Author Archives: Shelley Kimball

Shelley Kimball is a Coast Guard spouse, Army sister, and Air Force daughter. She started the first Coast Guard chapter of Blue Star Families and was selected as the 2013 AFI Coast Guard Spouse of the Year. She is especially passionate about military spouse hiring and military children’s issues.

The MilFam Diaries: The Ten Year Lesson


I’m ashamed to say that my most valuable lesson as a military spouse took me 10 years to learn. I grew up a military kid, so being self-sufficient was drilled into me. I was taught to be strong and independent — not that I needed that much instruction. Even when I was a child, my…

Military Kids: We’re Fine


Once a military kid, forever a military kid. My dad had a career in the Air Force, and we all moved around quite a bit when my brothers and I were children. Now that I am a military spouse myself and raising two military kids, I can’t help but reflect on what being a military…