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Bloggers

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Macho Spouse Bloggers are contributors from all over the world and they blog about various topics including, men's health, being a stay at home dad, entrepreneuership, finance, relationships and marriage, and general military life.

Become a Macho Spouse Blogger and add your contributions to help other male military spouses today. 

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Career Jobs Work

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Find employment resources and tips from civilian male military spouses and experts. Get tips on maintaining a career, finding a job, building a resume and standing out in a work interview. 

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Deals and Discounts

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Here are some Deals and Discounts found by Civilian Male Military Spouses.

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Depression

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Depresssion is common with civilian male military spouses. Check out stories from other men on the subject.

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Did You Know

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Did You Know gives military information to civilian male military spouses .  

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Entrepreneuer

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Become a Military Spouse Entrepreneur. Start a Business as a Military Spouse. Get instormation about  Entrepreneurship for military spouses.

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Get Involved

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The number of civilian male military spouses is increasing. Female active duty service members have a divorce rate that is nearly three times higher than the national average. It is going to take efforts from many people to help alleviate this issue. There are many ways to help male military spouses and military families reverse the divorce trend.

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How We Help

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Our efforts are aimed at helping increase America's national security efforts through a global network of male military spouses who enhance the readiness of our female active duty spouses and families. We work to reach, teach and mobilize the nearly 187,000 male military spouses toward this vision.

As a growing organization, Macho Spouse is developing a global male spouse network to advocate against the current divorce trend, while partnering with other organizations to help develop programs and services for male military spouses and military families.

Our approach:

  • Help remedy the problem of isolation by helping male military spouses connect with one another and assure that we are not alone in this military family lifestyle.
  • Help remedy the problem of emasculation by educating and informing male military spouses about their worth in our nation's security efforts.
  • Help male military spouses find their niches by helping them find outlets to pour their passions into and contribute to surrounding communities and re-establish their identities.
  • Help reverse a divorce rate that is nearly three times higher than the national average. Enlisted female soldiers continue to experience the highest rate of divorce - 9.4 percent. In the Army, the female enlisted divorce rate is more than triple that of enlisted males. (Military.com)

 

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In Gear Career

In Gear Career logoIn Gear was started by Career Minded Military Spouses for Career Minded Military Spouses. We operate on the principle that in every location and in every occupation, Military Spouses will always seek opportunities to help each other find and pursue fulfilling employment.

We seek to build community, expand professional networks, share resources and learn from each other. We expand the impact of existing government programs by addressing the specific needs of spouses whose professional career trajectories are interrupted by frequent moves and deployments. We target professional employment and career progression NOT just job placement.

 

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Macho Minute

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Macho Minute is a video series quick tips to help civilian male military spouses navigate the journey.

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Macho Money

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Our Macho Money area has videos filled with valuable financial information including, Definitions, Military Spouse Investing 101, Financial Advice, and Money Do's and Don'ts.

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Male Military Spouse

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There are nearly 187,000 male military spouses around the world, according to the US Department of Defense. Yet, the male military spouse is "like some mythical beast that nobody had heard of or seen before."

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Male Spouse Help

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Here are some videos offering help for male military spouses. These videos cover a variety of topics from marriage communication to starting and running a business to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Money

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Money, Financial Help for Military Spouses, Money Management Assistance, Resources and Information

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MSCCN

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The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) provides no-cost employment readiness and vocational training, and one-on-one job placement services for military spouses, and caregivers of war wounded.

Through its employment readiness training and job placement services, MSCCN works one-on-one with its employment partners and funding supporters to reduce the rate of unemployment of veterans, National Guard, reservists, and their spouses by preparing them for their job search (translating skills, preparing resumes, interview skills, etc.) while working directly with corporate recruiters to match these military service members and veterans with jobs that complement and fully utilize their qualifications, experience, and education. Individual programs are also in place to serve caregivers to the war-wounded – the extremely under-served, military-affiliated applicants who have exceptional difficulty finding employment.

 

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News

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Welcome to the Macho Spouse newsroom. You're in the right place to read what others are saying about the Macho Spouse project and the work we're doing in all corners of the country.

This is also the place to get the scoop on the latest Macho Spouse happenings. Scroll down for news releases announcing special events and our efforts to help civilian male military spouses.

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Organizations

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There are many organizations out there that advocate for male military spouses. These Macho Spouse videos highlight a few of the great organizations working o behalf of military spouses and military families.

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Share Your Stories

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Currently, there are nearly 187,000 male military spouses around the world. See first-hand perspectives of what life as a male military spouse looks like around the world.

What does a male military spouse look like in your community? Share your own story to help us educate others about male military spouses.

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Spread the Word

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Spread the Word about Macho Spouse and Male Military Spouses on Facebook

Spread the Word about Macho Spouse and Male Military Spouses on Twitter

Spread the Word about Macho Spouse and Male Military Spouses on Pinterest

Watch our videos and spread the word about Macho Spouse and Male Military Spouses on YouTube

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Videos

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Macho Spouse videos contain interviews from current and former male military spouses, military family and relationship counselors, military spouse career and entrepreneur experts; as well as a variety of other individuals who have an in-depth knowledge of what it takes to be a happy, successful, strong, supportive person in military family life.

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Volunteer

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Volunteer - freely offer to do something.

We look at traditional, physical volunteering as well as volunteering online (Virtual Volunteering) as ways civilian male military spouses can make a difference in their communities and beyond.

Wa also look at how volunteering can help male spouses build their skils and their resumes.

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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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FRG Key Spouse Question

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

 

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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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Jeremy Hilton, 2012 Male Military Spouse of the Year, Talks with Veterans United Network

Jeremy is the father of two. He is not only a Stay-At-Home-Dad (SAHD) while his wife is deployed with the Air Force but he is also caring for a special needs child.

 

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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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Male Military Spouse Resiliency

Resiliency: Male military spouse style features Wayne Perry talking about how male military spouses are finding ways to build resilient communities. Macho Spouse is one such community.

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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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OPSEC - What is it?

Oh! Damn! I couldn't believe it!

Some wife of a soldier was complaining about how he never really says much when he Skypes her from down range!

Really? Are you that obtuse??

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Rant #1 from The Old Fart

I am Crazy Dave Etter, also known as Old Fart. Imagine the surprise of over 200 women in a historically all female attendance annual Army event called "Spouse Appreciation Night" when this 6 foot 300+ guy walks in and makes himself at home...

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The NMFA Recognizes Macho Spouse

Large, national organizations are starting to take notice of male military spouses. The National Military Family Association recognized Macho Spouse and male military spouses in their latest eNewsletter.

 

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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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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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Real Life Roland blog by Dee Young - Army Male Spouse

Ok, so I'm not "actually" Roland Burton, but if you watch the show "Army Wives", then you are familiar with the lone male military spouse.

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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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Get the Army Spouses Handbook (2003 version)

I know I'm not Army (Go Air Force!), but I'm always looking around on the web for resources to help military spouses, especially new military spouses.

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Giant Leap to Mars Challenge

What would you ask astronaut and American hero Buzz Aldrin if you had the chance? Maybe we should put together a Macho Spouse team of smart, engineer-minded military spouses for this competition...

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Win a One-On-One Q&A with Legendary Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
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How would you like the opportunity to talk one-on-one with the legendary Buzz Aldrin? Would you ask him what it's like to walk on the moon or talk with him about a Mars mission? Just imagine the questions you could ask him! The first 250 teams to register for the Giant Leap to Mars Challenge at www.…
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Job Opportunity in Travel Industry

And another cool job opportunity in the travel industry. For military spouses, it looks as if this company is waiving all fees associated with joining their company.

MSEP partner, World Travel Specialists, is currently looking for interes...See More
World Travel Specialists
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Full service travel agency serving clients throughout the world for all of their travel needs inluding cruises, vacations, destination weddings, and tours.
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Male Military Spouses: Check out the re-designed MachoSpouse.com

I completed the website re-design and website development for the MachoSpouse.com website and it is now live!

MachoSpouse.com is an online resource and informational hub for male military spouses. It's a positive, pro-active project designed to help guys deal with current military life issuesthrough the use of video, online networking and communication.

Keywords: malemilitaryspouse military website militarylife militaryfamily militaryspousecareer
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Military Mr. Mom Video

We may have all helped build a good foundation for male military spouses in 2012, but the work continues in 2013 as we try to expand our reach.
 
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Teaching Jobs

Teaching Jobs!!
 
