Why You Should Take the Newbie Spouse Classes (And Why I Should Have)

Why You Should Take the Newbie Spouse Classes (And Why I Should Have)

...I learned of free spousal classes. Offered on post for newbies (as well as those who are "nearly new"), it's put on by the MWR. (Morale, welfare, and recreation) It comes with a tour, rundowns of the area, an overview of services, and the ability to meet other newcomers while you're there. A priceless resource, I now realize.

The Illinois Army National Guard

for Woody

Jeremy Warneke, Craft of War Writing Instructor

Jeremy Warneke, Craft of War Writing Instructor

FOLLOWING 9/11, we were deployed to the airport.

IN THE BEGINNING, people thanked us for our presence.

OUR LEADERSHIP DIDN’T THANK US: our lodgings were at the Marriott.

AFTER TWO MONTHS, I was allowed to return home.

SHY OF QUALIFYING FOR LONG-LASTING BENEFITS, everybody else got booted: involuntarily discharged.

“YOU’RE NEVER GOING TO GET IT THIS GOOD AGAIN,” our leadership said.

Ten Ways To Toughen Up As A Military Spouse

Ten Ways To Toughen Up As A Military Spouse

Back when my husband worked in TRADOC (that's training + doctrine), he told me a story I've never forgotten. It was about a call they got at basic training: a wife called because her husband wasn't getting his mail quickly enough. His drill sergeants had a field day. The man got in a world of trouble, and his mail never came any faster – it simply took as long as it took.

Raising Military Children Part 1: Resiliency

Raising Military Children Part 1: Resiliency

In today’s world raising children is not an easy feat. There are a lot of external factors that affect parenting styles. Adding the adversities brought on by a military lifestyle complicates everything even more. Our military children are forced to deal with a lot of life challenges at a very young age and it is our job as parents to help them overcome these life stressors and teach them how to be resilient.

My Hiking Soul

My Hiking Soul

My better half thinks my aversion to taking hikes is a little odd. I try not to say much, but for the most part being amongst the splendid silence of nature does nothing for me and even less for my soul—assuming I have one. This isn’t just a function of my relationship with my significant other. Many others have recommended hiking or backpacking to me as a prescription for an obvious illness that I have, and yet which no one can name.

The Devil's Advocate

The Devil's Advocate

I decided to go to Barnes & Noble during my lunch break. I usually tell myself I’m just going to browse but wind up spending money I don’t have and adding to an ever-growing unread book pile. During the visit, I picked up Portraits of Courage, a book by former President George W. Bush