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Week in Review: July 31 - August 6, 2011 (Military News)


Popular Military Family Articles for the week of July 31 - August 6 on

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Military Widow Reaches Out to Survivors After her husband was killed in Iraq in May 2007, Taryn Davis didn’t know where to turn. The 21-year-old didn't live near a military installation, and while her family and friends were supportive, she yearned for the support of other military widows who could relate to her struggles. So one night on a whim, Davis turned to the Internet and "Googled" the word "widow." The search engine suggested she try searching for "window" instead. That moment sparked a desire in Davis to offer the type of support to other young military widows that she so desperately craved. ...

A Reason to Go Back! Thank You Gazelle Sports! Sifting through my mail I was shocked to find a post card from Gazelle Sports! I just had a great experience with a business! I will be going back!How do you get your customers to return? How do your customers find you? Have you targeted the military community around your post, base, station, camp lately! Do they feel welcome? Appreciated? First, I am a cancer survivor with a foot that has had two surgeries and a leg that had one surgery. Both have special requirements: shoes for the foot and bike type shorts for the leg. ...

Emergency Preparedness: ... All of this has me thinking about how my own family is prepared for a natural disaster. Are you prepared? An Emergency Kit - or more like 5 Gallon Emergency Tub - Here are some things that http://www.ready.gov/ suggests you have in your basic Emergency Kit: ...


Stepping Out with Faith on a PCS: While moving books from one book shelf to another, there in the shadow of much larger tomes was a beloved book that I read and reread decades ago: Psalms of My Life by Joseph Bayly. The binding is broken and pages are yellow. This little book traveled with me from college days to the present. How fitting that when I took the book marker out, it was on #18, A Psalm on moving to take a new job. My goodness, Dale and I did that 18 times. And 18 times I needed this page! ...

Male Spouses Face Unique Challenges: A former military boss of mine was married to a civilian. When she found out her next assignment was in Turkey, he walked away from a good job, his family and friends to follow her overseas. I admired the sacrifice he made back then, and didn’t think twice about the fact that he was a male spouse. It didn’t occur to me, until now, that he might have faced a few additional challenges due not to his status as a military spouse, but his gender.  I recently learned that just 5 percent of active duty service members’ spouses are male. ...

Thankful Thursday: Happy 1st Birthday, *L*: You have reminded me about - sleepless nights; - fussy days; - messy faces, hands, and hair; - baby gurgles and baby talk; - baby fingers and toes; - the joys of milestones; - how easily my heart wraps around someone so small. With you I have relaxed.  I have been given the gift of breastfeeding - I made my own baby food, - I have given you baths in the kitchen sink, - I love watching you play with your brothers, they are heroes in your little eyes.  I have treasured this past year, - Enjoyed the moments, - Look so very forward to your future. ...

Programs Helps Disabled Vets Become Entrepreneurs: Retired Army 1st Sgt. Renee Floyd wasn’t about to let a disability stop her from realizing her dream of having her own business. Applying 21 years of experience as an Army mechanic, she launched BRF Mobile Lube Service in Phenix City, Ala., in 2009 and began traveling to people’s homes and businesses to provide convenient oil changes and maintenance services. But her big break came last month, she said, when she attended the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities at Florida State University. ...

PCS from Iraq! Good Stewards of American Taxpayer Dollars - DoD Blogger Roundtable:  1 million pieces of US Government owned equipment still in Iraq! Imagine the most difficult PCS you ever faced? I remember one that was so complex it makes my head hurt! We had most of our household goods going into temporary storage and some into long term storage (3 years) and a small amount being flown to the overseas PCS location. We had to have family travel stuff and I was going to school and had personal items and professional goods being shipped to that location. ...

Put a Face on Your Ad! Fall Kickoff and Back To School Special for MilitaryAvenue Partners: We are excited! We are featuring a Giveaway Extravaganza for our military community after posting 1,000 blogs for them! Gifts worth $$$$ to the military community from our friends - that includes you! Now we are returning the favor to you! Remember we are all about discounts! We want you to reach out to the military community with a Fall Kickoff, Back to School Special with a reduced price for upgrades to your ads! Put a face to your ad to the new folks in your neighborhood! ...

Preparing for a Natural Disaster: Natural disasters, manmade ones, too, can happen anywhere, anytime, with or without warning. There are many considerations when preparing for a natural disaster. One of the first things to take care of, long before an emergency hits, is making sure household goods are insured. Whether renting or owning, it is important to have good insurance in place to protect both the home and the personal belongings inside of it. Once insured, families can also create a personal inventory of all items within the home including brand names, date purchased, price at time of purchase, and serial number if possible. ...


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