The man who nearly broke the military…

  “They really overestimate our patriotism.” That’s what a friend, a soldier, told me several weeks ago when news first got out that Leon Panetta, the Secretary of Defense, had hinted that he was considering changing the military retirement plan to one that more closely resembled the Thrift Savings Plan. Specifically my friend, like service […] Continue Reading....
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Two heroes

I’ve met a lot of heroes these last eight years I’ve been a military wife. The first few months I lived in my Army town I remember looking around and being amazed on a nearly daily basis by the people I met, people for whom words like “honor” and “duty” really meant something — and […] Continue Reading....
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Here’s how to help Chinook victims’ families:

The news is still raw for all of us, and it will continue to be raw for the families of the 30 Americans and eight Afghans killed in Saturday’s Chinook crash for months and years to come. But in time those of us not directly affected by the tragedy will move on. There will be […] Continue Reading....
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Bravery, grief and strength

This is one of those times when it seems like I should say something — something wise, something poignant. And yet, in the face of greatest single day loss of life in the 10-year history of this war, every word that crosses my mind is offensively inadequate. How do I quantify, much less honor, such […] Continue Reading....
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