Here's what this military fiancee learned during her first deployment.

This guest post is part of the #ThisisDeployment series, where a variety of military spouses share their deployment lessons and experiences. Here, Julie Martinez shares her lessons learned during her Army fiance’s deployment. My husband and I got engaged right before he deployed for the first time around 2 years ago. I wasn’t really in the Army life yet, as we had only been dating for about 6 months at the time. I was a college student and lived in a college town, so most of the people I knew were in that same stage… Read Article →

Pregnant during deployment? Here's how to handle a deployment pregnancy and birth.

So there I was, 28 years old, newly married in a place with no family, my husband just informed me that he “volunteered” for a 12 month deployment, and my doctor is congratulating me on being pregnant…..#thisisdeployment. Honestly, my first thoughts were of panic. How can I do this alone? My mom and sister are teachers, which meant they would not be off when the baby was due. It quickly became clear that this was going to be entirely on me, which was slightly terrifying.  However, after my initial panic attack and my husbands excited… Read Article →

These free summer activities for military kids will keep them busy!

It’s summer, and we still have a long time until the kids go back to school. If this is a deployment year for your family, it may seem like summer is dragging on forever. But don’t worry, there are plenty of easy ways to occupy military kids in the summertime. And most of them won’t cost much money either! So if you need to get out of the house and the kids are driving you crazy, try these ideas between now and payday. 9 cheap and easy summer activities for military kids Library Summer Reading… Read Article →

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