Vulnerable Spouse Confessions
A Year of 'Being'
While talking with a young friend recently, she lamented how little she’d accomplished during the year her husband was deployed.
The Stone Ages-Finding My Strengths through Multiple Deployments
As of this day, I have been through two complete deployments and am approaching a homecoming for the third. This may not seem like a lot, but the way these have happened and how close they are timing wise made them interesting, and enhanced the worry, anticipation and feelings of each.
Surviving a Deployment Away From a Base
The following list only comes after making it through and having a year to readjust and reflect. Here are my Top 5 Tips for Surviving a Deployment Away From a Base:
6 Reasons to Send Nude Pics to Your Deployed Spouse
Oh, I know what you are thinking. “Wait! You mean you WANT us to send a few naked pics to our spouse while they are deployed? "
7 Tips to Better Protect Yourself Against Sexual Violence
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) in the United States.
35 Things that Irritate the Military Spouse!
(Photo credit: www.photopin.com) Military life is filled with many, many blessings. We have so much to be thankful for. But this lifestyle sometimes comes with quirks that really get on our last...
Weary Military Spouse Confessions
Editors Note: This piece was incredibly difficult for the writer to finish. In fact, they almost decided to not submit it for publishing. Because even though it is anonymous, just like all of our ...
The Hard Work of Falling in Love After Deployment... Again
About six months ago my husband returned from his third deployment overseas. True to military life: the deployment, homecoming and reintegration have been a roller coaster of a ride, and I don’t th...
A Letter to my Active Duty Son
(Photo was taken with my son, the night before he left for basic training.) I remember you…grabbing your Daddy’s BDU blouse he’d casually tossed on the couch after work. You wrapped it around your...
What if Communication ISN'T the Key to a Happy Marriage?
Guest Author: E.J. Smith, M.S., NCC, LPC-Intern and Military SpousePhoto Credit: Tamptopia Photography www.tamtopia.com You’ve heard it on television from Oprah, and you’ve read it in every self-h...
Vulnerable Spouse Confessions
Editor's Note: All of the pieces in our "Confessions Series" are anonymous. Photo Credit: www.photopin.com OPSEC, sigh… it’s all we ever hear about these days and it’s all we have heard about for ...
Can We Do Better?
Update Feb. 19, 2014: When I first wrote this article, charges had been filed against Tiffany Klapheke for severe neglect of her three children and the starvation death of her toddler. Her defense...
Worried About OPSEC Violation Delaying Homecoming
Photo Credit: "A Beautiful Moment Photography" by Megan Sokolowski, San Diego Dear Sally, My husband is deployed and they are scheduled to be coming home soon. I keep seeing other spouses in the ...
Nervous About Nookie After Deployment
Dear Sally, My husband comes home from his first deployment soon. We have only been married a little over a year and he has been deployed most of that time. I am really excited and glad he is comi...
Sexually Deprived Spouse Confessions
Editors Disclaimer: This is a HUMOR piece… we understand that the subject matter in this piece is a bit taboo and not for everyone. If you are uncomfortable with it, we won’t be offended at all if...
Why Do I Struggle During Winter Months?
Written by: Ingrid Herrera-Yee, PhD, a clinical and research psychologist and military spouse For many of us, the harbingers of winter are welcome. We look forward to the holidays, to the snow cov...
Five Tough Conversations to Have BEFORE Deployment
Photo Credit: Morgan Slade Your spouse has given you the news that you dread. He or she is going to deploy to a war zone. The time between that news and an actual departure date can vary greatly...
Three Things I Won't Let Break Me this Year
When we start a new year, many of us reflect back on the chapter of our lives that just ended and take stock. We think of things that worked well, the things that need tweaking, and the things we ...
Healthy Eating in a Busy World
Is one of your resolutions to eat healthier? So is mine! And 40 of my friends have pledged to try eating clean with me this January. I hope you will join me, too! Keep reading to learn how to eat c...
Oh Homecoming, Oh Homecoming!
To get into the holiday spirit, our editorial staff here at Military Spouse took a popular Christmas carol and changed the words... just a bit! We hope you will enjoy this version of "Oh Homecomin...
Chem Light Chanukah Menorahs and Matzah Care Packages
It is no secret that being a military spouse runs parallel with pride and sacrifice. We all know what we give up on a daily basis so that our spouses can defend this great nation, yet at the same t...
Not So Evil Stepmother
I was at my friend's birthday party recently, sitting at a table with some of my friends, and the conversation turned to my upcoming move. One of the girls asked how many times Cailin has had to mo...
Parenting for Two: Why I Am NOT a Single Parent During Deployment
*Disclaimer- I wrote this from the point of view of a wife/mother. I am very aware and acknowledge that men are in the same boat as us when they are the civilian spouse, but all of my experience...
A: Dear Sally, My friend dumped me because my husband was promoted and hers was not, how do I deal with this? -- Rank Ruined Friendship Dear Rank... Read more.
A: My husband comes home from his first deployment soon. We have only been married a little over a year and he has been deployed most of that time.... Read more.
A: My husband is deployed and they are scheduled to be coming home soon. I keep seeing other spouses in the unit posting stuff like dates and locatio... Read more.
A: I know lots of people who hate base housing, but I really like living on base. Well, I did until my new neighbors moved in... they are driving me... Read more.
A: At what point should we let our kids have a say in whether or not we accompany their dad on his next PCS? Our children, ages 15 and 17, have really... Read more.