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State of the State: Texas

  Military Family Advisory Network’s (MFAN) research over three years revealed that an alarming number of military families face food insecurity. One in eight survey respondents in 2019 reported experiencing food insecurity. Our data showed that survey respondents in Texas were experiencing higher frequencies of food insecurity among national respondents, with one in six families...

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More Ideas for Passing the (Summer) Time

Here’s another list of summertime things to do to pass the time without breaking the bank: Think ahead for shopping (school supplies, Halloween costumes) Beat the crowds and start your back-to-school shopping this week. Official school supply lists might not be out yet, but you can still pick up classroom essentials like pencils, pens, and...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New MilSpouse Pt. 10

Continued from last week… I landed in Spain on Nov. 10, 2013, and for the first few days, I felt as if I was on vacation. We got settled in our house on base, did some shopping, planned European adventures, and explored Rota. Then reality began to set in. Don’t get me wrong: I was...

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Deployment Diaries: Part 3

Nothing happened today. Exciting stuff, right? I woke up at o’dark thirty (for civilians reading this, that’s the official name of any time that involves an alarm clock going off long before the sun hits the sky or normal people are moving). I poured my first cup of coffee, tripping over random animals trying to...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New Milspouse Pt. 9

Continued from last week… Moving (known in the military as PCSing, for “permanent change of station”) is stressful. PCSing overseas can be even more stressful. For “acquired dependents” (new spouses) to join a husband or wife who is already overseas, they need to be sponsored by their spouse’s command. It may sound simple — get...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New Milspouse Pt. 8

Continued from last week… As the countdown to our wedding day approached single digits, Aleksei arrived from Spain to find a substantial “honey do” list (picking up the wedding dinner menus, organizing gifts for the groomsmen, checking in with the rehearsal dinner venue) — we had about three days before family and friends started to...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New Milspouse Pt. 7

Continued from last week… The wedding plans moved forward as we approached the big day — Oct. 12, 2013. There were  some minor hiccups (seating charts, invitation envelopes — the usual), but, all in all, things were coming together. Still, one thing was bothering me. My family and I had decided not to invite one...

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Health and Wellness Tips for Summer

The summer is flying by, with all of the backyard barbecues, block party’s and beach time it’s easy to forget about the basics. Summertime is about making the most of the weather—even more reason it’s important to consider how to stay safe and healthy as well. Here are some of our tips: Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen: Everything you hear about sunscreen is...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New Milspouse Pt. 6

Continued from last week… We had about four days between our engagement and my fiance’s return to Spain. So I did what any event planner-turned-wedding planner would do — I made appointments with venues. I was in my element. Rather than have our wedding in Massachusetts (my home state) or California (his), we decided to...

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Deployment Diaries: Part 2

Continued from last week… Let’s just come clean about something. I have four kids, which means that my idea of a vacation is me sitting behind a locked bathroom door pretending not to hear the little people on the other side (or see their little fingers wiggling under the door). So I get overly excited...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New Milspouse Pt. 5

Continued from last week… Work was crazy when I returned from Spain. We were planning our first large-scale event, a pro bono fundraiser for Honor Flight Network. That consumed me for six weeks, but I didn’t mind at all. We were doing great work for a great organization, and I love event planning. Once that...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New Milspouse Pt. 4

Continued from last week… As the departure date for my trip to Spain approached, I grew very anxious. I found myself questioning whether I should even go. I knew (from a previous long-distance relationship that ended with me being dumped at the airport — ouch!) that every time I said “bye” (or, as I prefer,...

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Deployment Diaries: Always Prepared, Never Ready

I’ve known he was due to leave for some time now. And I’ve “taken it in stride” like I always do as a “seasoned” Army wife. I’ve spoken to the kids’ schools, discussed burial arrangements, laundered his uniforms, attended the pre-deployment Yellow Ribbon events, and dragged my posse to “mandatory fun” days (you know —...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New Milspouse Pt. 3

Continued from last week… I knew I needed to pull it together on the evening before he left. We focused our conversation on my plans, his plans, our plans: my trip to visit him in Spain (yes, I had already booked a flight), his search for housing, and our hopes for the holidays. Talking about...

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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...

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The MilFam Diaries: Chronicles of a New Milspouse Pt. 2

Continued from last week… Spain. Do not panic (totally panicking). Orders to Spain! I didn’t know that was possible. I figured he would be staying in D.C. for the next few years, and by then, who knows — maybe we’d be together, maybe we wouldn’t. I immediately went into planning mode (as an event planner,...

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