"... Upholding the Traditions We Have in America"

"The appreciation and kind thoughts will last much longer than the vegetables and my health will continue to be refreshed by all three!"   

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Americans are famous worldwide for helping our neighbors out.  Find a tsunami, earthquake or a camp for the victims of war and you will usually find American personnel, supplies or donated equipment; sometimes all three.  We give through our churches, the Red Cross and many other non profits and our military forces are usually at the forefront of overseas efforts.  At home, neighbors and families can be seen doing the weekend projects that often end in refreshments or even a barbecue at this time of the year. 

Military Spouse Employment - Critical to Quality of Life for Many

...by making it easier to PCS your JOB in addition to your family and household goods!

As many of you may know, the month of May is Military Appreciation Month! This year DoD began an effort to make it "31 Days of Military Spouse Appreciation" as well; to highlight their efforts to help with spouse employment.   It is not a surprise to the military community that the economy, the health insurance issues for corporations and small businesses and career transportability issues have made it harder for spouses to find jobs in new areas of the country after a PCS.

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When the DoD Blogger Roundtable met with Meg O'Grady, from the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy) and senior program manager of the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program, she highlighted the resources available to the military community for employment. Meg is also a military spouse and is very aware of the issues of military spouse employment.  Her message?  Share the information on how military spouses can find resources for their employment search!

May is Military Appreciation Month

"... being part of the military tradition and all of the hoopla!"

This month is Military Appreciation Month and while it highlights an opportunity for government leaders, civilians, neighbors, extended family and businesses to thank our men and women in uniform, their families and veterans; we should take a moment to appreciate ourselves too!

The military lifestyle is tough and we share a unique perspective on world events. Yes, we have/had jobs where our families watched CNN or other news to see where we might be going next. How many prayers have gone up for our safety, protection and success?

This month is a great opportunity to reflect on what you as an individual have accomplished. Successful missions, promotions, new educational levels, different skills, homefront care, family growth and spiritual, mental and physical strength shown. How about finances, friendship and focus on goals? We all know our strengths and weaknesses but which do you highlight during discussions, during personal times or meditation? Find a way to appreciate your strengths and build a weakness into a strength when the opportunity comes your way.

Col K and Deb enjoying a military change of command
Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day and they so deserve some special recognition.  The 150% we/they give every day while juggling job, home, military life, family issues, travel, PCS, long distance to extended families and much more.  The civilian community may not understand the significance of being solo during a deployment but we do! We can and should say thank you to each other!  My military spouse was so important to many of my successes I always look forward to this day of celebration.   Not sure how to say thank you?  Take a quick Look Back at 101 Ways to Thank a Military Spouse!  They often forget how special they are as well!  Tell him/her exactly how much you appreciate their unique role.

Do you tell your military friends thanks?  A social media post, a handshake, a smile, a heart felt verbal thank you, so many ways to share.  Military friendships can be heard to maintain. We all PCS, take new jobs, separate, retire, have changes of interest, etc. that make it hard sometimes to maintain friendships. This week we had a great opportunity to attend a change of command that brought many of our friends together to celebrate the success of two great leaders. It was a rare opportunity to see them together and spend a day being part of the military tradition and all of the hoopla! 

Take care of yourselves and enjoy life; it can be a tumult but grab every day that you have and make a difference. 

Col K



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