Salute to Spouses Blog

We're excited to be blogging about the latest topics in military life. We want to keep you informed on topics such as current events, education, career advice, etc. Feel free to post comments or questions to any of our entries.
Pets Live Military Lives Too!

My dog-loving, allergy-ridden, feline-fearing husband bought our children a cat.

He had found a friendly kitten when he took the girls to a store where the Humane Society was having an event.  I was at a meeting, and he couldn’t get me on the phone, so with tear-stricken children, he left without her.

We were back by the same store the following weekend, and I told him, “Wouldn’t it be funny if she was still there?”

Are you Sleeping Enough? Here’s a Cheat Sheet

What time did your 12-year-old go to bed last night? How about your kindergartner? How about you?

We’re willing to bet, it wasn’t early enough.

While many schools across the country are posting flyers for after school activities, rehearsal schedules, test dates and reminders for money due, one school in Illinois is making a plea: put your kids to bed.

Tempted to Cheat on Your Assignments? Don't.

Have you ever cheated on a test? Copied a friend's answer?

You were tired. You studied. You couldn't remember it at that moment, but you knew it.

It was just one. Right? Not a big deal. 

It's a really big deal.

And colleges are not just going to catch you, they are developing technology and changing their methods to catch you.

But unfortunately, you are not the only one they will catch.

Schools Back! Just Keep Moving Forward

Anyone else exhausted?

If your kids started school this week, I'm willing to bet you are propping your eyelids open this morning with the help of a cup of coffee.

Because they didn't just start school. They also probably started football practice, cheer practice, dance lessons. You had to fill out paperwork on the first day, the second day, the third day. You had to mark school picture days and homecoming on the calendar.

Scholarship Money and Military Spouse Friendly

Still deciding whether or not you should go back to school and earn your degree?

What is stopping you?

Not enough money for tuition? Might PCS soon? Deployment coming?

Bryant & Stratton College not only understands the busy life of the military spouse, but will be there to support you every step of the way.

And, military spouses who attend Bryant & Stratton automatically qualify for a $6,000 scholarship to work towards their online degree.

September Spouse Hiring Fairs

Looking for a job? There are employers looking for you! Yes, specifically for military spouses.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosts hiring fairs around the nation every single month to help match military spouses with the companies who want to hire them.

Check out this month’s list below or visit to find all the military spouse hiring fairs being held for the next few months.

Don’t forget to register!

Sept. 3

Heading to the Open Road? Bring Your Military Atlas

Mandy Rebmann

Planning a family road trip? 

Your first stop should be your base’s PX to pick up your copy of United States Military Road Atlas.  Sold for around $20 in the PX or the book section of Clothing and Sales, this book is an invaluable source for the military traveler.  Just about everything you need to know about saving money on the road is in there. 

Our family loves to travel.  For me, nothing beats the freedom of the open road.  It’s not for everyone, but I love spending hours in the car seeing America. 

Families Spending Less on School Supplies This Year

Still checking the items off on your child’s school supply list? Still searching for the best deals?

So is everyone else.

A recent survey by the National Retail Federation shows that families are trying to spend less on back to school shopping this year. The survey found that average families will spend $634.78, down from last year’s average of $688.62.

Still, nationwide, back to school sales are expected to top $26.7 billion. And that’s not just money spent on paper and pencils.

Clothing and accessories top those lists, followed by electronics.

Cheating Website Security Breach May Expose Military Members Too

You've all heard the news. Hackers of the website, Ashley Madison, which helps married folks have affairs, have released users' names.

The jokes and scathing remarks have been centered on reality tv star, and ultra conservative, Josh Duggar who was listed as a user.

But what you may have missed in all that snickering was the fact that there are allegedly a lot of military email addresses listed with Duggar's.

Volunteering May Kill Me

I know, it sounds dramatic. The thing is, though, I have a bit of a problem: I can’t say no.

Now please, don’t misunderstand. There is a significant amount of time that I am known as “that mean chick” or “that really loud blonde over there”. But at the end of the day, I have this drive to help people … even if it means that my own schedule takes a serious beating.


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