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When Dad Doesn’t Want to Be the Vet or “War Hero”

How does military life equip people to become parents? That’s the central question in this provoking, first-person narrative from The New York Times. In it, a veteran describes his experiences on two battlefields: in-country combat and his absent father’s abusive presence. Pivotal moments in both arenas merge to give the narrator a unique perspective on…

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What the Military Community Is Saying About Deployments and Mental Health

I don’t know about you, but my social media accounts often seem like a daily reminder of what random thing I should be recognizing. While October has some fun days of national celebration–looking at you, National Chocolate Day (10/26)–this month also highlights some heavy issues. Pink is everywhere, so most people know that it is…

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4 Must-Have Books to Explain Military Life to Your Young Kids

Military life is hard enough to navigate as an adult. Now, imagine what it’s like for a child? Frequent moves. Long-term separations. And, of course… endless goodbyes. No wonder over fifty percent of service member families say their kids have experienced separation anxiety, worry, and sleep issues. But, what if there was something that could…

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Attend a Free Yoga Nidra Session and Say #GoodNightMilKid

We know you want to say #GoodNightMilKid at the end of the day and enjoy a peaceful evening. Unfortunately, we also know that for many military families this isn’t the case. In fact, our #BSFSurvey found that one-third of military families noted their children experienced sleep issues as a result of their parent’s deployment. We think that’s one-third too…

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Here’s How to Make Ordinary MilFam Moments Extraordinary

This post is in partnership with CAULIPOWER. Because my spouse is away at an Army school, eating cereal for dinner every night sounds amazing. Buuut, of course I know that’s not healthy nor is it the example I want to set for my one-year-old daughter. I’ll be the first to admit that getting nutritious meals…

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What to Know About Ghosting (and How to Avoid It in Your Career!)

Let’s talk about ghosting. No, not the Halloween kind. The kind where you don’t respond to someone who contacts you. You’ve probably done it (or had it done to you) when dating or with friends and family. But, did you know it’s happening in the career space, too? It’s such a problem that it’s made…

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Here’s What Military Spouses Say About Domestic Violence

October is just the best– am I right?! Fall is [finally] in the air. Leaves are changing. The kids are back to school. Starbucks is offering those oh-so-yummy fall-themed lattes. And Halloween. Who can forget about Halloween and those scary haunted houses?! It’s also a time to shine a light on domestic violence in the…

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3 FREE Resources to Help Your MilKid Sleep

Are you a tired mom or dad? These three Blue Star Families resources will change your life. We know lots of military families are tired because you told us. One-third of our Military Families Lifestyle Survey participants said their child had experienced sleep issues as a result of their parent’s deployment. We also know, from…

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Help the Military Community (and Get Free Coffee!)

We need you. Yeah…you! We know you love military families and Blue Star Families. And chances are–since you’re reading this article–you also like (love, can’t function without, etc., etc.) coffee.   What if you could combine your love of military families and coffee? Don’t worry– you can! This Veterans Day, Starbucks will be hosting a…

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