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October 14, 2010

Online Support Links for MilSpouses and Families

My apologies for the lame to nonexistent blogging this week.

The blog princess has been swamped between work and getting ready to go to sunny Las Vegas for the BlogWorld Expo conference at Mandalay Bay. Several months ago, the lovely and talented Cassy Fiano asked me to participate in one of the Military Track panels. Cassy wasn't able to make it and she was sorely missed!

Whilst noodling over what in the heck we might talk about today, it occurred to me that it would be nice to have a list of some of the online resources available to military spouses and their families. This list is just a start - I'd love to add to it over time. If you know of any additional resources, please feel free to add your suggestions via the comments and I'll get them onto the list.

If anyone wants the html (with the links already embedded) for the list, shoot me an email and I'll be happy to provide it to you. You're welcome to post it on your sites - no need to link back here unless you want to. I'd really like to get the word out to as many milspouses as possible.

Today's discussion on the Spouses and Social Media panel was fantastic, but what really made it work was the great questions and comments from the audience. Thanks so much to everyone who attended and participated!
Blogs

SpouseBUZZ is a virtual Spouse Support Group that features nearly nearly 20 authors and a lively and interesting comments section.

MILblogging.com Military Spouse Blogs: searchable index of (at last count) 465 blogs written by military spouses. Don’t forget to check their main page for blogs written by service members!

YouServed offers blog posts and podcasts by military and spouse bloggers. Focused on military and family.

Widow's Voice:
7 widows/widowers from different stages in their grief journeys. Not all are military widows but they all are insightful for the journey of grief.

Discussion Forums

Military.com Spouse Forums: general discussion forums dealing with all aspects of military life from deployment, TRICARE, individual augments, marriage, parenting and family issues to career and relocation questions.

The Spouse Connection: service specific discussion forums for National Guard/Reserve, Navy, Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard spouses.

CinCHouse offers articles and discussion forums for military wives and women in uniform.

MilitarySOS.com support and information resource for military spouses and significant others from all branches of the military around the world. From basic and boot camp to relocation and retirement, you'll find friends in your area, deployment support groups, people who understand military life and your feelings, ideas for care packages, support for post deployment reintegration, advice on helping kids cope with the military lifestyle and much more.

Marine Parents: news, information and discussion forums to support and educate Marine moms, dads, spouses, families and friends.

Internet Radio

Military Spouse Talk Radio: an internet-based talk show created by and exclusively for military spouses to inspire, empower, and educate military spouses with relevant topics, issues, information and resources that matter.

YouServed offers blog posts and podcasts by military and spouse bloggers. Focused on military and family.

Army Wife Talk Radio is an internet talk radio program for Army wives, by Army wives.

Real Widows: Discuss everything "widow" even the controversial topics. By widows, for widows.

Information, Referrals, and Resources

MilitaryOneSource: a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics pertaining to military families.

Military.com: one stop shopping for everything military for active, reserves, retirees and spouses.

MilSifters is an online, searchable database designed to help military families find the answers and help they need. Search by category or keyword or ask the MilSifters staff a question!

FamilyLine Navy family volunteers answer your questions, provide education, and offer free publications and share experience, strength and hope.

Military Homefront- official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families.

American Widow Project: an organization designed to connect military widows (including any kind of significant other to a fallen service member) to find others to share and connect with

T. A. P. S: (Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors) an organization designed for all member's of a fallen service member's family. Features discussion boards and chats, mentoring programs, and conferences around the nation.

Blue Star Families: military families support, connect and empower other military families.

Magazines

Military Spouse Magazine- a magazine covering a wide variety of topics of interest to military spouses

Training

FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) provides resiliency training to military families. It teaches practical skills to meet the challenges of deployment and reintegration, to communicate and solve problems effectively, and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story.

Twitter

Milblogging


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My apologies for the lame to nonexistent blogging this week.

You keep saying that, but we haven't seen any of it...

Posted by: BillT at October 16, 2010 12:36 PM

Maybe cause it is under stealth camo.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at October 18, 2010 10:10 AM

I expect we'll be treated to the full revelation of what actually transpired at "Dick's" place sometime soon...

Posted by: BillT at October 18, 2010 12:01 PM

No, because I am afraid of Carrie.

Posted by: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas Baybeeeeee! at October 18, 2010 12:07 PM

You could always threaten to drive her someplace...

Posted by: BillT at October 18, 2010 01:17 PM

WHAP! WHAP! WHAP!!!!

Posted by: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas Baybeeeeee! at October 18, 2010 01:47 PM

I'm becoming interested in some of the details of the Las Vegas trip.

Posted by: htom at October 18, 2010 07:40 PM

She's learned a new whapping technique, for one thing...

Posted by: BillT at October 19, 2010 03:56 AM

Hey, I had fun at Dick's after we squared away the waiter.
Tighty whitey guy, epic fail table dancer girl...
Just good, clean Vegas fun, people...

Posted by: Carrie at October 19, 2010 08:34 AM

I am still kicking myself for not recording the Butt Dance.

That was truly memorable, if for all the wrong reasons....

As for the table dancing wench, I came home and threw away every. red. thong. in. my. lingerie. drawer. :p

Posted by: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas Baybeeeeee! at October 19, 2010 09:04 AM

Hey...if you could have just caught him when he was in vibrating butt mode, I would have been happy.
That.was.a.classic.move.

Worthy of the dollar I gave him...

Posted by: Carrie at October 19, 2010 09:16 AM

It was strangely mesmerizing, wasn't it?

Posted by: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas Baybeeeeee! at October 19, 2010 10:00 AM

I came home and threw away every. red. thong. in. my. lingerie. drawer.

[memo to self: ixnay on the edray ongthay for the PhotoShop release.]

Posted by: BillT at October 19, 2010 10:30 AM

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