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Judy Davis: Strength to Draw On

Military life has plenty of challenging situations, and the conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic have raised the stress level of those challenges for military families. Army wife Judy Davis, author of Right Side Up:...

Lisa Smith Molinari: Togetherness with a Dose of Laughter

Several weeks of sheltering at home together reminds families what they love about one another. It can also remind them of all the behaviors, habits, and quirks that absolutely drive them up the wall....

Amy Bushatz: Telling the Whole Story On Screen and Off

Amy Bushatz knows firsthand the power of telling stories, particularly the stories of military families. As a coauthor of Stories Around the Table: Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength in Military Life, and executive editor of...

Jeremy Hilton: Advocating for Military Children

After his daughter, Kate, was born with special needs in 2002, submariner Jeremy Hilton left the U.S. Navy for a new mission: caring for Kate. Sea duty required frequent absences, so Jeremy and his...

Coloring My Military Life: 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...

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, a military family is full of wishes: that their service member will be safe, that they will be home soon, that the children will adjust to the separation....