Basic Milspo Necessities

Basic Milspo Necessities

It takes a strong personality to be a military spouse. Even the quiet ones have to build up a confidence in knowing they can run a household – at the drop of a hat – while their spouse is called to duty. This can be for a few days at a time, all the way up to over a year. As a milspo, you never know what you're going to get. However, there are some things that can help make life easier.

Breastfeeding Benefits as a Milspo

Breastfeeding Benefits as a Milspo

There's no denying that Tricare is one of the biggest benefits of becoming a service member. Now that premiums are hitting all-time highs for mediocre coverage at best, it's a huge advantage to have top-notch healthcare for your family- especially when it's paid for. While in years past this was still a positive, as insurance markets and healthcare changes, it's become more and more valuable.

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.