Vegan in the Military: Switzerland vs. Israel

In January, Switzerland's military service discharged a young man after his request for vegan food and synthetic leather boots....more

Is suicide a choice?

By Kim Ruocco, MSW, LSWThere are so many questions following a death by suicide. How could this happen? Why did this happen? Why didn’t I see it? Why didn’t I do something? Why didn’t the military do more?When my husband died by suicide in 2005, I asked myself all these questions and many more. But the most painful question, by far, was: why did he choose to leave us?...more

Military Spouses on the Move: Keep Your Education on Track

By Nichole Ahlstrom, COLL100 Faculty at American Public UniversityDeciding to enroll in college is a major decision, but for service members and their spouses it is often followed by another one: to take a leave of absence or stay the course during a move. I encourage students to keep going despite the disruption of a move....more

WWII US bomber from Torpedo Bombing Squadron Seven (VT-7) found on Hong Kong hillside

Will and I hike with the furbabies every weekend and one of the go-to hikes is along the Hong Kong Trail stage 5. We have skirted Mt. Parker on many occasions but now I will never go by the route without thinking about a plane from the Torpedo Bombing Squadron Seven (VT-7). On Sunday night as I was scrolling through Facebook, I saw a post from my friend, Ruth: "Read what Craig's up to", with this picture attached: ...more
My uncle Billy (Louis W. Gahran Jr.) was the tail gunner on that plane. It was his 20th birthday ...more

Army Wife: On to the Next Chapter

We're through deployment #2. WAHOO! Even though the military has been a part of my life since I was born, there are still some things that even catch me as hard. There's a certain comfort in the familiar things- the commissary, saying sir and ma'am, understanding the rank system and the terminology, moving all the time-- and then there are things that, in my adult life, just catch me off guard and become a huge source of stress. ...more
Hooah! :-)more

"Army Wife"

Kyle being in the military isn't something I talk much about here and there are a few reasons for that.   ...more

One ticked off MilSpouse

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." John 15:13The topper on the latest, most-blatant disrespect of our military members has enraged me beyond belief.How could something as shameful as denying immediate survivor benefits to the families of deceased military families have happened? And yet it did, to the families of the service members who died in the line of duty since the government shutdown.Blame it on the government shutdown? Really? How on earth did this happen to these families?...more