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When Goodbye Is Not ‘See You Later’

Moving away from your tribe is arguably the hardest part of a military permanent change of station (PCS). You spend between two and five years (give or take a year or two) building relationships, finding those people who are your kind of weird, investing in baby showers and barbecues, and genuinely falling in love with […]

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PCSing with an Exceptional Family Member

Recently, my husband’s military record changed to reflect that he now has an “exceptional family member.” Prior to the diagnosis, nothing appeared amiss. Afterwards, I experienced an array of emotions ranging from shock and anger to hurt and fear. We denied. I cried. But, as all military families do, we pulled through. I kept my husband updated when he called (since […]

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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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My mother and I learned to be very quiet during the day while my father slept.

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Military Family

As moms in the military community, it’s important to educate ourselves on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). If left unchecked or untreated, it can potentially lead to substance abuse, violent behavior, or suicide. What is PTSD? Everyone has painful memories, right? But not everyone is affected the same way. PTSD is a debilitating condition that can emerge after a frightening […]

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