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Week in Review: Week of April 11 - 17 (Military News)

Here are ten of our most popular military-related articles for the week

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Faces Behind the Hero: Army Wife, Mom and writer, Jane: Meet our Face Behind the Hero, Jane. I love her thoughts below about a 'Family Mission Statement'. What keeps your family together? What is the glue that binds? Where do you find the adventure that keeps life "interesting"? Thanks, Jane, for getting us all thinking about these things and not only being Army-Strong, but Family-Strong too!....

"A Little Bit of Hope, Help..." “A Little Bit of Hope, Help ..." is how US Navy CAPT James Wink, the chief engineer for Joint Task Force-Haiti responded to a question on how the Haitian people are responding to their crisis and what they needed. The resilience of the Haitians according to the Captain is amazing! I have heard this comment repeatedly during other interviews with those involved in the humanitarian assistance efforts since the earthquake on January 12th.  I was able to interview CAPT Wink this morning during a Department of Defense Bloggers Roundtable. ...

Face of Defense: Former ‘Idol’ Contestant Serves in Khost: Join the Marines and see the world? Check. Enlist in the Army to serve with the famous Rakkasan Brigade from the 101st Airborne Division? Check. Sing on American Idol? Check. Have a mother who’s a movie star? Check.  Almost unbelievable, these events are part of the life story of Army Pfc. Cody Anderson, 25, a communications equipment operator for the 101st Airborne Division’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade, stationed at Forward Operating Base Salerno here. ...

Operation We are Here Releases ‘Brat Town Bugle’ - A Free Resource for Military Children: In conjunction with the Month of the Military Child, Opera-tion We Are Here announced it’s release of a free, downloadable newspaper for children.  Brat Town Bugle: A Publication of Non-Recruits in Big Boots was developed by Benita Koeman, the founder of Operation We Are Here to bridge the gap between her children and their deployed father. ...

Are You Getting Married for the Right Reasons? Myths of Marrying in the Military: A Sailor getting fresh air on the deck of a ship says to his buddy, "I can't wait to get back home. I wish I could get a place of my own in town, but I'll be stuck living on this ship." The other Sailor, unflatteringly regarded as a "sea lawyer," responds, "Hey, why don't you just marry another Sailor, and then you'll get paid more money to live off base and always be stationed together?" ...

USO Announces Sesame Workshop Tour Dates: The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, a free traveling USO show based on Sesame Workshop’s award winning “Talk, Listen, Connect” initiative and produced in partnership with Vee, is back in the United States after an around-the-world tour.  The show, which is exclusively for military families, kicks off its second swing through the United States on April 17 at Fort Knox, Ky. Audiences will experience a 25-minute character performance and receive promotional items and outreach materials, officials said. ...

Families Can See Off, Greet Troops at Airport Gates: It’s a scene that’s played out in airports across the country numerous times in the past eight years: Families and servicemembers clinging to each other, either sad to leave or happy and vowing to never let go again.  The emotion always is appropriate, but the location of the scene – just beyond the airline ticket counters and before the security checkpoint - robs the actors of precious minutes with loved ones. Those lost minutes are unnecessary, at least as far as the Transportation Security Administration is concerned, a TSA spokesman said. ...

Thankful Thursday: Mutual Friends: Last night was 'Small Group'. Our church has called it many things over the years, K-Group, Home-Group, etc etc... I am partial to Small Group. A small group of friends that didn't start out as friends, but as strangers that have grown to care about one another and a desire to be with each other.  Last night was 'Small Group'. Our church has called it many things over the years, K-Group, Home-Group, etc etc... I am partial to Small Group. A small group of friends that didn't start out as friends, but as strangers that have grown to care about one another and a desire to be with each other. ...

Support for Military Children and Families: Children who experience a parent’s deployment can have trouble coping, especially when mom or dad returns home with an injury – or doesn’t return home at all.  During the Month of the Military Child, the MHS will offer a number of different informational resources to educate military families, supporters and caregivers on the unique challenges military children present.  Some of the unique programs promoted by the MHS include: ...

The Fears of Reintegration: Thoughts have been welling around in my head for the last two weeks. Thoughts that can take any moment in the day down a windy slippery hill. Thoughts that I'm not sure what to do with. I am quite human you will soon discover.  What is this fear lodged deep-down in my chest  R&R was a couple months ago and it was better then our honeymoon. We were inseparable. We didn't even have to be in the same room but I would just smile knowing we were in the same country, same state, same city, same house. I could nuzzle up to him at any point and just soak in his smells, his touch, hear the sweet words coming from his lips. ...




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