The Importance of Writing During Deployment

*Guest Post from Author Rina Neiman* I have never served in the military, but I am half-Israeli, which is synonymous with being from a military family. Israel is a country where every citizen must serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) when they turn 18. Women serve for 2 years and men for 3. In

7 Meaningful Ways to Volunteer in the Fort Bragg Community

Over the last 3 years, I have found my own strength in military life through volunteer service to the local military community. The great thing about Fort Bragg is that there are ample opportunities to volunteer, no matter what your schedule may be. Many special events need volunteers throughout the year, while other organizations simply

Experienced Military Moms Offer Advice to Military Spouse Moms-to-Be

Military moms have more than the transition of motherhood to adjust to. Often times than not, they have to adjust to motherhood while separated from their spouse due to deployments or TDY’s. Many do not live near their family or support system, which can make this transition very scary. In hopes of helping new military

4 Ways to Support Military Couples without Children

Do you have any kids?  This is the dreaded question that many frequently face, even more so as a military spouse. For some reason, society thinks if you are a military spouse, you are very fertile and drive a minivan packed with kids, but that’s not always the case. There are many military couples out

Review of “Daddy Left with Mr. Army”

This book is written by Chandelle Walker and illustrated by Joshua Allen. To learn more about Chandelle or to order your copy of her book, click here.   Disclaimer: A free copy of this book was issued in exchange for an honest review.  Daddy Left with Mr. Army approaches the topic of deployment and the

The Strength & Resilience of Military Kids

Since the year 1986, thanks to Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, April has been dubbed Month of the Military Child to celebrate these amazing kiddos located all over the world.  Throughout the month, you can expect to see special activities at installations nationwide, online giveaways and contests, as well as tributes to these brave little

Re-Defining Bravery during Deployment

  **Guest Post by Kara Ludlow** It wasn’t supposed to be this way. After all, I had selected the word, “brave” as our family’s word for the year. Grace, my ten-year-old, had painted the word in gold letters on white cardstock and artfully framed it with fabric backing. BRAVE hung on the wall in the

Review of “When Dad Deploys”

This book is written by Leslie Zimmerman. She spent time as a combat medic in the Army and exited service at the rank of Sgt. After watching the impact deployment had when her sister deployed, she was inspired to open up the conversation of deployment for children through her children’s books. To learn more about

Recap of the Virtual Military Spouse Wellness Summit

This year was InDependent’s 3rd annual virtual Military Spouse Wellness Summit. This is an online summit with speakers, a wellness lounge, and giveaways especially geared to the military spouse and first-responder spouse community. This year consisted of a fantastic line-up of 12 different speakers that all had expertise with the theme “Living a Life with