Jacey Eckhart

Jacey Eckhart

Jacey Eckhart is Director of Spouse and Family Programs at Military.com and a military sociologist.  Since 1996, Eckhart's take on military families has been featured in her syndicated column, her book The Homefront Club, and her award winning CDs These Boots and I Married a Spartan??

Most recently she has been featured as a military family subject matter expert on NBC Dateline, CBS morning news, CNN, NPR and the New York Times.  Eckhart is an Air Force brat, a Navy wife and an Army mom.

Have you been married more than 15 years? And you (or your spouse) are still in the military? How did you do that?

Can you thank warriors with a building? Not a monument. Not a wall. Not a statue.

Every First-Timer secretly wonders how she will do during deployment. Funny how the "do" we wonder about doing is never a successful "do."

Real Spouse Employment: Station Manager for American Red Cross

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

"The door that nobody else will go in at, seems always to swing open widely for me," wrote Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. Those same doors swing open widely for the special people who serve as station managers for the American Red Cross all over the world. Navy wife Jennifer Cole is one of those people. Jennifer didn't p... more

Does Military Transition Hurt Your Marriage?

Military Transition

Military transition sounds like career puberty. Everyone is full of dire warnings about what is going to happen, but you really can't image it happening to you and your spouse. People say you have to start planning your transition two years before you leave the military (even if you are waiting for something like a promotion board before yo... more

How to Get Free Career Counseling for Military Spouses

Barbara West, program coordinator for the Family Member Employment Assistance Program offers Kishwar Speir, a Marine spouse, literature on interviewing after the “‘Acing the Interview”’ workshop at Quantico. Ameesha Felton/Marine Corps

Do you ever wish there was a career placement officer for military spouses, too? Wouldn't it be awesome if your service member brought home their new assignment, PCS orders and a shining, new, well-paying, career-advancing job for you, too? Ain't gonna happen. Even though the research shows that military life makes it more difficult for spo... more

Woeful Lack of Military Knowledge Among Mental Health Providers

Pfc. Paige Pendleton/Army

Do you really have to put together a PowerPoint presentation if you want your therapist to understand your military life? It might save time. This week, the RAND Corporation released a new study that demonstrates the woeful lack of understanding mental health providers have about military members, veterans and families they treat. This is no s... more

Wall Between Civilians, Vets Biggest Obstacle to Employment

Transition

Yet even with motivated employers, there are sometimes problems getting up to speed with a new military hiree due to differences between military culture and civilian culture "There is a fear of asking the wrong question [about the military]," Casey said. "So people ask nothing." That leads to awkward moments at work. Casey offered the... more

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