Archives for the ‘Parenting’ Category

The Seven Dwarfs of Deployment

By • Apr 8th, 2010 • Category: Communication, Parenting, Passing the Time, Post-Deployment, Relationships

Here’s a funny post from Army wife Sarah, looking back on some memorable moments in the deployments she has survived. You can read her blog here. I know most of you have seen Snow White, so you are familiar with Sneezy, Happy, Dopey, Doc, Bashful, Sleepy and Grumpy, the seven dwarfs. Little did you know […]

Nothing Could Stop This Day From Coming…

By • Nov 18th, 2009 • Category: Parenting, Pre-Deployment, Relationships

Here is a post from Michelle, who is sending her husband, Dave – an Air Force JAG officer – off to Afghnaistan. You can read her blog here. In the past 8 days, there has been a promotion, a diagnosis of developmental disorder, an ear infection, military paperwork, and Hurricane Ida, but nothing could stop this […]

Preparing for Another Deployment

By • Oct 26th, 2009 • Category: Parenting, Passing the Time, Pre-Deployment, Relationships

Ideas from a Veteran Army wife about preparing for a deployment (This is her 5th!) You can read more from her blog here. You would think after 4 year long deployments, I would be an old pro at this, but every deployment is different, and so it’s time to start thinking about this next one. […]

We Have To Get Used To Him Being Gone Again

By • Oct 16th, 2009 • Category: Parenting, Passing the Time, Pre-Deployment, Relationships

Here’s a post from an Army wife counting down to her husband’s next deployment. You can read her blog here.   K.’s gear packed up in the barn a couple of weeks ago. GI Joe would sell his Kung Fu grip for all the stuff K. has stashed away in there! The closer he gets […]

Son’s Deployment Brings War Home

By • Oct 12th, 2009 • Category: Civilian Support, Guard/Reserve Issues, In the Press, Parenting, Passing the Time, Relationships

By Joel Brown / Argus Leader Being the father of a deployed soldier has been eye-opening. As a political conservative, I had grown accustomed to cheering for the USA in conflicts overseas. I had my own thoughts on Sept. 11, 2001, and supported the wars in two countries that have followed. I haven’t wavered as […]

The Psychological Toll Of Multiple Deployments

By • Sep 28th, 2009 • Category: Combat Stress, In the Press, Parenting, Relationships

Here is a fascinating interview that aired on public radio in San Diego, CA. It discusses the effects of repeated deployments on service members and their families. MAUREEN CAVANAUGH (Host): I’m Maureen Cavanaugh. You’re listening to These Days on KPBS. Being sent overseas to a war zone as part of America’s volunteer military is a […]

Deployment Hard – But Financially Beneficial

By • Jun 29th, 2009 • Category: Featured, Finances, Guard/Reserve Issues, Parenting, Passing the Time, Relationships

Here’s a post by Sarah Gilbert, who’s husband is an Army reservist deployed to Afghanistan. She writes honestly about how the financial windfall associated with a deployment helped her family. You can read the original story here. I don’t know whether it was minutes or hours or even a day: the time it took me […]

Military Kids Feel Toll of War

By • Jun 26th, 2009 • Category: Combat Stress, In the Press, Parenting, Relationships

By Gregg Zoroya / USA TODAY After seven years of war, most children of combat troops are showing more fear, anxiety and behavioral problems, according to the Pentagon’s most sweeping survey of the effects of war on military children. Six out of 10 U.S. military parents told researchers their children have increased levels of fear […]

Deployment Class for Oregon MilSpouses!

By • Jun 18th, 2009 • Category: Civilian Support, Communication, Guard/Reserve Issues, Parenting, Passing the Time, Relationships

Attention Oregon National Guard Spouses & Friends: Lane Community College offers new Deployment classes!   Holding Down the Homefront: A Guide for Spouses   Based on the Army’s Battlemind training for spouses and her own work with military families as a Certified Professional Life Coach, Katie Dyer – National Guard wife and Founder of Heroes […]

Daddy Dolls Ease Deployment Pain

By • Jun 16th, 2009 • Category: Communication, Featured, Parenting, Passing the Time

By Sherri Ackerman / The Tampa Tribune Even with her father in Iraq, 2 1/2-year-old Keirah Nelson wakes to his voice each morning. “Keirah, this is Daddy,” Army Spect. Scott Nelson singsongs from a recording inside a cotton doll adorned with his picture. “I love you very much. Have a good day.” The custom-made Daddy […]

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