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My Ex Won't Get ID Card for Our Son

Ms. Vicki

Dear Ms. Vicki, My ex-husband and I divorced in 2001. He retired from the military in 2007. We had one son together who went to live with his father at the age of 12. Our son is now 19. He is still legally his father's dependent, but his father won't get him a military ID, help him with his financial aid or other financing for school, or even help him get medical insurance through Tricare. Consequently,  my son, who is in college and gettin... more

Does Military Transition Hurt Your Marriage?

Military Transition

Military transition sounds like career puberty. Everyone is full of dire warnings about what is going to happen, but you really can't image it happening to you and your spouse. People say you have to start planning your transition two years before you leave the military (even if you are waiting for something like a promotion board before you can even make that decision). They say your service member turns into a big ol' bear full of bad... more

Female Troops and Same-Sex Partners Included in New PTSD Study

Female Marines

"What should I do?" "Should I push him, or leave him alone?" "How can I get her to talk to me?" "How do I explain this to our kids?" As a psychologist treating service members and veterans with PTSD, depression and other psychological issues, these are the types of questions I hear the most from spouses, partners and family members. What should we do to help our family member with PTSD? Family members understand that deployments ca... more

Checklist for New Military Spouses


Overview Important information for new military spouses The basics Health benefits Financial and housing Base services Resources Welcome to the military family. As the husband or wife of a service member, you are an active participant in the military lifestyle. You are also eligible for many benefits, including health care, shopping privileges on base, and access to base recreation facilities and other pro... more

Unity among Strangers?

Military spouses holding a book club

Just when Army wife Gina Redwine thought she had dealing with deployment down pat, her husband’s third one threw her for a loop. He was being deployed to Iraq with only 10 other soldiers, which in some ways could be a little easier. After all, it was a small group, right? Well, none of these soldiers or families had ever met. All of them lived in different parts of the country and were being brought together to form a unit. Everything Gina... more

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