Even though we were stationed in a foreign country, adding another child to our family went more smoothly than expected. I am so thankful for the military families who helped make it possible!
Originally posted on October 30, 2020. Written by Lizann Lightfoot. Edited for updated content by Mary Lane Montoya on March 14, 2022. Military spouses spend lots of time separated from each other because of deployments, training, and schools. Why would a military spouse ever volunteer to stay behind and remain separated from their service member […]
One of the most recognizable initiatives for honoring deployed service members is known as R.E.D Friday, or Remember Everyone Deployed Friday. From military family members to AAFES employees and beyond, you will see these groups styling in red once a week, but where did this coordinated clothing effort come from?
The MilSpouseFest team launched the first virtual events of the year under the Unite and Ignite theme this past week. Presented by USAA, MSF Director Julie Shepard and team hosted military spouses from across the globe to talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the military space. Keynote speaker Jennifer Dane, CEO of Modern Military […]
The life of a military spouse has its highs and lows. Separation from your spouse, moving and raising children alone are some of the most obvious challenges. Imagine facing those obstacles while experiencing racism at work and in your community. Chiara “CC” Thomas shares her story with MilSpouseFest, full of ups and downs, about how […]
Violated. That’s the word that comes to mind when I think about my engagement ring in the hands of a criminal on our moving crew. Or on display at a slimy pawn shop somewhere. The ring was a symbol of love and loyalty. There was a time I could gaze into the shiny little diamonds […]
While military spouses span six different service branches, there are few opportunities for all spouses to come together in one place. Enter MilSpouseFest. MilSpouseFest’s new event season emphasizes on uniting together to create change and ignite passions– hence the theme Unite and Ignite. Presented by USAA, MilSpouseFest is hosting a comprehensive, year-long program that combines […]
Rank in the US Military determines a lot of factors, from pay grade to housing. Rank varies by branch of service but most of the foundation work is the same. In this edition of the MSF Pocket Guide, let’s break down ranks and why it matters to everyone. Enlisted versus Officers While rank and insignia […]