The Dear MilFamily Podcast

A podcast for anyone who has a family member in the military or anyone interested in the military lifestyle.
Jun 26th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Deployments can really suck when your the partner who is holding up the homefront. But it can suck even more if you're the kid! Children often have a hard time understanding why their parents have to deploy, where they are going, and why the deployed parent can't keep regular contact. On this episode, Sheena talks to children's author Kristin Ayyar about the book she wrote to help kids understand deployment a little better.

Kristin Ayyar was an Air Force spouse for over 24 years and has experienced many separations from her husband during several deployments, lengthy military training courses and long flying missions. These experiences inspired her to write the children’s books Countdown ‘til Daddy Comes Home and Countdown ‘til Mommy Comes Home

Kristin has been an avid volunteer in her 3 children’s schools and in the military community. She was awarded the Commander’s in Chief’s Outstanding Community Service Medal in June of 2006.

Throughout the numerous moves of her husband’s Air Force career, Kristin has held many sales and marketing positions from a Sales Representative of Unilever Corporation to a Senior Sales Representative of Apartment Guide Magazine. Her family has moved more than 14 times, including assignments in India, Hawaii and across the U.S. mainland. Kristin currently in Oakton, Virginia

Kristin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Economics.

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Amazon: Countdown 'till Daddy Comes Home

Jun 19th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
Has your spouse been given a duty station that you are not really excited about? I've been there when my husband was sent to San Antonio. I was not excited about living there to say the least. But everything changed around for me by the end of the assignment, and it can for you too! Sierra Redmond also knows what it's like to be sent somewhere you don't want to go. She and I discuss her tips on how to get pass your initial distaste and end up loving where you're at!
Sierra Redmond is the 22 year old Mom and Army Wife behind The Daily Impressions Lifestyle Blog. The Daily Impressions was created in 2017 to encourage the building of stronger family units through travel and experiences. Sierra went to college for Broadcast Journalism TV/Radio and Media and was set on being a correspondent. In 2014, she married her high school sweetheart turned US Army soldier and  knew that it would change her life. After getting married and moving to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo she realized how impossible it was going to be to work in media the way that she intended...That’s when she discovered blogging. She found a fulfilling career that allowed her to support her husband's career and be a stay at home mom to her son.  She hopes that her website encourages military families to travel more often, draw closer together to build strong families and make the most out of their military experiences. She is currently serving as the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year base winner for USAG Miami and uses her platform to show Military wives everywhere that they can live their best lives.  
Jun 12th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
Those members of the joint spouse or dual military family know what true commitment means. From my perspective, it seems at times that these families have double the sacrifice at times because of the struggle with scheduling and even getting assigned to at least the same area of the country. Many couples that both serve in the military have long-term long-distance relationships. I talk to friend of the podcast, Amanda Huffman of the blog Airman to Mom about what it was like when she and her husband were both serving in the Air Force and the struggles they overcame.
Amanda is military veteran who served in the Air Force for six years as a Civil Engineer including a deployment to Afghanistan. She traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag to stay home with her two boys and follow her husband’s military career. Which currently has them stationed in Southern California leaving the dream and making frequent trips to Disneyland. Her blog Airman to Mom incorporates stories from her past military life and how she views life through her unique life experiences of both a veteran and military spouse. You can check out more about Amanda on InstagramFacebook and Pinterest.
Jun 5th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
Last week, we talked about getting settled in your new community and we are continuing that them by talking about ways to get connected. One way to get connected and put down some roots is to get involved with your local community by volunteering. Sara Hunold joins the podcast today to talk about her organization Freedom's Ring USA a unique way to get your whole family involved and get connected to your family's assigned duty station.
Sara Hunold is a wife of a Marine and mother to  three toddlers- a 4,3 and 1 year old. Prior to staying home with the kids, Sara was a high school government teacher. It was in losing that professional status she really discovered the desire for meaningful work, sense of community, and need to make a contribution through my own service that was the catalyst for founding Freedom’s Ring USA a new nonprofit that calls on military spouses & families to model patriotism in action by doing extraordinary acts for others as a way to increase personal well-being and sense of community. 
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