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Janine Boldrin
Janine Boldrin is a freelance writer and regular contributor to military focused magazines. Visit to keep up with her latest articles and essays on parenting, pets and home solutions. Janine is also the Creative Director for Chameleon Kids, the first stop for fun ideas, up-to-date information, and creative products for military kids.

Entries by Janine Boldrin

Share a Table With a Military Family This Holiday Season

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Several duty stations ago, I volunteered at a soup kitchen. Because we were there to deliver toiletries and clothing, we had the chance to sit with the people who were there to be served. The room was small and when it was really cold outside, it was packed. That meant...

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A Thank You Note to Military Communities

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 4:23 PM

As a military family, we've lived a lot of places. Fifteen years of goodbyes have been hard but I wouldn't trade them for anything; otherwise, we would have never met: you.

The older couple who invited us to dinner on New Year's Eve. The scout leaders who drove my...

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6 Lessons Military Families Can Learn From the Movie Titanic

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 2:32 PM

The movie Titanic is probably one of the most often played movies on television. Each time I stumble across it, I find myself glued to the familiar but riveting plotline. First class and steerage. Triumph and tragedy. Jack and Rose. All of it makes for an epic movie, one...

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4 Things Military Families Want Americans to Know Before Bombing Syria

(215) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Before our loved ones take that first shot across the bow:

We're not out of Afghanistan. Nope. We're not. In fact, service members are still scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan next year. "Troop withdrawal" is not part of the catchy sound bites being feed to the American public lately nor...

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Speak Up for Military Families

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 5:40 PM

During the 1980s, a popular bumper sticker suggested "It will be a great day when the military needs to hold a bake sale to buy a bomber." I guess the military better get out the cupcake trays because not only are the much-maligned bombers being cut.

As the axe swings...

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2012 Brought Less Coverage of Another Forgotten War

(5) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 3:09 PM

My husband and I have a running joke about the television presenters on CNN. It would be an understatement to say that he often gets asked if he is Anderson Cooper. I joke that if I lost about 15 pounds, with my long dark hair, maybe I could pass for...

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Veterans Day Honors Our Superheroes

(5) Comments | Posted November 9, 2012 | 10:41 AM

The image of the veteran has varied as much as the wars they have fought. What do we think of veterans today?

My son's response: a hero.

I asked him if he thought anyone would disagree with this description. He looked perplexed and asked:

The guys fighting on the...

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My Son Reads About 9/11 in School, But He Lives 9/11 at Home

(147) Comments | Posted September 9, 2012 | 1:15 AM

I was pregnant with our first baby when I watched the Twin Towers fall, the Pentagon in flames, and a field in Pennsylvania scorched by terror. My personal connection to the moment those planes took away our country's innocence was mostly through people who knew people, friends in the Pentagon,...

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The Reality Military Shows Will Never Air

(57) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Army Wives: Alaska. Coming Home. Stars Earn Stripes. There's a lot of interest in the reality of military life. But even with all of these shows, I'm left wondering about what story they are telling because, for the past decade, most of the military families I know have been living...

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