20 Free Android Apps Every Milspouse Needs

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I have complied a list of 20 free apps every Milspouse needs. I have provided a link and short description for each app. I am sure any one of these apps will help make your life a little bit easier.

Download 1 or all 20! All apps are free. Check them out and share!

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1) MyMilitaryLife

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Military spouses, do you have questions about moving? Do you
want to know what a DITY move is and is it right for you? Are you readjusting
to family life after a deployment? Find out what others are doing to make it
easier. Are you new to military life and trying to understand the difference
between a PCS and a PCM? Use our list of acronyms to decode the terms. MyMilitaryLife
was created by the National Military Family Association to help spouses
navigate the many adventures of military life. Answers to real-life questions
in the palm of your hand.

2) Military Vacation Planner

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Military Vacation Planner is the number one app to find savings
while on vacation for the Military! Backed by powerful geo-location technology,
the app quickly locks in on your location and displays the nearest discounts.
MVP is great for active duty, reserves, retired, former veteran’s, gold star
family members and anyone who has relation to the United States Military. If
you are looking to find out what restaurants, kayaking company, bike rentals,
tour companies and more offer a Military discount then this application is for
you!

3) MyBaseGuide

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MyBaseGuide provides essential information to all service
members and families about their installation. Newcomers can find out about
check-in procedures, registration, base regulations, maps, and the history of
the base’s commands, and units, including a telephone directory of frequently called
phone numbers. You will also find a wealth of information regarding housing,
employment, education and schools, health care and dental services, as well as
community activities and recreation.

4) Exchange EXTRA

 

“Serving The Best Customers in the World” for over 119 years
(1895 – present). The Shop My Exchange app not only supports active-duty
service members, but also military retirees and families! The Shop My Exchange
app offers products in every category and the same national brand merchandise
found in brick-and-mortar stores. The Shop My Exchange’s app assortment is
updated continually, offering convenience for those who don’t live near a
military installation. App shoppers pay no sales tax and enjoy free delivery
when using a Military Star Card or when their online purchases total $49 or
more.

Finance

5) Military Pay by Military.com

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Military.com and Navy Federal Credit Union partnered to bring you
a free mobile app that provides you with updated military pay rate information
including current BAH, BAS and special duty pay! Stay informed on changes to
your future pay or retirement with the latest benefit and pay chart news. Make
sure your finances are in order with our pay posting calendar. Getting
promoted? PCS or deployment coming? Find out your new pay with this free and
easy-to-use app.

 

6) Hip2Save

TheFREE Hip2Save App allows you to easily access all the latest in-store deals,
online bargains, freebies, coupons and more that are posted on Hip2Save.com.
Save money and time while on the go!

7) SCOUT Military Discounts

SCOUT the most comprehensive military discount app with
hundreds of thousands of discounts and savings. It is designed to have every
military discount at your fingertips. It also provides useful features such as
USO locations, charities that help the military community, Veterans Day
freebies and much more. Please add any military discounts you know about today
so they can be verified and shared with the SCOUT community. Not in the
military? You can still use this app to add military discounts you come across
for your friends and family in the military. We’re constantly improving the
app. Thank you for your support as we continue to grow our database of savings!

Family

8) ArmyTimes

 

Get the latest independent news affecting your career in the U.S.
Army, Guard or Reserve, with the Army Times for Android app. The app is free to
download and the Home section is available to all users. Subscribers get full
access to this app, desktop and mobile websites and e-newspaper. After
downloading the app, tap on the key icon to start your subscription, or you can
also sign in to the app using your existing Army Times account.

9) Sesame for Military Families

The Sesame Street for Military Families app puts all of
Sesame’s bilingual (English & Spanish) resources for military families
right in your pocket! Now you can use your mobile device to access engaging
videos, articles, storybooks, parent guides, and more to help you support your preschool
and school-aged children as they encounter transitions common to military
families.

10) 23snaps – Family Photo Album

Save and privately share all of your special family moments in
a beautiful online journal. 23snaps is the free, private family photo album
that allows parents to save and share photos, videos, and stories of their
child’s precious moments, and share them with a closed network of family and
close friends – anywhere in the world. Don’t worry if your family members don’t
have an Android phone – they can follow your updates on other smartphones,
online and by email!

