Deployment Military Spouse Central

  • Care Packages: Send Your Soldier a Bit of Autumn

    Care Packages: Send Your Soldier a Bit of Autumn

    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. Are you ready f…

  • How to Cope When Deployment Means Missing Family Milestones

    How to Cope When Deployment Means Missing Family Milestones

    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 milit…

  • Small Thanksgiving Dinners: Less Turkey, Less Worry

    Small Thanksgiving Dinners: Less Turkey, Less Worry

    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…

  • Show Your Soldier Love With a Hometown-Themed Care Package

    Show Your Soldier Love With a Hometown-Themed Care Package

    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 th…

  • Military Spouse Interview: Being A 'Veteran Military Wife'

    Military Spouse Interview: Being A ‘Veteran Military Wife’

    You might have read Life Lessons of a Military Wife blog before, but you probably aren't too familiar with the blogger and military spouse behind the military and life advice. The blog's author, who chooses to be known as Veteran Military Wife and currently lives in Germany, was once in the military herself, so she approaches her blogging with expertise and understanding of the service. She shares some of her …

  • Military Looking to Slim Down With Healthier Food Choices

    Military Looking to Slim Down With Healthier Food Choices

    The nation's obesity epidemic presents real problems for the Armed Forces. Recent surveys indicate more than a quarter of adults ages 17 to 24 are ineligible to serve because of their weight. At the same time, 5 percent of active service members are overweight, about double the rate in the mid-1990s. The military discharges about 1,200 first-term service members a year because of weight related issues. The…

  • The Pro's & Con's of Moving Home During a Deployment

    The Pro’s & Con’s of Moving Home During a Deployment

    The issue of whether to move back in with family during deployment is one of the most debated issues among the younger members of the military community. Between a shaky economy and limited opportunities for civilians around military bases, many military spouses and significant others decide to move back in with their families during a deployment. However, there are just as many that advocate the benefits of sticking…

  • 8 Homemade Valentine's Day Gifts for a Care Package

    8 Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts for a Care Package

    Military spouses and families are constantly trying to send a little piece of home to their service member while they’re apart. Valentine's Day is an opportunity to show your love and send a piece of home by making homemade or personalized care packages. Here are eight crafty-yet-simple ideas to get you started: Picture Pillowcase Grab a comfy pillowcase and some photo transfer paper to create a pers…

  • Christmas in a Care Package

    Christmas in a Care Package

    Holidays are hard when you spend them apart from the ones you love, especially with all the traditions of Christmas. Packaging up Christmas and sending it overseas may not replace holiday times together, but it can help ease some of the emotions and maybe even be a little fun. In addition to restrictions and guidelines, USPS recommends "send by" dates to get packages to military members on time. Most dates are be…