Military Families – Hot List of Free Summer Activities


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Summer Activities for Military Families Calling all military families!! Looking for a few fun things to do this summer with your family that won't cost a penny? Well, look no further than these totally free programs for access to museums and national parks: Starting May 27, the Blue Star Museums program allows free access to more than 2,000 art centers, museums and exhibits to all active duty, National Guard and reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor … [Read more...]

Jobs for Military Spouses


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Jobs for Military Spouses Jobs for military spouses in today's economy are tough to find. As military spouses, our resumes can look pretty great, if we have invested the time and tuition assistance programs to further our education. However, some spouses, like me, married right out of high school, had a baby 10 months after getting married, had another baby 25 months after that. Got a dog, rented a house. Had another baby, bought a house and just got another dog. BAM! Twelve years later, and I … [Read more...]

Military Blues: I Helped Save a Life


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Military Blues & a Life Saved Yesterday was a pretty profound military blues day for me. I was able to help save a life. The experience was both rewarding and a very sad one at the same time. During my day it made me realize just how easy it would be for anyone to do. While the convenience factor may not exist when you save the life of a animal shelter resident. The reward factor is an amazing high. My day started as a pretty normal one. I did my normal routine, and figured out my plan … [Read more...]

Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation is Today’s Focus


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Army Morale, Welfare & Recreation Today's focus is directed at Army MWR ( Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation). This is a great program and MWR is offered at bases worldwide. We will talk a little about what MWR is, jobs they create and programs they offer. They are a fantastic program and deserve to have everyone's support to keep on doing what they can! Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, is a network of support and leisure services that enhances the lives of soldiers, … [Read more...]

Sesame Street Goes USO!


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Sesame Street USO Are you looking for something fun and free to do with your children? Look no further than your USO! Again, I am championing this great organization because they are simply fantastic! Here is a brief summary of what the tour is about, as well as, a list of dates, times and bases! The Sesame Street/ USO Experience for Military Families – the USO’s longest running, free traveling tour based on Sesame Street's military family initiative – began rolling onto U.S. military … [Read more...]

Deployment Budget and How I Deal


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How I Deal with a Deployment Budget Military deployments are very tough, and a whole different ball game when it comes to money. There are special pays and sometimes tax free pays. The downside to that is you also have, essentially, another household to run. That little pay increase sometimes isn't enough. Here is the best way I have found to implement a system of which to work the deployment budget while your military spouse is deployed. The best way I find to budget while your spouse is on … [Read more...]

Military Blues Special Edition: Remembering 9/11


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Military Blues & 9-11 Major military blues today. This day marks the 11th anniversary of one of the most significant events in American history. This day marks us all in many different ways. To me and many military families, 9/11 carries for us, a reminder. This is my story. On September 11, 2001, my husband was on leave. Our first born was 4 months old, and my mother in-law was visiting from out of town. I remember waking up at around 10 am, thinking, wow I slept so good! Then realizing … [Read more...]

USO – The Fantastic World of USO


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Fantastic World of USO Many of you may have heard about a program called the USO and many of you may not know exactly what they do. The USO was formed in 1941 as America was impending entering into WWII. Many groups were mobilizing to gather support for our military members. So President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the United Service Organizations with the common objective to provide the emotional support our troops needed. In May 6, 1941, three months after the birth of the USO … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Paranoia


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Paranoia - Today's Military Blues I am currently suffering from a mild case of paranoia. So, this is the topic of this weeks installment of Military Blues. I cannot be the only one going through this, right? Maybe it is because of this past blue moon? You know the moon does do some pretty crazy stuff to people! Then again, maybe I am! Sometimes, I just feel like the world is staring at me. You know like when you ate broccoli salad for lunch and then smile? That feeling of panic, "Oh, … [Read more...]

OPSEC: What You Need To Know


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What to Know About OPSEC I have been seeing many posts lately about OPSEC. What I am seeing is that there are still many people who, maybe unknowingly, are violating it. This got me thinking, maybe there are still some who don't know what OPSEC is. This is OPSEC, and this is what you need to know. Operations Security (OPSEC) is keeping potential threats from discovering critical information. It is all in the name really. OPSEC applies to planned, in progress or completed operations. It … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Complaint Department!


