The Dear MilFamily Podcast

A podcast for anyone who has a family member in the military or anyone interested in the military lifestyle.
Jun 25th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

It's officially summer and that means vacation time! And there is a service that is available to all active duty, retiree, and military beneficiaries to help offset the costs. You really can see the world when you are a part of the military family. And whether you call it Space A (space available) or MilAir, it's still a great way to travel for little to nothing. I talked to the voice behind the blog Poppin' Smoke about her life traveling around the globe and how easy it is for military families to use this wonderful benefit.

Stephanie Montague is the founder of the military travel website Poppin’ Smoke. She created Poppin’ Smoke to encourage members of the military community, particularly retirees, to use the benefits they earned through their service to travel and explore new adventures. Stephanie and her husband have been traveling and living overseas since her husband retired from the Army in 2015. After flying military Space-A around the globe, they spent two-and-a-half years living in Fukuoka, Japan. In February, they hit the road again and flew Space-A from Japan all the way to Europe, where they are looking for the next place to call “home.”

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Jun 18th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

We already know that military spouses are resourceful. So not only is this week's episode a story about resourcefulness, but a little bit of hope for the future after military life. Sometimes the things you are working on in the moment, even when they feel insignificant, is you laying the foundation for what's to come later. This week I bring you the story of one military spouse who started her business as a side hustle, moved to full time online entrepreneur lifestyle, and then once her husband finished his service commitment, started a brick and mortar store.

Meg Sutton is the boss lady and doodler behind Belle & Union, a company that launched in 2012 which sells letterpress printed cards, art prints, southern-inspired wrappings, and hand-crafted artisan goods brimming with vintage wit and wisdom that tote a bit of a foodie twist - all 100% made in the USA, a commitment based on her husband's military service. Belle & Union launched their first brick and mortar store in San Antonio, Texas, in July 2018. The shop houses the working studio as well as offers creative workshops across a variety of subject matters. Meg values encouraging people to slow down and enjoy the sweet moments in life, gathered ’round a table filled with smiles and laughter. When she's not doodling or coming up with Belle & Union's next great product, you can find her sipping chai tea, chasing her pup with her husband, and curling up with a good book. Belle & Union’s products have been featured in Country Living, Rachael Ray, Southern Weddings, Southern Living, Southern Lady, and Oh So Beautiful Paper. Meg has been interviewed on KSAT's SA Live in San Antonio numerous times, KENS 5 in San Antonio, Texas Lifestyle Magazine, Proof to Product podcast, Creative Biz Rebellion podcast, and more.

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Facebook: @belleandunionco

Instagram: @belleandunionco

Twitter: @belleandunionco

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Jun 11th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Care packages are a long held tradition in the military community. They can be personal, sad, funny, and very necessary for service members. One woman is trying to document the culture of military life and the military families that serve by showcasing photos of various care packages service members have gotten through out modern American history. We talked about all the ways families show their love and personalities through a care package.

Odale Cress was a Russian/Spanish linguist in the 80s, during the Cold War, stationed in what was then, West Germany. She has since been working her way around the globe. She is currently a grad student. This project came out of her thesis: food is a language; cuisine is a dialect. Odale wanted to demonstrate, not only how foods reflect our culture, but that by looking at care packages of foods, we could see the wide range of cultural backgrounds of people who serve(d) this country. She is also fascinated by history and is expanding this project to include care packages from as far back as the Revolutionary War through present day.

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Care Pacakge Story Project

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Thanks to this episode's sponsor: My Baby's Heartbeat Bear Use offer code MIL20 to get 20% off your purchase!

Jun 4th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Earning a degree as a veteran or military spouse doesn't have to be as difficult as it might seem. Lots of things have changed about the Post 9/11 GI Bill and because of these changes, you may want to use that benefit sooner than you think. I talk to Ashley Gorbulja-Maldonado and get all the secrets of using the GI Bill to get the most benefit out of it.

Ashley M. Gorbulja-Maldonado, 25, holds a Masters in Public Health from Northeast Ohio Medical University with an emphasis on military community programs. She holds bachelor degrees in The Science of Education and The Science of Organizational Supervision with a minor in Psychology from the University of Akron. Ashley is the Founder & CEO of GuideOn Education Consulting LLC (est. Sept. 2018). Ashley serves as a one-of-a-kind Veteran Education Consultant, GuideOn can offer a personalized navigation for your organizations special projects to inspire, educate, and connect with the U.S. military community.

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LinkedIn Personal
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Facebook Business 
Ms. Veteran American page 

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