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How to Get A Military ID Card for Newlyweds

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

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Spouses Need Service Members' Support to Be Happy

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

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The Best Advice I've Ever Received

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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Be Smart When Shopping for Back to School

While my kids don't like to admit it, they are almost itching to get back to school. You may be downright enthusiastic about the beginning of a new year, but the prospect of back-to-school shopping may not be quite so exciting. It can be a big drain on your pocketbook, especially if you're not careful. Over the years, I've compiled -- both through personal experience and reader feedback -- some good tips to help you do your shopping in a way ... more

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Wedding Day Gift Guide

This is your celebration, and there are many details all wrapped up into a few memorable hours. From selecting your wedding rings to bridesmaids’ gifts, here's a guide that simplifies your wedding day details. Worn for countless years to come, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Begin by creating a budget for your rings and start your search at least a month or two prior to your wedding. For the bride, a unique ring combinati... more

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What I Love About Recruiting Duty

You’re already thinking “I’ve heard that recruiting duty is horrible. What could there possibly be to love about it?” When my husband called to tell me he was put on the HSST list (or as I like to call it, the hit list), then later told me he was selected for Recruiting Duty (RD), I ... Continue Reading

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