Salute to Spouses Blog

We're excited to be blogging about the latest topics in military life. We want to keep you informed on topics such as current events, education, career advice, etc. Feel free to post comments or questions to any of our entries.
Velcro made my husband a happy man tonight. Or rather the soon-to-be lack of it.

This week the Army announced that soldiers will no longer be required to Velcro many of their patches onto their ACU shirts - camo uniforms for the uninitiated. Instead, they’ll be able to sew them on, just like in the good ole days.

And, he can finally ditch the itchy, uncomfortable black beret that leaves the ever sexy red indention across the front of his forehead. He’ll be able to don a patrol cap – camo hat for you civilians.

These small changes in uniform had my husband practically dancing in his seat.

No More Pencils, No More Books

Happy summer! For many of us that means trying to entertain our kids all day while we work, take class, clean and ever so slowly mark off the days until school kicks off again this fall.

But seriously, summer is fun. In our house, with four kids underfoot, summer means our kitchen looks a bit like an arts and crafts studio, the backyard is covered in water balloons and oozing popsicles and the television is always on too loud. It’s two months of organized chaos.

Spouse Spotlight: Meet Sarah

Sarah Finlay has proven just how time management and goal setting can really impact your life. As a Salute to Spouse Scholarship recipient, Sarah has mastered the task of balancing her responsibilities as Air Force wife, mother and student by implementing those very important skills. She currently resides in Virginia with her husband and daughter.

STS: How long have you been married and how did you meet your spouse? Do you have children? If so, what ages? Tell us about your journey through military life.

Compass Retreat Center Helps Families of Reservists

After National Guard veteran Lisa Dunster returned from her deployment to the Gulf War in 1999, she was angry — about her experiences in war, some of the things she saw and some of the things she had to do.

She was welcomed home by her civilian community. They were grateful for her service, but they had no concept of what she had endured.

A Message to Our Military Students and Families

Bryant & Stratton College Online would like to take a moment to thank those in our student community that currently serve, have served, and those who support our military as the Memorial Day weekend comes to a close.  We greatly appreciate the commitment, dedication and service of our military students, and we are proud to have them as part of the Bryant & Stratton College Online community.  

New VA Programs, Giving You the Help You Need

The number of service members seriously injured in Iraq and Afghanistan climbs every day. With that count the number of military spouses who suddenly find themselves in the role of caregiver, single parent and primary breadwinner for the household also rises. There is often too much for one person to handle alone. For a spouse who also has to attend school or re-enter the workforce, the days can be overwhelming. 

So, You Still Want to be a Fed?

If the recent close call of a government shutdown didn’t scare you away from applying for a federal job and neither does the current hiring freeze, then now is as good a time as any to prepare yourself for the search. Just follow these seven easy steps to avoid being overwhelmed in the process.

Alpha! Bravo! Charlie! IAVA's Storm the Hill teams fight to end veteran unemployment.

I just returned from actively participating in Storm the Hill 2011: ( which is sponsored by IAVA, a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of today’s veterans, as part of an advocacy team focused on veterans’ employment issues. In 2010, the unemployment rate for veterans was 11.6 percent, compared to the national average of 9.7 percent.  

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” is Searching for Military Families to Help

Would your life story make millions of viewers cry?

Have you lead a life of extraordinary service? Is your house falling down around you? Do you know someone who deserves a major home makeover?

Nominate them for the ABC show, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Producers are currently searching for deserving military families.

Veterans Groups Can Help Fund College

When it comes to scholarships, military families have a few more benefits than civilians. Several veterans’ organizations offer funding specifically to the children and spouses of military members.

Check out the following scholarships and apply before the deadline.

Marine Corps League:


For Military Spouses
Apply for the Salute to Spouses scholarship today and begin your education! You’ll be on the way to your dream career.

Salute to Spouses Scholarship Recipients