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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...

The Beginning of Military Family Life

Handsome in their dress blues uniforms, our good friends—fellow Marines—raised an Arch of Swords, and my Marine and I walked arm in arm down the church steps. Family and friends cheered as the men...

Jacqueline Goodrich: Warrior as a Caregiver

Caregivers of wounded warriors must be warriors too, says army wife and author Jacqueline Goodrich. Eleven days after the birth of her second child in 2011, Jacqueline woke up to a phone call with life-changing...
A young girl places her paper love note on an art board wishing tree at a reunion workshop in Vicenza, Italy. Photo by Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito.

Wishing Tree Holds Deployment Hopes and Wishes

When a loved one is deployed, we’re full of wishes: that he’ll be safe, that she’ll be home soon, that the children will adjust to the separation. In The Wishing Tree, a book by Mary...