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Pink slips are coming

Last year Congress announced that the military budget was going to be slashed. And it was. Almost instantly, military families could physically see where the cuts were made.

In Hawaii, the Child Development Center stopped offering hourly care to certain age groups. Respite care for families in the Exceptional Family Member Program was limited. The arts and crafts center on our base was shuttered. Permanently.

Now, those budget cuts may alter the course of our lives.

Deployment Soundtrack: The Climb

         The Climb

        Miley Cyrus, 2009

            Preview Song

Last week, I told you about the first part of our vacation, and now, as Paul Harvey said, "is the rest of the story." After our trip to Colorado, we came home for about 48 hours to regroup, do laundry and repack, and then we were off to the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City. If you have never been, you have to go! We had a blast!

The College Spouse:Education the key to preparing for the unknown

Normally I try to be upbeat here, but things have happened in the last few weeks that have made me even more thankful that I am earning a degree. Five friends (well, three friends and two acquaintances) have recently experienced some personal setbacks in their life.  Only one of those women has a degree and a career to fall back on and rebuild their life. The other three women have no clue what they are going to do.

Battle-Worn Spouses

After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan it is common to meet women whose spouses who have deployed two, three even four or more times.

My own husband has 42 months of combined service down range. Deployments are so common in our house that news of an impending trip has lost its sting.

I no longer fear or loathe deployments. Instead, I pray they don’t fall during my Girl Scout troop’s annual camping trip because that, my friend, is a hard event to find a babysitter for.

Deployment Soundtrack: Don't Stop Believing 2.0

 Don’t Stop Believin’

            Journey, 1981

            Preview Song

I have 52 weeks to cover. Did you really think that I could go without repeating a song? Just so you know, this song will come up when we have, in my opinion, utterly amazing moments.

The College Spouse: FINALS!

I swear, I feel like I have senioritis! This is my last week for this quarter and I am ready for it to be over! Tonight was the last night for one of my classes, so that leaves one to go. This week is not going by fast enough at all.

A private moment, a public search

Sometimes outsiders do get it.

I’ve often lamented that the general public just doesn’t understand military life. They don’t understand the pressures of deployment. They don’t comprehend that our entire lives revolve around the military’s needs. They don’t realize that the most important days of our lives, births, weddings and even funerals can be overshadowed and altered by the military’s plans for our soldier husbands.

This photographer gets it.

Deployment Soundtrack: Vacation

          Vacation

     The Go Go's, 1982

          Preview Song

"Vacation all I ever wanted. Vacation had to get away ..." I have never felt that urge so strongly as I do right now. It is that time of the summer and we are ready for a change of scenery. As I write, we are two days out from heading to Colorado. We will spend a few days there, and when we come back to Kansas, we will spend a few days in Kansas City.

The College Spouse: Go to school Online or in Class? How to choose

Often when I talk about attending college with spouses who have not yet gone back to school, I am asked ‘Should I do online classes, or sit down classes?’ Well, the choice is yours really! There are a lot of things to consider when deciding which option is best for you. First and foremost, I always advocate doing your homework. What I mean by that is fully researching the school you want attend. There are reputable and not so reputable schools out there (both online and one’s with campus locations) so it’s always best to make sure you are careful with your selection.

Applicants wanted

In this difficult economy, how often are there more jobs than applicants?

For the moment, the good folks at www.MilitaryVetJobs.com, a site we introduced to you in May, are facing just that type of crisis.

The organization specializes in matching veterans and military spouses with employers across the country. The site, created by a Navy veteran, is the largest of its kind.

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