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Encouragement for military spouses. Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military spouse support or simply want to learn more, join host Jen McDonald as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, moving around the world, seeing the one you love leave for war, raising kids in the military, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthen ...
 
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MilSpouse CoffeeHouse

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MilSpouse CoffeeHouse

Leslie & Britni your MilSpouse CoffeeHouse Podcast Baristas

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Podcast where military spouses are free to espresso ourselves! Your podcast Baristas Leslie & Britni have a latte on our minds. Along with our occasional Open Mic Guests, we’ll serve up some of the hottest topics in the military community! This coffeehouse podcast is BYOB - fill your mug with your drink of choice & join us as we serve up the hottest topics in our military spouse world! (Ear Bud Alert! MilSpouse Coffeehouse is podcast for military spouses.This podcast may be inappropriate for ...
 
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MilSpouse House

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Erin Ward-McCarty & Molly Cruzen

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Erin Ward-McCarty and Molly Cruzen discuss their experiences as military spouses and what they wish they would have known in the beginning. Join us for some heartwarming conversation and great laughs. From our house to yours, we can’t wait for you to join us!
 
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On this episode, I’m thrilled to be speaking with Verenice Castillo, the founder of the Military Spouse Advocacy Network (MSAN). If you're not familiar with MSAN, their motto is to Educate, Empower, Support, and they certainly do that! Verenice and I talk about the importance of connecting with your military spouse community as well as understandin…
 
Have you ever wondered the best process for sending a military care package? Want some help in creating your own or are you looking for a curated care package to send to your service member? On this episode, I'm joined by Hero Care Packages CEO Jack Wray, and we're discussing all things military care packages! Some topics we discuss: The story behi…
 
Tony Curtis joins me on the podcast today to talk all about his almost 15 year Navy Career. He was a prior MC Chief and now a PAO. We met while at OCS and now are at our school house up in the DC/Baltimore area. He shares all about what he’s learn and what he hopes to accomplish! Hope you enjoy! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easies…
 
We talk about the topic of deployment a lot on this podcast, and with good reason. It’s such a challenging time for military members and their spouses, families, or significant others. I’ve been SO excited to bring you this episode, as Becky Hoy and Joanna Guldin-Noll are truly experts on this topic, and they’re sharing their insight and encouragem…
 
For my annual birthday episode, I talk all about the things I’ve learned throughout my 23 years on earth! Some of the things I talk about are investing, different books I have read, finding a mentor & learning how to say no. Hope you enjoy! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
 
I'm so excited and honored to bring you this episode! Cindy has been an Air Force spouse for 37 years and she is a passionate advocate for service members and their families. She managed a presidential service award program at the White House and also worked as a senior writer for proclamations and messages in the Office of Presidential Corresponde…
 
On today’s episode, one of my current co-workers come on the podcast! Luke is super fun to work with, always has funny stories and the best outlook on life. I hope you enjoy learning about his story and take something away. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app…
 
Let's talk about homeschooling in the military, as well as a brand-new podcast created to support military homeschooling families! Since all my kids are now grown, one thing you might not know about me is that we were a homeschooling family for a couple of decades and loved that time with our four kids. I was also the managing editor for a large ho…
 
On todays episode, we have ENS Clinton on! A prior enlisted sailor who just recently graduated OCS and is now a Surface Warfare Officer aboard DDG 64. He talks all about his experience, what the Navy & OCS has taught him and what it was like being my Candidate Officer. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. ht…
 
On today’s episode, Mackenzie’s husband Cade comes on the podcast to talk about his experience from watching her leave for OCS and what it was like to be active duty, to now being a military spouse. He talks about what the differences are and what was challenging about the transition. Cade is absolutely hilarious and really shows on this episode! -…
 
A military marriage is not the same as a civilian marriage, and conventional wisdom doesn’t always apply. From advice like you have to have a weekly date night to you must communicate about everything, how does this work in keeping your military marriage strong? It just doesn’t apply if you're apart a lot or have recently moved and don't have resou…
 
On todays episode, I am joined by one of my favorite people, Justin Craft! We met at OCS and he is hands down a hard charger. He is very inspirational and I’m so grateful for his friendship. We dive into life after OCS, what it’s like, what helped us adjust and all the pros and cons to “I-stops”. Hope you enjoy! --- This episode is sponsored by · A…
 
The last phase of Officer Candidate School for the Navy! This phase was definitely the best. Its a lot more work with less sleep but overall had so many fun and great moments. I loved being in leadership positions and bonding with my classmates. Tune in to hear all of the details! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a…
 
Welcome back to a new season! On this episode, I'm answering listener questions and talking about what's coming. Some topics we cover: Is it ok to call yourself a milspouse or military spouse? What's been the hardest (and best) part of being a military spouse? How much should I share with my spouse when they're deployed? I feel nervous about homeco…
 
