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February 07, 2013

Musings about the Truman Cancellation

Posted 12:46PM on February 07 2013 by Jen Hatzung | User Comments (32) Categories: Deployment | Tags: Blue star families, Jen hatzung, Truman cancellation

Jen Hatzung just heard her husband won't be deploying after all.  Is she happy about this?  No ... read why! 

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April 27, 2011

War Bride, Minus the War

Posted 21:22PM on April 27 2011 by Rebekah Sanderlin | User Comments (31) Categories: Deployment, Rebekah Sanderlin, Spouse Issues | Tags: Deployment, Independence, Marriage, Rebekah sanderlin, War

I am a very good war bride. That’s not just bluster on my part; that statement has been tested and proven, time and again. But take away the war and, as I’ve learned in this past year of no deployments, I am not a very good bride.

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December 14, 2010

Free Bedtime Stories for Military Children

Posted 21:38PM on December 14 2010 by Alison Sansone | User Comments (23) Categories: Deployment, Military Children, Videos | Tags: Alison sansone, Be there bedtime stories, Military kids, Reading

Hey Military Families - I think we can help…

I'm launching a website that offers webcam bedtime stories for families that are far apart. I was inspired to build the site because of my frustration being so far from my nieces - unable to be a part of their development and unable to be recognized when I would visit once a year. Well naturally, grandparents and military parents certainly share the same, if not greater, frustration!

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December 03, 2010

Keep in Touch this Holiday Season with Google Voice

Posted 12:57PM on December 03 2010 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (22) Categories: Deployment, news, Stephanie Himel-Nelson | Tags: Deployment, Google voice, Military families, Sesame street family connections

The holidays can be difficult for military families.  We may be missing a loved one who is deployed and chances are we're living far from family and friends.  Luckily, Google is teaming up with Blue Star Families and Sesame Street to make communicating with your loved ones a little bit easier this year by providing a calling credit for international calls, exclusively for military families.

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October 08, 2010

How to Truly Support Our Troops and Our Nation

Posted 08:22AM on October 08 2010 by Vivian Greentree | User Comments (23) Categories: Deployment, Spouse Issues, Vivian Greentree | Tags: Deployment, Pbs, Reintegration, This emotional life, Vivian greentree

Our family is in the process of reintegration after a year-long deployment. Though my husband normally wears flights suits for the Navy, this time he was wearing Army ACUs and working in the desert. We’ve already been on a Disney Cruise to celebrate his homecoming and created the family raised-bed garden we had been talking about for so long.

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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 (91) 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 13, 2010

Homecoming and a Thank You

Posted 17:47PM on September 13 2010 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (47) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Deployment, Deployment diary, Homecoming, Slate, Standing by

The clapping, the hooting, the whistling: It was all very familiar. As I hurried toward the terminal at Baltimore-Washington Airport, where U.S. troops land after serving overseas, I spotted the cheerful retirees from Operation Welcome Home who applaud each service member returning from deployment.

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September 10, 2010

Ask the Milies: How do I prepare for homecoming and reintegration?

Posted 17:44PM on September 10 2010 by Kerry-Ann Ellington | User Comments (118) Categories: Ask the Milies, Deployment, Kerry-Ann Ellington | Tags: Ask the milies, Deployment, Homecoming, Kerry-ann ellington, Reintegration

Dear Milies,

It's our first deployment and I'm SO looking forward to his homecoming. The thing is, people keep saying that usually the return dates set by the Army aren't positive. Is that true?

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July 21, 2010

Deployment Vacation

Posted 22:15PM on July 21 2010 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (24) Categories: Deployment, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Wife on the roller coaster

by Wife on the Roller Coaster

I looked around my house. Bags packed. Kids anxious. Boarding passes printed. The scene looked entirely too familiar. But this time, it wasn’t preparation for my husband’s departure. It was preparation for mine. I was going on vacation.

Vacations are never easy to organize when you’re married to the military. Last year I altered our travel plans three times to accommodate my husband’s work schedule, until finally I had to book the plane reservations without him so I could squeeze the trip in before my son started school. But this year was different.

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July 07, 2010

The Upside of Deployment

Posted 22:01PM on July 07 2010 by Wife on the Roller Coaster | User Comments (88) Categories: Deployment, Wife on the Roller Coaster | Tags: Deployment, Wife on the roller coaster

Deployments get a bum rap. Military spouses, including myself, share endless stories of loneliness, exhaustion, sadness, and that evil Murphy’s Law that shoulders the blame for leaky faucets and flat tires. I’m not saying that deployments aren’t tough on the loved ones left behind.

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