While governmental and community organizations offer many programs for the returning service members and veterans, those caring for them receive little help.
It's always startling to receive a letter from the Department of the Navy addressed to "The Spouse of." It's even more startling when you realize the Navy is asking for your opinion.
Life after the military can be challenging, so to help you get started, here are seven ways to help you become successful after the military.
Sailors are allowed 15 minutes per day in the computer lab to email and be on the Internet. While this is quicker than a letter, it still isn't much connection with the outside world.
The Department of Veterans Affairs is doing some really good stuff for vets that no one hears about, catching up since 2009. I've helped, in a very minor way for several years, now I gotta do more, for VA, military families, and vets.
Do you remember that folk song from the 1960s, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" There is one lyric that asks, "Where have all the soldiers gone?" Certainly, many of our war heroes have died while protecting our interests abroad. Many more have returned home, however, and they've gone about the task of transitioning into civilian life. It hasn't been easy.
I hope that those such absences at Christmas time will be few and far between and that next Christmas -- or the Christmas thereafter -- when they listen to or sing the hauntingly beautiful words from "I'll be home for Christmas," it will finally not be "only in [their] dreams."
Without those who fight the wars, there would be no homefront. Without a homefront, there would be no reason to fight. The story of George Bailey reveals that his mundane duties at home were essential during the war years and beyond.
military families and service members are famous for overcoming challenges, doing more with less, running in boots with packs on, moving to unfamiliar towns, being told to deploy on a moment's notice. Lead by example yet again, fellow military families.
You've asked a lot of us. You've asked for 12 years of war. You've asked for 5,000 of our lives. You've asked for 50,000 of us to deal with Traumatic Brain Injury. You've asked for 250,000 of us to deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You've asked for over 2 million of us to deploy.
Military working dogs -- or dogs in general -- and young children seeing their military parents (sometimes for the first time) return home from military assignments are some of my favorite subjects.
After more than a decade of living with the separations and uncertainties endemic to military life, many children from military families are paying the emotional and psychological costs.
Helping recruit, educate and employ military veterans should be a priority for the STEM community. This specific group of people are perhaps the most deserving of our support.
Have you ever spoken to your kids about the realities of war? What about the debt each of us owes to our veterans and their families? This is a great opportunity to begin having these family conversations.
In a deposition for the lawsuit against the tabloids, Cruise likened his job and his time overseas to that of a soldier leaving his family behind to serve in Afghanistan. A collective gasp could be heard across the military community. Maverick!
I pinned all my dissatisfaction on a place, only to discover that a world away the feeling remained because it was within, not around me. Letting go of the fantasy life I had promised myself was a bitter pill to swallow, but ultimately freed me from living in a state of suspended animation.