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Advice from the inbox

In January, I wrote about Nickayla Myers-Garner, an Army widow who stresses the importance of preparing military families for the loss of a spouse (“Preparing for the worst.") A reader wrote to thank Nickayla:

Thank you for your willingness to help others through the pain you’ve experienced. I came across an article about you and what you are doing to help military spouses before the worst happens to them.

The real news about Joining Forces

Searching for employment statistics about military spouses several years ago, I tracked down someone in some government office, because I heard she was working on a study related to the subject.

When I finally reached her by phone, I told her I was a military wife writing about military family issues, and asked about the statistics I was seeking. She told me the report was not available yet, because she was still working on compiling figures.

Love letter to military life

When times are tough in any relationship, it’s good to have a reminder of why you fell in love to begin with. Valentine’s Day is a good time to re-read a forgotten love letter or even write a new one. Four military spouses have written a book that is a love letter to their way of life — and ours.

Authors Tara Crooks, Star Henderson, Kathie Hightower and Holly Scherer share a love for military life and a desire to tell the world why. Their vision became reality in “1001 Things to Love About Military Life.” (Hachette 2011)

Life on the outside

When we first moved back to the States from overseas, I thought my biggest adjustment would be rejoining American life and culture.

That turned out to be the easy part.