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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Apr 23rd, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

It's our 2nd Annual MilKids Take Over episode! I've gathered together some input from military kids all across the United States about what they think of military life and what helps them cope. Here's just a snippet of what some of the participants had to say.

"My favorite family tradition is we go on vacation, like to Japan." Thane, 7.

"You have a special journey." McKinley, 10

"I like to have hugs." Tylynn, 6

"It makes us strong, independent, and resilient children." Anistyn, 9.

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Apr 16th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Operation Homefront's Military Child of the Year grant program started fifteen years ago. Since then, they've had more than 50 children named as MCOYs. These amazing military kids display the resiliency, inventiveness, generosity, and service that we come to expect of milkids. I talked with each of the seven 2019 winner's about their experiences with military life and how they cope. 

Find out more about the recipients here.

Brandon Mammano, Innovation Award Recipient

Benjamin Rawald, Air Force

Elisabeth McCallum Polleys, Army

Kylie McGuire, Coast Guard

Jaxson Jordan, Marine Corps

Campbell Miller, National Guard

Elisabeth Lundgren, Navy

Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For over fifteen years, we have provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems. Operation Homefront has consistently earned high ratings from leading charity rating services, including Charity Navigator, which gave OH 4 Stars for 11 consecutive years for superior service and accountability. At Operation Homefront, 92 percent of expenditures goes directly toward delivering programs and services to the military families who need it most.

Find Operation Homefront:

www.operationhomefront.org

https://www.facebook.com/OperationHomefront/

https://twitter.com/Op_Homefront

https://www.instagram.com/operationhomefront/

 
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Apr 9th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Deployments and frequent separations can take a toll on the bond between service member and child. Now we have a wealth of opportunities to keep that connection alive and well through technology. In this special episode for Month of the Military Child, I talk to two military spouses and former military kids about United Through Reading and how families can stay connected through reading (one of my favorite topics)!

As a member of the Operations team, Molly facilitates program distribution and implementation to Army and National Guard Commands nationwide. Through dissemination of the program across commands, she maximizes the number of Soldiers benefitting from the program in order to ultimately increase connections for military families affected by service related separation. A licensed, certified Speech Language Pathologist, Molly received her Masters of Science in Communication, Speech, and Hearing Disorders from East Carolina University. She has practiced in her field for ten years and finds the development of early childhood literacy skills a specific area of interest. As an active duty military spouse of 16 years, Molly’s experiences stem from volunteering and leading military family support programs, and she understands the direct benefits these programs provide to her own family during her husband’s multiple deployments. Molly’s husband remains on active duty and they reside in Alexandria, VA with their two children. 

 
As Director of Operations, Samantha works with the Program Team to coordinate national program campaigns, oversee volunteer recruitment, and establish, expand, and support United Through Reading programs throughout the United States Military. She also works directly with U.S. Navy and Coast Guard Commands based from the Eastern half of the U.S. to Greece and everywhere in between. A graduate of George Mason University, she worked worked for various other military support organizations before joining the United Through Reading team in 2014. Samantha is a Navy spouse and currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA.

United Through Reading connects military families who are separated —for deployment or military assignment—by providing the bonding experience of shared storytime. United Through Reading (UTR) was founded in 1989 by the wife of a Naval flight surgeon who deployed to Vietnam leaving his infant daughter at home. When the surgeon returned home, his little girl didn’t know him and he had to re-enter her life as a stranger. The founder was a reading specialist and knew firsthand the importance of exposing children to literature from birth. Thus, a powerful concept emerged. Now, 29 years later, UTR still stands strong — and proven deployment after deployment. More than two million military mothers, fathers, and children have sustained bonds and fostered literacy by sharing stories across even the greatest distances.