Due to a high demand from TFA's partner schools across the country for more teachers with military experience, TFA is actively recruiting MILVETS and military spouses for its 2015 Teaching Corps. If you are interested in applying, contact veterans@teachforamerica.org.
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US Presidents - Military Commander-in-Chief

The President of the United States is the US Commander-in-Chief. So, for you military spouses, this is your spouse's highest boss.

 

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2013 MOAA Military Spouse Symposium: The Scoop From Macho Spouse

2013 MOAA Military Spouse Symposium: The Scoop From Macho Spouse was originaly written for MOAA Spouse Blog: Making it in the MilLife.

When I was asked to participate during this year's MOAA Spouse Symposium, I couldn't refuse. Sure I am insanely busy with work and my travel budget didn't include a 2900 mile trip to Tacoma, but these were the popular kids calling.

 

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Air Force Male Military Spouse - What Do You Guys Do For Fun?

As a male military spouse, you gotta have a hobby - something you do that you really enjoy.

Here is what I'm trying to find out.

As a male military spouse, what is your hobby? What do you do for fun?

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Drink, Drank, Drunk: Wading Though Military Life

There seems to be a common thread running through military sociability: booze. It's the thread that allows you to tie one on just about anytime. It's everywhere. At the Exchange, at the local Class Six…hell, you might even score some free booze from those distributors hosting tasting events throughout the year. Play your cards right, and you could be half in the bag before the sun even goes down.

When I first drive through the gates, there's always the sign telling me how many days it's been since the last alcohol related incident on post. And when that sign 'resets' back to 1, I'm always tempted to check it out: “Uh oh, what did (one of a handful of likely suspects) do now?” Thankfully, I've never triggered it myself. Yet.

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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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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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Military Spouse Residency and Voting question

I know that there are military spouses out there who are still struggling with changing their residency to the state they move to every time they PCS. If you are a military spouse, you may not  have to do that anymore!

 

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Military Spouses Residency Relief Act Facebook page

There is a great resource I found on Facebook.

 

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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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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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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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Tips for Those Getting Close to Retirement or Separation

Some pretty good tips for those nearing separation or retirement.
 
 
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Top 5 Ways to Show Appreciation to Military Spouses

A few weeks ago AT&T contacted me about writing a couple blogs on how best to appreciate a military spouse.

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Welcome To Macho Spouse

MachoSpouse.com, an online resource and informational hub for male military spouses. Macho Spouse is a positive, pro-active project designed to help guys deal with current military life issues  through the use of video, online networking and communication.

 

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Christopher Hillman - Secretary - Macho Spouse Career Advisement Board

Chris Hillman - SecretaryChristopher.Hillman@yahoo.com

Chris Hillman is the epitome of an amateur Renaissance man and has spent most of his days learning several fields. Since earning his undergraduate degree in Business Administration (American Intercontinental University) and a masters degree in Public Administration (National University), Chris has worked in logistics as a manager and trainer, spent time as a sous chef, was an assistant to the Director of Student Affairs at (Western University of Health Sciences) and worked as a freelance reference writer. He is also the co-founder and former Community Project Leader for Phoenix Rising, a non-profit organization created to help raise the GPAs of students from 1st - 12th grade and lower the drop out rate in L.A. County.

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Glen C. Mixon - Macho Spouse Career Advisement Board

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Glen Mixon is a Texas native who joined the US Army in 1988 as a Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanicwhere he met his future wife Jennifer, who had just enlisted in the US Air Force.  They married in 1990.  After honorably serving our nation for 4 years, Glen went on to attend Clovis Community College where he was awarded multiple scholarships, made the Dean's List and eventually earned a Certificate in Automotive Technology (1994).  All while supporting his active-duty Air Force wife and raising their one, and only, son Zachary. 

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Patrick Donaldson - Macho Spouse Career Advisement Board

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Patrick is a native of Australia where he studied Commercial Cookery at Campbelltown Technical and Further Education College.  He has worked in a variety of establishments including private households, hotels, restaurants and corporate boardrooms.  Patrick has also worked and studied in a customer call center where he attained “Associates in Telecommunications: Call Centre Operations.”  At the call center, he started as an entry-level representative working the phones and quickly advanced to an Assistant Team leader and Quality Call Coach.  Patrick has also worked in a variety of other fields including, contract cleaning, landscaping and was an assistant SCUBA instructor. He has also volunteered to assist the Bahraini Coast Guard as a Search and Rescue Diver.

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How would you feel if your child wanted to enlist in the military?

One of my Google alerts had the following article from Lifetime Moms (Lifetime - you know, the channel with all the dramas?...Oh, you don't know?).

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Help for Male Military Spouse Dads at National At-Home Dad Network

We know that many our visitors here at Macho Spouse are dads - some working and some stay-at-home-dads - who are looking for answers to the question "How do I do this?" We are constantly looking for resources to help all male military spouses and we are happy to share a great online resource for dads.

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Marine to SAHD: Milestones

This article is a piece of information that has helped me capture milestones for my loved one who is always at work.  I know that it can be difficult so I hope this helps someone down the line.

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Making It Through A Deployment

If I were to offer any advice to a military spouse either preparing for or experiencing their first deployment, I would tell them four things.

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Social Security Payroll Tax Deferral

Did you  know about the 2020 Social Security Payroll Tax Deferral? Here is some information from DFAS.

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What the male spouse should know about COVID-19

As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to impact us all, we here at Macho Spouse want to point male military spouses and their families to information they need to navigate this time.

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Air Force Spouse Support at USAFSERVICES.com

US Air ForceDid you know that the USAF Services website has a section devoted to spouses?

 

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Do You Know About LES?

So,you don't know LES, huh? Your spouse either knows LES or will get to know LES very well through the years...and you should, too.

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Do You Know Your Military Base Firearm Laws?

Military Base Firearm Laws can be confusing, especially when you end up living at two different military bases within one year, like I did. I own several guns and the first time I encountered military base firearm laws was during a PCS move when the movers asked me if my guns were registered on the base. My response..."Huh?"

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Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) provides military spouses the opportunity and financing to receive the training and education needed for portable careers that will persist during the military lifestyle of multiple relocations.

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Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment

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In Gear Career

In Gear was started by Career Minded Military Spouses for Career Minded Military Spouses.

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10 Tips to Make a Portable Career as a Civilian Male Military Spouse

As a new civilian male military spouse, you will come to a point when you will have to make a decision about your career.

One tip on ho How to make a portable caree is:

Think "Portable" at all times.

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5 Portable Careers for Civilian Male Military Spouses

Making a portable career requires hard, smart work, but it is possible.

There are plenty of guys who have made their careers portable.

You can do it, too!

Here are 5+ Portable Careers for Civilian Male Military Spouses.

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Employment Information and Resources for Civilian Male Military Spouses

Veteran, military transition, and military spouse employment and training resources for service members transitioning from the military back to living a civilian life, veterans seeking gainful employment, and military spouses seeking employment.

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Male Military Spouse Radio Show - Where Do We Guys Get WORK?

MMSRS - Male Military Husbands - our wives get transfered all the time, sometimes every year. Where do we find meaningful employement that can follow her where she goes?

Host Dave "Old Fart" Etter fields calls from other male spouses on how to build a better resume, the value of volunteering, and other job hunting tips.

Discussion needs to go on further, so, we will continue the discussion next week. Starting next week MMSRS will be weekly at noon CDT Fridays.

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5 Tips to a Successful Military Spouse Career Search

You know, I started Macho Spouse because I couldn't find a job in my career field during our last PCS. Most of us military spouses have probably gone through similar depressing job-searches. But after two years of unemployment, here I am, back in the job market and gainfully employed. This time, however, I have a whole new appreciation for what it takes to land that next job. The following is a short list of what I learned during my latest employment drought.

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CASY and MSCCN Career Corps Training Program

Civilian male miltary spouses can volunteer and build their resumes with actual work experince and professional skills through the CASY and MSCCN Career Corps Training Program. This is not a typical volunteer program!

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Hiring Our Heroes: Teaching Employers To Hire Military Veterans And Spouses

I write about military financial independence, but Im getting a lot of e-mail about navigating the drawdown and starting a bridge career. Im also hearing from Reserve and National Guard servicemembers about balancing their military careers with their civilian employers. Veterans (and military spouses) know that their transition to a civilian career will be like transferring to a duty station in a foreign country. Theyll spend lots of time explaining their military skills and achievements to civilians and translating their military culture into a foreign language.

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Leveraging LinkedIn to Find Career Opportunities

Job hunters know LinkedIn as the social network that caters primarily to job seekers and recruiters. Users create professional profiles and highlight job experience, internships and educational achievements. Yet there is more to leveraging the power of LinkedIn than merely creating a profile.

