By Eric Eversole, President of Hiring Our Heroes and a Vice President of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Mark Steffe, President/CEO of First Command Financial Services, Inc.* It’s safe to say that no one dedicates their life to the military to become rich. Instead, the men and women of our armed services are dedicated […]
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Partners in PROMISE seeks feedback from families and providers. After a military family takes a survey, they may just keep scrolling and forget all about it. But today their stories are what got me out of bed. I had to appear in court at 6 a.m. I needed to testify on behalf of Partners in […]
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Military families remember their loved ones lost to suicide. If you’re in crisis, get a phone and dial 988. Then follow the prompts and press 1. On Dec. 8, 2021, I almost lost my combat veteran husband to a self-inflicted gun wound—words I never thought would be a part of our story. Immediately following, we […]
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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about 5% of jobs could be done remotely. Since 2020, work-from-home (WFH) and remote work options have increased in availability and acceptability, with an expected growth of 65% over the next five years. Remote work means working from anywhere other than an office. WFH can include working remotely, but also applies […]
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What’s the dream you’ve always wanted to accomplish—the seemingly impossible, reach for the stars dream? Ever since I was old enough to form letters on a page, I’ve aspired to write a book. Unfortunately, getting a book deal with a traditional publisher is hard to come by unless you have tens of thousands of followers. […]
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Have you ever had a bit of an identity crisis? So many military spouses today are describing the grief and frustration they are feeling around building an identity separate from their active duty military member’s decision to serve. Even more so, spouses of service members who are preparing to transition out of military service are […]
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You know that moment when you’re scrolling through social media and a video feels like it was tailor made for you? Well, meet Mallory. She’ll provide you with that experience every time! As a seasoned military wife with a marriage and family therapy background, Mallory excels at making military spouses feel seen, encouraged, and equipped. […]
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PCS season is a blur of paperwork, passports, government travel cards, tears, frustration, excitement, and nerves. By the time you get to your new base, you can be either bright-eyed about the possibilities or exhausted from what it took to get there. Here are five ways to help you settle in after a PCS, in […]
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Military life leads you to places you’ve never been, and you often change on the journey. One of the things that can change is the way you celebrate holidays. Whether your faith has shifted, you found a new tradition you love, or you will celebrate in a different culture for the first time, it can […]
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Do you want to send handwritten letters to your military loved one? Maybe they are deployed or stationed far away, but you feel uninspired looking at blank journal paper and sad envelopes. What are you to do? Here are ten ways to add wonderment to the mail you send your military loved ones. Write with […]
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Do you remember the summer of 1999? On June 27, in Dallas, TX, I was spastically jumping up and down in Artist Square at the Van’s Warped Tour. The music radiated into the air and, if I close my eyes, I am transported back to the sounds of loud guitar riffs and the machine gun […]
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While the education system is hurting for quality substitute teachers, military spouses are presented with an opportunity to step into a sustainable and portable career field. Substitute teachers are on-call teachers who are contracted, usually through a third party, to stand in for full-time or part-time teachers. While qualifications vary by state/school district, typically […]
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“Tell me about your childhood…” Well, there’s a question that will make most of us sweat. For the first time, I was having an open and honest conversation with a psychiatrist about my own frustrations with “keeping it all together.” At 36-years-old, I felt like I had hit the proverbial wall. I was losing my […]
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When it comes to the task of dreaming a book into print or learning the skill set to speak and teach, the gold standard for Christian communicators is the Speak Up Conference with Carol Kent. The Speak Up Conference is an annually held equipping event which meets in Grand Rapids, Michigan in July. Christian publishing […]
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I have a story I seldom share. Many (many, many) years ago, I found myself sitting square in the middle of an Air Force recruiter’s office. Staring across the desk at a very stately gentleman, I contemplated the course of my life. At 19 years young, I wanted more than to merely get by in […]
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It is that time of year…early to rise, buses to catch, and carpools to wait in. That’s right. The time has come for the “Back-to School” season to be in full swing. Parent are prepping backpacks, stuffing snacks in lunch boxes, and buying the eighteenth million package of pencils. Simultaneously, moms and dads are eagerly […]
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Last year I participated in the Irreverent Warriors Silkies Hike in Virginia Beach. I was turned onto IW by a Navy friend that had participated in one in Tennessee a few months prior. I figured it would be a great way to get out of my normal rut of weekend events and maybe meet some new people. Then […]
