Category: Military Life

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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16 December

Despite navigating multiple transitions during a military career, leaving active duty is a different type of life event. Classes and curriculum are designed to guide the service member through each phase of preparing for that exit, to include looking for employment, understanding benefits and more, but what impact does “getting out” have on military spouses […]

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11 December

The majority of military members like to receive a care package from family members back home. In order to be certain what is sent arrives securely to its intended individual here are some tips for sending and preparing a military care package. Check International and Country Specific Shipping Limitations – There are restrictions on what can […]

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10 December

Military families are faced with a great amount of uncertainty. Permanent change of station moves, military deployments, training, temporary duty, and military exercises all have the potential to take the military members in the family away from home and the responsibilities of everyday living. That is why it is a very good idea to develop […]

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29 November

As a Military Spouse, you’re aware that deployment is always a possibility on the horizon. It can be scary and overwhelming for both you and your partner, especially if this is your first time going through the trials and tribulations of deployment as a couple — but take comfort in knowing that you have a community around […]

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