11) US Military Rank Quiz

 

Work on improving your knowledge of US military rank. This quiz will help you learn to identify each rank through all five branches of the US military. Don’t make a fool of
yourself by calling a General a Captain because you did recognize their
insignia on their uniform. Whether you are in the military, planning to join the
military, have family in the military, or are just interesting in improving
your knowledge, US military rank quiz is a great app to have on your phone. US
Military Rank Quiz contains every officer, enlisted, and warrant officer rank
from Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force, and Coast Guard. Great for all ages.
Learn information about the ranks as you play. Keep Score on how well you know
your US military ranks.

12) Army Emergency Relief

 

Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private non-profit that
provides emergency financial assistance to Soldiers and their Families. AER
also provides scholarships to the Spouses and Children of Soldiers. This app
provides basic information about AER, explains the assistance and scholarship
application processes, as well as help in locating the nearest AER office.
Funded primarily through donations by Soldiers, AER is truly “Soldiers Helping
Soldiers.”

13) Military Quotes

 

This application is dedicated to the men and women who serve their countries with pride and dedication. We greatly appreciate the life we can pursue and the freedoms provided by their sacrifice.

All branches of the military are represented. Includes quotes about war, courage, integrity, dedication, hard work, fear, sacrifice, heroes, and leadership. I’ve also mixed in some humorous quotes to mix things up.

Coping with Deployments

14) Virtual Hope Box

 

The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed
for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to
treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping,
relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Patients and providers can work
together to personalize the VHB content on the patient’s own smartphone
according to the patient’s specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB
away from clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed.

15) Inspirational Wallpaper

 

What inspires you? The inspirational backgrounds in this app
feature quotes that will brighten your day and inspire you on your journey
through life! Each quote is paired with a beautiful, fun or interesting
background image – you’ll find hand-sketched drawings, happy colors, and nature
images of the forest, ocean, mountains, and more. You will recognize some of
the quotes as tried-and-true favorites, while others will be new seeds of
wisdom and inspiration that you can carry with you wherever you go!

16) Life Reboot – Fight Depression

In this fast moving world sometimes we forget ourselves and
loose track. At this time we need something to rejuvenate our life or in
computing terms reboot our lives. Life reboot has been developed to initiate
this new part of you which will make you feel good about yourself and help in
rebuilding your life. This app is also useful for those who are fighting with
depression. Sometimes we just need a good joke or a motivational quote to lift
us up. Life reboot has been designed by taking guidance from various therapists
and psychological counselors. This app is designed not as a substitute to
therapy but a support to the treatment for a person who is not actually
struggling but trying to find a way out.

Weddings

17) Military Wedding Planner

The Military Wedding Planner App contains everything you need to
plan the Military wedding of your dreams in one mobile wedding app! The
Military Wedding Planner contains in app and online resources for: checklists,
registry, and Military guidelines and etiquette and advice from wedding
professionals, highly touted vendor recommendations, bridal craft tutorials,
wholesale décor, seating charts and so much more.

 

18) LadyMarry Wedding Planner

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LadyMarry Wedding Planner is the perfect wedding free app for
on-the-go wedding planning. Powered by the millions of brides and grooms,
LadyMarry helps you plan out a dream wedding in a fast and collaborative way –
from monthly wedding checklist to hands-on tips to day-of timeline, like a
professional wedding planner.

19) Gay Wedding Confidential

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Welcome to the official mobile app for Gay Wedding Confidential.
This app is a joint development of EDGE Media Network and 14 Stories; it
contains all the information you need to know about planning your gay wedding,
including some neat interactive features.

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*Remember you can Always down load my app for FREE!

Lesbian Army Wife

Lesbian Army Wife was created for spouses of actively-serving Army and Military personnel. Our hope and desire is to provide support, education, and resources, for lesbian couples and families and similarly-identified (LGBT) military families.

 

Here are a few more apps I liked as well.

Home2You – Your Defense

Home2You keeps your family connected during time apart. The
count-down, count-up, and time-zone tracking features are ideal for military
families separated due to operational service, and for families experiencing
time apart due to work and other factors. The pass code feature ensures your
countdown and private videos and photos are always secure.

 

Military Soulmate Voices $1.99

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Military life is never easy. The Soldier is usually away taking care of government business and the ‘soul mates’ are left to take care of the home front. The strong ‘voices’ of the soul mates sends a clear message to all who will listen, “Soldier, we are here for you, we are your support, we LOVE and miss you dearly!”. This mobile app combines poems and love sonnets from wives, fiances and girlfriends to their soldier. Whether together for a long marriage or short get acquainted time, the pain of separation is real. Also included are pages and pages of support site links, calendar for your countdown homecoming, videos of some GREAT homecomings, pictures of those special moments and more. This mobile app will keep you close to your loved one through the eyes of those whom have been there before.

