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Dear Mindy, I am not sure what to do. I am the very rare and hardly noticed male military spouse. I feel like I don’t fit in anywhere. My wife is always being invited to both …

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Due to the overwhelming amount of beautiful photos we received this week, Military Spouse brings you a special #MilitaryCrushMonday: Military Dads and Their Kids. It is almost April, the month of the military child. We …

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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 …

TAPS

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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3 Ways to be a Better Spouse

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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Dear Civilian Best Friend

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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Sincerely, Left Behind Male Spouse

male military spouse

Dear Mindy, I am not sure what to do. I am the very rare and hardly noticed male military spouse. I feel like I don’t fit in anywhere. My wife is always being invited to both military member events and spouse events because they mistake her for the actual dependent. I feel like I have lost myself within a world that does not yet accept male spouses. I love my wife and I love … [Read more...]

Sincerely, Left Behind Male Spouse

#MCM: Military Dads and Their Kids

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Due to the overwhelming amount of beautiful photos we received this week, Military Spouse brings you a special #MilitaryCrushMonday: Military Dads and Their Kids. It is almost April, the month of the military child. We are kicking things off early by honoring those kids who go through so much with parents in the military. Here are some of the top photos this week!  Photo … [Read more...]

#MCM: Military Dads and Their Kids

“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

TAPS

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