While more than half of 1.4 million current active duty service members are married, researchers at Regis University found, these military spouses are rarely considered when documenting the costs of wartime service.
According to the research, “when the average, non-military American thinks about the United States’ conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, he or she generally associates the stressors and casualties of the wars with the active-duty services members.”
Contrary to these findings, the spouses typically endure comparable amounts of stress, but their health care needs are often obscured by a primary concern for the soldier. Fortunately, reliance on self-care and spousal support can offer a viable means to cope.
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?
Fascinated with fashion from the 1940s and 1950s? Want a flirty photo to give your service member during an upcoming deployment? Then fun and feminine pin-up style might just be for you. Pin-up photography has been a morale-boosting tradition in the military community for many years, and has seen a recent resurgence in popularity online through Pinterest and Polyvore.
Want a flirty photo to give your service member during an upcoming deployment? Try on some of these saucy outfits for an extra kick. See More
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.
Religion and politics — two topics that one is never supposed to bring up in polite company. Among friends, these topics are discussed, argued, laughed about, and cried about. Friendships are strengthened or broken. After a fierce election season, how do you move forward with your friends who voted for the other guy? Is it possible to patch your friendship up despite a political divide?
Here are six things to consider to maintain a friendship strained by the election season.
If your Facebook friends are anything like mine, you have probably noticed a trending status topic this November: 30 Days of Thankfulness. Although I have not participated in this exercise, I have gained much insight into the hearts of my friends that have been faithful to pen their thankfulness. As I read the lists that include things like friends, a warm home and freedom, I can’t help but think beyond these lists.
When I consider the true meaning behind Thanksgiving, I feel challenged to think about things that I not only take for granted, but am also upset by.