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Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN)

 

The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN) provides no-cost employment readiness and vocational training, and one-on-one job placement services for military spouses, and caregivers of war wounded.

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Military Spouse Employment Survey

Hey guys, have you taken this survey yet?  Stuff like this is important because it may help you find work in the future, as well as, future generations of military spouses!

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Planning a Career as a Military Spouse? Think Portability!

Article by Craig Gilman, Faculty Member at American Military University

Joining the military means a life of training exercises and deployments away from home, not to mention periodic transfers with little choice of duty stations that can be found in countries half a world away. What comes with all that is a career, even if only for a few years, that provides opportunities for personal growth and satisfaction, professional challenge and reward, career development, and leadership opportunities that build a stronger resume.

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How To Start Your Own Business

How my wife and I met. A little about our life and how I started my own business!

My name is Josh Vittetoe. I am 27 years old and have been married to my wonderful wife Jennifer Vittetoe (24) for almost 7 years. We have two boys, Jack (6 months) and Tannar (5 years). We are currently stationed at Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nevada.

My wife has been in the Air Force for 3 years and is a Senior Airman. She is deploying in a coulpe weeks for the first time.

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Military Spouse Business Association

At Macho Spouse, we know the challenges civilian male military spouses face when it comes to finding gainful employment and dealing with career loss. We encourage civilian male military spouses to consider entrepreneurship as a possible way of making this lifestyle work.

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Marine Veteran/Male Military Spouse - Scentsy? Yep!

He is selling Scentsy stuff.  Guys, THIS is the type of creativity, determination, and courage it takes to be a successful business person as a miltiary spouse!  When we asked how this new venture came about, this is what Andrew said:

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Military Spouses check out the Inc. Military Entrepreneurs Program

As a military spouse, I am constantly searching for resources and helpful information about employment and entrepreneurship to pass on to other military spouses.

 

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Hiring Our Heroes: Upcoming Hiring Fairs Map and Calendar - Hiring Fairs in Your Area

Hiring Our Heroes - Jobs for Military Spouses, too!

Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 220 hiring fairs in 48 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia; more than 10,400 have gotten jobs.

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MilitaryVetJobs.com Helping Military Veterans Get Hired

MilitaryVetJobs.com Helping Military Veterans Get Hired

We know that many male military spouses are military veterans who are looking for meaningful employment in this tough job market. That is why we're highlighting MilitaryVetJobs.com, a website designed to help veterans find employment opportunities and get hired.

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Who Gets My Holiday Donation?

My mom was looking to make a holiday donation to a trustworthy non-profit organization that supports military families, but she had no idea where to give. 

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30 Ways of Thanks

November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #10

Yesterday we shared a way to "thank" our military family members by helping with their pets, today we ask you to remember the military children.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #11

How about an ice cold beer...or soda?  Buying a military family member a drink is another great way to show your support and gratitude!

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #12

30Still.jpg"Every child deserves a toy for Christmas," we agree.  On the 12th way of "saying thanks," Lakesha Cole (2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year) reminds us about ToysforTots.org.

 

November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.

Americans love our military, but many people don't quite know how best to express their gratitude. As National Guard Spouse of the Year Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee notes, “saying "thanks" to our military families is something that many want to do, but are at a loss as to how to do it –or in the case of Guard and Reserve, how to find us!”

So the Branch SOYs created #30Ways of Thanks to help. Each day in November, the Branch SOYs will release a video with an action item that people around the country can participate in virtually or locally, individually or in groups. Participants can hash tag #30Ways so that their messages, photos, or videos are spread far and wide. Hash tags #GratefulNation and #MilFamsRock can also be added as a short-hand way to say “You are amazing, military families!” Best of all, the entire #30Ways video collection will be stored on the Branch SOYs' YouTube channel so that it can be repeated in Novembers to come, or whenever someone is looking for a way to say “thank you” to military families.

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #13

Don't forget the National Guard and Reserves when it comes to thanking a military family for their service!

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #14

The Military Officers Association of America thinks a great way to show appreciation for military families is to help be an advocate on our behalf.  We're a small percentage of the population and we don't have a union or special interest groups looking out for us on Capital Hill. So at times, if you feel military families are being taken advantage of, help us remind our leadership of the promises they've made.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #15

Have you ever considered volunteering for an Honor Flight welcome?  It's a great way to say "thanks" and show your support!

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #16

Participating in the Coast Guard's Run to Remember is an excellent way to show your support for military families!  For more information, visit CoastGuardFoundation.org.

 

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #17

A great way to show your appreciation for military families is to adopt a military family this holiday season.  What?  Adopt a military family? Yes!  Reda Hicks, the Armed Forces Insurance Army Spouse of the Year, explains how operationwearehere.com can help you show your appreciation.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #18

Kate Pennington of Blue Star Families shares another way to show your support for military families during November.  

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #19

A great way to show support for military families is to volunteer your time for organizations that support and serve them. Say thank you by giving back!

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #2: Donate Hotel Pints to Fisher House

To say thanks to military families, anyone can donate flight miles or hotel points to Fisher House, to support injured service members and their families during the recovery process.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #20

Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) are composed of volunteers, often military spouses, who take care of military families at particular installations, and especially during deployments. Community volunteers and local support for FRG activities are always greatly appreciated.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #21

A group of military spouses wrote Stories Around the Table, a collection of stories about what military family life is like. A portion of sale proceeds benefit Operation Homefront, and organization that helps military families in crisis.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #22

We often tell military families "let me know if you ever need anything," but that's a really broad statement. Sometimes families don't know what they need until they're in the middle of a deployment or other assignment, other times they don't ask because they don't want to impose. But you can help! Identify a need, let the family know you are going to help with it. Be specific, and just do it! The milfam will appreciate the help!

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #23

Military spouses are the glue that holds military families together. They manage the homefront while their servicemembers defense ur freedoms. Sometimes, all they need is a little adult conversation and a listening ear.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #24: Grab Your Lawnmower

It's usually the "little things" in life that makes us smile.  

In this video we learn that sometimes you don't have to make a grand gesture to show your thanks for military families.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #25

AFI Army Spouse of the Year, Reda Hicks, propses a toast to all military families! 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #26

Don't be a stranger when it comes to helping families during a deployment.  Stop by the house of a deployed soldier and check in on the family who stayed behind, a little bit of friendship goes a long way during this time of year!

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #27

Blue Star Families makes it easy to thank military families. Operation Appreciate lets you send thank you letters to military spouses, kids, and servicemembers. 

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #28: Donate to The USO

To say thanks to military families, you can volunteer at USOs, or donate resources to help them do even more good work.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #29: Mentor A Military Spouse

Military spouses make amazing employees, and entrepreneurs.

If you have skills in things like professional development, or how to start a business, consider mentoring a military spouse!

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #3

We're a little late to posting this today, but the message is good for the next 24 hours.  Get out and vote!!!

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #30

A great way to thank military families is to get involved in your community; be a good neighbor! And consider flying the colors to show your support.

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #4

One great way for business owners to say "thank you" this November is by offering military families discounts. Most military families live on a modest budget, and especially around the holidays every little bit helps!

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #5

It's the little things that make the biggest difference. For military families frequently moving around the country, a friendly greeting from a neighbor looking to connect goes a long way.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #6

30Still.jpgYou don't have to know a military family to say "thank you!" A note of appreciation for a military family's sacrifice makes an impact whether you're a friend, a stranger, or an anonymous benefactor.

 

November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.

Americans love our military, but many people don't quite know how best to express their gratitude. As National Guard Spouse of the Year Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee notes, “saying "thanks" to our military families is something that many want to do, but are at a loss as to how to do it –or in the case of Guard and Reserve, how to find us!”

So the Branch SOYs created #30Ways of Thanks to help. Each day in November, the Branch SOYs will release a video with an action item that people around the country can participate in virtually or locally, individually or in groups. Participants can hash tag #30Ways so that their messages, photos, or videos are spread far and wide. Hash tags #GratefulNation and #MilFamsRock can also be added as a short-hand way to say “You are amazing, military families!” Best of all, the entire #30Ways video collection will be stored on the Branch SOYs' YouTube channel so that it can be repeated in Novembers to come, or whenever someone is looking for a way to say “thank you” to military families.

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #7

You can make an immediate, direct, positive impact on a military family by helping a military spouse find work in their profession. Say thank you by flexing your network to help a military spouse make a professional connection.

 

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #8

30Still.jpgMilitary kids face some unique challenges, and sometimes a great teacher makes all the difference. Say thanks to the teachers taking care of our military children!

 

November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.

