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Here's How the Military Changed My Thanksgiving

(Photo courtesy of Flickr user Satya Murthy under the Creative Commons License.)

Colorful leaves, crisp air and cozy sweaters all rank as some of my favorite things, easily making fall my top season. Thanksgiving rounds it out perfectly, in a celebration of delicious food and family, before fall cedes to winter. Perhaps more than any other holiday, my Thanksgiving has evolved due to my husband's military service. We may choose to travel for Christmas, but Thanksgiving is often at the mercy of work schedules, TDY trip... 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

How to Get Prepared and Ride Out a Hurricane

 Skies begin to darken as Hurricane Joaquin passes through the region, seen from Nassau, Bahamas, early Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Hurricane Joaquin dumped torrential rains across the eastern and central Bahamas as a Category 4 storm. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)

Adios landlocked living -- you just got orders to an installation on the coast. But coastal living isn't all flip-flops and sunscreen. It's important to understand one of Mother Nature's most violent storms -- the hurricane -- because living on the coast makes you a target. Cyclone, typhoon, hurricane. Although the name changes by location, this is one violent storm. Not only can it bring severe winds up to 155 miles per hour and heavy rainfa... more

How Reading Can Help Wounded Warrior Kids

A former Marine pushes his wife and daughter on a swing. (Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Lance Cpl. Chelsea Flowers)

"I never thought this would happen to us." Lisa squeezed her husband’s hand as the nurse finished changing his leg dressing. " How will the kids react when they find out Daddy lost his leg? How am I even going to tell them?" Lisa knew that nothing could have prepared her for that phone call last month. As thankful as she was that Matt’s life had been spared, they both knew that the results of his injury would have a huge impact on the... more

How to Support Our Troops Through Giving

A member of the 123rd Airlift Wing gets a welcome-home hug from loved ones at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky.  (Photo: U.S. Air Force/Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

When service defines your family, finding new ways to serve and give back is almost second nature. For many military families, that means after the house is paid off, the car and insurance are taken care of, gas is in the car, and the kids are all set, finding a way to give to charity from whatever is leftover is important. In fact, the average American household donates just over $2.900 to charities every year, according to the National ... more

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