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Myths About Military Families

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D. Many stereotypes about the military and their families exist. Each person’s experience is unique and cannot be put into any one category. Stereotypes about military families are presented in movies, books, reality television shows and biases of civilians; however military families struggle with many of the same things civilian families do. Presented here are some myths about military families and the facts that dispute them. MYTH: MILITARY FAMILIES DON’T PAY TAXES […]

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Reunion Day

PUZZLES & CAMO BY SHELLY HUHTANEN I knew that I would be seeing people who had never met Broden before and I was actually concerned about how they would judge Broden. In some selfish and shallow way, that affected me. “Are you ready to leave yet?” Mark yelled to me from the living room as I was running back into the bathroom. I ran into the bathroom to spray my hair again because the last […]

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An Overview Of Adults With Special Needs

MILITARY LIFE Adults with special needs are individuals over the age of 18 who have a medical condition or disability. People in this group may include: • A spouse with a chronic illness or an acquired disability • A child with a developmental disorder transitioning to adulthood • A family member over 21 years of age, with complex needs and who requires assistance to live on his or her own Supporting adult family members with […]

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Separation And Grief

BY JENNIFER WOODWORTH, PSY.D. Separation from military service requires planning. Whether the separation was by choice or by force, there are a set of protocols that are followed. Transition seminars focus on writing resumes, looking for employment, and using social media to stay connected. However, these seminars minimally touch on the emotional side of leaving the military. Identifying as a Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airman, or Guardsman comes with a sense of pride, accomplishment, and meaning. […]