Americans love our military, but many people don't quite know how best to express their gratitude. As National Guard Spouse of the Year Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee notes, “saying "thanks" to our military families is something that many want to do, but are at a loss as to how to do it –or in the case of Guard and Reserve, how to find us!”

So the Branch SOYs created #30Ways of Thanks to help. Each day in November, the Branch SOYs will release a video with an action item that people around the country can participate in virtually or locally, individually or in groups. Participants can hash tag #30Ways so that their messages, photos, or videos are spread far and wide. Hash tags #GratefulNation and #MilFamsRock can also be added as a short-hand way to say “You are amazing, military families!” Best of all, the entire #30Ways video collection will be stored on the Branch SOYs' YouTube channel so that it can be repeated in Novembers to come, or whenever someone is looking for a way to say “thank you” to military families.

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30 Ways of Thanks Day #9

30Still.jpgLet's not forget about the pets when thanking military family members this month.  Dogs on Deployment helps deployed service members find temporary homes for pets while they are away. This is a great volunteer opportunity and another way to say, "thanks!"

November is Military Families Appreciation Month, and the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Branch Spouses of the Year (Branch SOYs) want to help everyone, everywhere participate in thanking and honoring military families.

Americans love our military, but many people don't quite know how best to express their gratitude. As National Guard Spouse of the Year Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee notes, “saying "thanks" to our military families is something that many want to do, but are at a loss as to how to do it –or in the case of Guard and Reserve, how to find us!”

So the Branch SOYs created #30Ways of Thanks to help. Each day in November, the Branch SOYs will release a video with an action item that people around the country can participate in virtually or locally, individually or in groups. Participants can hash tag #30Ways so that their messages, photos, or videos are spread far and wide. Hash tags #GratefulNation and #MilFamsRock can also be added as a short-hand way to say “You are amazing, military families!” Best of all, the entire #30Ways video collection will be stored on the Branch SOYs' YouTube channel so that it can be repeated in Novembers to come, or whenever someone is looking for a way to say “thank you” to military families.

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Get in the Game

By John Aldrich, AVP, Military Relations at American Military University

Movember, the grass roots movement to raise awareness about men's health issues is nearly complete, and for those of you who are growing a mustache to show support for the cause, I salute you. For those who didn't participate or weren't aware of Movember, there is always next November.

Just like the mustaches of the Men of Movember, male military spouses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are stay-at-home dads, some run businesses from home, and others balance careers outside the home and taking care of the family.

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PTSD in the Family

The following article on PTSD was written by American Military University faculty member, Craig Gilman.

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How COVID-19 Restrictions Affect Military Families

Thiis article in Stars and Stripes By LISA SMITH MOLINARI points out how military families have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions.

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How To Manage Stress

Stress affects almost everyone. Before you became a new civilian male military spouse, you probably experienced stress. Now, you will probably experience stress in different ways and more frequently.

Sometimes, it can be a good thing because it can energize us to meet new challenges or changes. But if it's not managed, stress can affect your physical and emotional health, your relationships, and your life.

Whether you're a civilian male military spouse or not, below you will find a few tips on how to manage stress.

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Where To Get Coronavirus Updates For Military Spouses


The Department of Defense is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus disease outbreak. Check back for the latest information on COVID-19. We will be updating this page regularly.

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What DO Male Military Spouses Do For Fun?

I've been a male military spouse (Air Force) for over 15 years and I'm well aware of the many challenges in this way of life. Many of the challenges are serious in nature and I'm glad to connect with others and help tackle the issues.

However, you gotta have something you do that you really enjoy. That's what I'm trying to find out. As a male military spouse, what do you do for fun?

Keywords: malemilitaryspouse airforce military

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Hiring Our Heroes Job Fair and Career Forum January 16 2013 Fort Belvoir VA

Military Spouse Business Alliance Hiring Fair and Career Forum

Fort Belvoir, VA
Fort Belvoir Community Center
1200 Taylor Road
January 16, 2013
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Military Spouse Business Alliance presented by Capital One is bringing you a one-of-a-kind Hiring Fair and Career Forum exclusively for spouses of active duty, guard, reserves and retired veteran population. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Our career forum and hiring fair features:

  • Employers looking for and committed to hiring military spouses, including MSEP partners.
  • Presentations to help spouses plan a career in a highly mobile enviornment.
  • Resume help so you can edit improved resumes on site.

Employers and job seekers must pre-register for this FREE event at:

HOH.GREATJOB.NET

Registration for employers closes on January 10th.

For registration questions, please contact us at hiringourheroes@uschamber.com or call
202-463-5807.

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Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP)

Did you know about the Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP)?

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The First Male Military Spouse Day and Scholarship Giveaway

The School of Firearms Technology (SFT) at Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) and Macho Spouse have announced the first ever Male Military Spouse Day dedicated to the male spouses of America's service members.

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2015 'Thank You' and Year In Review

It's the holiday season and to me that means spending time with family and friends while reflecting on the year that was. 

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Fusion TV Interview

FusionLogo.pngA couple months ago, Bradley Blackburn and Joanna Suarez of Fusion TV (a joint cable/satellite TV network between Disney and ABC TV) stopped by the international Macho Spouse headquarters.  

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Rune of the Apprentice - A Novel Written by a Male Military Spouse

Hello male military spouse community! My name is Jamison Stone and I am the spouse of Staff Sergeant Rebecca Bainbridge of the United States Army Field Band at Fort Meade, Maryland. Because of her assignment, my wife, and the rest of her company, are on tour and away from their families for over 100 days out of the year.

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Military Officers Association of America

Civilian male military spouses should know about this influential organization that advocates for military officers and their families.

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Military Spouse JD Network - Legal Professionals improving the lives of military families

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The Military Spouse JD Network is an international network of legal professionals improving the lives of military families.  We support military spouses by:

  • Advocating for licensing accommodations, including bar membership without additional examination,
  • Providing education about the challenges facing military families,
  • Encouraging hiring military spouses, and
  • Providing a support network.
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National Military Spouse Network (NMSN)

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The National Military Spouse Network (NMSN) - the pre-eminent networking, mentoring and professional development organization committed to the education, empowerment and advancement of military spouses.

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Macho Minute - Make A Difference Male Military Spouse

Make a difference by using what you know to Help other civilian male military spouses Navigate the Male Military Spouse Role.

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Macho Minute - Make A Video Civilian Male Military Spouse

Make a video and Help other civilian male military spouses Navigate the Male Military Spouse Role.

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Macho Minute - Male Military Spouse Help Your Spouse Shine

Help your spouse Shine as you Navigate the Male Military Spouse Role.

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Macho Minute - Navigate the Male Military Spouse Role

A few people you need in order to successfully Navigate the Male Military Spouse Role.

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Macho Minute - You Are Not Alone!

MALE MILITARY SPOUSE YOU ARE NOT ALONE - MACHO MINUTE

A message to Civilian Male Military Spouses to let them know that "You Are Not Alone" in this journey as a male military spouse.

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How Do I Shop for New Health Insurance Coverage?

OK, here is an important topic USAA wrote about a few months ago and we obtained permission to re-post on Macho Money. 

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Macho Money Video Series

Macho Spouse presents Macho Money

Learn how to EARN your money.

Learn how to KEEP your money.

Learn how to LOSE your money.

Learn how to GROW your money.

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Military Saves Week Aims to Motivate Male Military Spouses to Better Their Finances

Military SavesAs a male military spouse, I know how important it is to stretch every dollar as far as I can for my military family. I'm always looking for tips on how to save money and I really appreciate money saving tips for the Military Family.

Here are some questions to think about:

Do you have an emergency fund? Are you saving enough money for retirement? Do you have a budget? How close are you to financial freedom?

February 26 - March 3, 2018

Military Saves Week is an annual opportunity for installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior and a chance for servicemembers and their families to assess their own saving status. Typically hundreds of organizations participate in the Week, reaching millions of people.

 

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Money and Finance Information and Resources

Comprehensive coverage on active duty and veterans financial benefits, money, taxes, VA loans and all other matters related to planning and securing a financial future.

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Money Tool for Male Military Spouses - PowerPay

PowerPay Money ToolVery early in my experience as a male military spouse I encountered the [[EXLINK_4]]. I remember the day my wife brought home a floppy disk with the DOS version of this financial software. (Yeah, that just took me waaaaaay back.) It didn't have any frills, but PowerPay helped us calculate, plan and execute our path to debt elimination.

I know that there are plenty of money management tools out there. PowerPay is worth a look, especially if you need to develop your debt-elimination plan. This money management tool helped my family.

