Category: Health & Wellness

13 December

SNAP, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is intended to help low-income families buy food and keep their loved ones fed. More than 20,000 military families are included in the numbers of those who need SNAP to make ends meet. SNAP works on a need-based system where the applicant’s income is reviewed. SNAP […]

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02 December

Happiness, what a marvelous word. Yet, for some people, that word seems so surreal, so distant. The truth is, I was one of those people. For the longest time, I believed I was living a happy life, especially since I had everything I needed to be happy. I was in good health, had a beautiful […]

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21 November

Operation Purple Healing Adventures is known for providing a relaxing getaway for wounded warriors and their families utilizing the healing properties of nature. And this past weekend was no exception. Set in the beautiful backdrop of Bainbridge Island, Washington, the National Military Family Association hosted 17 military families at our most recent weekend family retreat—which fell […]

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19 November

Life has a funny way of teaching you hard lessons no matter how prepared you think you are. Having faced deployment before as a military family, we assumed our playbook was thorough and we knew what to expect. In 2009, my husband was going to Iraq in September or October; the kids and I would stay […]

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25 October

It’s no secret that military families face a unique set of stressors. Deployments and frequent moves, sometimes across continents and oceans, add layers of complexity to everyday life. At times even the most level-headed and experienced families feel challenged by the strain. (Speaking from experience, here.) In the throes of transition we find comfort in […]

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16 October

Ahhh! There is nothing quite like a deployment or PCS to get the stress level going! The memories of a bad move can stay with you forever. A yearlong deployment can put a strain on a military marriage for years to come. These staples of military life can leave you feeling that you have little […]

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08 October

If you’re looking to get your life organized this year, why not start with the family dinner table? Military families often have unpredictable schedules with service members working late or odd hours, if they are home at all. Meal planning is one way to keep a consistent routine in place and give you some sense of control in the midst […]

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04 October

Beginning a new exercise or activity routine can seem daunting – especially if you were in the service where physical activity was part of your every day routine. Whether time has slipped away and a few years of inactivity have caught up with you or a fitness plan is completely new, you can approach this in such […]

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02 October

By Dr. Jessica Sapp, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences and Deborah Fisher, Master of Public Health Graduate Student, American Military University Are you a veteran who is struggling with your weight? If so, you are not alone. If you have spent years following a military work schedule, deployments and early morning group physical exercises, a relaxed lifestyle can be […]

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25 September

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a wound in which an external force, such as a nearby explosion, causes the brain to move within the head and be damaged. With enough force, this movement can disrupt normal brain function, leading to a loss of consciousness or a feeling of being dazed and confused. Perhaps most alarming […]

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