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It’s never wise, military spouses, to put all your eggs in one basket. That one basket represents your servicemember’s income. In the business world of finances, investors would immediately encourage the need to diversify investments. This phrase is the same equivalency as risking all one has on the success or failure of one thing. Thus, […]
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As September approaches, the desire for Hygge, the Danish word for cozy, content, and comfortable, can feel like an itch you just can’t quite scratch. It’s hard to relax when the heat has you wondering if you’ll ever be comfortable when you are already soaked in sweat just thinking about being outside. But Hygge is […]
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“Powerful… Kander displays a level of vulnerability not often seen in political memoirs, offering a bracing portrait of untreated PTSD and an insightful psychological profile of political ambition. Readers will appreciate the candor of this harrowing tale.” Publishers Weekly “Kander’s advice is urgent and relevant: ‘Either you deal with your trauma, or your trauma deals with you’… […]
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In 1973, in the quiet town of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, eight mothers of young children decided to get together to share a meal, hold space for conversation and relationship, put together a simple craft, and complete a small devotional together- all while their children received care. Out of this small and intimate gathering, MOPS- Mothers […]
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August 17th is National Thrift Shop day, so let’s explore ten ways you can be a thrifty military spouse! 1: Find toy treasures at the Thrift Store or Airmen’s Attic. Air Force spouse Erin explains, “Normalize gifts & clothes from thrift stores and such for your kid.” They are excited about a new toy to […]
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After several years of stability in one location, it finally came the time to embark on our 11th PCS. While I’ve grown accustomed to the frequent moving, this would be our first move since before the pandemic. While many things were still the same, there were many things that had changed drastically because of Covid. […]
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A problem arises, someone complains, people say to fix things, and then it dies off somewhere. Rinse and repeat of this cycle are a common thing in society. But there are times when this cycle is broken by someone who is wanting to make a change and is willing to put in the sweat equity […]
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Does the thought of the school year exhaust you before it’s even begun? I’m a recovering overcommitment addict and the mere mention of the academic year almost takes my breath away in a stress response. I spent much of my school years running from one activity to the next, and my family took a back […]
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As you sip your Starbucks and cruise the aisles of Target there is something very apparent – we have officially reached the end of summer. The “Dollar Spot” is filled with fall-themed décor and all the teacher essentials, from mini erasers to organizational caddies. If you can make it past the “Dollar Spot” without being […]
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By Maya Yegorova The end of summer always causes a reflection in goal-setting as a new school year approaches for military families and students review what they wish to achieve in the upcoming year. While families prepare their children for academic success, it’s a perfect time for military spouses to advance in their own professional […]
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It’s that time of year! Back to school is here! While many families across the nation get ready for the back-to-school shopping, remind their children that the alarm clocks will be going off early again soon, and make plans for school bus drop-offs and pickups, our family prepares for the season in a slightly different […]
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Every new station has a mix of activities to be done, paperwork to turn in, and rooms to unpack. There are also everyday items on the “New Base To-Do List,” like making friends and finding a good Thai food place. Occasionally though, making friends feels challenging and exhausting. Let’s explore why it’s hard and what […]
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From We Are the Mighty | Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann. August 4, 2022 marks the Coast Guard’s 232nd birthday. Over two centuries of continuous lifesaving, law enforcement and defense while proudly serving the United States looks good on the force. And despite the Army and Navy claiming to be the older service – […]
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Enter to win gifts from amazing milspouse-owned and veteran-owned businesses! The tree is lit and snow fills the air—’tis the season of cookies and giving and care. On you and your milfam good tidings we pour, but that’s not enough—we want to do more! So what do we want this time of year, but boxes […]
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By CAPT Scott C. Gibney, US Navy (Ret.) Co-owner Gibney Solutions LLC (College & Career) Discussing a family’s budget is never at the top of the list of fun things to do! It is, however, an important component to ensuring a secure financial future. This is especially true in times of rising costs. Interestingly, although […]
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Limited time taunts us all, leaving us with the feeling of always waiting on the edge, as the unknown lurks directly around every corner. It is a familiar feeling known by all living the military lifestyle. It brings you to a firm realization that taking advantage of every second that time gives you together is […]
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When Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Heath Jones enlisted in 1995, leading the service’s enlisted workforce was never on the radar. But on May 19, 2022, he took the oath and earned his third star above the hard-earned anchor. “Like a lot of people, I joined thinking I’d do four years, kind […]
