Hello everyone... I have been engaged to my soldier for about 2 years and we are finally tying the knot next year after he gets back from deployment. Now I would like as much information for a new army wife as possible.
Nowadays, employers have several hundreds or thousands of resumes to sort through for one available position. Of course, the appropriate education and experience are important factors to fulfill a job opening; however, other characteristics need to be of the same importance.
What would you say were the most important documents that every milspouse should have on hand and kept safe at any given time? (Besides the obvious social security cards, marriage license and birth cert.)
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!
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.
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.
My husband is convinced that when he deploys and I go into labor that he can come home on emergency leave and be able to stay for a month... Is this true or is someone pulling his leg? ~Brigette
Congratulations on the addition to your family, Brigette!
by Colleen Reed, MSCCN Volunteer
As overwhelming as it sounds, continuing your education while being a military spouse, mother, and/or a full-time employee is quite common. Don’t let the added responsibility scare you. I have been both the enrollment advisor for a university and the student wanting to continue my education online.
At one point or another, most of us have relied on scientific theories to reassure ourselves that we’re normal. Specifically, stage theories break down events into categories and describe appropriate behaviors for each. These theories exist for most life-changing events: marriage, pregnancy, child development, even grief.
Here at Blue Star Families, we get lots of questions. The questions cover everything from etiquette to essential services to suicide prevention and support for those who've lost a loved one. Unfortunately, we rarely have the manpower to answer all of your questions here on the blog.
Luckily, there are some great military spouses out there who can answer your questions and we're thrilled to have them join our BSF columnists. Meet, Jacqueline Goodrich and Kerry-Ann Ellington of the popular military spouse advice website, Ask the Milies. They'll be here on the BSF site, answering your questions on a regular basis. If you'd like to submit a question of your own, please fill out the Ask the Milies Form.