The Dear MilFamily Podcast

A podcast for anyone who has a family member in the military or anyone interested in the military lifestyle.
Jan 29th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

What would it be like if you were able to stay in one place for some time and put down some roots? The common military experience is to PCS and often. But what if your spouse is in the military, and you don't move? Stay by my friends and family? Yes, please! But of course the military has its own idea. And if you plan on staying in until retirement, you will have to move eventually. It can be a jarring experience that first time you do have to PCS. In this episode, I talk to a Navy spouse whose family was able to stay in the Pacific Northwest for a while, and what it was like to be a seasoned spouse and move to a new area. 

Kara Ludlow has been a Navy wife since 2001, marrying an enlisted submariner who is now a Naval Nurse Corps officer. She is a Pacific Northwest native currently living the California dream with her husband and 3 kids in sunny San Diego. She writes regularly on her blog at about all things in this unpredictable military life. As a mentor and blogger for the Military Spouse Advocacy Network, she connects with new Navy spouses to guide them in their own journeys. Kara has seen first-hand how not all military spouses are connected in natural support groups. She knows how important relationships are, and encourages all military spouses to reach out, speak up and ask for help. She is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University, and as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Kara can often be found reading cookbooks like juicy novels and is usually thinking about what's for dinner.

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Jan 22nd, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

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 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.

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