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Small Town Strong, a feature documentary from Vaughn & Violet Productions and Spartan Solutions Group is filming in Portsmouth, OH. The documentary follows Dale King, a former Army Intelligence Officer and proud Portsmouth native, who after serving two tours in Iraq, returns to his hometown in shambles amid the growing opioid epidemic. With no one […]
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Budgeting is a concept going through many minds right now. As the economic climate is causing many to tighten their belts, it could very literally be valuable to find ways to save, especially now. You may look at that bank statement and not know even where to start to cut back. Everything seems like a […]
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I was very fortunate to have had all four of my grandparents and a slew of aunts, uncles, and cousins in my small town. During family get-togethers we often reminisce on the life lessons learned during those days. Reflecting on the ones that have impacted me the most, money undoubtedly is at the top of […]
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During the first deployment of our marriage, my husband and I were not on the same page about the household budget. My husband’s military pay was our only income. I had quit my job for the previous PCS move, and stayed home taking care of a toddler and a baby while working on my master’s […]
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By CAPT (Ret.) Scott C. Gibney Warm temperatures. Sunny skies. Relaxing days. The perfect ingredients for a refreshing drink. Summer is a great time to experiment with different drink recipes, both with and without alcohol. Here are some easy to make, and great tasting, summer beverages. Enjoy! Classic Mojito The history of the mojito is […]
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Building community is really at the center of how we, as an active-duty military family, maintain the status quo as we move as often as we do. We need a place to land, people to do life with, and plenty of opportunities to connect with others in meaningful ways. As a southerner, I know from […]
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As a foreign military spouse, the Fourth of July has always held a special place in my heart, as it was on this specific day, several years ago, that I first moved to the United States of America, the country I now proudly call my home. Though I had seen people celebrating this famed holiday […]
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Diana Jaquith and Laura Early, two seasoned Army spouses, are leading the charge towards creating military spouse employment opportunities and finding creative solutions for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and corporate organizations. These two dynamic women co-founded Wise Advise + Assist Team, a virtual team of military spouses, veteran spouses, and veterans who help small business fulfil […]
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With inflation tearing through the country, record breaking statistics show military families are struggling to put food on the table. Heather Campbell, a registered Dietitian and seasoned Air Force spouse, recalls a time when her family was directly impacted by food insecurity. The stress surrounding providing nutritious meals for their growing family became an extreme […]
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Is there an amazing dad in your life? This month, we’re excited to recognize all the great military dads out there. Whether they’re the military member, the spouse, or even a father figure who’s come alongside to provide mentorship and support, we’re giving the awesome military dads in our lives some well-deserved praise! Dads, we […]
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Getting married can feel like a whirlwind romance or a tornado, depending on the pressure and people involved. Add a dash of getting married while in the military, and it’s easy to wonder why you didn’t elope. Do you need real silverware? Do you want to get married in a church? There are hundreds of […]
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Military spouse employment has been a pain point for military families and the Department of Defense (DOD) for decades. While awareness of the issue has increased, DOD program funding has stagnated and spouse unemployment rates have continued to climb, leaving many to wonder if military spouse employment programs are a waste of resources. “I think […]
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Military Bridge Now there is even another reason to LOVE Target! Target just announced they will be honoring the military community again this Fourth of July with a special military discount. Target is proud to salute military service this Fourth of July with special savings for military members and their families. This discount is an opportunity for […]
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June 1969 saw an uprising, known as the Stonewall Riots, that helped spark the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, and what we now celebrate as PRIDE Month. As of September 20, 2011, the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ meant that LGBTQ+ military members were able to serve their country openly. While these events have been […]
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Evidence based studies have long demonstrated the power of being outside in the sunshine and fresh clean air. And for those who raise their right hand, it may just be the key to deep healing. Retired Army Green Beret Travis Wilson spent 21 years on active duty – continuing to serve even after the devastating […]
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If military life hasn’t taught you this yet, it is only a matter of time before you realize that this life sure does have a way of throwing lemons right at you, when you least expect it and when your quota of lemons is already well met. As military spouses, we do not lack the […]
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