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Macho Spouse was created by Male Military Spouses for Male Military Spouses. We have male spouse contributors from diverse backgrounds contributing Blog posts with valuable information on various topics.

Check out the blog posts and feel free to join Macho Spouse as a contributing blogger. Whether you make a one time blog post or decide to contribute regularly, we welcome your contribution and appreciate your help.

 

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MachoSpouse Beer Blogger - Aaron Brodniak

First, I would like to thank Macho Spouse's founder Chris Pape for all of his past, current and future hard work and dedication for the male military spouse community. Also, I want to thank Macho Spouse for the opportunity to write about one of my favorite subjects, BEER! In this blog I will write about beer from a consumer perspective, home brewer and craft beer professional.


| Male Spouse 101
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Female Veterans push for American Legion Male Auxiliary

Female veterans push for eligibility for spouses to join American Legion Auxiliary.


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TaurusBeats Moody Instrumental Music by Taurus M. James

Taurus James (aka TaurusBeats) is an Air Force Civilian Male Military Spouse. He tells his life story through moody instrumental music he creates and helps others tell their life stories through music.


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Marine Corps Considers Allowing Homesteading - Is the PCS Going Away?

As a military spouse, it's hard for me to miss all of the talk on the news about the Federal Government looking for things to cut from the budget. The buzz around my very small military circle of friends has included mentions of "budget cuts" since the beginning of this year. I can think of many different ways the military can save money and I was happy to see a story about the Marine Corps considering one of my ideas - "homesteading."


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TownePlace Suites and Motley Crue - Oh How Times Have Changed

When Motley Crue's “Final Tour” came through San Antonio, my wife and I felt we just had to go. Their music played such an important role throughout our impressionable years, well, honestly Vince, Tommy, and Nikki had more of an impact on Dana than me. (Sorry Crue, but I've always been more of a Parrot Head!) But I do like several of their songs and have seen them in concert a few times, so a final romp on the wild side sounded appropriate.


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Top 10 Reasons Military Spouses Benefit From Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are wonderful things that most people probably don't use to their full advantage. With a group, you can control who is in the group and even if the group can be found via search. This makes it perfect for chatting or sharing things that you don't want everyone to see.


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See How Beautiful Hair Makes My Woman Smile

As a male military spouse, this picture captures one of the exciting moments in our home. Trauna came home after getting her hair done with one of the biggest smiles I had seen (especially after work). Her smile lit up the whole house and Tami and I caught on to Trauna's excitement and we all enjoyed Trauna's beautiful hair and smile.

(Next day, the hair was back in a ponytail.)

Enjoy those moments!

Keywords: malemilitaryspouse malemilspouse hair happy home happyhome


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How the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act helps military spouses

I don't get excited about much, but I am very excited about this. I no longer have to do all the paperwork and go through the hassle of changing my residency every time we PCS (move). Plus, now I get to keep my residency with a tax-free state. BONUS!

Military spouses need to check out the following article. It gives more details about the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act (MSRRA). Also, keep in mind that this makes voting easier for military spouses!


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FRG Key Spouse Question

Hey guys, here's a question from fellow male spouse Dave Etter. Anyone have some input?

 
 

Dave Etter to Macho Spouse - Male Military Spouses

OK, gentlemen, different direction on this question: what have your frg/key spouse/ombudsman done to try and get you, the man spouse, to participate? Details and reactions, please....


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Male Military Spouses: We Need Your Help!

According to whatever stats you want to view at any particular time, we as male military spouses are still small in number, relative to the total number of military spouses. You don't have to look far to know that the challenges we face are great. Facing the challanges alone is no fun. That's why we need your help, whether you're just starting out, or you're a 15-year-plus male military spouse veteran.

A few months back, I was looking for a ways to help male spouses and I stumbled upon a Macho Spouse video. I called Chris Pape and asked him how I could help. Using what I know as a web developer and IT consultant, I immediately began working with Chris to develop this website as an online community for male military spouses.


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Children and Technology

If I asked a group of people that ranged in age if they would like to play a game of “PIG” or “HORSE” outside (and I had a basketball in my hand), how many would know what I was talking about? You might be surprised that some children might ask, “You want us to make pig or horse noises as we shoot hoops?” Some of you may laugh, but this was an honest question from some of the neighborhood children that come over to play with my kids.


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Whaddya Mean You're Not Voting???

Are you serious?!? WHY should you vote? I'll tell you why!

Old Fart here, with rant number 3. Ok, rant number 2 wasn't so much of a rant as it was a back to basics teaching on OPSEC. Now, I want to get-in-yer-face yell-ya-down to all you who don't think voting means anything!


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Three Weeks in a TownePlace Suites by Marriott

When TownePlace Suites reached out and asked if I would be interested in writing a few blog posts about their hotels, I immediately said “yes.” I always enjoy reviewing products and services I've used and appreciate, plus TownePlace offered a few free nights for my efforts.  Pssst…don't tell them, but that really wasn't necessary.


