit. …

professional identity and military life

When I first married my husband, I was very clear about my personal and professional identity, but over time, my life as a military spouse started impacting my career and I started questioning myself. Through all of …

judgment of women

I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend in the last couple of years. A trend of judgment and I don’t just mean in the military world. The saddest thing is that when I think about it, this …

Care package tips

Article Credit: JoMyGosh.com. (Read more here!) Care packages are one of those things that are at the center of deployment for military significant others. For me, they were always a tangible way to connect with John …

civilians understand military life

Military life has always included unique challenges. Service members move frequently with their jobs, they deploy for months (sometimes years) at a time, their skill sets put them in varying degrees of danger, and the …

PTSD and Kids

Over the last couple of years, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have come to the forefront of conversations within the military. It took some work, but the military, each branch, …

kids and deployment

So, your spouse comes home with deployment orders and you're finally going to drop the bomb on your kids telling them their active duty parent is about to head overseas. If you're anything like me, …

The Military Child- Fractured, Yet Beautiful

I was born into an American subculture that consists of millions, yet is truly understood by few on the outside. I was born the daughter of a U.S. Army soldier. When I was a young …

deployment tips after homecoming

Deployment. One of the most dreaded words in our community. Although many service members are ready (sometimes even excited) to put their hard work and experience to use by deploying, leaving the comforts of home …

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Can Career-Minded Military Spouses Be Patriots?

career military spouse

Article previously published at NextGen Milspouse I want to say that having a career as a military spouse has absolutely nothing to do with your level of patriotism, but what I see around me daily suggests I may be wrong. I see people asking my friend, an officer’s spouse, how she will be a good command spouse if she’s working. I see others responding to a military … [Read more...]

Can Career-Minded Military Spouses Be Patriots?

Should We Re-enlist?

reenlist in military

It’s a question every active duty member of the military has contemplated at least once in their military career. For most families this means discussing what it will mean for them as a whole unit. But for a dual military couple it means looking at more than just whether or not the family can handle it. Trying to balance a dual-military marriage, even without children involved, … [Read more...]

Should We Re-enlist?

Military Life Made Me Question My Identity

professional identity and military life

When I first married my husband, I was very clear about my personal and professional identity, but over time, my life as a military spouse started impacting my career and I started questioning myself. Through all of our moving, I lost sight of who I was and I found myself struggling with what I now realize was an identity crisis. My greatest breakthrough came when I realized … [Read more...]

Military Life Made Me Question My Identity

Judgment Derails Girl Power

judgment of women

I’ve noticed an unfortunate trend in the last couple of years. A trend of judgment and I don’t just mean in the military world. The saddest thing is that when I think about it, this isn’t even a recent “trend” at all, but something that has been around my entire life. Have you noticed as women how quick we are to pronounce sentence on other women? There are so many “wars” … [Read more...]

Judgment Derails Girl Power

REALLY Good Care Package Tips for Military Spouses

Care package tips

Article Credit: JoMyGosh.com. (Read more here!) Care packages are one of those things that are at the center of deployment for military significant others. For me, they were always a tangible way to connect with John and take care of him, even when he was 7,000 miles away. It was nice to know that, when he got mail, there would be at least a few minutes of his day that weren’t … [Read more...]

REALLY Good Care Package Tips for Military Spouses

Can Civilians Ever Understand?

civilians understand military life

Military life has always included unique challenges. Service members move frequently with their jobs, they deploy for months (sometimes years) at a time, their skill sets put them in varying degrees of danger, and the stressors that go along with service can be very different than those of many people in the civilian sector. The challenges of military life do not just stop with … [Read more...]

Can Civilians Ever Understand?

Your Military Child and PTSD

PTSD and Kids

Over the last couple of years, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) have come to the forefront of conversations within the military. It took some work, but the military, each branch, found a way to fight the stigma associated with seeking help after deployments. It may not be gone forever; there are still men and women too embarrassed, afraid … [Read more...]

Your Military Child and PTSD

5 Ways to Drop the Deployment Bomb

kids and deployment

So, your spouse comes home with deployment orders and you're finally going to drop the bomb on your kids telling them their active duty parent is about to head overseas. If you're anything like me, having to explain it all and have this conversation is one of the things that will bring you to your knees. There's nothing quite as intimidating as knowing you're giving your kids … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Drop the Deployment Bomb

The Military Child: Fractured, Yet Beautiful

The Military Child- Fractured, Yet Beautiful

I was born into an American subculture that consists of millions, yet is truly understood by few on the outside. I was born the daughter of a U.S. Army soldier. When I was a young child, my life was largely unaffected by this fact. I lived in snowy little town in Northern Minnesota, where my dad was assigned to work as a recruiter. Life there was small and simple; ordinary, yet … [Read more...]

The Military Child: Fractured, Yet Beautiful