The Dear MilFamily Podcast

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

The area of spouse licensure has had an eventful year with all branches of service announcing that they will reimburse spouses for their licensure fees after PCS. A group of military spouses has been working in this area for many years and plan on making more strides too. 

For the past decade, Josie Beets has put her extensive expertise in comprehensive problem solving, strategic communications, and regulatory frameworks to transform the landscape of licensing for mobile military spouses. Through her fight for common sense accommodations for military spouse attorneys, she discovered the overwhelming and often unfair licensing regimes across the country. She is passionate about helping people find ways to make licensing work with their mobile lifestyles. Josie is a licensed attorney, a nonprofit executive, a wife and a mom. She has presented on licensing issues to the Department of Defense, the White House, the American Bar Association, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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

We have all heard the stories in the news about the mold, pest, maintenance, and water issues that plague military housing around the country and globe. But sometimes the answer to our problems is not so easy to find. In this episode, I talk to one military spouse who is on the front lines of the military housing crisis and has even testified before Congress to explain how terrible it has really gotten which sparked investigation and changes across all branches of the military. 

Crystal Cornwall is the co-founder of the Safe Military Housing Initiative and has been a lead advocate in addressing the military housing crisis our military and their families have been experiencing in recent years. She is a USMC spouse, mother of 3 beautiful children, and is a commercial underwriter for a Northern Virginia bank. She also testified in front of the Senate in Feb of this year about her experience and advocacy as it relates to the health and safety of military service members and their families living in housing.

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Oct 15th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

One deployment can be hard enough, but what happens when your spouse deploys often? You definitely have to get used to things changing and Murphy being around all the time. In this episode, I talk to Noralee Jones of Mrs. Navy Mama about her experiences with her spouse's deployments.

Noralee is a 30-something spouse of an active duty Navy officer, mother of 3 little ones and a self-proclaimed expert of getting things done. She is a photographer, foodie and lover of organizing, planners and finding hacks to navigate through this life. She created Mrs. Navy Mama when her husband was deployed as a way to document her family's journey as a military family. It grew into a military lifestyle blog, connecting with many military spouses and significant others in all branches and walks of life. She focuses on the importance of self-care, finding a tribe, home and mom hacks and military life hack for spouses and their family. Mrs. Navy Mama is a place for people to gain insight into how military life works, support one another through deployments and manage home, marriage and military, one duty station at a time.

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Oct 8th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

You meet a service member. You fall in love. You move with them to their next duty station. You become a resident of their country? Is that what you think of when you think of a typical military love story. Sometimes becoming a resident is easy and sometimes it's not. I talk to one military spouse who had a relatively easy time for this episode.

Gems Collins has 15 years' experience in Business Operations and Project Management for start-up organizations, in the UK and UAE. When she moved to the USA to be with her husband she discovered that her calling was to use her previous experience to help Military Spouses to create their own location independent businesses. She wants to help them overcome professional challenges or career progression and limited prospects in some areas of the country. She believe everyone has an inner entrepreneur and she's here to help MilSpouses discover their own incredible business.

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Oct 1st, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

The military is not know for incorporating spirituality into its culture. But one veteran and military spouse is on a mission to help other veterans with PTSD and other ailments to find peace and healing with energy work. 

Jeanita Kennedy us of the Red Streak Clan born to the Towering House People, maternal grandparent is of the Salt People and paternal grandparent is of the Bitter Water. She was born into a long linage of medicine men and women, and the healing medicine runs deep in her blood. Since the beginning of her spiritual path, she has learned that her way wasn’t the same as her ancestors. She was meant to step out of her comfort zone, away from her people, and bring Navajo medicine beyond the Four Sacred Mountains. The past three years she has learned the modern way of energy work and learned to integrate it with the Navajo ways. She joined the Air Force and deployed to the Middle East multiple times before separating in 2008 and moving to Minot, North Dakota, with her children and husband, who is in the Air National Guard.

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