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The Humbling Experience of Visiting War Memorials

During a recent visit with my family, I visited the World War II Valor in the Pacific Monument.  This national monument is famously home to the USS Arizona Memorial; it also encompasses the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. All the monuments and museums […]

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Cindy and John McCain, photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

The Silent Service of Cindy and Carol: A Tribute to the Wives of John McCain

As the nation mourns the loss of Senator John McCain, his life will be celebrated in multiple locations, criss-crossing the vast geographic and cultural boundaries of the country for which he so greatly suffered, so admirably served, and so greatly loved. He will be memorialized in both Arizona and Washington D.C. before burial at his […]

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My cousin Haley and I in Afghanistan, 2010.

Not Just One of the Guys

Women are veterans, too While on the phone recently with USAA Mortgage services, I had a conversation that I laughed off, but deep down, it stung.    My husband and I were buying a house and using our VA home loan benefit. Everything was in the final stages, and we were closing the next day. […]

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Raising Kids in OKC

Six Reasons Oklahoma City is the BEST Place to Raise Kids

I vividly remember the day we got our orders for Oklahoma City. My husband just finished preliminary training and getting our selection that day was a big affair. His grades were so good that we had every reason to expect our first choice. So when we ended up getting our very LAST choice, we were […]

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Nothing has changed in over 150 years.

Dear Congress, Stop Using Military Families for Your Own Political Gain

Well, Congress, you collectively suck. I would like to immediately include the disclaimer that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily represent the views of the entire Military Moms Blog Contributing Team. Now that that’s out of the way, I’m going to run a clinic — A Festivus in February Airing of the […]

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teacher in California and military remarks

To The Teacher in California Who Had Less Than Kind Things to Say About Our Military

To the teacher in California who had less than kind things to say about our military members: You sir, are wrong. You are just statistically, and factually, wrong. I don’t need to bolster my point with opinion because the facts speak for themselves. My opinion of military members, or the fact that I am married […]

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Reservist

Yes, My Husband is a Reservist, and Yes, We Are “Real” Military

I recently had a conversation with the spouse of an active-duty military member that got me thinking.  We were trying to set up a play date for our children and were talking about our schedules. She mentioned she doesn’t usually like to do play dates on the weekend because that is family time since her […]

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