- Taurus

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Conversations from the Men's Room - What is the Rule of 72?

One of the great resources we have at Macho Spouse is the Men's Room for Military Spouses (sorry ladies, this is a private Facebook page designed for all male military spouses only).  We plan to start sharing some of the more informative/interesting conversations on our website, the thread below is our first "share."  Some of the names have been hidden for privacy purposes, see if you can figure out which names are fake...

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Male Military Spouse Demographics

We've recently been talking with Doug Nordman, a fellow Macho Spouse and he has graciously offered to share some of his advice with us all. You see Doug is a very smart man that made some awesome financial choices during his career in the Navy and as a Sailor's spouse. Both Doug and his wife retired as Millionaires. Over the next several months we will be sharing his blog and asking questions to help us all gain a little financial independance. 

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Nurturing the Money Tree: Creating Income - Part 1

It seems that the subject of employment comes up whenever money is tight, when the kids are all finally in school, or you PCS to a new duty station. I can't tell you how many times I have thought about getting a job outside of our home just so we could have a little wiggle room in the budget.

 

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Nurturing the Money Tree: Owning a Small Business- Part 2

In Part 1 of Nurturing the Money Tree we chatted about creating income by working for someone else. But if you are like me, maybe working for someone else isn't for you, and many military spouses actually choose to own their own businesses.  I know I did.

 

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Macho Money Definitions - What Is A Bond?

What is a “bond?” No, not a secret agent from England, but an investment tool used to grow wealth.  According to the Wall Street Journal, bonds are a form of debt. Bonds are loans, or IOUs, but you serve as the bank.  You loan your money to a company, a city, the government – and they promise to pay you back in full, with regular interest payments.

Pretty understandable, but for greater detail and examples, click on the video and listen to Scott Halliwell from USAA explain.

Watch The Video

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Macho Money Definitions - What Is A Stock?

USAA Financial Counselors give a more thorough explanation with examples

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Macho Money Definitions - What Is An Investment Account?

Macho Money Definitions

"What is an Investment Account?"

This post is about: investment account, IRA, individual retirement account, investment, stock, macho money, USAA, Scott Halliwell, JJ Montanaro, saving, money, finance

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New Military Spouse Book Offers Insight From a Few of Us Male Spouses!

(St. Paul, MN)—Award-winning independent publisher Elva Resa Publishing is pleased to announce the October 2014 release of Stories Around the Table: Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength in Military Life, a collection of personal stories from more than forty military family writers, including spouses, parents, children, and service members.  (make sure you check out the list of authors guys...a few of us are represented in this group!)

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Benefits Available to Civilian Male Military Spouses

As a civilian male military spouse,do you know the benefits available to you? 

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Check out Rodney Gullatte on MilHousing Nation Podcast

Rodney Gullatte is a military spouse, as well as an entrepreneur.

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Chris Pape 2014 Military Spouse of the Year KABB FOX San Antonio Video

2012 Military Spouse of the Year Jeremy Hilton explains what it means to be the first male Spouse of the Year, and shares his advice for how other men can be better spouses in their own homes.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Chris Pape at Spouse Summit: The Male Spouse

Chris Pape, founder of the Macho Spouse website, offers his thoughts about being a male spouse and finding other members of his fraternity.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Husbands on the home front UPI Video

ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, MORE THAN 624,000 CIVILIAN WOMEN ARE MARRIED TO MEN ON ACTIVE DUTY. THATS COMPARED WITH ONLY ABOUT 47,000 CIVILIAN HUSBANDS. 

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Jeremy Hilton 2012 Military Spouse of the Year AOL Video

2012 Military Spouse of the Year Jeremy Hilton explains what it means to be the first male Spouse of the Year, and shares his advice for how other men can be better spouses in their own homes.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Journey Tip: Be Flexible

Be flexible. This journey is like Yoga: flexibility and a willingness to improvise are required to make it through to the end.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Journey Tip: Be Flexible

Be flexible. This journey is like Yoga: flexibility and a willingness to improvise are required to make it through to the end.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Journey Tip: Communicate

Communicate like your life together depends on it.

Posted in Male Spouse 101

Male Military Spouses on Facebook

Male Military Spouses on Facebook

Male Military Spouses a group for men whose wives/girlfriends/fiances are active duty/reserve/retired military. The object of this group is to help us find each other and discover interesting places and things to do near our spouse's current duty station. We are also here to answer questions anyone may have about being in a relationship with someone in the military.

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MANning the Homefront on Facebook

MANning the Homefront - Male Military Spouses

MANning the Homefront seeks to strengthen “MANspouses” by organizing diverse activities that allow men to develop friendships, advocating for recognition as a group and DoD program support, and facilitating members’ connections and service to the community in order to impact the families of service members in positive and constructive ways.

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Meet the dads who are redefining the role of a military spouse Today Feature

By Stephanie Larratt and Adam Kaufman

Jeremy and Renae Hilton were both active duty military when their first child was born 17 years ago with special needs. One of them had to step back from their career to provide full-time care for their daughter, and Jeremy decided it would be him. He left the Navy while Renae continued her Air Force career, making him one of a small but growing number of male military spouses.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Resources Available to Civilian Male Military Spouses

As a civilian male military spouse,do you know the resources available to you?

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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The Do It Yourself DITY Move also known as the Personally Procured Move PPM

Moving is a big part of the military life that we all experience in different ways. Packing up your life and moving it to another location is challenging for anyone. As a civilian male military spouse, there are a few ways to do this. In this post, we take a look at the DITY move aka the Personally Procured Move PPM.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Why homecoming can be particularly hard for female veterans PBS News Hour Video

In the return to civilian life, many women find that veteran services fall short of their needs. Unemployment rates for female veterans are higher than for other women, as well as for male veterans. Female veterans are at least twice as likely to be homeless than women who haven't worn a uniform. Special correspondent Gayle Tzemach Lemmon reports on the challenges they face. Read the story: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/homeco...

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Check Out The Dependabros

"One group of guys at Ramstein Air Base in Germany decided to come together and change the male military spouse narrative. They call themselves the Dependabros."

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Macho Spouse - Male Military Spouses on Facebook

Macho Spouse is an educational video series and online resource for male military spouses. The Macho Spouse mission is to help male military spouses connect with one another and assure that we are not alone in this military family lifestyle.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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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.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Question: How do I prepare for becoming a male military spouse?

Current civilian male military spouses: Here's your chance to possibly help someone out. Just answer this question by adding a comment below or submitting an article in response to the question.

Posted in Male Spouse 101
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Quick Hitter - Active Listening Skills

Most of us can usually "hear" what our spouses are saying, but do we actually listen to the words and understand what is being communicated?  Active listening skills are important tools to have for successful, happy relationships.  In this new Macho Spouse "Quick Hitter," Elizabeth Cabibi, M.S.,LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) defines active listening and then demonstrates how to practice and administer some good techniques.  Below is a Speaker Listener Technique used by many military marriage retreats.

Posted in Male Spouse Help
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Quick Hitter - Mutual Appreciation

With all the stresses and demands in our daily lives, we sometimes forget about showing appreciation to the ones we love most.  A simple, heart-felt compliment, or "thank you," can go a long way to keeping your marriage healthy and strong.  In this "Quick Hitter" video, Elizabeth Cabibi, M.S.,LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), talks about the importance of sharing mutual appreciation in any relationship.

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Video - Importance of Communication Part 1 - The Cornerstone of a Healthy Military Marriage

This video is the first in a multi-part series on communication that features Scott Stanley, PhD. University of Denver, and male spouses from across the nation sharing insight into why it's important for military families to practice good communication skills.

(Interviews with Scott Stanley, PhD., Patrick Donaldson, Glen Mixon, Francis Guerrero, Bill Keller, and Jeremy Hilton.)

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Video - Importance of Communication Part 2 - What We Talk About

The second segment of a multi-part series examining the importance of communication within the military family.

The first video helped define WHY it's important to communicate with our spouses, so this video examines WHAT we should talk about. EVERYTHING!

Posted in Male Spouse Help
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Man to Man with William McEvoy: Depression

Get to know William and learn what created his depression as he speaks openly about a difficult career arc and a strong desire to be a contributing partner within his marriage.  

Male military spouses and stay-at-home-dads of all ages and experiences may relate to William's story.

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Man-to-Man with William McEvoy Beating Depression

Depression affects quite a few male military spouses and not everyone handles it the same way, some better than others.  In part two of William McEvoy's Man-to-Man interview, William shares how he has been able to successfully manage his own fight with depression.  We're not saying this is the best way to beat all forms of depression.  His strategy worked for him, it may not work for you.  Either way, this interview is a good place to start for those who feel they may need help.

