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Military Life

Hitting home: Domestic terror and military uncertainty

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 12.11.2016 | Home
Lisa Smith Molinari

What's next? Where will we live? How will we afford it? Will I be able to find work? What about the kids? I wondered if I was having a mid-life crisis, but it turns out that 40% of military families feel the same way I do.

Life Lessons From the Last of the Litter

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Lisa Smith Molinari

Moby is not a regular family pet. He is the pet of a military family, and just like military kids and military spouses, military pets must handle the challenges of a mobile lifestyle.

Serve and Be Served: Honoring Our Military Community on Veterans Day

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 11.10.2016 | Home
Lisa Smith Molinari

This Veterans' Day, open your eyes to fellow military members in your community. Share stories, show respect, and lend a helping hand.

The Housewife Zone

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 10.06.2016 | Home
Lisa Smith Molinari

You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension of not only dust and dirt, but of lost minds. A journey into a chaotic, lawless land, bound only...

Do School Changes Hurt Kids in the Long Run?

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 09.25.2016 | Home
Lisa Smith Molinari

By now, kids are back into the swing of school, reestablishing seats in the cafeteria, slipping prohibited gum paraphernalia into their pockets, and whispering in the hallways about the latest crushes. But not every kid is skipping off the bus each day.

Trash, Treasure and Timing

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 09.01.2016 | Home
Lisa Smith Molinari

Thirty years ago, those treasures meant a lot to me, but somewhere along the way I threw them all out. Their time had ended.

'No Fortunate Son': A Talk with Brad Taylor

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 03.10.2015 | Home
Mark Rubinstein

Photo:Claudio Marinesco Brad Taylor spent more than 21 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces, including 8 years in the 1st Special Forces Operational...

'Fury' Is More Than Just A Movie -- For My Family, It's A Reality

Sophie Roth-Douquet | Posted 01.04.2015 | Home
Sophie Roth-Douquet

I'm worried about these statistics. As a 16-year-old daughter of an American military member, I have spent my entire life saying goodbye to my father, as he has packed up and shipped off to perilous warfronts around the globe.

5 Things I Learned During My Year As A Single Mother

Sarah Smiley | Posted 04.27.2014 | Home
Sarah Smiley

On paper, I had a partner in parenting. In practice, however, I was parenting alone, and it wasn't easy. Indeed, that year gave me greater appreciation for what real single parents must go through every day.

Living Abroad: A Reality Check

Michele Redmon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Michele Redmon

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.

What Military Rations Taste Like, According to an Active Serviceman.

Thrillist | Posted 11.11.2013 | Home

(It's Not Pretty.)

Use the good china

Terri Barnes | Posted 12.29.2013 | Home
Terri Barnes

I've been around the military all my life, which today totals 50 years. I remember C-Rations and fatigues, MAC, TAC, SAC and a few other acronyms, now...

How We Kept It Together When My Husband Left For A Year

Sarah Smiley | Posted 08.26.2013 | Home
Sarah Smiley

It was a dangerous idea, inviting people to my house weekly for dinner while raising three young boys. But when my husband left for a year-long deployment in November 2011, I was one dinner shy of total desperation.

My Life As A Military Wife | Posted 05.22.2013 | Home

When I graduated from college, I planned on being the next Diane Sawyer. My hubris took me to a small television station down south where I was a gene...

Not the Critic Who Counts

Terri Barnes | Posted 07.05.2013 | Home
Terri Barnes

Military members and families are not cultural aberrants looking for a cold niche in which to hide. We are not cold timid souls whose lack of emotion leads us to a military life scrubbed of feeling. The experiences of our lives, much like yours, are inextricably tied to our emotions.

Jacob Soboroff

LIVE DISCUSSION: Are Schools Scamming Our Veterans? | Jacob Soboroff | Posted 07.09.2012 | Home

Many colleges and universities call themselves “military friendly," but which are truly supportive and which are simply unscrupulous? Although th...

How the Military and the Civilian Are Blurring in Washington

William J. Astore | Posted 08.14.2011 | Home
William J. Astore

If we're not careful, the civilian and military will become the Washington equivalent of Siamese twins, co-joined at the head and, however bitter their internecine arguments, sharing the same underlying militarized thought processes.

Kids Serve Too: Watch out for the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Laurel Corona | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laurel Corona

Military children don't want our pity, and they aren't an alien species. They're just children with some added stress in their lives. We should care equally about all children, but we owe something special to these.