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Hot Air or Heartfelt? Military Moms Respond to Ivanka Trump’s Listening Session

This past Wednesday, senior advisor Ivanka Trump held a listening session at the White House with a group of military spouses. The topic was employment, or rather, the challenges military spouses face in finding and retaining employment. According to CNN reporter Betsy Klein, based on a survey of military families released from Hiring Our Heroes, […]

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Here I Go Again on My Own …

… you know the rest of the lyrics. For those who are military spouses, this should be our mantra. Personally, I feel that this is how I can describe at least 65 percent of my married life. Between deployments, unaccompanied assignments and tours, temporary duty assignments, trainings, long work days and weekends, often I am […]

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I Hate it Here …. No, Wait, I Love it!

In terms of military assignments, I’ve been pretty fortunate. Even for some locations with mixed reviews, I have always found something positive about my time there. Bloom where you’re planted and all. What I never expected was to instantly and thoroughly dislike a place I lived.  We arrived in Belgium on a cold, wintery day in […]

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How Being a Military Brat Can Prepare You for Being a Military Wife

  There are hundreds, if not thousands, of research studies, commentaries, and articles published on the effects of military life upon children: the advantages and disadvantages, how the kids relate to the world and the people around them, the behavioral and intellectual effects, and so on. The Air Force was a constant throughout my life, […]

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On Becoming a New Military Spouse

This month marks our ninth year of marriage. As we begin to plan ways to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary, I am reminded of all things ’10 year’ we were once heading toward, prior to Air Force life.  Our family took up residence in cozy Colorado Springs for the majority of our lives. It’s been home for decades. […]

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