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5 Things I Learned in my First Year as a Milspouse Blogger

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Blogging is a creative process just as anything else is from painting to drawing. As a painter, artist, or blogger  you begin with a blank canvas or paper and fill it with your soul. How you are feeling in any given moment and what you want to share with the world. Every creative mind shares and expresses their art differently for me instead of stoking a paint brush or using a pencil to draw I craft my art while sitting, typing away, using words to take my audience on an adventure. I love creating a warm and welcoming place for my audience.

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Recently, I have been thinking, reevaluating my blog and what I want to write about. I love writing. I love words. I love sharing my ideas and helping others. However, I do want to write broaden the subjects that I write about and share my experiences. I had been scowling at the internet and Pinterest for ideas on what to write about for the average 30 somethings.  Most often, I think I may get too caught up in my life. I probably don’t take enough time to capture what it is I’m thinking about.

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2013 was a big year for me, I was able to publish my poetry book and it’s available on Amazon right now. I also got married and attempted my first go around with blogging. I started blogging about RV-ing in Southern California. It was one of my hair brained ideas – I wanted to live in an RV. I watched all those tiny house shows on TLC and I desperately wanted to downsize and save money. My wife followed me down this crazy road from living in a house to purchasing an RV. Of course it was amazing content and I wrote about it all. The problem was we couldn’t quality for a loan to get an RV. So after sharing my experience I stopped blogging about RV-ing because at the time there was no way we could purchase an RV.

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Although time passed I still wanted to blog. My passion is writing and helping others. In 2015 my wife decided she would like to reenlist in the Army. Of course the wheels in my brain started turning. I decided I wanted to know everything about military life. I wanted to support my wife in her journey back into the Army. The only thing was I couldn’t find websites specifically aimed at lesbians in the military. I didn’t despair I just Googled my little heart and bought any book that interested my about being a military wife.

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I was along for the ride as my wife continued the process of reenlisting in the Army. I wished there were more blogs or websites about lesbians in the military and their stories. I found a few wonderful websites, but not exactly what I wanted. Since I was between blogs I decided to create a blog and website to help share my story about being a lesbian army wife and what it was all about.

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Blogging is a wonderful undertaking for those who want to share and create content for the world. I encourage you to blog or keep blogging if you feel like giving up. Blogging can a lot of research on your chosen topic. There are days you don’t want to write or wonder why you are writing or ask yourself does it matter what I have to say? Is anyone listening? I can guarantee you someone right now is benefiting from my experiences, why not yours? Remember, its about never giving up if you are behind. I really wish I could be 3 or 4 posts ahead of myself instead of 3 to 4 post behind, but that’s okay. That’s for another day and another blog post. I keep writing every day. I keep trying and I do what I love.

Blog your heart out!

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The Best Free Printables Every Milspouse Needs to keep Organized

Who doesn’t love something for free? Life is tough as it is. I thought it would be useful if I created a blog post about where to find free printable to help you get organized. As a milspouse you are always trying to keep it in line on the home front. Support is welcomed and I wanted to give you that support in the form of free printables.

What is a printable? A printable is digital content that you can use by downloading and printing out from your computer. Why do some bloggers offer free printable while others don’t? I believe it really depends on why the blogger created the printable whether to make money or help their reader with something. Remember, when a blogger does decide to offer a printable for free they usually are trying to builder their email listing which is pretty cool. You get a printable for free and you also get a free newsletter with awesome content sent to your inbox.

Check out this awesome list of Printables!

Free Printable- No Requirements

 

Free Printable – Social Media Like or Share

Free Printable – Email Required

 

Paid Printable

*Here are some paid printables you might be interested in as well. I didn’t want you to miss anything!

 

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16 Exciting Lesbian Blogs to Supercharge Your Life

The blog-o-sphere has become dimensional, artistic, and visual. I love the art of writing using words to create the pictures of a story but we are now completely visually driven thanks to the internet, Facebook, twitter feeds, and of course blogs. Blogging is super fun when I actually take time to sit down and write. I know as a blog when I browse the internet randomly looking to read or learn about something I am draw toward dynamic content that is visual. I am always in awe of the photos bloggers chose and it coordinates with their blog posts. It seems in order to stay relevant, I find, bloggers must use images with their blog posts. Lets face it no one nowadays has an attention span longer than 2 minutes when it comes to social media content.