Join ENS Bowen & I as we discuss what it was like during the 3rd phase of our training at OCS. We were picked for leadership and it was quite the experience. We dive into what the academics were like & how we handled the stress of the infamous “Hell week”. Hope you enjoy! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
 
This episode is all about the second phase of Navy Officer Candidate School. Kenzie dives into what the academics are like, how drill went & something she learned about herself while at OCS. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
 
Welcome to season 4 of the Milspouse Brief! I’m so excited that you are here. The start of this season is about my transition from milspouse to service member. I go through my time at OCS and what I experienced, what I learned and some of my favorite memories. I hope you enjoy! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a po…
 
Breaking the mold this month! ⁠ ⁠ Join me for a quick one-take, 20 minute solo episode amidst the chaos of our current PCS. I was stressing about getting the next episode out and ready for you in it's typically neat bow but the reality that it just wasn't going to happen became quite clear. Initially I planned to just take the month off but on a wh…
 
On this episode, I'm talking to Julie Tully, the author of the upcoming book, Dispatches from the Cowgirl: Through the Looking Glass with a Navy Diplomat's Wife. Julie is the spouse of a Foreign Area Officer and has spent the last 18 years living overseas in different countries in Africa and Europe. In fact, Julie recorded this episode from Italy, …
 
Hello MilSpouses! Thank you all for an amazing first season of MilSpouse House! As we close this season, we look back on all the amazing stories we've shared, what we've learned and what we hope for the future. From our house to yours, have a great summer! *** Are you struggling to win your VA disability claim? Check out VA Claims Insider! Schedule…
 
On this episode, I'm talking to Jen Pasquale from Pride & Grit. Jen is a 15-year active-duty Army spouse, mom of two, and champion for seasoned military spouses. In 2018, Jen founded Pride & Grit as a support community, resource hub, and as of 2021, host of an annual personal development retreat for seasoned military spouses. As a Gallup-Certified …
 
Ashley Gutermuth is a stand-up comedian and actor who gives excellent advice to military spouses on the internet. Ashley is a fellow spouse. She is also the winner of the Tonight Show's Seinfeld challenge, which is, we think, just super cool. She does such a great job of offering hilarious advice for military spouses and helps you remember to take …
 
We all have those memories as military spouses that we will never forget. Whether it's the first time we went on base, the first call that he's coming home, or the realization our spouse is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country–these memories will forever be imprinted in our brains. Join us as we share our core memories as milita…
 
Today we celebrate Memorial Day. A day of reflection and gratitude for those heroes who gave their lives for our freedom. We dedicate this episode to those Americans who never made it home–as well as those who did make it home but are no longer with us. This is a very special episode for both of us and we thank you for listening. Emails us at milsp…
 
This week, I’m talking to Mary Monrose and Candus Griffin, military spouses, mothers, and hosts of the Shine Sis podcast. I first connected with them on Instagram, where I saw their posts and loved the positive message they were sharing. When I realized they were also military spouses, I knew we had to talk! About Shine Sis: It’s hard trying to fin…
 
Divorce is never a fun topic and getting divorced in the military can seem scary. We are here today to give you the facts. Whether your spouse is still in the military or a retired veteran... what are your rights as the military (ex)spouse? Do you get to keep your military ID if you are separated? What about BAH? Are you allowed to get divorced if …
 
We all know the statistics. We hear horror stories, but how do we nurture our military marriages? What steps do we take to bring love back into our relationships? How do we journey through the hard times together without growing apart? Too often we hear from military couples who want to stay together but aren't sure how to get started on the path o…
 
Whether you're moving stateside or overseas, making a move with a new baby can be a challenge. Get some tips from experienced military spouses! I was asked about this on social media, and here are some of my tips along with input from other military spouses. We talk about: Flying with a baby Tips for cross-country travel Preparing mentally Giving y…
 
Stacy Morgan is an army spouse, mom, and author. She's also an astronaut spouse and knows all about feeling out of place in her community. She has recently written a book called The Astronaut's Wife, where she shares how launching her husband into outer space changed the way she lives on Earth. Stacey and her husband were both cadets at West Point,…
 
Today we talk about the top 5 things to do before your spouse gets out of the military! Whether your spouse has served 4 years, 14 years, or 24 years... this episode is a MUST LISTEN TO episode for every milspouse! **** Do you know a veteran who is struggling to win their VA disability claim? Help your service member and check out VA Claims Insider…
 
We dedicate this episode to all military mothers who may be listening–but especially the mothers of children serving in the U.S. Military. Today, Molly shares a question and answer segment with a mother who has more than one child serving in the U.S Military. She shares her initial reaction as her first child answered his call to serve, how that re…
 
Here’s the second installment of the study of my book, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, that we’ve been doing in the Christian Military Spouse Facebook group. As mentioned on the last episode, I decided to share the audio from my talks there on the podcast, and this is the week 2 study covering readings 5-7. If y…
 
