Thanksgiving dinner commonly evokes thoughts of a large family gathered around a table overflowing with food centered around a 30-pound turkey. The reality of Thanksgiving is often a lot less extravagant, with families spread all across the country and conflicting schedules.
Members of the military community know that spending Thanksgiving with your extended family doesn’t always work out. That said, don’t let cooking for a small group trick you into thinking you can’t get the taste and feel of Thanksgiving without pulling out all the stops.
With Veterans Day just behind us, it is important to remember that honoring veterans and the military community is something we should extend well beyond one or two days a year. In an effort to increase public awareness of the sacrifices the military community makes every day, November was recently declared Military Family Month.
This season, Military Spouse Central wants to help you send your service member some cheer in the form of a care package, so we’re having another contest on Pinterest.
Check it out and tell your friends. We don’t just have one winner in this contest, will be giving prizes to the top three boards.
It’s the season for colorful leaves, cooler weather, costumes, and of course, carving pumpkins. And what better way to combine your autumn spirit with your military pride than to carve a military-themed design in a pumpkin?
If you’re not sure how to go about this, let Military Spouse Central help. Our Veterans United crew crafted some military-themed pumpkins, and we included the free pumpkin stencils to get you started! See More
Military spouses face a number of unique circumstances and challenges. It’s a lifestyle often misunderstood by their civilian counterparts. Frequent moves, the stress of your loved one’s prolonged absence and the added responsibility of being the only parent at home for weeks or months on end can take their toll.
Laughter is the best medicine, or so we’ve been told, and sometimes the best way to manage stress is to laugh it off. What better way than with a bunch of military spouse jokes?
Here are some of our favorites.
UPDATE: The bill referenced in this article passed the Senate on Wednesday, Dec. 12, but is not likely to pass as the House has no plans to contest the bill by the end of 2012.
The U.S. Senate is proposing a bill that would expand fertility coverage for military veterans, as well as their spouses and surrogates.
Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs does not pay for in vitro fertilization (IVF), a process where fertilization of an egg occurs outside of the body. But for many veterans who are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with critical injuries, IVF might be the only means by which they are able to start a family.
A hometown-themed care package, much like other care packages, is a great way to send fun reminders from a familiar place and keep military members connected to family, friends and their community during deployments.
This gift-giving adage – “something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read” – is a great one to keep in mind when building your care package. Just make sure the items you choose are on-theme. Tuck in photos, letters and a few other personal touches (plus an edible treat or two!) and you’ll be sure to put a smile on your soldier’s face.
Check out this guide for lots of practical information about packing and shipping your care package overseas.
Yes, I know it’s only mid-August, but I noticed several bright red leaves on my maple tree this morning. Since the best care packages are usually planned in advance and shipped with plenty of time to spare, now might might be a good time to talk about autumn-themed care packages.
There are 3 good themes that run through the autumn season that are just right for care package ideas. Now’s the time to start picking things up so you are not rushing at the last minute or spending too much all at once.
Anyone familiar with the military lifestyle knows that moving is an unavoidable aspect. Maintaining meaningful long-term employment for military spouses through several moves is a crushing stressor for military families.