4 Tips to Tackle College During a Deployment


Sponsored post by USAA This post was originally published in the USAA Member Community – 4 Tips to Tackle College During a Deployment 4 Tips to Tackle College During a Deployment By: Angela Caban   Many military spouses consider the idea of going back to school during a deployment. I was motivated to complete something […]

The Civilian to Military Life Cycle


Sponsored post by USAA This post was originally published in the USAA Member Community – The Civilian to Military Life Cycle The Civilian to Military Life Cycle By: Angela Caban My husband is an Army National Guard Soldier. We are a proud military family and we are also a very proud civilian family. When my […]

The On-Going Journey Begins


I have always said that I was a strong person, but the PTSD/TBI diagnosis and treatment process has almost broken me. I remember being so relieved when after over three years of living with my husband’s state of denial, we received a diagnosis. There was official proof that I was not crazy and that there […]

He Likes Me! He Really Likes Me!

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Six years ago life as my three kids and I knew it changed. We were so excited because our soldier was coming home after being deployed for 15 months, we would finally be a complete family again. Considering this was our sixth deployment, we had no concerns or worries and knew what we should expect […]

Mental Health Needs for National Guard

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  Our National Guard, once known as the “weekend warriors”, because training is one weekend per month and two weeks in the summer. The National Guard also responds to disasters in the U.S., as we recently have seen at the Boston Marathon massacre and Hurricane Sandy. Did you know that over half of the U.S. […]

National Guard… Are They Important as the Active Military?

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The argument has been argued, over and over again.  The National Guard, are they really as important as the regular military?   Usually these things pass through my brain without too much thought.  However, a little while ago I was having a conversation with a fellow Guard spouse who had an upsetting encounter.  While at an […]

Moving On….

Photo Credit: Angela Caban - My Family on "D" Day

A large part of our lives is ending. We are closing the doors completely on that day we said goodbye to each other and entering a new and exciting part of our lives. I can clearly recall the day that my husband’s orders for a 12 month deployment landed in my mailbox. I was still […]

The Uniform


  He doesn’t put it on often, although it always seems to be in bits and pieces around our house. And being in the National Guard, he only needs it occasionally. Once a month, though, it comes off a hanger: a hat with perfect creases, a pair of dirtied boots, t-shirt, socks, and this- his […]

Support for Guard and Reserve


We may not live on post or be apart of an active community but Guard and Reserve make up a large population of servicemebers deployed today. This is just a short video reminder of just how important we are. Don’t give up, there are resources and families out there going through the same obstacles. We […]