Family and Spouse

I Can't 'Bloom Where I'm Planted'

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Jereme Rauckman via the Creative Commons license

Bloom where you're planted. I used to like this phrase. I used to think it was inspirational and aspirational. It was a "you can do it" kind of phrase. I don't see it that way anymore. Because it makes no sense. Let me explain. This year, as I have in the past, I attempted to grow a vegetable garden and, as it has in the past, my garden yield... more

Marriage Went Badly Wrong and Now There's a Custody Battle

Ms. Vicki

Dear Ms. Vicki, My sister married a man who was in the Army. He managed to make his way up to lieutenant colonel before retiring, and now they live in New York, where he works for a private company. When he was in the Army, he received a "slap on the wrist" for various reasons, mostly involving adultery. At one point, he and a former congress... more

Is There Such a Thing as a 'Retirement Divorce'?

Ms. Vicki

Dear Ms. Vicki, My husband wants a divorce after 25 years of marriage, and this has really rocked my world. We have been married since we were 22 years old. I am numb and in shock because I can't believe this is happening. He actually walked out of our home last weekend and said that he wants to be by himself because I'm smothering him. I wan... more

Program for Caregivers

The Military and Veteran Caregiver Peer Support Network (MVCN) that is offered through the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) allows caregivers to interact with one another. Caregivers, who are taking care of ill, injured or wounded veterans from an era of war, are able to reach out for help and ask for advice from others who have d... more

New Army Emergency Relief Policy

A new policy will now allow most Soldiers, regardless of rank, to apply directly for financial assistance from Army Emergency Relief (AER). Soldiers in grades E-1 through E-4, who have spent at least 12 months in the service or have completed initial entry training, are now able to make appointments and submit requests for loans or grants from A... more

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