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May 10, 2013

Busy as a Bee: The Buzz on Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Posted 13:10PM on May 10 2013 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (322) Categories: Molly Blake | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Military families, Military spouse appreciation day, Military spouses

It's Military Spouse Appreciation Day and we are lucky to have an opportunity to share a guest blog post by Alison Buckholtz, a military spouse extraordinaire! 

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May 03, 2013

Standing By: Pin to Win Giveaway

Author Alison Buckholtz has a gift - she is an unbelievably talented writer who has shared her experiences in a must-read book called "Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War."  You can win a signed copy ... read how! 

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August 29, 2012

Acadia National Park: Take a walk with Estee Moran

Posted 07:06AM on August 29 2012 by Estee Moran | User Comments (226) Categories: Alison Buckholtz | Tags: Acadia national park, Alison buckholtz, Blue star families

Estee Moran took a special trip to Acadia National Park.  She wanted to share a bit about what she learned on her vacation.  Check out her photos and her cheeky captions. 

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August 28, 2012

Acadia National Park: A milkid's tale

Posted 08:10AM on August 28 2012 by Ethan Moran | User Comments (34) Categories: Alison Buckholtz | Tags: Acadia national park, Alison buckholtz, Blue star families, Ethan moran, Military families

"Awwww MOM ... I don't wanna go to a National Park!"  Hear how this familiar sound turns out for one military family. 

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January 20, 2011

Blue Star Families Calls Upon the Creative Coalition to Marshal Power of the Arts to Help Prevent Military Suicides

Suicide rates in the military continue to cause concern, and a new public service announcement being filmed this week by members of The Creative Coalition, aims to help service members, veterans and their families reach out for help. Utilizing the arts as a powerful vehicle to create public awareness, The Creative Coalition was asked to take on the project by Blue Star Families (BSF), Health Net and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).

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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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April 15, 2010

Having the Sex Talk While Your Husband is Deployed

Posted 00:48AM on April 15 2010 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (8) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment, Spouse Issues | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Deployment, Military children

I never saw it coming. Then again, I didn't grow up with pets. I bought Ethan, now 7 years old, and Estee, now 5, a guinea pig when their dad deployed last summer, and last week we acquired a second guinea pig, a surprise birthday gift from a family friend. One of the neighbors, a slightly older boy named Sam, was playing at our house when the new rodent made her debut. I wasn't in the room at the time, but found out later that he proclaimed that guinea pig babies would be in our future; to help matters along, he instructed the kids to place the female in the same cage as the male.

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December 17, 2009

Lighting the White House Hannukah Menorah

Posted 20:29PM on December 17 2009 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (23) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment, Military Children | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Barack obama, Chanukkah, Michelle obama, Military families, White house

The scene was familiar, but not our place in it.  Last night, our military family had the honor of lighting the Hanukkah menorah at the White House, reciting the blessings over the candles, and meeting President Obama, Mrs. Obama, and Vice President Biden.

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November 06, 2009

How Do I Explain What Dad Actually Does in the War?

Posted 19:17PM on November 06 2009 by Alison Buckholtz | User Comments (3) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Military Children, Spouse Issues | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Deployment, Double xx, Military kids, Military wives, Standing by

The phone call from Baghdad came at the appointed time, and Ethan was ready.

“Daddy, I’ve been thinking more about your next job,” Ethan said, as if tidying up loose conversational threads. In fact, I’d never heard our 6-year-old mention any concerns about his father’s possible future career; in the four months since my husband left, he had never mentioned it to me.

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October 09, 2009

Deployment Diary: Don't Ask Me to Imagine My Husband's Death

Posted 17:15PM on October 09 2009 by Stephanie Himel-Nelson | User Comments (21) Categories: Alison Buckholtz, Deployment, Spouse Issues | Tags: Alison buckholtz, Death, Standing by, War

My doorbell rang recently, and since I was upstairs I peeked out of my bedroom window to see who was standing on the porch. Two men in khaki uniforms waited patiently, talking quietly to each other.

My heart clenched. I felt lightheaded and grabbed the window ledge. I had long feared this scene, as have many other military wives. Not that we talk about it; at least, no other spouses I’ve met in eight years of being married to the military have ever mentioned it.

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