As a writer or blogger you have to snag the reader in the first few minutes, detail an inspiration story, list tons of tips or suggestion, be pretty, be funny, be brave – basically you have to be everything for your read. (I add sarcasm for free!) Then you have to create those wonderful visual stimulates that keep your reader engaged. Of course your graphics need to be spectacular and captivating. What can I say?  I really love blogging because you can say how you feel and even include some facts as to why you are right. I also love creating relevant motivating content that resonates with my reader and the world. Well enough engaging with you my reader. I wanted to create a blog post to keep you motivated and inspired. When it comes to fining great lesbian blogs I found its a little hard to come by. Here it is my list of 16 Exciting Blogs for Lesbians that will Super Charge your life.

Lifestyle

About: “We like the macro and the micro, the international and the close-to-home. We take a queer sensibility to everything — ’cause something doesn’t have to be GAY to be, you know – gay. You won’t find any right-wing conservative viewpoints here, but we do try to feature a variety of perspectives, including the very radical and the very mainstream.”

 

 

About: Anything you wish to read about lesbian life from relationship advice, to dating tips, to who’s the next hottest lesbian celebrity you can sure fun it here.

 

About: “This is a blog to detail the life of Wegan. Who or what is Wegan I hear you ask? We are Whitney & Megan, a femme (aka ‘lipstick’) lesbian couple who endured four years of long distance between Hawaii & the UK. Follow & share on our journey, with our lives loved together and lived apart.”

 

About: Welcome to Black Lesbian Love Lab, where we exclusively celebrate BLACK LESBIANS and the women who love them!

 

About: “Hi, I’m Andrea Hewitt, a late life lesbian who came out in her mid-forties. This is the blog that I wish I had found when I was coming out a few years ago. There’s almost nothing out there about women coming out later in life, so I decided to write it myself and help others in the process. Hey, we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re fabulous & finally OUT!”

 

About:  “The Other Team is a website aimed at empowering lesbian and bisexual women through its snarky, gay-positive content. With a writing team full of awesome lesbians, The Other Team strives to be the #1 resource for queer women. Starting with a simple idea of helping lesbians around the world, The Other Team proudly boasts one of the largest lesbian communities on the internet with over 150,000 monthly readers, 116,000 Facebook fans, and 30,000 Twitter followers. Our philosophy is: If we can help at least one person who’s feeling lost and alone to love themselves for who they really are, then we will consider our efforts to be worthwhile.

 

 

About: “We are Sarah & Laura, a femme lesbian couple who’ve been together since March 2009. As a UK/USA couple we grew up across the Atlantic from each other but when we met in October 2008 it was hard to deny the chemistry! We love travelling, date nights, takeaways, dogs, and drink so much Diet Coke that we may actually be 20% DC at any given time.”

 

About: “Mombian is a lifestyle site for lesbian moms and other LGBTQ parents, offering a mix of parenting, politics, diversions, and resources for all our varied roles. Mombian provides news about LGBTQ families, parenting tips, reviews of books and media for parents and children, and political and legal news and commentary from the perspective of a lesbian mom.”

News & Media

About:The Fab Femme Mag is a popular media outlet that aims to create a unique space for feminine LGBTQ women from all walks of life. Our goal is to publish creative content that sheds light on stories told by feminine women in society.”

About: “Broadly is a website and digital video channel devoted to representing the multiplicity of women’s experiences. Through original reporting and documentary film, we provide a sustained focus on the issues that matter most to women. As one YouTube commenter succinctly put it: “So basicly [sic] vice but excluding anything of relevance that includes men.”

 

About: AfterEllen.com works the lesbian/bi pop culture beat with a fun, feminist perspective on film, television, music, books, and sports. We also cover  lifestyle issues like lesbian sex and dating, coming out, and our take on the current political climate as it affects our community. AE delivers new and exclusive celebrity interviews, film reviews, TV recaps, original video and more, and is a continually evolving website for women.

 

About: “Allwomenstalk.com is your daily scoop of fabulous! And whether you’re looking for tips on putting together the perfect outfit, or wondering which lipstick is right for your complexion, Allwomenstalk.com is the perfect place to find the answers! From tips on how you can safely lose a few pounds to the new hair trends of the season, you will find it all on 26 blogs dedicated to women’s beauty, style, health, matters of the heart and all other important things we women talk about.”