Find UTR:

www.unitedthroughreading.org
FB: /unitedthroughreading/
Instagram: /utr4military/
Twitter: /UTR4military/

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Apr 2nd, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
A LOT of military kids grow up and join the military themselves. That's the joke right that the military can be the "family business" for some? What's it like to spend your whole life connected to the military in some way? In this first episode for April (month of the military child), I talk to one veteran about his experience growing up as an army brat, then joining himself, and finally retiring and continuing to help by starting a nonprofit focused on counseling veterans. We talk about his story but also about issues facing military families still today. 
 
Ellsworth "Tony" Williams was born in the military environment at Fort Hood, TX. His dad served for 20 years before he decided to retire in Wilmington, DE. That move prompted Tony to dropout of high school and join the military. He was not comfortable living in a civilian community. He eventually got his GED and was awarded a 3 year active duty scholarship and reentered the Army as a 2LT. He served 16 more years with 2 deployments. After retirement, he still wanted to serve the military community so he used my Post 9/11 GI Bill to get a Masters in Counseling Psychology and founded a nonprofit called Veterans Counseling Veterans. Veterans Counseling Veterans consists of Veterans and dependents of Veterans in the mental health profession.
 
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Mar 26th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am
Tricare is wonderful to have, but many military families have a hard time navigating the referral and claims system when they need to see a specialist. It can get even more tricky when a family member is given Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) status. One milfamily member shares her experience navigating the system and some tips she found that were helpful.
 
Susie Liberatore is the owner at Visions2images Creative Services. She helps established businesses grow their brand awareness by using digital marketing and professional branding techniques. With over ten years of agency and corporate experience, she brings businesses visions to life, while watching their return on investment increase. Her fields of design expertise are branding development, and social media marketing. She is the face and voice of Visions2images. Susie is an entrepreneur, she has several businesses and wears many hats for all of them. She has been able to help businesses thrive and grow with her help.
 
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Mar 19th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Combat Recovery is a long process and not every program is right for everyone. In this episode, I talk to one veteran who has found help with one faith-based program that works to help the whole family. It's unique model and course is something worth taking a look at for anyone going through the recovery and reintegration process. This episode contains talk about sensitive topics such as combat trauma, suicide, and PTSD. Please be aware if you are triggered by any of these topics before listening.

Bryan Flanery is an Army Veteran and national speaker. During a deployment to Afghanistan with 1-320th Top Guns, his vehicle rolled down a ravine. He suffered injuries including a broken neck, dislocated shoulders, hip damage, ACL tears and a Traumatic Brain Injury. His unit was given a Presidential Unit Citation for their bravery in battle. By the age of 28, Bryan had endured eight significant surgeries and was struggling to manage chronic pain due to his injuries. But his toughest battle was against an unseen enemy. This enemy was far more deadly than the physical injuries he faced. Secretly, Bryan faced a battle against PTSD and combat trauma on a daily basis. Tired of the emotional, physical and spiritual pain, Bryan attempted to take his own life. Every day over 20 veterans complete suicide. Bryan is a veteran that lived. Through a miraculous intervention, his suicide attempt was unsuccessful. Reeling from the failed attempt, and still battling the trauma from his past, Bryan was invited to attend a REBOOT Combat Recovery healing course. Within only 12 weeks, his life was transformed. An awakening of faith in Bryan’s life restored his sense of purpose, wellness and joy. Soon, Bryan was leading trauma healing courses and helping others who had walked the same road he had walked. Due to his extensive community involvement, Bryan was recognized in 2015 by the Nashville Business Journal as an Impact Veteran during their inaugural Veteran Awards. Today, Bryan has personally facilitated courses serving over 300 military families and speaks around the country inspiring civilians and veterans alike. In 2017, Bryan earned his Bachelors of Social Work from Lipscomb University. He is the father of four children and lives in Clarksville, TN.

Find Bryan:

https://rebootalliance.com/

Twitter: @RebootBryan

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Mar 12th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

Have you always wanted to write a book about your military life experiences? One military spouse is on a mission to help others tell their stories and experiences. We talk about the whole process of how an idea becomes a book. If you're an aspiring author or know one, this will be one episode you will want to listen to as Brunella spills some industry secrets and helps you choose the right path for you to get published.

