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Archive for May 2015

The Simple Lesson Of Remembrance

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. For thirty years, I have remembered this poem, and carried it in my heart. I first learned In Flanders Fields for a Memorial Day program…

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Grand-Parenting the Military Child

Many military families rely on grandparents. Deployments bring some families back to a childhood home. It’s not uncommon to ask grandparents to come visit when a new baby is on the way, especially when a spouse is gone. Moving? Sometimes it is grandma and grandpa unpacking boxes and putting sheets on beds. Grandparents can be…

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Stay Or Go? The High School Balancing Act

Less than 20 percent of active duty military kids are around high school age, but the issues they face due to moving are often more complex then younger children when it comes to their education. Transferring credits to a new school can create worry about classes that won’t count toward graduation. Then there is the issue of…

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Do This When You Get “PCS Crazy”

When it’s time to PCS, life gets hectic. It also gets emotional. There is just so much to do, and even though you might know about a move for months in advance, it all seems to get crazy at the end. Leaving a neighborhood, job, school, or unit you have grown to love can be…

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Always the New Kid

I am always the new kid, The last picked for teams. The one who sits alone at lunch, Even when the cafeteria is bursting at the seams. I try out for sports only to be told to try again next year. They don’t realize another move makes the possibility of that unclear. There was that…

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