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An Alternative to the Daddy Doll

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I know so many people who have Daddy dolls for their kids. These dolls generally have the soldier's picture attached, though some are a little more generic in nature. How neat would it be to be able to have a doll for your child that they created in the image of how they picture their [...]

Deployment Songs


If you're like me, you have songs you listen to during each deployment. There's the "drive into a pine tree" songs (and please don't actually do that!) and then there are the ones that cheer you up when you're having a down day. When I dropped my husband off for one deployment, I put a [...]

Notifications During Army Deployments


*This article discusses what happens if your soldier is KIA. It is not an easy subject to write about or read. You have been warned.* Before your soldier deployed, he completed paperwork that listed who he wanted to be notified in the event that he was injured or killed during deployment. Many times, this also [...]

Rumor Mill: Being There for the Birth of a Baby

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Rumor Mill: Will my husband be sent home from deployment for the birth of our child? I heard they will for the first child but not for others. Fact: Some units do in fact try to send soldiers home from deployment in time to witness the birth of their child (whether it is the first [...]

Dealing with Multiple Deployments


Just within the last few weeks, I have heard from several Army spouses that their soldier has become the "lucky" recipient of deployment orders for the third or fourth time since 9/11. Going through one deployment is hard enough. But dealing with your third or fourth twelve plus month separation in the last nine years? [...]