Joining Forces hosts a Mother’s Day tea every year for mothers in military families, including female service members who are mothers, as well as military spouses. It is just a gesture — as Michelle Obama said, “at the end of the day, it is just tea” — but it is a gesture that sends a message that these military families are important. It also makes a huge difference for the military families who are invited into the White House with open arms.
This year, Military Spouse Central was invited to attend the May 9 event, thanks to Circle of Moms by POPSUGAR who arranged for Military Spouse Bloggers to cover this event.
No matter how seasoned a military family is, every deployment presents new challenges.
One of the most resilient characteristics of military families is their ability to find creative ways to help get through the many days and nights of deployment. One popular idea is a deployment wall.
A deployment wall is a collage of various elements relating to a deployment that can include anything that a family wants or finds useful. Elements that allow children to engage and learn about where their parent is can help kids focus on the less scary aspects of deployment.
Some military parents fear that their lifestyle hurts or would hurt their children. So, some service members decide to leave the military for the sake of their kids. Military children, though, have been resilient and grew up to take advantage of the benefits gained during their childhood.
I am one of millions of American “military brats.” Here are five benefits I have received from my military family experiences.
According to the Department of Labor, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 was enacted to help “balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families.” Anyone who has attempted to juggle the demands of being a parent or spouse with being an employee knows how difficult this task can be.
The additional stress of being a parent or spouse in the military community can make finding and keeping a job even harder. For this reason, the military community has been a primary focus for FMLA legislation over the past 20 years. Recent changes to FMLA specifically address issues faced by the military community.
A lot of focus is placed on the difficulty associated with military families transferring schools during a PCS or deployment, but the military community faces problems with school bureaucracy at other times as well. Not every school district is lax with rules and regulations, and spending time with a parent they don’t often see because of deployment can make their grades suffer.
A new bill proposed in Texas is hoping to relax the rules a bit for the unique situations military families experience. Will it work?
Easter is a special time for everyone, and even if you can’t spend it with your loved one, there are ways to celebrate the holiday together while apart. A care package is the perfect way to show love and support to someone serving abroad, and Easter is a great occasion to make one.
There are a variety of ways you can fill an Easter care package – there’s no right or wrong answer. Here are some fun and creative ways to get your loved one in the Easter spirit.
The Internet has become an incredibly important tool for the military community to document and share their experiences. Personal blogs and social media have given everyone an opportunity to share their story. National Guard wife Ali Gibbs uses her blog, Better Together, as a springboard for her thoughts and feelings.
And that insight can amount to a lot of unique feelings that come with being married to the military. How do milspouses cope with love, loss and leaving?
We got a ton of great responses to the December edition of our “Blue Star Stories” initiative. Thanks for taking time to share your stories with us!
This month’s winners are Army spouses Rebekah Corcoran and Holly Bell. Each will receive a $50 coupon to the Veterans United gear store. Here are their outstanding responses.
Saying “I love you” isn’t very difficult, but it can prove to be an issue when your spouse is deployed and communication isn’t easy. If you can’t talk on the phone every day, you might find it hard to communicate your love on a regular basis.
So the next best thing is to get creative with the methods through which you say “I love you.” Here are several creative things you can do from the home front that serve that purpose.