Welcome to the New Normal: Military Life in 2010

I grew up in the military. My father was a career Air Force officer, so I've never known a life without uniforms, parental absences or jet noise. For me, a jet flying overhead is not a source of fear (think post-9/11 in DC or New York), but one of overwhelming pride. Our country is far from perfect, but it takes a special person to agree to defend it with your life. And it takes a special person to love someone you know can never put family before country. ...more

It was nice to read where another spouse has the same basic feelings. My husband has been ...more

My Brother Is in the Army, and I Am His Next of Kin

If something happens to B., mine is the number they'll call. A car will pull up in front of my house, an officer in Army green will step out and walk up my driveway and ring my doorbell. My world is the one that will tip on its axis first. I will have to call B's girlfriend, his aunts and uncles. His grandparents. Our parents. ...more

Judy - Amen!

Steph
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Shattered Education Dreams for Military Spouses

Last year the US Department of Defense launched a program called called the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account or MyCAA.  It offered military spouses $6,000 towards their graduate and post-graduate education.  This was a wonderful, unexpected blessing for the many women who have had to sacrifice their careers because of frequent deployments and moves.  Needless to say, the program was immensely popular, over 136,000 women applied and around 98,000 were enrolled by February 2010.  Many women made life altering choices, like quitting jobs, once this funding was ...more

Killing Spree Shakes Fort Hood, Texas

Updated 10:20 p.m. CST: Army statements at Fort Hood shooting news conference declare the alleged shooter, Major Malik Nadal Hasan, a U.S. soldier and psychiatrist, was not killed during today's shooting spree on the Texas military base. A new source reports the following: ...more

Interesting. MSM was saying he was a goner. Just got back and see the more

In U.S. Army vs. Kids, Who Wins?

Lisa Pagan, a mother of two and a former soldier, is probably ready for her 15 minutes to be over, especially since everyone seems to have an opinion about her 'Army vs. kids' dilemma. ...more

I am a military mom. Well not active duty myself but my husband is. I feel for this lady. I ...more

Supporting Our Troops at Home

In the grocery store the other day I noticed a bin with a sign that read, "Support Our Troops." In the bottom of the cavernous bin were a few cans of non-perishable food. In my heart, I thanked the goodness of people who are trying to do something to help our soldiers. As I thought about that bin and the few cans it held, I realized that while many people want to do something, they have no idea what our soldiers need and what would be most useful. ...more

Military Families Blogging Deployment

My favorite thing about participating in the blogosphere is the opportunity it provides to walk a mile (or two, or twenty) in the shoes of people in very different life experiences from my own.  I have been learning much lately by reading some of the blogs by parents holding down the fort at home while their spouses are deployed overseas in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Many of these families are blogging their journey with great honesty and courage. ...more

My twin brother is full-time Army and his unit was deployed from Ft. Dix, last month.  ...more

The Kitty named Dolly

I just got a new kitty. Her name is Dolly. She is so little, and SO CUTE! The thing is, she LOVES water!! She sits in her water dish, and if I forget to put the toilet lid down, she sits in there. She loves taking my shower with me. Are there other kitty owners with a kitty like this? ...more

Military Family Values

Last month I received an e-mail from an old friend of mine who recently discovered my liberal blog. It blew me away. (And I use it here with her permission.) Here’s what it said: ...more

I was a military wife left running a military family for many years. We didn't make as much ...more