Our recent interview with Everett Lopez revealed some of the difficulties associated with being a man in the predominately female community of military spouses. See More
Everett Lopez is an exception within the exception.
He’s a male military spouse, whose ranks account for just 7 percent of all military spouses. Beyond that, he’s a male military spouse with a private sector career, an even rarer combination.
While he’s proud of his wife and of his role, his 11-year journey as a military spouse has been marked at times by stereotypes, insufficient support and isolation.
The No. 1 requested item in a care package?
It sounds simple but a letter is priceless to service members during a deployment or even training. I have never talked to a service member or veteran who didn’t think fondly of the letters they received. There is just something about a snail-mail, handwritten love letter. It is a physical reminder that you took time to sit down and write to your spouse. It is something tangible: your spouse can hold it, tuck it away in a pocket and revisit your words at any time.
I have written hundreds, maybe even thousands of letters. Sometimes I feel like I can write 50 pages and pour my heart out and other times I pull a blank. So here is some advice for when you are feeling less inspired and trying to craft that perfect love letter.
Happy Military Spouse Appreciation Day from Military Spouse Central and Veterans United Home Loans!
As a member of the United States Armed Forces I often hear: “Thank you for your service.” But how often do we thank a military spouse?
Who thanks those who work behind the scenes to make the home life of military personnel less of a concern so military members can focus on the task at hand? Soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen, Coast Guards — they are all people with personal lives and personal affairs. When we are overseas we have to leave everything behind. I can’t tell you how important it is that things at home are “squared away.” Soldiers worried about their children, their home, their bills or their parents will not be able to focus on the mission. This isn’t a job you can do half-heartedly or amid distraction. See More
Building a strong and healthy marriage is a lot of work, and even the strongest marriages will be tested along the path of life. People who stick out the worst often later say they acquired a new sense of appreciation for their spouse and had a deeper sense of marital satisfaction. Families who stay together tend to endure less financial stress and fewer instances of mental health issues in the long run.
CBS is creating a reality TV dating show and encouraging military widows to answer the casting call.
Based on an Israeli series called “3,” CBS plans to create an American version where, “three single women, of different ages with different life experiences and backgrounds, who have never met before, come together for a common goal — to hopefully find true love,” said casting producer Viva Carr.
Plans are often tentative in the military. A road trip alone may have a plan A, B, C, D and still not work out. Road trips come and go, but what happens when a military couple wants to plan their once-in-a-lifetime wedding?
Some military couples may have their dream wedding no problem, but it isn’t uncommon for an enlistment date, assignment, deployment or other military-related circumstance to call for some sacrifice and compromise.
Many couples consider vow renewals or second ceremonies. If you’re one of those couples, here are a few things to think about: See More
Joining the military is an experience like no other. Marrying into this lifestyle can be very intimidating, even if a couple has been dating longterm beforehand.
We asked readers at our Military Spouse Central Facebook page to share their advice new military spouses. They rose to the occasion, submitting dozens of excellent tips to help new military spouses start off on the right foot. Below are some of the most common military spouse tips shared:
I am very excited to introduce something new from Military Spouse Central: We are going to start having live group video chats! This will be an awesome opportunity for you to talk to other military spouses, ask questions, vent, get ideas for care packages and relate to other spouses who know what you are going through.
Friday, March 9, at 4 p.m. CST
Your perspective as a military spouse and overview of resources and how to get advice, support and help. See More