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The Needs of the National Guard Family

National Guard families are facing a variety of issues that can add weight to their lives. Guard members serve both their civilian and military communities, which means they must conform to deal with the obstacles both roles bring, leaving their families to face many dilemmas and learning how to cope on their own. While weContinue Reading “The Needs of the National Guard Family”

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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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So Your Spouse Just Joined the National Guard?

I have been an Army National Guard spouse for about 18 months now, and in that time, my husband has been to many weekend drills and one two-week AT (Annual Training.) He has not been deployed with the Guard, or called away to help in a natural disaster, even though the possibility is always inContinue Reading “So Your Spouse Just Joined the National Guard?”

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Dear Active Duty Spouse

Dear Active Duty Spouse, I sat down and read your letter today. Your words flowed so freely and openly. You acknowledged every feeling, every moment, and every experience. You and I are the same, I’ve always thought so. But, you wouldn’t believe what people say to me, or maybe you can, which is why youContinue Reading “Dear Active Duty Spouse”