9 Reasons Why PCSing Can Be Amazing, in GIFs

Are you moving this summer? Summer is PCS season and so many military families will be going to a new duty station in the next few months. Some military families will be excited to PCS, and others, not as much. PCSing can be such an amazing thing. Moving is a fresh start, and while super stressful, can be an exciting part of military life. When I talk to military spouses who have been doing this forever, they have such a fantastic list of places their family has called home. In case you are feeling down about your future PCS, or …

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When An Introverted Military Spouse Needs To Make Friends

“Why are you so quiet?” I was asked this SO many times as a kid and you know what, I hated it so much. I was so shy, I had social anxiety I am sure, and I was an introvert. And because of that, I struggled a bit. Sure, with my best friends and family I could be super loud. I remember my parents telling me they were going to tape record (yep, 80s kid here) me and give it to my teachers. My shyness was really a struggle. I can remember people asking me questions and being TERRIFIED to …

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Five Ways To Help Prevent Veteran Suicide

This post is sponsored by Shepherd’s Men! Five Ways To Help Prevent Veteran Suicide It’s a tragedy: Every day, 22 U.S. veterans take their own lives – a needless loss of 8,000 service members a year. Too many veterans don’t get the help they need, but experts say everyone should get involved to help save a veteran’s life. The Problem Returning veterans may experience divorce, joblessness, homelessness and hopelessness. The often-devastating effects of mild to moderate traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and post-traumatic stress (PTS), plus the loss of their military community support, can cause a downward spiral. Symptoms of mTBI …

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Westgate Resorts, Gary Sinise and Gov. Ron DeSantis Host Thousands of Military Family Members in Orlando

Westgate Resorts will honor 1,500 U.S. military families, veterans and Gold Star families from across the nation with a free vacation at Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Center Resort in Orlando, May 10-12. The event continues Westgate Resorts’ and CEO David Siegel’s eight-year tradition of encouraging our nation’s heroes to spend quality time with their families.  Representing all branches of the military, more than 5,500 guests from 41 states, and Puerto Rico and Washington D.C., will enjoy complimentary accommodations and activities, including an inaugural 5K run, a resource fair featuring 25 military organizations, and admission to Westgate’s Shipwreck Island Water …

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10 Lessons You Learn During Life As A Military Spouse

10 Lessons You Learn During Life As A Military Spouse

Life always teaches you something. No matter what you are going through, there is always something new to learn. And if you are a military spouse, there are many lessons you can gain through military life. Here are 10 of them: That you can, in fact, do things on your own, without your spouse by your side Before your spouse joined the military, you might have assumed there were certain things you needed them to be there for. You will learn quickly that this is not the case. At the same time, while you realize you can do things without …

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What To Appreciate About Military Spouses

What To Appreciate About Military Spouses

It’s May! Can you believe that? Didn’t 2019 just start? This year is flying and it will be the twenties again soon. I can’t even wrap my mind around that! May is Military Spouse Appreciation Month. A month to recognize military spouses, and appreciate all that they do, standing by their service member. Military spouses are not all the same, and we are all on our own military journey. Some of us are more seasoned, and have been doing this over a decade, or even over two or three. Some of us have only been doing this life for a …

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7 Truths About Money and Military Life

7 Truths About Money and military life

Having a career in the military can be a great way to provide for your family with a steady paycheck. In addition to basic pay, your service member will also receive BAH, BAS, and other special pays based on what they are doing during their military career. If they deploy, they might earn extra military pay, and when re-enlisting, they might earn a bonus. Money can be a sticky subject but there are some things to be aware of when it comes to money and military life. Here are a few things to keep in mind whether you are new …

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So You Just Found Out You’re Pregnant, And Your Spouse is Deploying

So You Just Found Out You’re Pregnant, And Your Spouse is Deploying

You were trying, or maybe you weren’t. But the test is clear. You are pregnant, maybe with your first, maybe with your 4th but you know what this means. Another baby… A sibling for your two-year-old… You are growing your family, just like you wanted to. And as happy as you are, as excited as you are, there is something looming over your happiness. Your husband, the father of your child, is deploying soon. And you aren’t sure how you are going to handle everything. You just found out you are pregnant and he’s deploying… When I found out I …

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What Military Spouses Need to Know About Military Discounts

What Military Spouses Need To Know About Military Discounts

I love finding military discounts. My favorite military discount is the one you can get at Disneyland. I feel like you are able to save so much money! Many different places have military discounts, from home stores to your favorite restaurants. But… There are some things that you should know going in where military discounts are concerned. Different businesses offer different types of discounts and knowing what they are is important. Not all businesses offer them to spouses One thing you should know is that not all military discounts are for military spouses, but many of them are. This can …

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The Joys of the Modern Military Spouse Life

The Joys of the Modern Military Spouse Life

We now have Walmart Grocery Delivery. I am so excited! Not only for myself but for all the parents with small children, going through a deployment, who loathe having to take their kids to the grocery store with them. I have been there so many times. Put the baby in my baby carrier, put a toddler in the cart, hoping they won’t open anything, and make your older child walk beside you. Going to a grocery store with all your kids is a big chore. And it isn’t very fun. But, thanks to modern life, you no longer have to …

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