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Mini Deployments

Annual training is just around the corner. The Army National Guard does not always do well at keeping their promises, but this one is always kept- those ‘two weeks a year’ they mention in their commercials and billboards are always penciled in. It’s similar to a month ago, when the Guard called on hundreds ofContinue Reading “Mini Deployments”

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Ask Military Martha- National Guard Questions

HI Military Martha! I hope you can help me out, I’m a nervous wife and I’ve got some questions about the National Guard. My husband is thinking of joining but I feel really in the dark about almost everything in the National Guard. Where would he be sent for training? How likely is he toContinue Reading “Ask Military Martha- National Guard Questions”

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His Independence Day

My neighborhood was echoing with explosions. On the way home that night, the sky was a gorgeous purple-blue. A huge fireworks show lit up the Illinois cornfields. I veered off to a country road for a minute, and watched them in silence, feeling my heart skip with every boom. I tried not to think aboutContinue Reading “His Independence Day”

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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- hisContinue Reading “The Uniform”