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Finding worthwhile employment can be a huge challenge for both military spouses and transitioning veterans. It’s an issue that needs to be brought to light. And now, through the Military Spouse Employment survey, you can let your voice be heard and help bring about real change. The Seasoned Spouse often gets questions from military families about employment issues for military spouses and transitioning veterans. Today, I’m honored to invite Brian Niswander, the founder of Military-Transition.org, to be our seasoned voice and guest. Military-Transition.org recently completed a huge survey of military veterans to determine the major challenges... Read Article →

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The first day of my husband’s first deployment, I cried most of the day. The first deployment is terrifying and intimidating, whether you are dating a service member or married to one. It doesn’t matter if they are going into combat or to a relatively safe location– this is going to be a challenging and emotional time for you. But I also know that you can survive it! So take a deep breath and read on. What to expect during your first deployment The worst part about preparing for deployment is not knowing anything. You... Read Article →

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Long-distance relationships and deployments are challenging for all 5 love languages. Thankfully, there are ways to express love, even across the distance.

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Try these unique ideas for 'GALentines Day,' or any Ladies Night Out!

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7 Fun ways to do a deployment countdown Deployment countdowns can be one of the fun things about deployment! Every day passed is another day closer to them coming home. Sometimes it is frustrating to watch a countdown creep along so slowly. But then there comes a day where you suddenly realize that you have made a dent in the deployment. And then you reach the halfway point. Deployment countdowns give you moments to celebrate and feel encouraged. There’s no wrong way to do a deployment countdown. You can use an app, a calendar, a... Read Article →

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If you feel caught in the repetitious cycle of military life, then you might have something to learn from the Groundhog Day movie.

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There are a million reasons for military spouses to dislike Valentine’s Day. Often, this holiday is simply a reminder that we are separated from the ones we love. If all the posts about love in the air are starting to get to you, here’s what you can do about it.

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Deployments and PCS moves put the stress in military life. Use this strategy to stay calm. There are many levels of stress in military life. Sometimes it is surprise orders to another state or country. Other times it is a surprise deployment. Or a deployment that keeps getting pushed back. Or suddenly moved forward. None of these situations are easy for families to handle. They bring stress to the relationship, worries, arguments, and big decisions that must be made quickly. Honestly, it’s amazing that military families survive this much stress at all! Yet some families... Read Article →

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Hitting the Deployment Wall: When you’re out of energy, but still have a long way to go I didn’t think melting ice cream would ever drive me to the breaking point, but it did. On a day I am not very proud of, I, the “Seasoned Spouse” had a breakdown, and it was because of ice cream. Sort of. The ice cream was melting because I wasn’t able to unload the car fast enough. Because as soon as we got home I was cleaning up a toddler who had peed all over themselves in their... Read Article →

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This post is sponsored by The Breastfeeding Shop. Before our first PCS move, I did everything wrong. I had recently discovered the local yard sale/resale page, and as a thrifty cheapskate, I was completely hooked. There were so many great deals on everything we needed as newlyweds moving into an empty house. But I was afraid that the base we were moving to wouldn’t have a similar resale page, and I wouldn’t be able to get discounted furniture after we moved. I started buying the furniture before our move. I scored a new queen bed, kitchen... Read Article →

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