 

Fashion

About: Founded in 2011 by Sonny Oram, Qwear is a style website that transcends social norms through fashion performance and gender expression. We speak with brands and press about queer fashion needs, including interviews with Isaac Mizrahi on the Huffington Post Live, Buzzfeed, and Fashionista.com. We also highlight up-and-coming brands that cater to underserved demographics. Our inspiration provides a space void of the strict beauty standards of mainstream media and works to celebrate all bodies, abilities, races, and identities. Qwear insists that queer bodies are beautiful by consistently displaying positive images that portray us the way we view ourselves.”

 

About:  “One day I realized that of all the style blogs I loved to read, none were written by girls-who-like-girls, let alone very many strong and diverse queer voices.  And so, way back in 2008, with a crummy little point-and-shoot camera, a handsome sidekick behind the lens, and great big wishes for a badass femme community, I stepped onto the internet’s ‘infinite scroll’ catwalk to be the change I wished to see in the world. ”

 

Weddings

About: “Pridezillas celebrates pride, love and equality. We are proud to promote our gay-friendly wedding vendors who support marriage equality. Our website showcases some of the best wedding photographers, planners, ministers, venues, DJ’s and more; all of which are excited to work with same-sex couples. We provide the wedding industry the ability to voice their support for marriage equality. We believe all love is worth fighting for.”

 

About: 2brides2be is a wedding resource for the modern lesbian bride: The bride who exudes youth and style no matter what her age, who doesn’t see her same-sex wedding as unusual but sees it as extraordinary, and who believes that she can have it all; including a chic and romantic wedding and the support of her community. 2brides2be features the latest trends in wedding related content while putting our lesbian brides at the forefront of wedding planning.

Extra Blogs to Check out!!! ( I couldn’t help myself)

Updated: March 24, 2017

More awesome Lesbian Blogs to check out

*These blogs I noticed were last updated in 2016 but totally still worth checking out!

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What is the CSMR and why does California have it?

I live in Southern California where its about 85% sunny most of of the year. I count myself lucky I happened to be born and raised here. My wife is an Army Veteran who now serves  in the California State Military Reserve or CSMR, which is the state defense of California under the exclusive control of the Governor. The CSMR was founded in 1846 and is trained to integrated with their counterparts the National Guard if there a state security emergency, a natural disaster occurs like the Oroville Dam Crisis or if the National Guard is deployed.

I wanted to write about the CSMR so others know there are soldiers in our state of California protecting us. Although, CSMR soldiers might serve federally they serve our state governor who in turn serves the President of the United States. Before my wife took her oath I didn’t realize there was a state military and how they actually fit in. Knowing about the California State Military Reserve has really opened my eyes to the fact that veterans and citizens alike volunteer to serve our state.

Some may not think those who volunteer for for the state military are actually real soldiers.

“However, when on state active duty, CSMR soldiers rank among state active duty members of the California National Guard, which includes both the Army and Air Divisions. All appointments, commissions, warrants, and enlistments are recognized and authorized by the Governor of the State of California through the Adjutant General of the State of California. CSMR members can be called to active duty, have the legal authority to command troops, and participate in real-world missions on the behalf of the Military Department of the State of California. YES, State Military Reserve officers and enlisted soldiers are real.”  – State Military Reserve

Those who volunteer for the CSMR like my wife are not compensated for their time, uniform, or travel expenses. Monthly and yearly training are required to maintain the objective of “Always Ready, Always There” for the state. Although, my wife is not in the Federal Army she serves our great State of California in the Military Reverse. CSMR soldiers can be activated for duty depending on their situation or need within the state. As luck would have my wife was activated to work for the state here in sunny southern California. I feel very fortunate and blessed that my wife loves what she does, in the environment she works in.

 

Learn more about your state defense force!  There are currently about 22 states that have state defense forces. See if you state has one.

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10 More Lesbian Military Themed E-Books to Read Any Time

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Reading is one of the best things your can do for yourself. There have been many studies done to prove mentally stimulated or reading can slow can slow the progress of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Not to mention reading can reduce stress, help bring a sense of tranquility to your life all while expanding your vocabulary. I wanted to give you a fresh new list of Lesbian Military Themed books. Its been a couple of years since I created a new blog post list for you to enjoy.

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Check out my original blog post 10 Lesbian Military Themed E-Books to Read Any Time for more great books to dive into. I really love Amazon you can basically find anything you want have it shipped to your door or download a game or E-book for your the Kindle or App. I am sure my list of Lesbian Military Themed books will capture your attention, share an adventure or romance, all while you are cozy at home. Remember reading makes you smarter. Get to reading!

