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 27th, 2018 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

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

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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

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

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

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