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Man to Man: Bill Keller - Basic Male Military Spouse Advice

Bill Keller is an Air Force male military spouse married to Major General Suzanne Vautrinot. Between Bill and his spouse, they have over 50 years of military life experience and have lived all over the world. We broke or cardinal rule of never divulging a spouse's rank because Bill has had unique opportunities to meet and communicate with many different types of military families that many of us may never have.

Guys (and gals), this man has real military marriage experience.  Listen to some of his insight and learn what it takes to make a happy, healthy marriage in this crazy lifestyle.  

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Man to Man: Tim Blake - Talking About Deployments

Tim Blake is an Army male military spouse with over 14 years experience as a stay-at-home-dad who has successfully guided his family through multiple deployments.

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6 Tips on How to be a Happy Military Husband

Wait, you're a stay at home dad? How'd you get on base?" said the hairstylist at the exchange when I responded to her question on what I did for the Air Force.

This happens a lot when you're a military husband. You'll get salutes from the gate guards, military discounts that only apply to active duty personnel, and maybe if you're really lucky, the start of a chewing out over haircut and shave regulations by a senior enlisted person.

Why?

Because our wives make up a small part of the force.

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Does anyone have a Military Marriage Map that I can borrow?

Hey! Does anyone have a marriage map that I can borrow? Better yet, does anyone have a military marriage map that I can borrow? (I could sure use a military marriage compass, too, if you have one. But I don't want to press my luck by asking for too much at once. So, I'll wait on the compass.)

I tried "googling" (yeah, that's a word) "marriage map" but Google kept giving me links to "wedding map" instead. Thanks Google, but I don't want to know how to get to Don and Susan's wedding! I want a map that I can use to help my wife and I get to that Happy Marriage Wonderland place that I have been hearing about since we got married!

 

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How To Avoid Becoming a Military Divorce Statistic

Hey guys, here's some solid marital advice for military spouses from male spouse Eric Gardner. This blog post goes well with our Macho Spouse video series on communication. Thank you NextGen MilSpouse for bringing Eric to our attention!

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So You Want To Marry An Active Duty Military Service Member?

This series will answer a few questions about what your getting into as well as what it may be like to be married to a female active duty service member.

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Today as a Male Military Spouse - Her Support

Learning the support role as a civilian male military spouse (civilian husband married to a military wife) was very, VERY difficult for me. When I look back, I point to my pride and immaturity as major factors in my slow learning and acceptance of the role.

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4 Myths About Male Military Spouses

Gregory App, Navy veteran and current military spouse, gives us a few myths about  male military spouses along with some useful tips and tricks.

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Being a Military Spouse When You're a Guy

The deployments and frequent moves of the military lifestyle can put pressure on any marriage. When the wife is the military member and the husband is a civilian, the strain may be greater.

If you're a male military spouse, it's important to know how to help keep your marriage strong. You can learn what challenges you're likely to face and prepare yourself for them. You can learn to recognize when you need help and how to use the resources available to you. And you can build a support system of other people you can count on.

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Military Base Guides

Military.com has comprehensive base guides with information about military installations around the globe. You can get all the information you need about a military base in one place.

Get access to base directories, online local communities, local news and events, local restaurant and business reviews, and sections for spouses and vets.

Military.com Base Guides

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Military Calendar 04 April

A list of holidays, observances and events recognized throughout the month of April including federal, non-federal and religious holidays and more.

April Military Calendar of  Holidays, Events, Observances

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Military Calendar 12 December

A list of holidays, observances and events recognized throughout the month of December including federal, non-federal and religious holidays and more.

December Military Calendar of  Holidays, Events, Observances

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5 Tips for New Male Military Spouses to Thrive

You will see it a hear it a lot..."How to Survive Military Life." Here are 5 tips and some good advice for BOTH male and female military spouses on how to THRIVE In Military life.

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Acronym Hell - Part 1

A List of Basic Acronyms and Terms for the Rookies - Part 1

Start learning what in the world your wife and her co-workers are talking about today! This is a basic, beginners list of military acronyms (something the military is very fond of creating).

Why Learn?

Let's be honest. You won't make it 6 months without some of this basic communication knowledge.

Posted in Military Life
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How will Sequestration affect your military family?

Like many military spouses and families, you may want to know how sequestration will impact your military family in detail, but can't seem to get anything more than, "It's a bad idea." You continue to hear about the billions of dollars to be cut from the DoD budget and how that will negatively impact the readiness of our armed forces in general. Yet, what remains unclear to you is the direct impact sequestration will have on your military family.

For example:

Will sequestration impact the CDC and child care? If so, how?

Posted in Military Life

Military Spouse Magazine Looking for Male Military Spouse Photos

Another chance for male spouses to be represented. Who has some beer-drinking, wing-eating, game watching pictures to send Military Spouse Magazine?
 
Male Military Spouses: Do you have photos of you interacting with other military spouses? Are you willing to share them so that the content on baseguide can represent all military spouses? Please email them to me at erin@milspouse.com Thank you! - ERin, MSM
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MOAA's Making it in the MilLife Blog Features Macho Spouse

We thank the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for featuring Macho Spouse in their "Making it in the MilLife" blog.

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Education Information For Male Military Spouses

Male military spouses find themselves looking to advance their education and skills have many fifferent challenges. The following is some good information from Military Benefits.

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Tips For Male Military Spouses Choosing Online Education

Male military spouses find themselves looking to advance their skill set and have a great opportunity with a scholarship from MyCAA. The challenges of course are attending classes on campus when you may end up having to move before the end of a semester.

Many spouses turn to online education which is a great option. While online courses are a good fit. You need to make sure the school has a solid reputation. The key to a great online education is finding the right online education provider. Every man should know what to look for.

Military Spouse Education Foundation (MSEF)

Military Spouse Education FoundationThe [[EXLINK_16]] will launch in 2013 to establish a Military Service Grant for spouses who are excluded from the  Department of Defense's MyCAA program.

MSEF is founded on the belief that we are one community supporting one another regarding rank, branch, status, or educational status. After 11 years of war, our Post 9/11 era spouses deserve a program that compliments the challenges of military life rather than creates more obstacles.

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Military Spouse Scholarships

The Military Spouse Education Initiative (MSEI) has done an incredible job of compiling a list of Spouse Clubs & private organizations who are, or will be, offering scholarships for spouses & kids.  

 

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I wish I had a Jack

Guys, the APA has determined that men and women share cognitive skills, we are fundamentally the same. The whole notion of guys being better at math and women being better at communication is simply a social construct. I firmly believe that statement, but that doesn't change the social construct.

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Military Saves Month

Military Saves Week has transitioned to Military Saves Month in April 2021.

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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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The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act

To be clear, the above statement is the benefit I got from The Military Spouses Residency Relief Act. This may not be the case for every military spouse. Nonetheless, every miliotary spoise should know about what this Relief Act is and the benefits provided.

Posted in Moving PCS

Chris Pape - Senior Advisor - Macho Spouse Career Advisement Board

Chris Pape - Senior Advisorchris@MachoSpouse.com

Chris Pape, a 1995 graduate from the University of Cincinnati, is a multiple, national award-winning video producer with over 15 years of experience developing educational video productions for public school systems, large corporations, small businesses and state governments.  He is also a civilian male military spouse and has been for over 10 years; in those 10 years Chris has been through three military moves, two deployments, countless TDY's, six job changes, one career change that quickly brought him back to his original career, and a few months of un-employment in between.

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Virginia Wounded Warrior Program Healthy Families Retreat April 26 thru 28

Healthy Families RetreatHere's an event for your military family that you may want to check out. The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program is inviting military familieas and veteran families to the Healthy Families Retreat this April 26 thru 28. This is a great opportunity for families to learn and play together while gaining skills to help foster resilience.

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2013 MOAA Spouse Symposium Recap

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)Lucky number seven. That's what this year's annual MOAA spouse symposium was – though it was a lot more than luck that made the day great. It was the 300 military spouses from across the Pacific Northwest who made the cold trek through Seattle-Tacoma traffic to spend a day at MOAA's 7th Annual Military Spouse Symposium. Here's what we learned, what made us cry, what made us laugh, and who made a special appearance.

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First National Guard Spouse to Win the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year Award

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

Alicia Hinds Ward was named the 2013 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year ® today in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the military community.

Video of the awards ceremony will be available on Military Spouse mag YouTube channel.