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Complaint Department - Military Blues Life as a military wife, has never been easy for me. If you have followed this Military Blues series, you have seen some insight into my role. If you haven't, be sure to check out past articles that I will link below. I also would like to apologize to my fans for being estranged. Life has been a whirlwind to say the least. I vow to you all, here and now, that you will be seeing more of me! For today, I have decided to give you some more insight into my … [Read more...]

Commissary: Sales Cycles


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Commissary Sales Cycles The Commissary will run their sales for an average 2 to 2 1/2 weeks at a time. Take note that the cycles are very different than your local stores. Their ads are available to you twice a month. They do have holiday savings cycles, they even go very German for the month of October. You know, keeping in the spirit of Oktoberfest! However, finding coupons for these items may be a pain from your local newspaper. A good majority of the time though, the Commissary itself … [Read more...]

Commissary: Fact or Fiction


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Does the Commissary Raise Prices on Pay Day? There is a very common myth that most people have heard out there and it is one of my favorites. "The Commissary jacks up prices for military pay days." The concept to me is truly laughable and has always been so ever since I heard it. I am not sure where this nasty little rumor started. Probably by some angry ex-employee. It doesn't matter. I can say with out a shred of doubt, this accusation is completely false. The "at cost" fact does not … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Illness


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The Military Blues & Illness One of the worst times in a military spouse's life is when one of the household is sick. In my opinion, the saddest of all military blues when the babies are sick. Poor things just can’t help themselves. Your spouse being sick is horrible too. It makes carrying the weight that much harder when one of you is down. No matter your household dynamic, having sickness run through your house makes life more challenging. What do you do though, when the sickness … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Traumatized


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Traumatized Military Blues Life moves at such a high rate of speed when things are going smooth. Then one day you wake up to endure the most devastating trauma. Your beautiful mirror is shattered into a million pieces and you no longer recognize the fragmented mess you see before you. No one understands, but everyone is sympathetic. You say thank you to the heartfelt wishes and simply wish that you could just wake up when it is all over. My Military Blues Trauma I am feeling this trauma. … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Self Actualization


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Military Blues & Self Actualization I have been thinking lately that I have been writing this Military Blues series with the focus on being a military spouse. While that is fantastic, I hope that non-military can also find a comfort in my words. While our situations may be radically different at times, we often share the same emotional responses. Wearing my metaphorical mask is difficult. At times I want to scream at the top of my lungs, "I am broken!" Instead, I retreat into … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Lonely Nights


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Lonely Nights with the Military Blues During all the deployments that I go through, I face one giant reality. I am alone with my military blues. I have my children, I have some friends, I have my work. My husband's family and mine are in other areas of the country. There is a Family Readiness Group for my husband's command, but because of past experiences, I elected many years ago to not participate in these groups. Some things work for others that may not work for you. That is what I have … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Random Phone Calls


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Military Blues & Phone Calls You never know when your deployed spouse is going to call. For me, carrying the phone around is second nature & part of my military blues. I worry that if I don't, I will be missing that random phone call. A drunk dial from a port visit or even a short call to say I love you in between watches is always welcomed. You never know when they are going to happen. Knowing What to Say with the Military Blues People ask me all the time where my husband is. The … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Confined


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Military Blues Do you have the military blues? Sometimes I just don't feel like leaving my house. Scratch that. I don't want to leave my house. Normally, I am a very active person. I enjoy getting out and about and living life to my afforded potential. I say afforded potential because, let's face it, I am not a gazillionaire. To do all the things on my bucket list, I need that much at least. I just don't want to go anywhere for anything. Military Blues Confinement My children have play … [Read more...]

Commissary: Getting Started


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When shopping at the Commissary there is one major thing we should keep in mind. Commissary shopping is not a right, it is a privilege. Not anyone can shop there, choosing to abuse or misuse it can result in a revocation of your privilage.  We will discuss revocation and misuse in a later article. All commissaries charge you a usage fee, think of this usage fee like a tax. This "tax" currently sits at a comfortable 4.5%. This is assessed to your entire basket purchase. There are many states … [Read more...]

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