Category: Military Life

14 February

A wedding is a significant and momentous time for everyone involved. Brides and grooms alike are filled with unparalleled anticipation for their special day. Military members and civilians all know there is always a lot to be done, and a countless number of decisions that must be made prior to the exchange of I-do’s. For […]

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10 February

Community minded military members and families have plenty of volunteer opportunities in the United States. But what about those who are assigned to overseas bases? There are many opportunities to volunteer at overseas bases and not just for local host-nation charities, non-profits, or similar groups. Volunteering in another country can be as simple as showing […]

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31 January

I always say that it’s worth taking a shot on an OCONUS PCS. Living overseas in a new place can be exciting with plenty of things to see and do. But it can also feel isolated, scary, and too new for comfort. I spent three years overseas in Germany, living in a very small German […]

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29 January

The military is one of the most well-respected institutions in the United States. In a recent Pew Research study, nearly 81% of Americans expressed confidence that the military will act in the best interests of the public. That is compared to only 45% for CEOs, 40% for the news media and 25% for elected officials. Unlike […]

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16 January

There is no shortage of horror stories about the military retirement process. Thankfully this isn’t one of them. After serving 20 years in the Marine Corps, I retired in the summer of 2018. I started planning my transition almost two years out by researching the information needed, documenting every ache and pain, and following the rigorous processes as advised by personnel and […]

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14 January

Do you need to physically prepare for basic training? Many potential new recruits and their families are understandably concerned about the rigors of basic training. Whether it’s Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or the Coast Guard, how should someone get ready for these fitness requirements? What follows should not be considered medical advice. This […]

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10 January

Few Americans have missed the news from the Middle East in recent weeks. It’s difficult to scroll through social media without seeing calls for war, specific response, restraint. But in the military community, it isn’t the politics that matter as much as what will happen with our service member spouses. As we watch the news, […]

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09 January

When you arrive at a new duty station in the military, you know where to go for information on housing, health care and your child’s new school. Often, those resources are all under one roof, said Beth Kubala, a senior director at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. “It’s very different […]

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06 January

Donate to a military affiliated charity in honor of a fallen soldier. Organizations that help veterans and active duty members are always in need of donations.  Without help from other they are not able to reach out to as many people in need.  There are a wide range of charities who would graciously accept any […]

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18 December

For many service members, veterans, and their families, the holidays are a great time of laughter, cheer, and togetherness. However, we also know that for some of us, the holidays can be a difficult time. We may remember family members, friends, and battle buddies who are no longer with us to celebrate the season. Although we […]

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