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- BlogMon, 12 Jun 2017Wanderlust
The contract that I signed when I joined the Army reflected that I would serve no more than the four years that I signed up for. I put in a little overtime during that stretch (in those days you had to treat the military contract like a + 1 wedding invite; the + 1 in my case reflects the extra year of overseas duty after I got... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 5 Jun 2017Aging in the Time of Endless War
When I visited the Brooks Range north of the Arctic Circle many summers ago, I was hit with a curtain of ice that cut down much of my hiking. I was short on food at this point: oatmeal, cliff bars, and a block of emergency rations meant for shipwrecked souls. Perhaps I was shipwrecked, philosophically speaking, but I managed to take in... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 29 May 2017How to Communicate Through Deployment: Tips...
Long-distance relationships are hard under any circumstances. Add in stress of danger, work, separation of home life, and more (you know, the other stuff that comes from being deployed, not just on a work trip), and it's a scenario that's downright painful. Yet there are plenty of spouses who live this reality every single day.... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 29 May 2017Writing As A Veteran
There is much talk about the veteran civilian divide. Indeed, there is plenty separating those from Sparta and those from Babylon—to butcher a pair of historical metaphors—but as a writer, I know there’s plenty they have in common, and one thing in particular: their reaction to writers, negative, as it were. And more... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 22 May 2017Ten Ways To Toughen Up As A Military Spouse
Being a military spouse isn't for the faint of heart. You certainly can't be offended easily or upset by change. And say the mail takes a little longer than you'd like to arrive – that should be the least of your worries.more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 22 May 2017Raising Military Children Part 2: Exposure
The military life is not an easy one, adding parenthood to the mix complicates it even more. As parents we have a huge responsibility to raise our children to be the leaders of this world and in my opinion, it is our responsibility to expose them to the world, to teach them to think outside the box and to appreciate the little things in... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 15 May 2017My Hiking Soul
My better half thinks my aversion to taking hikes is a little odd. I try not to say much, but for the most part being amongst the splendid silence of nature does nothing for me and even less for my soul—assuming I have one. This isn’t just a function of my relationship with my significant other. Many others have recommended... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 15 May 2017Raising Military Children Part 1: Resiliency
In today’s world raising children is not an easy feat. There are a lot of external factors that affect parenting styles. Adding the adversities brought on by a military lifestyle complicates everything even more. Our military children are forced to deal with a lot of life challenges at a very young age and it is our job as parents... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 8 May 2017Fashion Authority
Like any responsible fashion-conscious New Yorker, I follow every luxury retailer on Instagram. It is a hardship to keep up with all of the trends, a social media minefield of knowing things like what is the current it-bag and making sure not to carry it, myself. The goal after all, is to be trendy without being like everyone... more...Filters: Service Together
- BlogMon, 8 May 2017Predation in the Military: When Killers Turn...
After being accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman while on temporary assignment in Virginia Beach, Petty Officer First Class Gregory Kyle Seerden, 31, of Missouri, had his cell phone confiscated by the he Naval Criminal Investigative Service. What they found on the Navy SEAL’s cell phone were 78 photos of child... more...Filters: Service Together