What Memorial Day Really Means to the Military Community

Memorial Day…a day for a BBQ, spending time in the pool, or an extra day off work? Yes, but… For the Military community, Memorial day is a little different. We do have BBQs, and we do spend time in the pool and have an extra day off work, but we also remember those who have lost their lives, in a very personal way. Each of us knows a Gold Star family. I know many of them personally. Friends who became widows during our past deployments, friends who have received that knock on the door, friends who will never be the …

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Enough With the Dependa Crap

Enough With the Dependa Crap

Enough With the Dependa Crap I’m over it. I am so tired of the dependa crap. I am tired of people throwing that word around, using it to demean others, using it as a weapon, and hiding behind it as if it makes them better than anyone else. Enough with the talking down to other military spouses because they live their lives differently than you do. Enough with the Facebook group bashing because you think you are right and don’t have room for other opinions. Enough with assuming military spouses are only there to take from an unsuspecting soldier. We as …

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16 Ways You Know You Are Raising Children In A Military Family

16 Ways You Know You Are Raising Children In A Military Family

16 Ways You Know You Are Raising Children In A Military Family I had exactly 13 months of raising children before we became a military family. When my husband joined the military in 2005, our oldest son was only a little over a year. All the parenting I have done after that has been within military life and culture, at least to some extent. April is the month of the military child, here are 16 ways to know that you are raising children in a military family: 1. None of your children were born in the same place! One in …

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The Truth About the Military Spouse Community

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The Truth About the Military Spouse Community I have noticed something, and it makes me sad. Military spouses who have no desire to be involved in the military community because they think everyone is awful. They don’t want to try to be friends with other military spouses because they believe all military spouses are the same and that they don’t want to be involved in their drama. I just have to say, that in the 12 years I have been a military spouse, this has not been my experience.  Are there terrible military spouses out there? Yes, of course. Just like …

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What You Can Learn From Other Military Spouses

What You Can Learn From Other Military Spouses

What You Can Learn From Other Military Spouses It was 2006, and I was new to Germany and the Military life. My FRG leader was giving me a ride across the post, and she was talking about the upcoming ball that we were going to have. I was excited. I knew the military had balls but to be able to go to one seemed like a dream. She told me about the food and what to expect. She went through the ceremony part of the ball. I learned a lot that day. Other spouses told me what a deployment was …

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