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The Best Apps for Military Families

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Military life is hard, but there’s an app for that. We polled our staff and asked our readers what apps make their military lives easier. Here is what they said. WhatsApp. Use this messaging app to exchange text messages and phone calls with your spouse while he or she is deployed. Best part? If you miss a call, you can use the app to call him or her back (provided you are both in an area with WiFi). Score. Couple. Like the WhatsApp, the... more

Giving to Military Charity Associations

Navy wife Jennifer Cole (left) poses with her American Red Cross team at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Photo courtesy American Red Cross

We all know that it's good to give. It's good for the recipient, and it makes us feel good about ourselves. But when trying to decide which of the -- no kidding -- 400,000 military charity associations that help families and veterans in some way to give our hard-earned dollars to ... We. Can't. Even. Worse, in recent years, some of the biggest and best known of these military charity associations have been hit with some less than stellar accu... more

Military Child Care

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Many of today's military families rely on quality child care as an important part of their support network. Parents want their children to be safe, happy, and healthy while they are in the care of others. Military spouses often work outside the home, continue their education, and play the role of single parent. The demands of military service come with frequent deployments, standing duty, training, and unpredictable work schedules with long h... more

Guard and Reserve Family Support Services

South Carolina Air National Guard families celebrate family day. (Photo: SMSgt Edward Snyder/South Carolina Air National Guard)

Is your spouse deploying for the first time, or are you a new spouse of a military Reservist or National Guardsmen? If so, there are many programs to support you throughout the deployment cycle, from mobilization through the service member’s reintegration. Guard and Reserve families may not have much time to prepare for deployment, so it's important to know the support and information resources in advance. Knowing as much as you can about the ... more

How Spouses Can Survive Boot Camp


Boot camp is more than just basic training for the service member. For most couples, it’s also their first introduction to the military lifestyle. While there’s no denying that boot camp will be a difficult, life-changing experience for you both, it’s also a great opportunity to grow stronger, and closer, together. > Flying Solo One of the hardest parts about military relationships is handling separation. Before boot camp, most couples haven... more

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