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Changing military families require more flexible support, Army secretary says

December 19, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

Written by C. Todd Lopez | December 12, 2016 Originally published on www.army.mil WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning believes the Army needs to change how it provides support to Soldiers and their families. Speaking at the Brookings Institute in Washington, D.C. Thursday before representatives and members of the Blue Star Families, […]

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Impacting Military Spouse Career Goals

December 19, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

The BSF Careers Program suite supports military spouses through their career journey and provides opportunities to develop networks and access resources to further their career goals. Ashley, an active duty military spouse, shares her story on how the BSFCareers Program is impacting her. Ashley and her family have moved five times in the last eight […]

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28,500 THANK YOU’s!

December 15, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by:  Tammy Meyer Gratitude can be expressed in many ways. Our military community has much gratitude for employers that support military veteran and spouse employment. First Data provides our military community with access to career opportunities and best-in-class education resources, while offering premier business solutions to veteran and military spouse-owned businesses. First Data owner-associates went […]

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Meet a Scrappy Milspouse

December 14, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by: Kelly Wilson As we know all too well, the military lifestyle can be challenging in ways different from those we experienced in our prior civilian lives. We regularly read articles about ourselves that outline exactly why our lifestyle makes family and career success evasive. The truth, however, is that a silver lining truly does […]

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A Note To Our Civilian Friends

December 14, 2016 by Kelley Babbs

Author: Carla Olivio Photo by Stephanie Lynne Photography “I don’t know how you do it.” Ask any military spouse, and they have heard a well-meaning civilian friend or family member say these words, usually during a deployment or on either end of a PCS move. And most mil spouses shrug off this compliment (is it […]

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Make the Most of Your Holiday Season PCS

December 7, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by: Amy Shick at Millie The holidays are stressful.  Now add a PCS to the season and it could be miserable, but it doesn’t have to be. This could actually be your best PCS and most memorable holiday season ever. The holidays are about giving and celebrating with loved ones.  It’s easy to get caught […]

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Blue Star Families’ Seventh Annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey Reveals The All-Volunteer Force At A Crossroads

December 7, 2016 by Bethany Harrell

Pay, Retirement and Spouse Employment Top List of Concerns for Military Families Washington, DC – Financial issues of military pay, changes to retirement benefits, and military spouse employment are the top concerns among military families, according to the 2016 Blue Star Families (BSF) annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS) released today.   However, quality of […]

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The Making of a Military Holiday

December 1, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by: Jessica Howington I’ve seen a lot of articles floating around recently about recipes for a perfect holiday. Oddly enough, I haven’t read one that strikes a chord with the military lifestyle. Although I’d love to say that I have the secret to a perfect military holiday, I’ve realized that with this lifestyle it’s less […]

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The Value of Volunteering

November 29, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by:  Leah Love Two and a half years ago, I realized that I really needed to find something to do. It’s not that I didn’t have things to do- I had a 4 year old and almost 3 year old at the time- but I needed to find something to do for me. With two […]

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Our First Deployment

November 29, 2016 by Jenny Felsen

by: Aleah Wood I have been a military spouse for four years, and before that knew next to nothing when it came to living a military lifestyle. When I first married my husband, I knew we would have years before I had to worry about a deployment. Supporting him through flight school, 3 PCS’s, and […]

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