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Deployed Wife Sends Her Love With Sweet And Sentimental Surprise

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 06.12.2014 | Weddings

"Wednesday was always pizza night. I miss my wife." Anyone who has ever been separated from their loved one can surely relate to that sentiment. A ...

A Thank You Note To Military Communities

Janine Boldrin | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Janine Boldrin

You weren't in the military but you knew of "us" because you lived in military towns. Or maybe you were military and remembered what it was like. Many of you never "served" but just knew we needed a warm hello.

6 Lessons Military Families Can Learn From the Movie Titanic

Janine Boldrin | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Janine Boldrin

What happens next to service members and their families may not be that different from how the situation on the deck of the Titanic played out. When I watch Titanic, here's what I think.

5 Things I Learned During My Year As A Single Mother

Sarah Smiley | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
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.

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

Sarah Smiley | Posted 08.26.2013 | Parents
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.

WATCH: Military Mom Gives Daughter Amazing Surprise

Posted 04.19.2013 | Divorce

When 15-year-old Dejsha Tatum took a seat in her school auditorium for an assembly about the military on Tuesday, she had no idea she'd be in for the ...

Military Spouse? Keep Calm and Carry On

Jonathan Alpert | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Alpert

Create a plan with your loved one for communicating on a regular basis and stick with it as best as possible. Consistency in communication will help you maintain sanity and keep anxiety levels at bay.

When Mom And Dad Disagree About Santa

Andy Hinds | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Andy Hinds

Between books and movies, video games and social media, I'm anticipating years of helping my kids sort out what's real and what's not. So why would I want to add to the confusion by trying to convince them that once a year, there will actually be an elf creeping around the house?

When Mom And Dad Disagree About Tradition

Andy Hines | Posted 02.18.2013 | Parents
Andy Hines

Between books and movies, video games and social media, I'm anticipating years of helping my kids sort out what's real and what's not. So why would I want to add to the confusion by trying to convince them that once a year, there will actually be an elf creeping around the house?

In Post-Deployment Reintegration, Families Struggle To Reconnect

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.16.2012 | Impact

With two wars drawing to a close, military families that were accustomed to living apart are reintegrating. On a segment for HuffPost Live, guests Jef...

The Reality Military Shows Will Never Air

Janine Boldrin | Posted 10.17.2012 | Impact
Janine Boldrin

We don't air our struggles and ask for pity regarding our troubles but the public should be exposed to the true, unglamorous sacrifices our service members and their families' make. Not the staged glory.

A Mother's Memorial Day at Arlington

Bob Geiger | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics
Bob Geiger

Team Ken is the group of people who meet every Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery to honor the life of 1st Lieutenant Kenneth Ballard, who was killed in action May 30, 2004 in Najaf, Iraq at the age of 26.

Expect The Unexpected Arrival When Your Soldier Comes Home

Kim Rabb | Posted 07.29.2012 | Impact
Kim Rabb

Take a moment to reflect on why we are celebrating Memorial Day. It is due to the sacrifice of these soldiers, men and women who have fought for our freedom.

Soldier Readiness?

Sarah McCoy | Posted 06.14.2012 | Books
Sarah McCoy

I live and have lived all my life in active battle readiness. Ready for orders that a family member must leave for some threatening place and may not return. Ready for him to take up the oath, "Duty, Honor, Country," and all the inner contradictions that come with it.

EXCLUSIVE: Michelle Obama On The Importance Of Helping Military Families

Posted 04.12.2012 | Impact

First Lady Michelle Obama, in an exclusive video for The Huffington Post, shares her personal story of the moment she knew she wanted to help military...

How Wounded Warriors Taught My Son A Lesson In Diversity

Anne Woods | Posted 05.28.2012 | Impact
Anne Woods

Diversity is not an afterthought in my family. Married to a biracial man for many years, diversity is a focus in many of our decisions. As a military ...

Military Spouses Also Serve

Kevin O'Brien | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Kevin O'Brien

With over two million men and women having served in our armed forces since 9/11, there is no shortage of support for our troops, but what about the families they leave behind?

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': 'Living the New Normal' in a Military Family

Rebekah Sanderlin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebekah Sanderlin

There's a phrase being tossed around military installations, "living in the new normal." It means that this life of deployments, prosthetics and memorial services what life is going to be like for a while to come.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': But What About the Children?

Brenna Berger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brenna Berger

Nothing worries my husband and me more about these seemingly unending wars than the impact they are having on our kids. I knowingly married a solder. But the kids didn't ask for this.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': The Unbearable Absence of Smelling

Rebekah Sanderlin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rebekah Sanderlin

"It's your last chance to smell him," my friend told me, and my heart broke for her and for all the others who have had the loves of their lives replaced with folded flags.

Ask Dr. Van Dahlen: How To Navigate Military Family Life Through The Deployment Cycle (LIVE EVENT)

Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Join Dr. Barbara van Dahlen Thursday at 2PM EST for an interactive Q&A session for military families and service members. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder...

Thanks, Brother, Today and Every Day

Dante Zappala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dante Zappala

Thanks, Sher. It's Veterans Day, big guy, I'm sure you know that. Today we are asked to remember and thank you, but you know this is every day for me....

Rest easy, Dad. We win.

Dante Zappala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dante Zappala

Don't think of an elephant and what's the first thing that comes to mind? And so it goes that I try not to think, 'Dad should be here.' Phillies win...