Living the Military Life: Overview

What It's Like to Be a Member of the Military Family

The make-up of this family is extraordinary. They are active-duty Marines, Navy SEALS, sailors, soldiers and their spouses and children. I am often humbled by the people that sometimes walk through my door.

The Ups and Downs of Living a Military Life

Theresa Bobier, 31, is a stay-at-home-mother currently living in Manassas, Va., with her parents while her husband, Scott, is deployed in Afghanistan as a captain with an aviation brigade.

The Top Issues Facing Military Families: A Former Female Soldier Gives It to Us Straight

People don't completely understand. It's much more challenging now because these families are under so much stress; they're deploying so much, over and over again.

A Day in the Life of a Military Family

Fernando, 41, joined the military in 1989. He served in the New York Army National Guard for over three years, before joining the regular Army for seven-and-a-half years. He and Fanny got married, had kids and moved to Fort Bragg, N.C., and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

The Story Of Lt. Susana P. Maltez, Hispanic Soldier

Among the many inspirational stories of those who proudly serve their country is Susana P. Maltez, El Salvador-born and a Lieutenant in the United States Armed Forces, who, for the past year, has distinguished herself as a nurse in Afghanistan.
What Keeps a Soldier Up At Night? We Asked Two Stationed in Afghanistan

U.S. troops have a lot to worry about when they deploy to a combat zone. But one of the main things on their mind -- besides avoiding IEDs and mortar attacks, of course -- is their families back home.

3 Military Homecoming Videos to Melt Your Heart

You'd be hard-pressed to find videos more heart-warming than those featuring troops returning home from duty. In honor of Military Family Week, ParentDish rounded-up three moments that remind us what our soldiers are fighting for -- and why we should all be supporting them.

Bringing Miranda Back From the War

"She walked off and I lost her. And we had to go back to the base. She showed up a day later, just skin and bones. She had been beaten up and came back severely traumatized from the event. But she found her way back to me. That was the big deciding factor. "We gotta bring her back. There's no way I can leave her there after this."

Where Do the Families of Wounded Soldiers Stay?

Manhattan real estate developer Ken Fisher has put his heart and soul into carrying on the legacy of his late uncle, Zachary Fisher, who in 1991 created the very first Fisher House for families of wounded troops.

Predatory Payday Lenders Put Military Families in the Crosshairs

Members of America's military face threats to life and limb around the world every day, but it's a domestic threat that has recently put the top brass on the offensive on the home front -- predatory lenders.

Why Do We Need Veterans?

A few years ago, shortly after the 2008 election, a neighbor knocked on the door. She asked a favor. Her son, Ben, had a homework assignment to interview a veteran.

I agreed to help and was presented with a shy first grade student. He asked what service I was in (Air Force), what war I was in (Vietnam) and what I did in the war (flew Forward Air Controller missions). Routine stuff. Then he threw a curve: "Why do we need veterans?"

Meeting the Needs of a Changing Membership

Frank Buckles, the last surviving U.S. veteran of World War I -- of nearly 5 million Americans who served during that war -- died last month at age 110.

Buckles, who served in England and France, was a member of a steadily aging and shrinking group of heroes from our "early" major wars -- where I am also including World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War -- the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

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