The Dear MilFamily Podcast

A podcast for anyone who has a family member in the military or anyone interested in the military lifestyle.
May 28th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

 The conversation around veteran mental health is an important one. But we mustn't forget the rest of the family especially the military spouse who is often the primary caregiver. After multiple deployments and her own struggles with reintegration, one military spouse set out to create a space for other military spouses to feel not so alone and get tools to help them over come this trying time. War and deployments have real life after effects on the military member and family. It's important to get the help that you need.

Richelle Futch, MSW is an intensively trained Dialectical Behavior Therapist, a United States Marine Corps Veteran currently married for the last 9 years to an Active Duty Special Forces NCO. Richelle was recently named Armed Forces Insurance Fort Bragg Military Spouse of the Year.

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May 21st, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Do you dream of a job that you can take with you each time you PCS? Do you want something more flexible so you can be home when you need to be? Remote work is fast becoming THE employment option for military spouses everywhere. In this episode I talk to one of the co-founders of Instant Teams (previously known as MadSkills) about how military spouses can get a job that works with their lifestyle.

Erica McMannes is co-founder and COO of HireMadSkills, Inc. (previously known as MadSkills, now Instant Teams). In the past 17 years as an Army spouse, she’s found creative ways to find fulfillment and income that meshed well with the transient and unpredictable military lifestyle. Her career path started out traditionally in 2003, working for Army MWR/CYSS in various Director and leadership positions. But in 2012, Erica found herself consulting for veteran-owned startups in Silicon Valley on community growth and branding development. After 4 years in the startup market, she launched out on her own cofounding a company in 2016. Instant Teams enables companies to scale and manage their remote workforce while delivering remote work options to untapped talent pools of military-connected remote professionals.

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FB: @instantteams
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May 14th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Are you doing what you set out to do when you were a young adult? Has your career changed? You might say career pivoting is a natural part of life, but for military spouses it's essential to keep yourself employed if you want to work. I talk to one milspouse that has changed careers and gone from a working woman, stay at home mom, working mom, and now a work at home mom. It's okay to try out many different things and do what you want to do!

Christine Maxwell is a personal finance junkie but realizes that not everyone loves to talk money. Her blog, Her Money Moves is dedicated to making personal finance straightforward and fun with real-talk on careers, personal finance, and the military lifestyle.
Christine has been a SAHM, a working outside of the home mom, and even a remote-working mom. She has a degree in Finance, a Master of Aerospace Engineering Management, and over 15 years working in finance.
When she's not geeking out about personal finance, she's living her best OCONUS life with her active duty Army husband and pre-schooler son.

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May 7th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Female military spouses and women in general have a lot of pressure these days to have it all and be it all to everyone. But is that healthy for you and your mental health? Having the courage to stand up and stop feeding into these cultural norms and stereotypes is difficult. But it is time for things to change with the expectations we have for ourselves and the expectations we have of others. I talk to one milspouse who is willing to admit that she was not going down the right path and wants to help change things for all of us.

Justine Evirs is the founder of The Paradigm Switch, a fast-growing movement of military spouses who are unapologetic about their ambitious career goals and their commitment to the military lifestyle. Kimberly Jung has called her, "a dynamic and bold leader" and Valerie Rivera referred to her as a "passionate, connected, and unstoppable when she throws her energy into a project." As a Navy veteran & Navy spouse, Justine is proud of the work she has accomplished within military communities across the nation ranging from higher education, entrepreneurship, innovative program development, grassroots community building, to nonprofit management. Today Justine is leading a global digital community for military spouses who are leveraging the power of technology to take control of their careers by offering scholarships to top skills based programs around the globe. The Paradigm Switch will provide 1,000 scholarships and be a community of 20,000 military spouses strong by the end of 2021.

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