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Strong Community Connections Begin With Giving Back

Giving back is the key to getting the most out of any military assignment. Finding ways to contribute to an adopted locale, according to military spouses, is often the best way to connect and...

Helping Hands: Building Strong Support Networks

When navigating and building support networks for military life, personal connections make all the difference. For all the moving pieces—transitions, mental health, school changes, deployment, and more—many avenues of support are available, and a few...

But Seriously: 5 Ways to Handle Family Life with Humor

Lisa Smith Molinari’s sense of humor is her super power as a navy wife, mom, and writer. Lisa writes a weekly humor column and is the author of The Meat and Potatoes of Life:...

Pumpkin Cookies: Sweetness to Share With Friends and Neighbors

In a well-worn notebook belonging to military spouse Terri Barnes, a handwritten recipe for pumpkin cookies is marked with the signs of many batches baked in many different kitchens. Some of the marks look...

What is Patriotism? 8 Learning Activities for Kids

Patriotism means love and devotion for one’s country. It can be shown in a variety of ways, including thoughts, words, and actions. Here are some activities and conversations to help kids learn about patriotism...

Drawing On Military Childhood: Illustrators Offer Wisdom, Creativity

Military childhood can be colorful and exciting. It has challenges, but also many rewards: growing up in different states and countries, experiencing a wide range of cultures at home and abroad, being part of...

Memorial Day: Ways to Remember, Honor Veterans Who Gave All

For Gold Star Wife and Mother Deborah Tainsh, every day is Memorial Day. Deborah’s son Patrick, a soldier, was killed in combat in Iraq in 2004. Deborah’s husband, David, a retired Marine who served in Vietnam...

Poetry and Stories Hold Comfort and Expression for Military Children

When Abby Huisman was in third grade, she found out her air force family would be leaving their home in Germany at the end of the school year. Her teacher, knowing that Abby was...

Lifelong Military Friendships Grow with Care and Communication

Military life offers endless opportunities to make new friends, and some of those new friends become friends for life. Long-term friendships offer the comfort and stability of history, especially for those who live mobile...
Veterans Day Parade illustration by Paul Dillon from the book N Is for Never Forget, published by Elva Resa

Military Appreciation: 11 Ways to Honor Veterans

Anyone, whether military or civilian, can recognize those who serve the military by saying “thank you,” by volunteering, and by learning more about those who serve. Nancy Polette's middle grade picture book, N Is for Never...