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5 Things I Learned at the AUSA Conference

About 6 weeks ago, I remembered that the Annual AUSA (Association of the United States Army) Meeting was coming up. Just as in 2014, I pondered the idea, looked at plane tickets, and declared it a wash. Then my husband suggested I go for it. He’d take leave and I could go. With that encouragement,Continue Reading “5 Things I Learned at the AUSA Conference”

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Gender Equality and Physical Fitness

Gender Equality and Physical Fitness Picture a squad on patrol. Each soldier has a full load of equipment, weighing between 25 and 40 pounds, depending on military specialty and weapon. The squad leader weighs 225, is in charge of directing the soldiers, completing the mission, communicating to higher. The medic, weighing 135, is responsible forContinue Reading “Gender Equality and Physical Fitness”

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The Blood and Guts of an Army Divorce

Whomever said “War is Hell!” could have been speaking of an Army divorce, as well. As an Army veteran and then later an Army spouse, the correlation between being a soldier and being a dependent are very similar. When a soldier “signs on the dotted line”, their life is no longer their own.  They transition-Continue Reading “The Blood and Guts of an Army Divorce”

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You Wouldn’t Understand It’s a Combat Thing-

Before I joined the Army National Guard back in 1991 I was volunteering at a Vietnam Veteran Counseling Center. I was drawn to this experience because of a traumatic event in my own life that left me with a severe case of PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  By helping Vietnam Veterans with PTSD IContinue Reading “You Wouldn’t Understand It’s a Combat Thing-“