Category Archives: Family Life

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How To Help Children Cope with Deployment

For children, deployment happens in three contiguous and equally stressful stages. Without a strong support system to help them navigate it, it can be emotionally challenging and confusing. Boosting family morale, resilience, and trust can help to buffer some of the anxiety that will come and go throughout this process. Before discussing the upcoming deployment […]

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Supporting Your Fellow Spouses This Independence Day

With all of the cookouts, parades, memorials, and celebrations, it’s easy to get caught up in our revelries and forget those who may be struggling emotionally this Fourth of July. After all, Independence Day is a holiday where we honor the significance of our freedoms. However, families that may be grieving the loss of a […]

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Military Base Living: The Shopping Experience

Living on a military base is like living in a small American town, even in another country. Part of that experience involves American style shopping. Different types of shopping facilities are available on many military bases, including the Class Six, Shopette, Commissary and Exchange. Class Six and Shopette On the small end of the spectrum, […]

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Military Base Living: Health and Dental Care

Military life is tough for most service people and their families. Frequent moves all over the country and all over the world, extended separations during deployments, not to mention the danger that is inherent in the job. The financial compensation alone does not usually seem adequate. But military life has its perks as well. Knowing […]

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The Mysterious Military Discount and How To Find It

Military families live a different kind of life. Service members tend to give more than they receive on the job, and their loved ones share that commitment as a way of life. Many businesses recognize this and try to give back by offering military discounts on their merchandise and services. These businesses vary from beauty […]

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Homecoming: Tips for Keeping Calm and Avoiding Catastrophe

1. Expect the Unexpected As you’ve probably learned throughout deployment, plans can change at a moment’s notice. Don’t make any concrete plans for the days surrounding your soldier’s homecoming. The thought of adding hours or days onto your reunion can seem unbearable, but you’re in the home-stretch. The hard part is over. Try to incorporate […]