Military spouses are an essential part of our military's success. We provide support and stability to our service members, veterans, and our families during times that can be very challenging. Here at MilSpouse House, we want to recognize YOU and thank you for everything you do! So join us as we share our thoughts on Military Spouse Appreciation Da…
 
Emily Probst is an Air Force spouse, mother, former teacher, and rockstar realtor. Emily is the one who helped us find our house in Florida, and she is such a pro! Emily and her family's journey has been unique, and I can't wait for you to hear all about it. Don't miss this episode as Emily and I talk about how life is crazy and ever-changing, what…
 
The death of a loved one is always a difficult time, and the loss of a veteran or active duty service member can be especially hard to cope with. In addition to the emotional toll, surviving family members may also face financial challenges. Fortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs provides survivor benefits to help dependents of deceased ve…
 
After years of service, it is finally time to leave the military. As a veteran, your spouse is entitled to certain benefits, but did you know some states are more veteran-friendly than others? In today's episode, we discuss the top 5 states for veteran benefits! Knowing these benefits could make all the difference when deciding where to settle down…
 
If you're a military spouse, or even if you're just a parent who has to work from home sometimes, you know that it can be challenging to balance work with home life. Juggling kids, housework, and trying to get work done can feel impossible at times! But don't worry–we've got some tips for how to make working from home a little bit easier. Keep list…
 
To close out the home buying experience episodes, I have one of my best friends Tiffany on today! We bought our first homes around the same time and talk all about what we went through. Buying a home for the time is a lot and I’m so grateful we had each other to lean on. I also share a little life update! Enjoy!! --- This episode is sponsored by · …
 
This month we celebrate the military children of America. To honor them, Kayla Lyon came back to talk about what they face as well as tips for parents in deployment time or when things change suddenly with little ones at home! She also explains how resilience can be found inside every child of those who has served this country. Kayla Lyon is a vete…
 
Pulling yourself out of the darkness is not easy. It takes a lot of time, commitment, and effort to turn your life around. And that's why it can be so easy to give up on yourself. You don't have to be lost in the dark. There are many things you can do to pull yourself out and these tips will help! Is your spouse struggling to win their VA disabilit…
 
Today's episode is the first of a new collaboration journey that the American MilSpouse podcast is taking with Wives of the Air Force, or WAFs as they're affectionately known. If you think their voices sound familiar, you're right! They were on the podcast early last year. We will dive into how we have managed our mental health and some feedback th…
 
In the Christian Military Spouses group, we’ve been doing a book study of my book, You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouses, and I’ve been talking via video each week there. I'm sharing the audio from those talks over the coming weeks. This is the week 1 study, going over Days 1-4 in the book. (Note: If you’d like to joi…
 
Todays episode is with Kenzie’s husband, Cade! We talk about what started our house journey, what we learned, what happened during our closing and how it’s been so far in our house. Hope you enjoy!!--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app
 
We owe so much to the brave men and women who have served our country, but what about their four-legged counterparts? K9s are often found in law enforcement, military or search and rescue. This episode is for all our K9 Veterans out there who served so selflessly and bravely. It's also important to remember the role pets play in our lives as milita…
 
If you're married to a veteran or active duty service member, then you know that they deserve all the benefits they can get. But understanding VA benefits can be difficult - especially when it comes to your spouse. Today we share with you our TOP TIP for making sure their needs are met. Instagram: milspouse_house Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/…
 
Milspouses are feeling uncertain and stressed about the current state of affairs. We want to check in with you and see how you're doing. We know that it's hard right now, but we want to be here for each other. You are not alone. Let us be your battle buddy as we navigate through these uncertain times together. We will check in with each other every…
 
Whether you’re a new or longtime military spouse, a sudden deployment can throw you into a tailspin. If you’re facing an unexpected deployment of your spouse, this episode is for you. We’re talking about ways to cope, how to connect with others (even if you don’t think you need to), some conventional wisdom that may or may not apply to you, permiss…
 
Molly understands the difficulties in transitioning out of military life and helping her husband adjust. In this episode, she shares their experience with him making that transition- including tips for how you can be there as a spouse or family member! How to Successfully Transition from Military to Civilian Life | Brian O’Connor | TEDxOakland Chec…
 
On todays episode, Cade and I’d realtor comes on to talk all about his military career along with his new career as a real estate agent. He got us our first home and it was such an amazing experience. Jermarcus is a retired 1st Sgt and has such a love for the Marine Corps. We dive into tips for first time home buyers and what you should and shouldn…
 
We talk with Virginia, author of "The Soldier's Guide To PTSD", a combat veteran, military spouse ,and Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor specializing in Military Issues and Combat-Related Trauma. Being honest is a really tough thing to do, but it's necessary. In this episode, Virginia helps us navigate conversations a…
 
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