Nominated by her husband, Tech. Sgt. Edwinston Ward, Alicia's accomplishments include serving as the Key Spouse for the 113th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Relocation Assistance contractor, Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Family Panel Representative for the National Guard and the co-founder of the Joint Base Andrews Business and Community Support Group and Spouse Forums. She is the first National Guard spouse to receive this prestigious award. With the reach of the Military Spouse of the Year ® organization behind her, Hinds Ward is planning to advocate for better spouse employment options and special needs resources.

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Alicia Hinds Ward - 2013 AFI Military Spouse of the Year -1st National Guard spouse to win the award

"We want to create an opportunity for these winners to advocate and engage the military spouse community through Military Spouse's media channels: Military Spouse magazine, militaryspouse.com, and social media," said Kate Meeuf, Brand Director
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Jeremy Hilton: U.S. Military’s First Male Spouse of the Year

Military Spouse Magazine honored the dad for his stay-at-home work with disabled daughter.

When Deanie Dempsey, whose husband is the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took the stage at the Marine Barracks Washington earlier this month to announce 2012's “Military Spouse of the Year,” she fumbled for her words. There were six nominees—five women and one man—and Dempsey clearly had trouble finding the appropriate gender-neutral pronoun, in order to not blow the identity of the winner. Finally, she gave up. “I have confidence that he will do his fellow spouses proud,” she said. The room collectively gasped.

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Key Character Traits for Male Military Spouses

Our recent interview with Everett Lopez revealed some of the difficulties associated with being a man in the predominately female community of military spouses.

 

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Macho Spouse at the 2013 Military.com Spouse Summit

Macho Spouse and Chris Pape are mentioned in Alice Swan's article, Tuning in to the Military Spouse Network, in which Alice covers lessons she learned at the 2013 Military.com Spouse Summit (April 11-12, 2013). Here is what Alice wrote:

Build a service out of your unique experience and skill: A great example is Chris Pape, male military spouse and founder of Macho Spouse (https://malemilspouse.com/). Chris was kind enough to talk with me about how he started Macho Spouse.  Living in Columbia, SC, while his spouse is working on an ROTC assignment, Chris said he began to feel pretty isolated. He thought he was the only guy spouse out there looking for information and help. About two years ago, Chris began researching male military spouses on the web but found only two articles about guys manning the home fronts. One of the stories was written by Amy Bushatz who you may remember from my Spouse Summit blog: https://www.dcmilitaryfamlife.com/profiles/blogs/you-are-not-alone.

Chris emailed Amy, who helped introduce him to Wayne Perry, founder of Manning the Home front (https://www.dcmilitaryfamlife.com/profiles/blogs/the-outlook-for-mil...) – it was the Military Spouse network in action.  A video producer for 15 years, Chris had been working in Arkansas for the Department of Education, creating instructional videos before the PCS to Columbia. “I didn't see any information sites out there for guys to help share lessons learned or how to find jobs,” Chris told me, “so I decided to use the skills I'd developed making the educational videos to create learning videos for male military spouses.” Chris's fledgling video series has grown into a full service site for male military spouses to connect, get information on employment, money tips or gain insights through the Male Spouse 101 tutorial.

Facing another PCS soon with his Air Force spouse to San Antonio, Chris is excited about the opportunities the move presents. “I'm building a business I can take with me,” he explained. And while Macho Spouse is his future, Chris feels it can also lead to other opportunities in the present. Chris is confident that the work he's done creating Macho Spouse will lead to video and film production work in Texas.

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Macho Spouse Chris Pape on USMC Life Radio

Semper Feisty with USMC LifeMacho Spouse Founder Chris Pape talks with Kristine and Jackie, of Semper Feisty Radio with USMC Life, about civilian male military spouses, the Macho Spouse project and making life work as a male military spouse. You can listen to Kristine and Jackie interview Chris in the second segment of the Semper Feisty radio show, starting at 25:50.

Chris shares how the Macho Spouse project started as a result of PCS that left him unable to find a job in his career field. He also shares insight into the growing number of civilian male military spouses and the similarities and differences between civilian male military spouses and their female counterparts. Also, you can hear Chris explain why he chose the name "Macho Spouse" for the project.

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Macho Spouse Chris Pape to Represent Male Military Spouses at MOAA Military Spouse Symposium

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)This Friday, Macho Spouse Chris Pape will represent male military spouses at the 7th annual Military Spouse Symposium hosted by our friends at the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA). Chris will be one of the featured speakers at the event to talk about the support network for male military spouses we have here at Macho Spouse.

Military spouses, service members and veterans are invited to attend the 2013 MOAA Military Spouse Symposium “Keeping a Career on the Move,”  hosted by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).

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Male Military Spouses Cope With Added Challenges, Expert Says

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2011 – Brian Campbell knew some challenges were in store for him after he left his Navy career to follow his military wife across the country.

But what he didn't count on were the additional challenges brought on not by his status as a military spouse, but by his gender.

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Male Military Spouses Create Their Own Support Networks

logo_machospouse-245x150.pngMale military spouses continue to attract more attention from the media.  In this article, Wayne Perry of MANning the Homefront and Chris Pape of Macho Spouse, share why they decided to start organizations specifically designed to help male military spouses and their families.  This was initially published in the Journal Inquirer (Connecticut) by Kristen Tsetsi, who also authored the novel Pretty Much True..., the at-home war story inspired by her husband's 2003 deployment to Iraq.

We may be a little biassed, but we think it's a great read.  Thank you Kristen and the Journal for taking an interest in male military spouses!

You can read the article here.

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Male Military Spouses: Increasingly Common Yet Still Invisible

Chris Pape, the man behind Macho Spouse, is featured in an article on AOL's Homepage for Heroes.

It's unclear exactly why, but the divorce rate among female military personnel is more than twice as high as for their male counterparts, and higher than that of female civilians -- even though for men the divorce rate is lower in the military than outside it.

Chris Pape has been with his wife ever since she just graduated her college ROTC program in 2000, and never felt the need to reach out to other military spouses. "I'm such a fiercely independent person. My wife did her thing, I did my thing. I didn't really embrace the military as a lifestyle."

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Man, Myth, Legend: The Male MilSpouse

“The male military spouse? What is that? There is no such thing!”

Au contraire, but there is.

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May Is National Military Appreciation Month

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Did you know that May Is Proclaimed National Military Appreciation Month by the President of the United States? Did you know that May 10th is Military Spouse Day? Check out this article in the Wall Street Journal that gives more details on the subject.

National Military Appreciation Month Celebrates 14th Year

LA JOLLA, CA--(Marketwired - May 7, 2013) - National Military Appreciation Month (www.nmam.org) founder Alice Wax informs America that the President of the United States has proclaimed May is National Military Appreciation Month. The recognition was designated by the United States Congress in 1999 and in 2004, as a means for Americans to say "Thank You" to the men and women of the of the U.S. Armed Forces -- all branches of the services, National Guard and Reserves ("Citizen Soldiers"), those who have served throughout our history, and all of their families -- over 90 million Americans still living today and to those sacrificed throughout America's 237 year history. The month-long recognition provides an opportunity for all Americans to express their appreciation for the contributions our armed Forces have made to the building and safeguarding of this nation.

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Military Spouse Appreciation Day Virtual Career Fair by Veteran Recruiting Services

Did you know that there are virtual career fairs held that allow you to meet and interact with recruiters from the comfort of your own home? Check out this press release from Veteran Recruiting Services about an upcoming virtual career fair for military spouses.

 

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Military Spouse Connections Looking for Military Spouse Entrepreneur

For those of you in or near Colorado Springs, Colorado, Military Spouse Connections is looking for a military spouse entrepreneur for their upcoming event.

From Military Spouse Connections:

Attention military spouses in the Colorado Springs area. We love entrepreneurs and are looking for a military spouse entrepreneur to come speak at our event in Colorado Springs on 23 May. If you are a military spouse who has a start-up business that would like to share their business with us and others contact us! You will be able to speak as well as have a table at the event.

If interested send an email to snelson@militaryspouseconnection.org.

Till Next Time…Let's Stay Inspired

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Why Hire a Military Spouse?

If you need some talking points for your next interview, check out CompTIA's blog. There's a post you will find helpful as it effectively answers the question, "Why Hire a Military Spouse?"

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Hiring Our Heroes helps military spouses

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TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Spouses of service members are often faced with unique challenges like raising children while their partner is deployed and frequent relocation each time the next permanent change of station come around. Focus is placed on the service member's career, leaving the spouse's employment aspirations to be placed on the back burner. Programs like Hiring Our Heroes not only work toward finding meaningful employment for veterans, but for spouses as well.

