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Ways to Show You Appreciate Military Families

Plastic flamingos

Love your neighbors? Appreciate all they do? Then maybe you just need to flock 'em. This week, my neighbors woke up to find a flock of plastic flamingos in their front yard. The accompanying sign said, "Congratulations! You've been flocked!" The sign also included some nice words of hope and support. Everyone who passes by has to stop and look. Maybe it is because we don't see that many flamingos in our neck of the woods. Maybe it is be... more

Social Media Provides Community for Isolated MHPs

Must-Have Parent

I have a jawbone on my wrist. Lest you think I'm a mutant or serial killer, my Jawbone is a fitness tracker. I keep it on for everything but bathing and swimming. It tells me how much I move and records my activity. The Jawbone app talks to other apps on my phone, and together they put together a fairly complete picture of what I eat, how much I exercise and the quality and quantity of my sleep. Watch me, please, Big Brother The craz... more

How to Get A Military ID Card for Newlyweds

Checking IDs at the Gate. Photo by Sgt. Marcus Fichtl, 8th MP BDE

First comes love. Second comes marriage. Third comes your tan military dependent ID card taking up space in your wallet. While your sailor, Marine, Coastie, airman or soldier serves in the military, you will need a military ID card in order to drive on base, use the commissary and exchange, enroll in Tricare (our health insurance), and take part in all other military benefits that come to you direct from your service member. Here are ... more

Spouses Need Service Members' Support to Be Happy

Must-Have Parent

And for a variety of reasons (stop-loss orders, being over halfway to retirement, promotions and great opportunities, loyalty to others serving and passion for the cause, and plain old stubbornness), leaving the Army was not something either of us ever seriously considered. Thankfully, he's never lorded that promise over me. But I've heard other service members use promises like that one as an excuse, saying things like, "I told her I'd ... more

The Best Advice I've Ever Received

Kiss

Before my husband deployed to Iraq for the second time, he and I went through a particularly rough patch in our relationship, and found ourselves fighting, literally, all the time. We fought about stupid things, things that didn't matter, but for some reason, neither of us were willing to let anything go. I remember mentioning this to another wife in passing, and how surprised I was that this build-up seemed harder than his first tour. I felt ... more

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Deployment Helped My Sons Find Their Voices

My three sons had no idea what was waiting in the package that arrived one cold and snowy day before Christmas 2012. Their dad had been away for four months of a yearlong deployment, and the holidays were looming large. My kids were missing their dad terribly. We opened the package together. We were curious ... Continue Reading

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