 

1. Dear Taylor (Letters to War) (Volume 1)

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Synopsis: Taylor Phillips was working as a barista in NYC the day the twin towers came crashing down. Seeing her city in shambles, coated in ash, and American lives lost, she enlisted to fight the War on Terror. Daniella Melo, a Rhode Island American History teacher, challenges her class to write letters to soldiers fighting overseas. With one name left and a student short, Daniella takes it upon herself to write letters to Private Taylor Phillips stationed in Afghanistan. Over the next two years, the women exchange letters, sharing stories of their daily lives: Daniella trailing after her rambunctious daughter, Jackie, and dealing with overeager seniors planning prom while Taylor trudges through sand and dirt, driving her humvee in cold deserts. Their friendship continues to grow until it becomes something so much more than either women expect.

 

2. Marine: Outside the Wire

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Synopsis: Lance Corporal Lara Grayson, or Gray to her brothers, has been stationed at a base camp in Jelawur, Afghanistan. She’s a dog handler, her partner, a German Shepard named Zabba, tracks down Taliban insurgent fighters and IEDs. They take daily patrols, and when engaged in a firefight, they’re usually short lived. But not everyone on either side will come out alive. Tabatha Steel, a war reporter has been captured by the Taliban, and when the patrol rescue her and her cameraman, tension builds. Their meeting is a game changer in more ways than one. Their mission is to ruin the enemy maneuvering from place to place and setting up IEDs and to catch them in the act, and to establish friendships with the locals.

 

3. When Love Wins

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Synopsis: A story about two female Airman stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, one, Tyler, is gay, the other, Shenin, is straight. They are members of the same security force at the base and are friends long before Shenin finds out that Tyler is gay. Shenin finds she is not surprised by this news, and even though she has always dated men, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to Tyler. The story takes place in a time when Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) was still firmly in place, and because of that gays in the military have to be very careful. Tyler is hyper-aware of any impropriety that could cause her to lose her hard won military career; she also finds that it becomes more important to her to protect Shenin from not only getting into trouble with the military, but from traveling a path that could lead to disaster for them both.

 

4. Ask, Tell

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Synopsis: Where can you turn when you’re caught in a crossfire of war and passion?Captain Sabine Fleischer is a skilled and dedicated U.S. Army surgeon deployed to a combat hospital in Afghanistan. She is also one of the thousands of troops who are forced to serve in silence because of the military’s anti-gay policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).” Usually driven and focused, Sabine finds that battles raging both inside and outside the perimeter walls are making it more and more difficult for her to deal with her emotions. Dealing with loss and mortality, lack of privacy, sleep deprivation, loneliness and the isolation forced on her by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are all taking their toll. Plus, her long-term relationship with a civilian back home is quickly becoming another casualty of war.

Colonel Rebecca Keane is an enigmatic career officer who runs the surgical unit like clockwork. Well liked and respected by those who work with and under her, she walks a fine line to preserve the military’s chain of command while connecting with those under her care and supervision. Sabine knows the Colonel is way off-limits, but can’t help fantasizing about her. Especially when she starts picking up unspoken cues—a stolen glance, a secret smile, an “accidental” brush of hands. Or is it just wishful thinking? After all, Rebecca’s wedding ring shines almost as brightly as her deep blue eyes…

 

5. Hero

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Synopsis: Major Jackie Holmes is a career soldier with nearly twenty-one years of service under her. Returning home from Afghanistan injured makes her evaluate her life. After her husband’s strange behavior, she realizes the only people in her life she can count on to help with her recovery are her twins, her parents, and all the medical teams she finds herself surrounded with. Could a chance encounter with an old school friend turn her life around?

As a physiotherapist at a military rehabilitation center, Carrie Spencer treats all kinds of people and injuries. She just didn’t ever consider running into an old school friend, and end up treating her. In the midst of an abusive relationship, Carrie is struggling to decide how she needs to act to safeguard herself and her boys, Charlie and Richard. Jackie is her bright light in a dark place, and Carrie begins to rely on her friend more and more as she comes to terms with what she must do.

Everything comes to a head at a party held at Jackie’s house…the only question is—Will Carrie do the right thing and turn her back on her relationship, or will she follow her lover and suffer more of her abuse?

When a friendship turns to more and two hearts beat as one, is it possible for that bond to be torn apart?

