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The White House has pushed the issue of improving the mental health of military members and their families to front and center stage.

Tackling Mental Health Issues

Last week the White House hosted the National Conference on Mental Health. President Obama announced that money, specialists and efforts would be poured into the Veterans Affairs Department in an effort to get help to every veteran and family member who needs it.

It is a gallant step in the right direction.

Deployment Soundtrack: Hurricane
Hurricane

Bridgit Mendler, 2012

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This week I had planned to write about trying to break back into the business world. Starting from what seemed like scratch is hard on the soul and the mind. But then something happened ...

Adjustment, Over

My husband has been deployed six weeks now.  This is when the adjustment period is supposed to be over, right? Well, at least that’s usually what happens around here.  We’ve done this so many times that I know the general pattern of it and this last week was week 6: Hell Week. 

Retirement Chronicles: Living in housing? No need to pack, yet

That last day in the military is coming on fast and furious. And some of you don’t have a job. Or a place to live.

You don’t need to shack up with your in-laws or pick a hotel to call home. Retirees have 11 months from their last day in service to move out of government housing.

Say it with me, yeehaw!

Free Summer Events for Military Families

No more pencils, no more books. No more teachers’ dirty looks! School is out and now the pressure is on moms and dads everywhere to keep boredom at bay for the next two to three months.

While every summer day can’t, and shouldn’t be, a costly, time consuming outing, museums and parks across the nation are offering sweet deals to military families this summer.

Deployment Soundtrack: Celebration
Celebration

Kool and the Gang, 1980

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Sweet friends, we made it!

PCS Season: Are we there yet?

No less than nine moving trucks lined our street in base housing this week.

The screech of packing tape being pulled across boxes echoed along the avenue.

Are we there yet?

It is PCS season: time for new friends, new adventure and the bittersweet goodbye that comes with leaving behind those who have supported us through thick and thin.

Natural Disasters: Are You Prepared?

Moving to far flung locations is great for your scrapbook. It’s not so great if you have no idea how to prepare for a hurricane, tornado, tsunami or other natural disaster common to your new home.

We were in Hawaii all of six months when the tsunami sirens wailed. Ummm. Huh. And on an island you, go, where?

Exactly.

Deployment Soundtrack: Where You Are 2.0
Where You Are

Gavin DeGraw, 2011

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