A Grand Pause: Recharging at the Grand Canyon During Our PCS

July 3, 2024

I was blessed to grow up with two sets of wonderful grandparents. My sister and I spent every summer break traveling across the country with our Grandmama and Granddaddy, taking in National Parks like Yellowstone, Yosemite, and the Badlands and gaping at the memorials of Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore.…...

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Summer Struggle: Military Families and Food Insecurity

June 26, 2024

Summer should be a fun time, but for many military families, it brings extra stress about food. Research from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that getting enough healthy food is a huge problem for our troops. In fact, 24% of active…...

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Summer Meals for a Military Family

June 20, 2024

As the school year ends and summer break begins, military and civilian parents are under pressure due to rising food costs and having to provide additional meals and snacks for their children and teens. This is even tougher for military families, who often struggle with food insecurity, especially when kids…...

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Helping Kids Adjust After a PCS Move

June 18, 2024

Another school year is coming to an end. For most Americans with children, that means entire months of lazier days, longer nights spent firing up the grill, and summer camps with friends. For many military families, however, the end of the school year ushers in something much more anxiety-inducing: summertime…...

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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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