 

6. The Sniper’s Kiss

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Synopsis: It is 1944, and vast armies drive each other back and forth over blood-drenched Europe.  In the midst of it, two radically different women meet, one a Russian speaking American on a failed diplomatic mission and the other a Soviet sniper. The American, fleeing a sordid past worthy of Dostoyevsky, has murder in her heart but has injured no man. The other, a once-saintly believer, has killed a hundred of them for Stalin. Their politics are worlds apart, but a reckless drunken kiss has tied them together, through church and trench, incense and the smoke of battle. If they survive the war, can they survive the peace?

 

7. Saving Us: First Time Lesbian Romance Story, A Doctor Saves Her Soldier

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Synopsis: Wendy Cleary is moving at a mad pace in order to forget. First as an ER doctor in a busy urban hospital then as a volunteer in a combat zone. Wendy is a lesbian who lost her wife and the last thing on her mind is finding love again in Afghanistan.

Lily Bailey is embarking on her second tour of duty in Afghanistan. As a medical transport specialist she will be helping move doctors and supplies where they’re needed. The last thing on her mind is romance because she hasn’t had luck with boyfriends in the past.
Two compassionate women collide and find what neither was expecting. Wendy and Lily find love in each other although the obstacles to their happiness are many. A friend’s death, a critical injury and a world that isn’t quite ready for their type of love, add up. Can these two fierce women prove that love really does conquer all?

 

8. Dead Shot

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Synopsis: McKenzie is a soldier and her girlfriend, Katie, is a contractor with the United Nations peacekeeping force. McKenzie’s squad has named her Dead Shot for her uncanny ability with weapons. When her unit is ambushed, will her skills be enough?

 

9. Never Let Go

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Synopsis: For Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer, Finley Morris, life is good. She loves her job, is well respected by her peers, and has been given an opportunity to take her career to the next level. The only thing missing is the love of her life, who walked out, taking their daughter with her, seven years earlier. When Finley gets a call from her ex, saying their teenage daughter is coming to spend the summer with her, she’s floored. While spending more time with her daughter, whom she doesn’t get to see often, and learning to be a full-time parent, Finley quickly realizes she has not, and will never, let go of what is important.

 

10. Second Chance

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Synopsis: After an tragic attack on her convoy, Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, Darien Hollister, must learn to live without her sight. When an experimental procedure allows her to see again, opening up the possibility for her to go back to the career that is deeply ingrained in her, Darien is torn, knowing someone had to die in order for this to happen. She embarks on a journey to personally thank the donor’s family, but is too stunned to tell them the truth. Mixed emotions stir inside of her as she slowly gets to the know the people that feel like so much more than strangers to her. When the truth finally comes out, Darien walks away, taking the second chance that she’s been given to go back to the only life she’s ever known, but she’s not the only one with a second chance at life.

 

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25 of the Best Military Spouse Twitter Feeds to Follow

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Updated 12/29/2016

We live in an age where technology has slowly be steady become an intricate part our life from the moment we wake we reach for the phone and check messages and then the days starts.  I feel as a military spouse you have lots of things going on from family to work to friends to your spouse. It’s a constant battle to find relevant information quickly and easily.

Wikipedia states “Twitter is an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called “tweets”.”  I like the fact that Twitter is short and simple you get the meat of topics right away. I also think when you are tweeting you have to be concise as well about what you are sharing or saying.“I am on Twitter, and the people I choose to follow on Twitter give me the information I need the instant it happens.” – From blog post Be one of the first to know

 

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It took me awhile to try Twitter. I didn’t get it. I thought it was pointless at first. However, when I began blogging I realized I needed to be more open-minded and check what Twitter was all about. I actually came to find over time I really liked Twitter. It’s different from other forms of social media and made it possible to get information fast and share it tons of people at once. Twitter has given me the ability to connect with other Military Spouses in an instant. I can check my feed share a quick thought or article or blog post.

I love seeing what other military spouses think and I see I am not the only one who deals with certain things. I also like knowing the latest news and what resources are available to me.I wanted to share my favorite Twitter Feeds with you in case you are new to Twitter or a newbie who is looking for vital information to help navigate your new life as a military spouse.

Here is my list of 25 Best Military Spouse Twitter Feeds to Follow:

Military Spouse Websites and Blogs

  1. @ArmyWifeNetwork

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About: AWN is a grass-roots effort for #militaryspouse empowerment and support. Valuable resources, podcasts, blogs, and columns for the #Armywife & #milso. Join us!

Website: armywifenetwork.com

  1. @Armywife101

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About: Krystel S. Head of Brand Outreach@MSBNewMedia Creator of Popular Lifestyle blog for #Milspouse. Former French Fry and Cupcake Snob!