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The Importance of Protecting My Family More Than My Golf Balls

“Don't hit it right. Don't hit it right. Take a deep breath…relax…that's it…listen to the birds cheerfully chirping, sounds of a distant lawnmower, a breeze gently moving leaves around the treetops…nice, smooth swing. No need to kill this ball…just hit it off the tee. AND DON'T HIT IT RIGHT!”


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New Army Study is Seeking Male Military Spouses

I have focused the last 10 years of my career as a research psychologist on trying to better understand the needs, struggles, and success of military couples and families. I've worked with hundreds of couples, given numerous presentations, published several articles, received multiple research grants … yet it is quite clear to me that in some ways, I have failed in my efforts.


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Carpe Diem!

Carpe Diem is the Latin term for seize the day.  I've seen on social media, and the news, some folks complaining about the “would've/could've” aspect of their life.  Far too often people talk about things they wish they could have or should have done.  Being married to the military, I find myself slipping into that trap more and more often because my wife's Navy career can keep me from pursuing certain passions.


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How To Nitre Blue Gunmetal Without Nitre Salts

If you are a gun enthusiast who enjoys light gunsmithing projects, you will be interested to know that you can nitre blue gun metal without using salts. To use nitre salts, you have to heat the solution, slowly dip the parts in and hope that they come out looking even. It is definitely a process that requires multiple practice runs before attempting to nitre any actual gun parts. However, there is a much simpler solution if you want to nitre blue your gun metal. Simply do it with heat and without tedious salts.


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Macho Spouse Has A New Sponsor!

Macho Spouse is excited to announce our new partnership with the Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) and their School of Firearms Technology (SFT).

Throughout the year, SDI will provide Macho Spouse with content on Gunsmithing, firearms, and different educational opportunities. In fact, we will be introducing a new Macho Spouse Scholarship to their School of Firearms Technology in May!


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Gunsmithing Tips: Proper Barrel Cleaning

Cleaning your rifle barrel regularly is as important as changing the oil in your vehicle. Without proper cleaning, the rifle will not perform optimally and can become damaged. Always check twice to ensure the rifle is unloaded before starting.


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The State of Macho Spouse & Where I've Been

Well, it's been a while since I've contributed any meaningful content to Macho Spouse and I owe everyone an explanation. No, I haven't decided to hang it up and retire, not yet anyway, quite the opposite really.


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5 Simple Steps To Make A Crosshair Square

Many rifle owners find crosshair squares helpful for fine-tuning a scope. While some people can successfully eyeball their targets to set the scope's position correctly, it is not something every person finds easy.


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365 Days/180 Degrees

March 25th 2014, the day I sent Dana off on a seven-month deployment, was a low point in my life. I vividly remember the emptiness and sorrow in my heart as I watched her walk down the jetway, away from her family…away from me.


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Take Your Smoothie and Suck It

So this post on Stars and Stripes is currently making the rounds on social media and is kicking up quite a bit of dust. Historically I'm a sucker for these types of “opinion pieces” primarily because I love reading the comments, and the follow-up commentary on this post didn't disappoint. However, most people seemed to have missed Mr. Duffy's thinly veiled insult to military family members; as well as, a very lousy marketing and public relations policy.


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Active-Duty Dad

If we string Webster Dictionary's definitions of "active," "duty," and "dad" together we get "active dad dutifully taking care of his child(ren).


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Advice for the New 'Mr. Mom'

For guys, staying at home with the kids can be unchartered territory. I think every stay at home dad approaches his role differently, and he conducts a lot of discovery learning to figure out what works best for him and his family.


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Boots On The Ground
Does anyone know where this is?
There is simply no way to describe how impactful this is - a boot for every single service member killed since 9/11.
Photo: There is simply no way to describe how impactful this is - a boot for every single service member killed since 9/11.
 
 

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Toilet Cleaning Solution
Who has to clean out the tube?
 
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Global Dynamics LLC looking for a ‘Registered Nurses
It's "find a job in the medical field Tuesday!" Here is another position, this one for Registered Nurses ER /OR and Medical Surgical in the Atlanta area.

Global Dynamics, LLC, is looking for 'Registered Nurses ER /OR and Medical Surgical' to work at the Atlanta Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia.
Interested candidates should apply online at: www.theglobalway.com under 'Job Center'.
Government Jobs Staffing Firm | Global Dynamics
theglobalway.com
Premier staffing firm specializing in government jobs in Washington DC, Atlanta GA, San Francisco CA, Dallas TX, Baltimore MD, Jacksonville and Orlando FL.

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Global Dynamics LLC looking for a ‘Certified Medical Technologist
Do we have any Certified Medical Technologists in the house?

Global Dynamics, LLC, is looking for a 'Certified Medical Technologist' to work in a VA Medical Center Laboratory in Lake City, Florida or Gainesville, Florida. Incentives includ... See More
Government Jobs Staffing Firm | Global Dynamics
theglobalway.com
Premier staffing firm specializing in government jobs in Washington DC, Atlanta GA, San Francisco CA, Dallas TX, Baltimore MD, Jacksonville and Orlando FL.

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Sandboxx
Wish we would've known about Sandbox during the last deployment. For everyone else who has a spouse deployed, check this out...pretty cool.

http://www.sandboxx.us/
www.sandboxx.us
sandboxx.us

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