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How to Leave Your Job Gracefully as a Military Spouse

Remember that song, "Take this job and shove it?" Well, that's not probably not what you want to express to your employers when you are about to leave, even if that's what you really feel. Times are tough and there are so many stories about how military spouses are finding it difficult to find work, even with all of the efforts out there for hiring military spouses.

Military.com has a good article on How to Leave Your Job Gracefully as a Military Spouse, aimed at helping you find the right words to leave a job before a PCS without burning any bridges.

From Military.com

Everyone is so focused on spouses getting jobs that they forget an equally important task -- leaving the job you have now.

Finding the right words -- and the tact -- to leave a job before a PCS without burning bridges can be difficult, but with these eight steps, you will be able to leave with good recommendations, not good riddance.

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Job fair for vets, military spouses is Thursday

ASHEVILLE -The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host Hiring Our Heroes, a hiring fair for veterans and military spouses, on Thursday.

Several employers are expected to participate with jobs available for veterans and military spouses of all ranks and levels of experience. Companies range from America's biggest employers to dozens of small companies from the region.

The fair will be 9 a.m.-noon Thursday at Asheville Army Reserve Center, 224 Louisiana Ave.

Interested job seekers should register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in job seekers are allowed (veterans must provide proof of service).

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Military Spouse Appreciation Month

Hey! It's Military Spouse Appreciation Month this month. (Did you know that?) Check out this story about military members and military spouses getting a night of pampering.

The Tampa Tribune
By LENORA LAKE
Published: May 6, 2013

WESTCHASE - Jennifer Sheppard's husband, a master sergeant in the Air Force, was on his way back from a six-month deployment to Qatar.

So the off of a new hairstyle couldn't have been better, said Sheppard who was among about a dozen military spouses and active duty personnel treated to a night of pampering.

For two hours, hair stylist Simone Williams washed, cut, dried and styled Sheppard's long dark hair at the Hair Cuttery at Westchase Shopping Center. The special evening with food, wine and gift bags was sponsored by the salon with assistance of the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle chapter of Tampa Bay.

"It was just great; I haven't had time to get a haircut but I made time today," said Sheppard who has been married to Chris Sheppard for 13 years and has two daughters, 12 and 7. Chris Sheppard has been in the military for 17 years and was expected back May 1, just two days after the free hair styling.

Bubbles, a companion company of the Hair Cuttery, offered a similar evening in Washington, D.C., and the local salon and the Tiffany Circle chapter heard about it and planned it here.

"It a good thing to give back and these people (military members and families) are helping us out," said Sarah Zielinski, manager of the shop.

The event also served as a kickoff for Military Spouse Appreciation Month, said Jill Valenti, who started the Tiffany Circle chapter where members give at least $10,000 to the American Red Cross each year.

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Suzie Schwartz named VP of military spouse programs

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Former top Air Force spouse Suzie Schwartz has a new job.

She will be the vice president of military spouse programs for Victory Media, a media company focused on improving lives of military families and veterans,

Schwartz, who is the wife of retired Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, is a former special education teacher who worked to raise awareness about military child mobility issues through the Military Child Education Coalition during her husband's tenure, according to a press release from Victory Media.

 

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The Importance of Military Spouse Careers

Here is a commentary you should check out on Military.com. It's from Deanie Dempsey, wife of Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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America will need the strength of its military families more than ever in the coming months and years. As we approach the second anniversary of a massive campaign to help veterans find jobs, Hiring our Heroes has been a godsend to those who care about our country's future. But helping military spouses plan careers is equally important to our country and our military in the long run.

More than one million servicemembers will leave the military in the next five years. With this drawdown, and ongoing budget cut discussion, it's fair to say that our military families are in a state of high uncertainty, even for our community. Decisions are currently being made that will not only affect the size and scope of our military, but the health and readiness of those who stay.

The past 10 years have stretched our military families thin. There is no need to recount the effects of multiple deployments and the general stress of war on us all. Many of our families who have lived through the struggles have turned their strife into strength.

The "it takes a village" culture permeates our military community in extensive ways. Military spouses volunteer on and off installations at more than three times the national average. Drive down any street on any installation in the U.S. and you will find families covering child care and moving furniture for neighbors, providing both a helping hand and a shoulder to lean on.

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Tomorrow: Military spouses Hiring Our Heroes Camp Pendleton job fair

WHAT: Hiring Our Heroes – Camp Pendleton

WHEN: Tuesday, May 7, 2013; 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Pacific Views Events Center, 202850 San Jacinto Rd., Camp Pendleton, CA 92055

RSVP: Interested job seekers should register for free at hoh.greatjob.net. Walk-in job seekers are allowed.

Tomorrow's “Hiring Our Heroes” job fair at Camp Pendleton isn't for the one in uniform.

This time, military spouses are the focus of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce event.

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MOAA Pushes for Legislationform Military Families

Learn why male military spouses and their families should pay attention and get involved with what MOAA is doing.  

Interviews with Karen Golden (Deputy Director, MOAA Government Relations) and Monique Rizer (Deputy Director, MOAA Spouse Programs).

Video Credit to MOAA Video Department for providing some b-roll footage.

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Video - Male Military Spouse Entrepreneurship

The Military Spouse Business Association (MSBA) is a terrific resource for military spouse entrepreneurs. We list them as a “Spouse Oranization That Rocks!” because we believe in their mission, and have personally used their services with great success. If you have a business of your own, or are considering starting one, we recommend watching this video and then registering with the MSBA. (Run Time: 4:22)


Interview With: Rikki Winters, MSBA Operations Director

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Why Male Military Spouses Should Get Involved With What MOAA Is Doing

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers.

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Male Military Spouse Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio

How many of you guys have had the opportunity to listen to Dave Etter's blog talk radio show?  If you haven't heard the MaleMilitary Spouse Rasio Show yet, well, it's a work in progress and that lack of show polish is just the way he wants it. 

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My Military Life motivates and encourages spouses to follow their dreams

We have had the opportunity to hang out with the Founder/Director of My Military Life, Wendy Poling, at three different events this year (Inc 500, NMSN , and USAA's Blogger Conference) and she is pretty damn cool. Wendy has been very generous with her time, knowledge, and experience as we try to build Macho Spouse into something special.

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SpouseLink is Linking Military Spouses Around the World

SpouseLink™ is a completely free website that supports, informs and inspires Military Spouses with daily trends and important military info. We are an online, interactive community for all U.S. Military Spouses, regardless of branch, location, gender, age or any other status. We encourage you to jump in today to share inspiring thoughts, support one another and to both find and give inspiration to others in the Military Spouse community.

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Male Military Spouse Handbooks

Is there a book on being a Male Military Spouse? No, not that I have seen. Especially, not at the time of this post. If you know of one, let us all know. If you plan to write one, let us know that, too!

Meanwhile, I will continue to pull together various links to resources I find and post them here.

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Air Force Back-to-Basics Spouse Support Guide 2012

This guide is designed to provide Air Force military spouses with enough information to know what questions to ask ...and, who to ask to fully understand the answers!

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Military Family Readiness Council To Meet 20 September 2012

Here is a chance for military spouses to make your voices heard. The Military Family Readiness Council is scheduled to meet on 20 September, 2012.

The Military Family Readiness Council was created by Congress in 2008 to evaluate military family programs and make recommendations to improve vital family resources. Although the council is mandated to meet at least twice a year and required to submit a progress report to Congress every February, the council is failing to meet to the attention of elected officials.

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Man to Man with Jeremy Hilton

The 2012 Military Spouse of the Year, Jeremy Hilton is an Air Force male military spouse and advocate for military families and dependents impacted by illness or disability. In this Man-to-Man video, Jeremy shares some great advice and life lessons.  Male military spouses of all age ranges and experience will find some useful information in this interview.  (Length: :07:12)

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(Wo)man-to-Man with Major Dana Pape

vid_mandana.jpgHave you been wondering what your wife really wants/expects, from you when she's deployed?  Us to, and that's why we sat down with Dana Pape of the USAF.  This video will primarily help the newer military spouses gain insight on how to take care of your loved-ones before, during, and after a deployment.  However, it's never a bad idea for us seasoned spouses to review the basics.  Apparently, Dana didn't appreciate the time and effort spent sending a "gag" care-package during her last deployment.  Lesson learned.

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Video - Macho Spouse Introduction

Macho Spouse Project IntroductionThis short video is an introduction to the Macho Spouse Project, an educational video series and online informational resource for male military spouses.

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Video - The What and Why Behind the Macho Spouse Project

Macho Spouse Project IntroductionThis promotional video briefly explains what Macho Spouse is and why male military spouses and their families need support.

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