Website: armywife101.com/northcarolinam…

  1. @KaylaRoof

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About: I help ambitious military spouses start their own businesses that can move with them to each duty station.

Website:  kaylaroof.com

     4.@awaywerunblog

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About: I write about life as the home front to a deployed service member. I was well prepared and it was still nothing like I expected.

Website: awaywerun.com

  1. @HeatherGoffrier

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About: #Navywife & #toddlermom sharing military deployment tips, care package ideas, parenting/fertility stories & encouragement. #Milspouse blogger

Website: happyfitnavywife.com

  1. @NextGenMilSo

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About: THE site for #millennial #milspouse &#MilSo. Because the last thing you are is dependent. Lifestyle, careers, & trending news for the #military community.

Website: nextgenmilspouse.com

  1. @Jdavis55

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About: Motivational Speaker, Author, Lifestyle Blogger. Military Life & Teen Suicide Prevention Expert, @LiveThruCrisis CEO LOVE to laugh & help others. #Milspouse

Website: theDirectionDiva.com

  1. @SoldiersWifeCL

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About: Military spouse blogger, photographer, writer, avid reader, social media lover, mom to 3 boys, wife of 13 years, living in Tennessee, dreaming of California.

Website: soldierswifecrazylife.com

  1. @JoMyGosh

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About: Stories & advice that feel like coming home. Relationships (including long distance and military), care packages, DIYs, recipes, & the things that matter.

Website: jomygosh.com

 

Resources

  1. @LGBTMilPartners

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About: The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) is the nation’s organization of partners, spouses, families, & allies of #LGBT #military &#veterans#MilFams

Website: MilitaryPartners.org

  1. @TRICARE

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About: Your Military Health Plan – Serving Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide.

Website: tricare.mil

12.  @MilSpouseMag

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About: Military Spouse – Simplifying your crazy, wonderful military life. Join our amazing#militaryspouse community! Welcome to the family.

Website: militaryspouse.com

  1. @Military1Source

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About: Offering resources, referrals, consultations and counseling services on the issues that concern military families; 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year. 1-800-342-9647

Website: MilitaryOneSource.mil

  1. @SupportMilSps

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About: To applaud the brave military spouses who shoulder responsibilities of family, employment, finances, wounded warrior care, and the honoring of fallen heroes.

Website: supportmilitaryspouses.org

  1. @MilResource

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About: Supports MilSpouse projects. Learning something new every day. Wine,Yoga & Books – my favorite! War Eagle!

Website: MilspouseResource.com 

  1. @HomefrontUinted

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About: We are all one #military family. Official Network for National Guard and Reserve families.

Website: homefrontunited.com

  1. @military_family

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About: The National Military Family Association tweets! Find us on Facebook at httww.facebook.com/militaryfamily  or read our blog at h://blog.militaryfamily.org .

Website: militaryfamily.org

Education and Career

  1. @salutetospouses

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About: SalutetoSpouses is the new go-to resource for education and career news for military spouses.

Website: http://www.salutetospouses.com

 

Military Spouse Groups

19.@CorieLpc

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About: I’m passionate about helping people.  Whether it’s a personal goal, or learning how to work together as a couple or team- I help people build strong, balanced relationships with themselves and others.

Website: corieweathers.com

  1. @SpouseBUZZ

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About: Military spouses using keyboards to provide virtual support, and the friendly skies to tour military bases/posts to bring some fun & laughs to other milspouses

Website: spousebuzz.com

  1. @SpouseLinkOrg

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About: https://www.SpouseLink.org ™ links military spouses together with informative, supportive and inspiring Web content.

Website: spouselink.org

Discounts and Benefits

  1. @TroopID

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About: Troop ID works with brands to enable verified members of the military & their families to access their military discounts online & earn cash back at @IDme.

Website: ID.me/military

  1. @MilBenefits

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About: Military Benefits information for active duty, veterans, reserves, military spouses and families. A non-government, privately sponsored account.

Website: militarybenefits.info

PCS Move Resources

  1. @gomillie_com

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About: MILLLIE is standing by to help military families move with a network of people who’ve been in your shoes, and are ready to help you before, during and after your PCS.

Website: gomillie.com

  1. @pcslodging

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About: PCS-Lodging provides easy access to lodging in and around U.S. Military Bases. We also are a source for military travel related news. A Military By Owner company.

Website: pcs-lodging.com

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About: A place where Lesbian Army & Military Wives can find helpful tips & resources. Also, learn about benefits & their new life as a Milspouse!

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