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Photo Credit Ever have those moments in life where you are certain you are failing as a parent? I certainly hope that I am not the only person who feels this way. Parenting is just one …

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My husband and I made the best decision (so far) of his military career in 2014. After returning from an eight month deployment in June, he was assigned to 8 weeks of training beginning in …

more than a military spouse

  There is a list a mile long of the things I wish I had known before becoming a military spouse; from the little details like tipping a bagger to the really big things like the …

military kids and public school

A closer look into Federal Impact Aid: Children of active duty members are worth more to your public school than the most local children. Why? It’s most likely your public school receives Federal Impact Aid (extra …

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Think back to January. I bet you were one of those people who had the best of intentions upon the New Year of creating a New You. You were going to get organized. You were …

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Married to: Daniel Kysela SOY Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Years as Milspouse: 5 Areas of Focus: Julia Kysela is tireless advocate for our military spouse community, active duty military members and especially veterans. In 2012 Julia and her husband organized the “I’ve Got Your …

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Married to: Matthew Kingery SOY Location: Beale AFB Years as Milspouse: 18 Areas of Focus: Jana Kingery does not let anything hold her back from succeeding in life: not 3 deployments or 8 PCS moves, the struggle of moving her teaching job …

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Married to: Keith Wilber SOY Location: NB Guam Years as Milspouse: 12 Areas of Focus: Antonia Wilber is the heart of her community, a woman who truly defines, ‘serving our military.’ As a COMPASS Mentor and Team Leader, Antonia reinvigorated a once …

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Married to: Larry Benson SOY Location: USCG District 1 Rhode Island Years as Milspouse: 13 Area of Focus: Stacey Benson makes things happen. She is a former Army wife and a current Coast Guard spouse (married to the same person!), a mom, …

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After hundreds of submissions, (we couldn't pick just 10!) we've narrowed it down to the Top 18 Military kiddos as we close out the Month of the Military Child. THANKS to everyone for sharing your …

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Helping My Military Child Say Goodbye

military child say godbye

Photo Credit Ever have those moments in life where you are certain you are failing as a parent? I certainly hope that I am not the only person who feels this way. Parenting is just one big crossing of the fingers; hoping that the choices we make and the way we choose to parent or relate to our kids won’t land them in years of therapy. But sometimes things happen that are out … [Read more...]

Helping My Military Child Say Goodbye

A Family That Stays Together…

TDY military family

My husband and I made the best decision (so far) of his military career in 2014. After returning from an eight month deployment in June, he was assigned to 8 weeks of training beginning in August. We have 2 school aged children, 5 pets, and I have a full-time job. My husband was due to report for training out of state mid-August (a week after the kids’ school started.) Our … [Read more...]

A Family That Stays Together…

Be More Than Just a Military Spouse

more than a military spouse

  There is a list a mile long of the things I wish I had known before becoming a military spouse; from the little details like tipping a bagger to the really big things like the true cost of Tricare Standard vs. Prime. There certainly is a lot to learn and I am thankful for the many resources we now have to help us navigate those things. But there is one thing that I … [Read more...]

Be More Than Just a Military Spouse

Military Children Are Worth More to Public Schools

military kids and public school

A closer look into Federal Impact Aid: Children of active duty members are worth more to your public school than the most local children. Why? It’s most likely your public school receives Federal Impact Aid (extra funding from the Department of Education) for all children of active duty members. Yet, the funding isn’t invested directly into your child or programs that … [Read more...]

Military Children Are Worth More to Public Schools

The Forgotten New Year’s Resolutions

resolutions

Think back to January. I bet you were one of those people who had the best of intentions upon the New Year of creating a New You. You were going to get organized. You were going to cook 3 homemade meals a week. You were going to use the treadmill for more than just hanging your clothes on. But like so many others, you let those resolutions slide as life got in the way. Now … [Read more...]

The Forgotten New Year’s Resolutions

Julia Kysela: 2015 Armed Forces Insurance National Guard Spouse of the Year

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Married to: Daniel Kysela SOY Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Years as Milspouse: 5 Areas of Focus: Julia Kysela is tireless advocate for our military spouse community, active duty military members and especially veterans. In 2012 Julia and her husband organized the “I’ve Got Your Six 6k and Memorial Mile,” which is a 6k and 1 mile race which support a Pennsylvania … [Read more...]

Julia Kysela: 2015 Armed Forces Insurance National Guard Spouse of the Year

Jana Kingery: 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Air Force Spouse of the Year

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Married to: Matthew Kingery SOY Location: Beale AFB Years as Milspouse: 18 Areas of Focus: Jana Kingery does not let anything hold her back from succeeding in life: not 3 deployments or 8 PCS moves, the struggle of moving her teaching job from state to state and starting over in new schools or that she has done all this despite being born with Congenital Progressive hearing … [Read more...]

Jana Kingery: 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Air Force Spouse of the Year

Antonia Wilber: 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Navy Spouse of the Year

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Married to: Keith Wilber SOY Location: NB Guam Years as Milspouse: 12 Areas of Focus: Antonia Wilber is the heart of her community, a woman who truly defines, ‘serving our military.’ As a COMPASS Mentor and Team Leader, Antonia reinvigorated a once defunct program that now is one of the most popular on Guam. Antonia also volunteers her time with the Navy Marine Corps Relief … [Read more...]

Antonia Wilber: 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Navy Spouse of the Year

Stacey Benson: 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year

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Married to: Larry Benson SOY Location: USCG District 1 Rhode Island Years as Milspouse: 13 Area of Focus: Stacey Benson makes things happen. She is a former Army wife and a current Coast Guard spouse (married to the same person!), a mom, and a woman of extraordinary talent, drive and strength. She and her husband Larry have PCSed four times and been through six deployments. … [Read more...]

Stacey Benson: 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year