US Marines deploy first F-35 stealth fighter squadron to Japan

By |January 11th, 2017|

A group of 10 F-35 fighters left the United States on Monday for deployment at […]

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10 of the best military homecoming videos

By |June 9th, 2015|

With the advent of YouTube, homecoming videos have become a staple in the American media landscape. It seems that every few months, one goes viral. There are now thousands of surprise homecoming videos all over the internet. All of the videos have their own special stories—service members surprising their parents, siblings, best friends, fiances, and spouses. The set-up is always different (although many of them take place at sporting events and graduations) and the reaction from their loved ones is always varied.
Make sure you check out more homecoming videos at the Welcome Home Blog!
Here are 10 especially heartfelt ones:
What happens when a family takes a picture… and gets photobombed by their service member? You’ll want to watch this heart-warming video. It’s only about 50 seconds long and it is totally work-friendly.

As a proud alum of a high school and college marching band, I loved watching this particular video. After not seeing each other for two years, two brothers are reunited during a halftime performance. The pride that each brother has for the other is moving.


6 Gifts for a Long Distance Relationship (That Aren’t Flowers)

By |March 4th, 2015|

At some point or another, all military relationships have one thing in common: distance. No […]

10 Ways to Survive Your Service Member’s First Deployment

By |March 15th, 2014|

Did you miss my latest article over at Military1?
The time apart is never easy, but there are some things you can do to set yourself up for deployment success.
It’s your first deployment and you’re not sure what you’re going to be up against. Maybe you’ve heard about the deployment curse? You know, the one where once your service member leaves, something’s going to break. That one doesn’t always come true, but if and when it does, now you know who to blame.
Fortunately, there are some things you can do to set yourself up for success before a deployment. Here are ten ways to make the time apart from your service member easier.
1. Have friends in your corner. If you’re new to the area, you need to put yourself out there and connect with others. You may have to do this several times before you really click with someone. Try to get together with some of the unit’s significant others before they depart, meet your neighbors, or join a club with something you’re interested in. Meetup.com has great local get-togethers you can easily check out from home. […]

How to Plan a Post-Deployment Vacation

By |January 28th, 2014|

When my husband went on his first deployment in 2011, we decided that after he got back we would go on vacation. We hadn’t been on a vacation since our honeymoon three years prior and with the extra money we would make from the deployment we figured we deserved a break! 
During that time he was away, I had fun planning our vacation. There were so many different options and it kept me busy throughout his time away. Planning a post-deployment vacation doesn’t have to be stressful, it can be easy and fun too!

Tips for Buying Phone Cards for Military Members

By |August 25th, 2013|

With many people in the military serving out of the US and overseas, any chance […]

Catching the Happy Bug

By |July 14th, 2013|

A large part of being in the military family is spending important days alone. Instead […]

USMCLife Operation Pillow Pets Giveaway

By |July 9th, 2013|

There are many companies that give back, but Operation Pillow Pets (a licensee of Pillow […]

Backing Up Deployment Correspondence

By |May 14th, 2013|

Did you miss my article over at Military1?
In a digital world, keeping track of wartime […]

How to Fit in Fitnesss During Deployments and Absences

By |March 21st, 2013|

Living a healthy life is hard enough when your spouse is consistently at home, let […]

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