Our Military Family’s Trip to Yosemite National Park

May 23, 2024

As outdoor enthusiasts together with my husband, we have always enjoyed spending time in nature and traveling to new destinations. We used to be the spontaneous couple who took a weekend camping trip on a whim and traveled through Europe with just a backpack. Slightly more than two years ago,…...

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The Realities of Being Deployed

May 16, 2024

From the inception of military history, there have been deployments. At some point in their military service, most members will experience some form of deployment, whether it be to a foreign land or temporary duty (TDY) for training. defines deployment as activities to move military personnel and materials from…...

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The Best Deployment Advice for Military Families

May 14, 2024

Sometimes, things unexpectedly go left and hit the fan, and we feel ready to throw in the towel during a deployment. The stress and anxiety can seem to be unbearable when our service member is deployed. Immersing ourselves into a local military community during these times is crucial for us…...

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The Challenges of Being a Foreign National Military Spouse

May 9, 2024

As a foreign national, I had never even come across the term “military spouse” until one day, I found myself to be one. After being in a long-distance relationship for 7 years, waiting for a fiance visa for over a year, and not seeing my fiance for more than 9…...

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7 Ways You Can Honor Military Spouses During Military Spouse Appreciation Month

May 1, 2024

On April 17, 1984, President Ronald Reagan declared May 23 Military Spouse Day (now observed the Friday before Mother’s Day.) This has since grown into a full Military Spouse Appreciation Month, ensuring that the many service-related sacrifices of spouses will be acknowledged and appreciated alongside those of their husband or…...

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How Military Couples Can Navigate Challenges Together

February 13, 2024

When my husband told me he wanted to enroll in the Special Forces Qualifications Course, I knew we would encounter numerous challenges as a military couple. I was told it was a single person's job and not at all beneficial. The truth of the matter is that no matter what…...

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How Operation Kid Comfort Helped My Military Family: Part 3

February 6, 2024

In the first part of my Operation Kid Comfort story, I shared how this program became available nationwide, offering solace to military families like ours. Now, I want to delve deeper into its impact, not just on us, but on the broader military community. Comfort When It’s Needed Most As…...

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Journey Through the Year: Reflections of a Military Spouse

February 2, 2024

As we say goodbye to 2023 and welcome a new chapter, I find myself looking back at the past twelve months. My most cherished memory of the year was our first road trip as a family. Picture us driving down the interstate in the middle of nowhere, in our packed-out…...

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My Journey as an Ombudsman

January 25, 2024

When my husband first asked if I would consider being interviewed for the position of ship’s ombudsman, my initial thought was, “What could I possibly have to offer to several hundred military families?” I sat with this question for some time. After all, I had been a stay-at-home mom for…...

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2024 New Year’s Resolutions of a Military Spouse

January 22, 2024

As 2024 approaches, I find myself reflecting on the past and looking to the future. These last few years have been extremely challenging as we transitioned from the civilian world into our new military life. Other than parenthood, I think being a military spouse is one of the hardest and…...

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