Family and Spouse

SECNAV Announces New Maternity Leave Policy

Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda Langendoefer breast-feeds her baby on the streets of San Diego. Courtesy of Vanessa A. Simmons

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary Ray Mabus triples maternity leave: 18 weeks for women in the Navy and Marine Corps. July 2, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that effective immediately, women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps will have 18 weeks of maternity leave available to use during the first year of her child's life.  "In t... more

6 Steps Through A Deployment Divorce


Things weren’t great when your servicemember deployed. As the months went by, he or she became more distant, more businesslike, more disinterested. Then your servicemember announced that the marriage is over and that you should consider yourself “left.” There are months left to this deployment: What do you do now? There are many things the spou... more

27 Things You Must Know Before PCSing to Germany

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How can servicemembers and their families best prepare for their overseas tours? Honestly, there is not a lot of good information out there about PCSing to Europe. The nuggets you do find on official websites can be confusing or raise even more questions.  That's why I started blogging about the overseas experience in  Life Lessons of a Militar... more

Is Texting Better Suicide Intervention For Men?

Outreach for depression.

The sound of my momvoice could make my teenage son twitch all over like a fly-covered racehorse. So I started texting the guy when he turned 14.  I found he was happy to pick up milk on his way home or grab his brother as long as I texted him. He would explain exactly why he got home late or what happened to his chemistry grade as long as I did... more

Are Military Suicides Contagious?

When life gets difficult, suicide can seem like the only way out. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Steven White)

When so many good people are trying so hard to prevent suicide among our military members, why do the numbers continue to climb? One factor that we may be ignoring is the effect that all this media attention may have on the suicide rate. Especially in tight-knit communities like the military. Especially among members of the population who are u... more

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