Tips for Career Relaunch: Insights from a Military Spouse

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Article originally published on iRelaunch.com. If you’re getting ready to relaunch your career after an absence or pivot into a new career field, your best source for tips might be a military spouse. As a community, military spouses often have resumes resembling Swiss cheese – big holes over here, small holes over there. Our work […]

Be a Part of the Military Transition Conversation

Transitions can be difficult. As a military spouse for one, two or three decades you’ve certainly lived through more than your fair share of them. And for that, all of us here at USAA would like to tip our caps to you as you embark on what could be the most challenging of the many […]

Prepare Yourself and Your Spouse for Military Retirement

Article originally published on Independent.com For “old school” folks, who like paper calendars, 2023 might bring something new and important – a special date, circled, stared, hearted, or otherwise celebrated on the family calendar. It is the date of our Service Member’s transition or retirement from military service. A date when you stop being an active-duty […]

Rebuilding Your Sanctuary In a New Home

I left my favorite shelves behind when we moved across the country. They were clean, smooth shelves that perfectly fit the space between the two windows in my craft room. They held my growing spider plants, leaving plenty of room for their leaves to cascade down. Below the spider plants sat art supplies, journals, and […]

Who Encourages the Seasoned Military Spouses?

At some point, after juggling multiple challenges of military life, relocating your family, re-starting your career, and navigating a lot of time apart from your spouse, you’ve gained invaluable experience and become a seasoned spouse. On the one hand, for some, there’s a badge of honor that comes with being a seasoned spouse. You have […]

Military Marriage: When You’ve Forgotten

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And there’s a good reason for this. We spend so much time trying to live in the present, putting together the pieces from one PCS to another, dreaming of the day when we’ll finally be settled. But that day doesn’t come for a long time because deployments and new duty assignments overshadow it. And who we were at the beginning of this adventure fades a little more and a little more with each move, each promotion.

Uncertain Times: Four Ways to Put Your Military Spouse Super Powers to Good Use

I saw a meme online the other day that essentially said (and I’m paraphrasing): “You’re upset that the government is telling you what to do and changing your plans without notice? Welcome to life as a military spouse.” I’m not trying to make light of our world’s current state of affairs as our nation works […]

Three Ideas to Improve Your Military Marriage

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Military marriages exist in dog years. A five-year military marriage passes in a blink, feeling more like two-and-a-half short years. And yet simultaneously you feel like you’ve learned enough about marriage, about hard, about love, to rival the average 10-year marriage. You experience double the growth in half the time.  Thirteen years, seven moves, four […]

Three Reasons To Meet Your Military & Family Life Counselor!

What feels like a lifetime ago, I was sitting in a Battalion Steering Committee meeting when an older gentleman introduced himself as our new MFLC – Military & Family Life Counselor. It was 2009. I listened to his elevator pitch and learned about the relatively new program.  Apparently, we’d be seeing him around now. He […]

My Fairy-Tale Life

I began referring to my fairy-tale life back in 2011. I adopted the expression while my husband was in Afghanistan for twelve months. It was a rough deployment. Many Soldiers have experienced longer and more difficult combat deployments, I know, but this one was our first. Soldiers died. Families mourned. I often wondered whether or not my […]