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September 28, 2010

Ask the Milies: To stay in or not to stay in?

Posted 22:50PM on September 28 2010 by Jacqueline Goodrich | User Comments (6) Categories: Ask the Milies, Jacqueline de Moore Goodrich, Spouse Issues | Tags: Ask the milies, Jacqueline goodrich, Military spouse, Reserves, Retirement

My husband has served 12 years (including two year long deployments and probably another real soon) with the Army Reserves. For him to consider getting out when his enlistment is up, before he has 20 or 30 years in, would forgo all those years working towards a retirement. Not many people have a guaranteed retirement these days, sure the amount might not be a huge, but it’s something for the future!

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September 24, 2010

Ask the Milies: Wedding Uniform Confusion

Posted 14:27PM on September 24 2010 by Kerry-Ann Ellington | User Comments (26) Categories: Ask the Milies, Kerry-Ann Ellington, Spouse Issues | Tags: Ask the milies, Kerry-ann ellington, Military spouse, Uniform, Wedding

Dear Milies,

My fiancé and I are planning our military wedding for June of 2011. He'll be wearing his dress blues, as will 3 of our groomsmen.

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September 20, 2010

Blue Star Families releases 2010 Military Family Lifestyle Survey

Despite the stress of multiple deployments military families continue to cope, according to the 2010 Military Family Lifestyle Survey. The survey findings include insights into how military families are connecting, and the unique challenges they face.

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September 18, 2010

BSF on Army Wife Talk Radio

Posted 22:10PM on September 18 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (9) Categories: Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Army wife talk radio, Awtr

Blue Star Families will be on Army Wife Talk Radio on Monday, September 20th at 8pm EST.

Join Communications Director Stephanie Himel-Nelson as she discusses the Blue Star Families programs and shares a bit about our 2010 Military Family Survey results!

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September 17, 2010

Tribute To The Men And Women of America’s Armed Forces

The 7th Annual American Freedom Festival Washington DC featuring Hank Williams, Jr., Jamey Johnson, Colt Ford and Josh Thompson will be held October 9, 2010 at 7:00pm at the Patriot Center at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

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September 17, 2010

Thank you, Blue Star Museums!

Posted 21:59PM on September 17 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (8) Categories: Blue Star Museums, Stephanie Himel-Nelson, VIP | Tags: Blue star museums, National endowment for the arts, Nea

While the Blue Star Museums program ended on Labor Day, we'd like to say thank you to everyone who participated. The program was incredibly popular judging from the number of military families who took advantage of free museum admission this summer.  Check back in late October for an announcement about the future of Blue Star Museums in 2011...!

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September 16, 2010

Ask the Milies: How do we move from National Guard to Active Guard?

Posted 10:50AM on September 16 2010 by Jacqueline Goodrich | User Comments (15) Categories: Ask the Milies, Jacqueline de Moore Goodrich, National Guard | Tags: Active duty, Ask the milies, National guard

Dear Milies,

So my husband has joined the National Guard. We just found out that in a nut shell he is coming home with no job, no nothing. He was under the impression that he would be able to find work with his unit as an Active Guard right away.

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September 16, 2010

Knit one, Purl One… Gratitude

Posted 10:46AM on September 16 2010 by Karen Francis | User Comments (115) Categories: Guest Contributor | Tags: Karen francis, Knitting, Operation gratitude

Needles clicked, yarn spun, and discussions about patterns flowed, but in a store surrounded by the jewel tones of silk, bright worsted wool and imaginative color combinations in alpaca and cashmere, the dull tones of black and brown and grey pure wool stood out.

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September 14, 2010

Breaking Up with my Surrogate Spouse

Posted 10:43AM on September 14 2010 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (78) Categories: Deployment, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Reintegration, Surrogate spouse, Wife on the roller coaster

My husband is home. The deployment is over, and our family is settling in quite nicely through the post-deployment stage of getting to know each other again. However, there’s another person who is greatly affected by the end of the deployment as well: my surrogate spouse.

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September 14, 2010

BSF at Defense Forum Washington

Posted 10:40AM on September 14 2010 by Pamela Stokes Eggleston | User Comments (17) Categories: Conferences, Pamela Stokes Eggleston, Wounded Warriors | Tags: Charles eggleston, Defense forum washington, Pamela stokes eggleston, Wounder warriors

This past Friday, the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and the United States Naval Institute (USNI) co-hosted the 4th annual Defense Forum Washington, a one-day conference that examines the current and pervasive interests of today’s military.

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