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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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

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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 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

Oct 26th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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On this week's briefing:

I talked about...

Hurricane Michael destroyed Tyndall AFB! Help if you can. Please donate to the American Red Cross or Air Force Enlisted Village. 100% of Tyndall Housing is unlivable, so our Air Force members need all the help they can get.

Here's the crazy pants story about the pipe bombs being sent in the mail to current and former politicians from the Associated Press.

Vote early or vote on Election Day Nov. 6th. Find out if you're registered at vote.org

Oopsie! Air Force accidentally droops a humvee

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 23rd, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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So many couples go through miscarriage and infant loss. It's unfortunately very common. This week I highlight two more MilSpouse stories of miscarriage and infant loss to continue the conversation on helping friends, families, neighbors, coworkers, or anyone you know that may be going through this difficult situation also. This week's stories feature Amanda Koch of My Well Balanced Life and Wendi Iacobello of Strength 4 Spouses.

Amanda is a Pilates Master Trainer, Nutritional Therapy Consultant, Director with Beautycounter, Air Force wife, and boy mom. She is a Texas born and raised girl (or 40-something woman) trying to survive in Alaska, where moose walking around in her backyard is no big thing. She LOVES really strong coffee with a splash of cream and maple syrup. She's the creator of the lifestyle site My Well Balanced Life that she created to help busy people keep it real in their lives.

Wendi Iacobello is an Army wife and a Beagle mom. She has spent the last nine years as an adult educator, has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, and recently graduated  with her Master of Arts in Instructional Technology. She is a blogger, freelance writer, instructional designer, and advisor to military spouses seeking career and education assistance. In her free time, you can usually find her volunteering at story time, outdoors gardening, running, or playing with her Beagle puppy. Wendi is extremely passionate about helping others find their strength by sharing her experiences, insight, resources, and inspirational stories on her blog Strength4Spouses.

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 19th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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On this week's briefing:

I talked about...

Hurricane Michael destroyed Tyndall AFB! Help if you can. Please donate to the American Red Cross or Air Force Enlisted Village. 100% of Tyndall Housing is unlivable, so our Air Force members need all the help they can get.

Vote early or vote on Election Day Nov. 6th. Find out if you're registered at vote.org

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

Ball season is coming! Daily Mom Military has put out a look book to help you. Check it out here.

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 16th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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October is Infant Loss Awareness month. It's an issue that is definitely close to my heart since our family has had to deal with a miscarriage and infertility. Infant loss is a difficult issue to talk about. It's awkward. It's heart wrenching. It's hard to know if you are saying the right thing. But we need to, so we can make it better and easier for everyone. I hope I've done the topic justice. On this episode I talk to Heidi Starr about how she survived this season of her life.
 
Heidi Starr is a military spouse and a mother to two young boys. Add a mix of special needs, heavy diagnosis, rambunctious boy-mom, homeschooling, military life as an active duty Marine Corps family, and now living in Washington DC after moving from overseas and that sums up my life! She has a Bachelors degree in design and a passion to be creative. Writing is her creative outlet and she writes on several topics that relate to our fun and exciting life!
 
Find Heidi:

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 12th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 3:03 pm
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On this week's briefing:

We talk about Overseas PCSing from Ep: 38 of Dear MilFamily. Lindsay Swoboda of Uplifting Anchor is giving away a free Overseas PCS printable when you sign up for her email list. http://www.upliftinganchor.com

Hurricane Michael destroyed Tyndall AFB! Help if you can. Here is the Facebook post I mentioned.

Vote early or vote on Election Day Nov. 6th. Find out if you're registered at vote.org

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 9th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
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What's it like to spend your military life overseas? PCSing from one overseas installation to the next? Do you get homesick? How do you cope? In this episode, I talk to Lindsay Swoboda of the blog Uplifiting Anchor about her experience over her time as a military spouse and what it's like to PCS overseas (more than once in a row).
 
Lindsay is a military spouse, mom, and writer. Her blog Uplifting Anchor encourages mothers and military spouses. As a former professional dancer you can find her doing pirouettes in the kitchen whilst also flipping pancakes. She finds solace in hearing the sound of her sewing machine and a hot cup of coffee. She’s lived and traveled all over the world but believes there is always more to experience.
 
Find Lindsay:
 
Subscribe to email updates from Uplifting Anchor and get a free Overseas PCS Guide! http://eepurl.com/b09tPv
 
Guess Who's in the MilFamily!
This week it's Harriet Tubman!

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