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National Guard Wife Takes Helping Others Personally

  Cara Loken seeks to connect veterans with canines after watching her own son’s experiences. PLATTVILLE, ALABAMA – Cara Loken hasn’t only known the separation of deployment from her view as a military spouse, the National Guard wife of 16 years watched as her oldest son deployed to combat. Seeing his own experiences play outContinue Reading “National Guard Wife Takes Helping Others Personally”

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Can You Tell Me How to Get, How to Get to …. Civilian Life?

Sunny day, sweeping the clouds away… Sesame Street has been helping military families face challenges for years. Since the first installment of Talk, Listen, Connect, military children were able to see Elmo go through the deployment of his father. This segment taught children how to find ways to stay connected, despite the miles in between.Continue Reading “Can You Tell Me How to Get, How to Get to …. Civilian Life?”

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This School Year, Help Your Child Help Himself

As military spouses, we’re no strangers to the road less traveled. For a final exam in a community college history class I taught a number of years back, I took the assessment road less traveled, and it has made all the difference in my understanding of the students with whom I have worked. Instead ofContinue Reading “This School Year, Help Your Child Help Himself”

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Helping Our Military Children Deal with Loss

In 1968, my dad’s oldest brother was killed while serving in Vietnam. The following year, his son, Jimmy, was born. By the time I came around, my cousin Jimmy was already a teenager. But ever since I was old enough to understand his situation, I have wondered how Jimmy felt about never having met his father. I wondered how he managed theContinue Reading “Helping Our Military Children Deal with Loss”