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5 Tips to Help Your Service Member Transition Out

Transition

Last September, we learned my husband would be out of the Marine Corps on Dec. 1. I should add that my husband was newly home from Afghanistan and we had a newborn. It wasn't exactly great timing. Hubs had never had a civilian job before, and it wasn't the best time for us to think about me going back to work full time either. However inconvenient and not ideal that prospect was, moving into our parents' attic was way worse. Way worse. T... more

How to Make the Most of Life in the Reserves

Navigating family life while you're also navigating weekend-warrior military life can bring its own set of challenges that even a former active-duty family like ours can find challenging.

I like being a Reserve family. My garage is filled with camouflage helmets and ammo cans and a more-contained version of the same things that used to chock up our whole house back when we were active duty. A very sun-stained Marine Corps flag hangs proudly outside our house. And my husband, whose day job is now in the very un-Marine world of banking, gets to roll his sleeves up once a month and still perform the valuable service to this... more

Is Your Military Teen at Risk for Suicide?

Suicide prevention

I wish I had realized, before my son’s attempt on his life, that his abrupt change in behavior was actually an indication that something else was going on. I’ll be the first to admit that it was easier to dismiss what seemed to be “typical” teen behaviors rather than recognize them as the first sign of a more serious issue. And I wish I were an anomaly. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, our depen... more

3 Ways to Help Wounded Warrior Families Over the Holidays

(Photo: U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth.)

With the holidays in full swing, you’re stressing over the final headcount for Thanksgiving, kicking yourself for not having started Christmas shopping sooner, and scheming for that perfect New Year’s party. And what about that family who just moved in across the street? The wheelchair caught your eye, as did the Purple Heart on the license plate of their van. Then you put two and two together. After initial recovery and rehabilitation,... more

Vintage Vicki: Dealing With Holiday Blues

Ms. Vicki

The holiday season can be a festive time of connecting with family and friends and reflecting over our successes and accomplishments of the past year. The commercialization of the holiday season can lead to emotional highs and lows. We have great expectations about the holiday season, but when the great expectation doesn’t happen the “Blue Dude” moves in ... the blues depression. I had the expectation that he would give me a ring and propose ... more

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