Blog Category Military Life
When soldiers are overseas, they sometimes get very lonely and miss home! Deployments can last months or even years. It’s the most thoughtful gesture for people in the homeland to send packages or mail to soldiers - especially single soldiers. When they receive mail, it helps them to remember people are thinking of them and their fight across the ocean is worth protecting our freedom. Upon research I found several organizations that make it easy for you to send mail or packages.
Deployments are rough on a solider. Being in a combat environment with associated dangers, while being away from family and friends can be difficult. It’s also especially hard on the spouse who has no control or knowledge of what is going on while their spouse is overseas. They can be waiting days or weeks to hear from them only to get a short phone call with no details as to what is happening in their soldier’s life. It’s important to know how to support a loved one who is waiting at home as patiently as possible for their spouse to return to them.
Starting a MyCAA course while overseas or out of country isn’t usually an option, but continuing certifications or courses that don’t require on-the-job training is allowed. If you want to look into a certification course before you head overseas check out MilCareerEd. If you are already enrolled at a college or university, it may be possible to continue on your educational journey while OCONUS.
April is military child awareness month! Let’s give credit to the kids that keep us going and their ability to adapt to the military life.
There are many things we learn from our military children including resilience, sacrifice, and bravery. These are all traits that we, as adults, need when we are beginning a new phase in our life. Starting or finishing school after a long break, changing career paths, moving across the country, making new friends, and more!
There are many support groups available for spouses to communicate with each other, ask questions, vent, share stories and lift each other up. This type of support is invaluable. Spouses share information about dealing with deployment, child rearing, education, and the struggles of finding employment as a military spouse.
I was on a military spouse page the other day, and saw the following post:
You have put in the time, effort, dedication and sacrifices to go to school and get your degree or the required career certification. Traveling around every few years and moving your family has been extremely stressful, but you’ve just started your career and have begun to feel comfortable in your new environment.
Pre-pandemic, the unemployment rate for military spouses was about 24%, and the civilian unemployment rate was 3.5%. Let’s let that sink in.
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis
Independence Day is a celebration of the birth of United States of America and honors the U.S. Army’s commitment to defend the nation since 1775. Independence Day will be officially observed on Sunday, July 4, 2021, our nation’s 245th birthday.
Many of us are feeling fragmented right about now. Regular holiday season stress on top of pandemic anxiety has created a cocktail for disaster. Are you having trouble focusing? Seeing an uptick in mistakes or feeling as if you are doing sub-stellar work? Do you end each day wondering where the time went, or feel that you are simply going through the motions?
Studies have shown the benefits of shared mealtimes can be wide reaching, having a positive impact on psychological, social and biological well-being. How? Here are a few examples: