The Dear MilFamily Podcast

A podcast for anyone who has a family member in the military or anyone interested in the military lifestyle.

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Jan 22nd, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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There is a part of the military community that sometimes goes unnoticed. Those members are known as reservists. The reserve forces can go back and forth on active duty several times, but you may have heard "two weekends a month & two weeks out of the year." The reserves are definitely an integral part of the U.S. Military, but sometimes families don't feel as a part of the military community as they should. I get one spouse's perspective on this episode. 

Lana Phillips and her husband started dating at 16. They got married at 19 years old, right after he graduated from bootcamp and A school. Knowing she wanted to build a life that would be complimentary to her husband's military career, she eventually decided to go to college and become a software engineer. Since graduating in 2012, she's built websites for the likes of celebrities like Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. She's helped build software with a company that's responsible for sending out coupons for major retailers based on customer data. And she has also spent over 2 years working for major online retailers Zappos and 6pm, which are Amazon owned companies. After working for Amazon/Zappos/6pm, she decided to build an ecommerce business for herself called AmericanPrideSpot.com. Now, she's trying to use her platform as a military spouse, and with her business that will allow her to connect with other military families and the friends, family, and awesome supporters of the military.

Find Lana:

Shop: American Pride Spot

Facebook: facebook.com/americanprideheadquarters

Instagram: instagram.com/americanpridehq/

A very special thanks to this episode's sponsor Ebates! Sign up to get cash back on your purchases here: https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Dec 25th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Happy Holidays! Here is a bonus episode about going home for the holidays with Jennifer McDonald. 

Find Jen:

Facebook I Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram @jenmcdonald88
Dec 18th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Hey you MilSpouse! What's your story? Don't think yours is different or important. Well, you're wrong. We all have a unique and important story to tell about our lives as military spouses and military community members. Why? Because telling our personal stories helps to create change to make military life (or just life in general) better for all of us. On this episode, I talk to Anna Blanch Rabe, previous guest, advocate, writer, and attorney about why it's important for us to share our struggles and triumphs with the world.

Anna Blanch Rabe is an Australian-born writer, advocate, and entrepreneur. Passionate about businesses who are committed to their communities, non-profits, and businesses making a social impact, she works to help leaders share their story. Anna has been published in both web and print in both academic and popular publications as diverse as Englewood Review of Books & Immerse Journal, to Huffington Post, Military.com, and Military Spouse Magazine. She has inspired through keynote speaking and leading panel discussions, as well as radio and podcast interviews on three continents including TEDx, CBS Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Modern Language Association, WordCamp ABQ, Greenbelt, BAVS, AVSA, CCL, & CNMAC. An Australian Army Veteran, Anna is also a proud USAF spouse, she was honored to be named 2018 USAF Joan Orr Spouse of the Year for Air Combat Command.

Connect with Anna:

www.annablanchrabe.com

https://twitter.com/AMBRabe

https://www.facebook.com/AnnaBlanchRabe/

https://www.instagram.com/annie_rabe/

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

Thanks to this episode's Sponsors:

Seasoned Spouse's Deployment Masterclass

Ebates https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Dec 11th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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PCS season is going to be here before you know it! Some have already gotten their orders for the summer rush. Now, two amazing MilSpouses have created a PCS app to help you keep you and your family organized. I talk to Moni Jefferson and Maria Reed about their new app My Ultimate PCS App.

Moni Jefferson is a MilSpouse entreprenuer and owner and creator of Dog Tags and Heels LLC a PR company, the MilSpouse Creative a group devoted to MilSpouse entrepreneurs, MilCam Filter App, and MilEmojis. She is an Air Force wife of 20 years and mother to three brilliant children. 

Maria Reed is the creator of "Moving with the Military," a home improvement and lifestyle web series that helps military families turn a house into a HOME. As an active duty military spouse, she understands the struggles and joys of military family life. During her 25 year career in the television and film industry, she worked on locations all over the world;  creating spectacular scenes from the modern design to traditional. As a military spouse of 14 years, she has learned to be resilient, kind and resourceful. Through decorating and design she has discovered that treasures can be found in the most unlikely places, and helping people through creativity is her passion.

Connect with Moni:

Facebook  

Linkedin

Instagram

Twitter

Creator of MilCam App

You can find Maria:

www.movingwiththemilitary.tv

https://twitter.com/movingwtMil

www.facebook.com/movingwiththemilitary

https://www.instagram.com/movingwiththemilitary/

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

Thanks to this episode's Sponsors:

Seasoned Spouse's Deployment Masterclass

Ebates https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Dec 4th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Have you ever heard: "You've had a baby! Your body will never be how it was before!" We all have, but you can actually heal your body back to normal or almost normal with the help of a system called MUTU. Developed to help heal Diastasis Recti and other pelvic floor issues. And Wendy the creator of MUTU along with MilSpouse and Mom, Ashley have created a special program of exercise and support just for military moms! 

Ashley Gammons is a seasoned Army wife, mom of three beautiful girls, and a passionate military spouse on a mission. She has a background in health and is a certified personal trainer, MUTU Pro, and M.O.M.S. (Military Outreach Mutu System) Community manager. This program promotes pelvic floor and core health for women in pre and postpartum stages of life. Ashley empowers women to put their health first and improve quality of life in the process. When she isn’t busy with that, you can usually find her outdoors in the country, sipping hot coffee, while enjoying the calm of rural life in Michigan.

Find Ashley:

Facebook.com/mutustrong

Instagram.com/mutu_strong

Find out more about MUTU, buy the system, and support the podcast:

https://pz138.isrefer.com/go/MOMS-sales/Sarting

 

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

Sponsors:

Adventures of a Natural Family

Navy Paddles & on all social media as @navypaddles

Seasoned Spouse's Deployment Masterclass

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here. https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Nov 27th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Part two of A Transgender Military Family picks up where we left off in our discussion from last week. The Frams explain what they would like everyone to know about their family and other families with a transgender member. And since the last episode aired, the current administration is trying to further remove protections for transgender members in the military. It's now more important than ever to let your voice be heard and support other military families.

Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Bree Fram, B, is an active duty astronautical engineer (rocket scientist) in the US Air Force currently serving as Materiel Leader, Cyberspace Integration and Transition at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, NY. Previously B was the Iraq Country Director in Air Force International Affairs stationed at the Pentagon responsible for overseeing all Air Force security cooperation and security assistance activity with Iraq. Lt Col Fram publicly came out as transgender (gender-fluid/non-binary) on the day the transgender ban in the military was dropped in 2016. B has received the warm support of friends, family and colleagues. Lt Col Fram is a board member of SPART*A, an organization that advocates and educates about transgender military service and is dedicated to the support and professional development of over 750 transgender service members. B has provided a number of educational briefings on transgender and diversity issues to military and civilian audiences and is available for speaking engagements or media requests. Peg Fram is a crafter, military spouse, mother, and wine lover. She earned degrees in Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Spanish allowing her to work for medical examiners and police departments before staying home to raise her two daughters. In addition to child rearing she quilts, sews, paints, knits, and builds/fixes whatever her family needs. B and Peg Fram have been married for 14 years and they have two girls, age 10 and 6.

Helpful Links:

SPART*A www.spartapride.org (Education, Advocacy, and Support for Trans Service Members

National Center for Transgender Equality www.transequality.org (Resources and Policy for all Trans People)
 
Trans Lifeline  https://www.translifeline.org/  (Crisis and suicide prevention resources)
 
OutServe-SLDN https://www.outserve-sldn.org/ (Legal Resources for LGBT military)

Peg's Store: The Quilted Unicorn

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

Sponsors:

Adventures of a Natural Family

Navy Paddles & on all social media as @navypaddles

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here. https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Nov 20th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Military families come in all shapes and sizes. So in honor of Military Family Month (November), I'm bringing you a story of a wonderful family. There has been a lot of controversy over whether trans people should be allowed to serve in the military. In this episode, I want to show you a person behind the movement who is championing the cause to show everyone that trans families are just like the rest of us.

Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Bree Fram, B, is an active duty astronautical engineer (rocket scientist) in the US Air Force currently serving as Materiel Leader, Cyberspace Integration and Transition at the Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate in Rome, NY. Previously B was the Iraq Country Director in Air Force International Affairs stationed at the Pentagon responsible for overseeing all Air Force security cooperation and security assistance activity with Iraq. Lt Col Fram publicly came out as transgender (gender-fluid/non-binary) on the day the transgender ban in the military was dropped in 2016. B has received the warm support of friends, family and colleagues. Lt Col Fram is a board member of SPART*A, an organization that advocates and educates about transgender military service and is dedicated to the support and professional development of over 750 transgender service members. B has provided a number of educational briefings on transgender and diversity issues to military and civilian audiences and is available for speaking engagements or media requests. Peg Fram is a crafter, military spouse, mother, and wine lover. She earned degrees in Forensic Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Spanish allowing her to work for medical examiners and police departments before staying home to raise her two daughters. In addition to child rearing she quilts, sews, paints, knits, and builds/fixes whatever her family needs. B and Peg Fram have been married for 14 years and they have two girls, age 10 and 6.

Helpful Links:

SPART*A www.spartapride.org (Education, Advocacy, and Support for Trans Service Members

National Center for Transgender Equality www.transequality.org (Resources and Policy for all Trans People)
 
Trans Lifeline  https://www.translifeline.org/  (Crisis and suicide prevention resources)
 
OutServe-SLDN https://www.outserve-sldn.org/ (Legal Resources for LGBT military)

Peg's Store: The Quilted Unicorn

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

Sponsors:

Adventures of a Natural Family

Navy Paddles & on all social media as @navypaddles

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here. https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Nov 13th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Deployments are hard no matter what, but how can you lessen the reintegration time or at least make it easier? In this episode, I talk to Rachel McQuiston of the blog and care package shop Countdowns and Cupcakes. She gives some amazing tips for not only care packages, but also other ways to stay connected to your loved one while they are deployed. 

Rachel is a proud Navy wife, lover of all things orange, avid reader, dog mom, and care package maker. She blogs all about life as a military wife at Countdowns and Cupcakes, a place where military spouses, new and experienced alike, can come for support, encouragement, a little humor and maybe a care package idea or two. Her creative and thoughtful care package designs are available on Etsy. She can also be found on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Bloglovin.

Find Rachel here:

https://countdownsandcupcakes.com/

https://www.facebook.com/countdownsandcupcakes/

https://www.instagram.com/ramcquiston/

https://twitter.com/ramcquiston

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here. https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

Nov 6th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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Military love stories are all unique and yet have lots of similarities. They can often have themes involved such as "life is about making sacrifices" or "it's important to serve your country." But every MilFamily has their own unique stories and experiences that remind all of us whether connected to the military or not, that we have more in common than separates us. On this episode, I talk to author Sara Stackpoole about her and her husband's own unique love story, and the book she has written to share it. 

Sara grew up in Arizona and always wanted to write. She was the “girl next door” that had read every book in her school library. She finally wrote her first book after marrying Brad, who many people say is literally “the most interesting man in the world” because of all his adventures prior to meeting Sara. They met online in 2001 when internet dating was new to the world. Sara saved all those emails from their online courtship prior to meeting each other in person. Brad had one more interesting adventure after meeting Sara. He joined the US Army at 38 years old. Sara began writing her love story memoir while Brad was deployed to Afghanistan. Sara was a military wife, a caregiver to her disabled parents, and a mother of two young girls at the time. Sara lives in Florida now with her family, including Charlie and Elvis, their dogs.

Find Sara here:

https://www.facebook.com/madeagainlovestory/

https://www.instagram.com/sarastackpoole/

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here. https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad

Oct 30th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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It's Military Ball Season! Military Balls are full of tradition, formal attire, and etiquette. And it can be costly as a female spouse to be constantly update your wardrobe for all of the formal functions that go on through out the year. Well this amazing group of ladies at Operation: Deploy Your Dress came up with a way to share a dress swap with everyone in the military family. In this episode, I talk to Yvonne Coombes (one of the founders of ODYD) about military balls (aka adult proms).

Yvonne Coombes has been married to her Active Duty Army husband for 18 years. She is the cofounder if a nonprofit organization called Operation Deploy Your Dress (ODYD) which was started in Fort Bliss, TX and now has shops in 5 installation across the country. ODYD collects and distributes gently used and new formal attire to military and dependent ID card holders in an effort to offset the cost of military balls and other formal events. Yvonne and the other ODYD cofounders wanted to make these formal events accessible to ALL military families regardless of rank and/or budget. They have build this organization on their own with a little discovery learning and help from Spouses Clubs around the country. ODYD is actively looking to expand to more installations to help even more military families.

Find ODYD here:

https://www.facebook.com/operationdeployyourdress/

https://www.instagram.com/odyd1/

If you've ever gotten a dress from ODYD, share a pic on instagram with #dressdeployed

Please click on the link to take a short listener survey to tell us what you think of the podcast and specifically what you think of the weekly briefings! https://goo.gl/forms/Ypr97RhaE22XeZ812

Ebates is a proud sponsor of The Dear MilFamily Podcast. Check out their latest military program where you can get your military discount and get cashback with your online shopping here. https://ck.ebtrak.com/?a=116&c=245&s1=

Thank you to Troopster for supporting the podcast. You can get 15% off your first care package by using the code MYMILFAM at checkout. Here's the link: https://www.troopster.org?ref=5b4d3cf3e75ad