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 [...]
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 [...]
“Military children are resilient, there’s no doubt about it, but they’re not invulnerable,” said Dr. (Lt. Col.) Keith Lemmon, chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center Department of Pediatrics. Parent deployments, frequent moves, a new school every few years, a constant rotation of friends, and, most of all, the threat of a [...]
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 [...]
There’s countless holiday traditions that families enjoy together, but perhaps none as creative (or adorable) as Elf on a Shelf. Recently, Elf on the Shelf has been gaining popularity as a new tradition in many more homes. According to tradition, this mischievous elf comes out every year before Christmas and checks in on little children [...]
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 [...]