Brunella Costagliola is an Award-winning author and best-selling editor. She was awarded the Silver Medal from the Military Writers Society of America for her children's picture book My Dad Got Hurt. What Can I Do? Helping Military Children Cope with a Brain-Injured Parent. Brunella specializes in writing and editing military books, often helping her clients navigate the publishing industry and guiding them on the path of successfully becoming published authors. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking traditional Italian cuisine, and taking pictures of her two resilient military children. She is a proud Air Force wife.

Find Brunella:

www.themilitaryeditor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/themilitaryeditor

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Mar 5th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

PTSD is a topic you often hear about in the military community. But it's often in the context of one traumatizing event. In this episode, I explore the topic of PTSD with one veteran but also how you can get re-traumatized or have many little events can affect you. We do talk about workplace sexual harassment and instances of gun violence, so be advised before listening with young children or if you are triggered by those topics.

Annette is a military spouse, mother to two teenagers (one being in college) and veteran who served in the Army for over seventeen years as a Chemical officer including a deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. She retired and decided to trade in her boots for converse sneakers to be able to make up for lost time with her now teenagers. Since her retirement she has PCSd from Fort Polk, LA to Fairfax , VA to support her husbands military career. Her blog A Wild Ride Called Life incorporates stories from her post military life in which she shares how she lives life with being a mom suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression. Along with writing her blogs she also writes for other social media sources and does a podcast. You can check out more about Annette on Instagram, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Medium, The Mighty, ITunes and Podbean.

Find Annette:

www.awildridecalledlife.com

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/awildridecalledlife/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/awhitt24

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/awildridecalledlife

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Feb 26th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

I'm continuing to talk about transitioning from service by getting the perspective of a female service member who found that transitioning from active duty to the reserves and going back to active duty worked for her for a time in her life. Transition from service never looks the same for everyone, but we do talk about some things a service member can do to help themselves and others.

Mandy Snell is the managing director of Reboot Strategy. She is a Project Manager who loves helping business owners get the right things done, so they have time to do the things they actually want to do. A United States Naval Academy graduate, Mandy started her naval career leading 100+ person teams, managing ship operational and maintenance scheduling. She then transitioned into the Intelligence community as a Reservist, where she spent over a decade helping seasoned military leaders assess their operating environment. She really found her niche as a Reservist, implementing new programs by reorganizing existing teams. Mandy now focuses on helping small business owners use their unique qualities to develop and refine their own best practices. She excels at teaching others how to build and retain high-performance teams and particularly enjoys mentoring women in male-dominated industries. As a veteran and military spouse, she also has a soft spot for helping military members and spouses make successful transitions as they leave the service.

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https://virginiabusinesscoach.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rebootstrategy/

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandy-snell/

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Feb 19th, 2019 by dearmilfamily at 7:00 am

The subject of military spouses "serving" too can be quite controversial and divide many in the military community. In this episode, I talk to one MilSpouse author that says "they serve too." We discussed the many ways that military families are often overlooked in support of the service member. We also talked about ways to bridge the gap between the military and civilian worlds.  

Chantel Olson is an author, speaker and coach. Her new book is entitled "Homefront Warriors -- Not all warriors wear a uniform," an international bestseller. Her mission is to bring awareness to the Homefront Warriors, the spouses, children, parents, etc., left at home when their loved one is serving in the military. She founded the Homefront Warrior Foundation to bring awareness to the many issues military families face. In addition, she designed a special dog tag, based on the military tags, that represents the Homefront Warriors.

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https://www.facebook.com/chantelinspires/

www.chantelinspires.com

chantel@chantelinspires.com

https://www.facebook.com/Homefront-Warriors-Foundation-Inc-1753483831630029/

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