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This article originally appeared in the Fayetteville Observer I read an opinion column in The Washington Post written by retired Lt. Col. Dave Duffy titled "Enough With Entitlement Among Veterans and Military Families." My Facebook page …

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There is something about this time of year that just makes me want to tear my house apart and fix it all up. I know it’s called spring-cleaning for a reason. I have no desire …

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Last year Military Spouse did a series of anonymous confession articles, giving our writers a chance to share their thoughts on topics they had previously been nervous about sharing publicly. The series was a big …

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Article credit: Allen B West Whether you’re a fan of ballroom dancing and sequins or not (and we now know some ISIS fighters might be), you cannot be unmoved by the grace, courage and (since I’m …

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When a service member dies, certain procedures go into motion to support the surviving family members. From notification of death (if needed) to providing for the family’s immediate needs, the military is unfortunately well versed …

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The countdown is over! Your service member is finally about to return home and you are a bundle of nerves and excitement all rolled into one. You want everything to be perfect when you are …

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In serious relationships and marriages, we are right there with our spouses when they face difficult times. Whether they have simply had a bad day or are experiencing a traumatic event, like a death or …

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Stereotypes. I know we all hate them but they are still there, especially within the military community. One of the biggest ones is that all military spouses are the same. Heck, most people still just …

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Dear Military Spouse, God doth not need Either man's work or his own gifts: who best Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed And post o'er land and ocean without …

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We can look into the eyes of our children to see the impact. We can listen to the impact by the sound of a slammed door and the sobs deep in the recesses of their …

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In serious relationships and marriages, we are right there with our spouses when they face difficult times. Whether they have simply had a bad day or are experiencing a traumatic event, like a death or illness in … Continue Reading

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Photo credit: Ali Eminov Dear Civilian Best Friend, There are no words to express my heart-felt thanks for being friends with my military child. Countless times she has had to brave a new playground filled … Continue Reading

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“Entitlement” Stereotype Hurts Military Family

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This article originally appeared in the Fayetteville Observer I read an opinion column in The Washington Post written by retired Lt. Col. Dave Duffy titled "Enough With Entitlement Among Veterans and Military Families." My Facebook page was buzzing. The article was shared multiple times and sparked heated debate. The comments about spouses, Duffy, the military and the … [Read more...]

“Entitlement” Stereotype Hurts Military Family

4 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Spring Cleaning

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There is something about this time of year that just makes me want to tear my house apart and fix it all up. I know it’s called spring-cleaning for a reason. I have no desire to spruce everything up once the temperature drops, but opening my windows for those first few days of nice weather just puts me in the mood to dust, discard, and organize everything. Sometimes that seems … [Read more...]

4 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Spring Cleaning

Confession: I Am the Weary Military Spouse

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Last year Military Spouse did a series of anonymous confession articles, giving our writers a chance to share their thoughts on topics they had previously been nervous about sharing publicly. The series was a big hit and gave us the chance to delve into some discussions that had previously not been explored due to their sensitive nature. As a part of that series I wrote a piece … [Read more...]

Confession: I Am the Weary Military Spouse

Iraq War Vet Amputee Debuts on “Dancing With the Stars”

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Article credit: Allen B West Whether you’re a fan of ballroom dancing and sequins or not (and we now know some ISIS fighters might be), you cannot be unmoved by the grace, courage and (since I’m a woman I can say this), magnificence of this man. Per the bio on this website, “Sergeant Noah Galloway was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division … [Read more...]

Iraq War Vet Amputee Debuts on “Dancing With the Stars”

America’s Family: Support Through Tragedy

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When a service member dies, certain procedures go into motion to support the surviving family members. From notification of death (if needed) to providing for the family’s immediate needs, the military is unfortunately well versed in ensuring that families are cared for in the initial days following a military member’s death. But what happens to the family after the funeral, … [Read more...]

America’s Family: Support Through Tragedy

29 Homecoming Signs We Love

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The countdown is over! Your service member is finally about to return home and you are a bundle of nerves and excitement all rolled into one. You want everything to be perfect when you are reunited as a family. The fridge is stocked, the house is clean, you have picked out the perfect outfit for the day…and you are thinking of the perfect thing to write on a banner or poster … [Read more...]

29 Homecoming Signs We Love

I Don’t Fit the Military Spouse Mold

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Stereotypes. I know we all hate them but they are still there, especially within the military community. One of the biggest ones is that all military spouses are the same. Heck, most people still just say military wives! It’s 2015 and we are breaking the mold of what it means to be a military spouse these days. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy to be a non-traditional … [Read more...]

I Don’t Fit the Military Spouse Mold

It’s Ok To Say It’s Not OK

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Dear Military Spouse, God doth not need Either man's work or his own gifts: who best Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed And post o'er land and ocean without rest: They also serve who only stand and wait. (John Milton, “Sonnet 16: On His Blindness”) I’ve had the opportunity and privilege to write … [Read more...]

It’s Ok To Say It’s Not OK

The Impact of PCS Moves on Your Kids

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We can look into the eyes of our children to see the impact. We can listen to the impact by the sound of a slammed door and the sobs deep in the recesses of their bedroom. We can feel the impact on them when we wrap our arms around them in a strong embrace and whisper, “I’m sorry.” Photo Credit: Vladimir Pustovit As parents, we know moving frequently from location to location … [Read more...]

The Impact of PCS Moves on Your Kids