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Military Life

by John Beale

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Tech. Sgt. Tracey McArdle of Edinboro embraced her son, Tyler, 7, minutes before being deployed with the 911th Air Wing of the Air Force Reserve, which was flying injured soldiers out of Iraq, among other duties.

Sgt. McArdle also has a 4-year-old daughter, Samantha.

She has made four trips to the Persian Gulf in support of troops fighting in Iraq.

Sgt. McArdle has been back home since Dec. 1.

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Share Your Story with the Military Channel

The Military Channel is seeking personal videos from members of the U.S. Military to let soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines tell their story directly to viewers.

Real-life moments captured on film by service members will be broadcast on the Military Channel as part of a new on-air programming initiative. Servicemen and women anywhere in the world who brought a camcorder with them on a recent deployment, or those who currently have a camera with them on the frontlines, can submit their videos directly to the Military Channel.

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How I Lived My Life When My Dad Deployed
By Nathan Wright as told to Arlene H. Hull for LIFELines
I was 12 years old when my dad, CDR David Wright, deployed to Iraq. For several years my family - my parents, my brother and two sisters, and I - had lived in Pensacola, Fla., where my dad was assigned to Pensacola Naval Hospital. I knew about the war. I had seen the news about our military forces in Afghanistan, and I knew there was a possibility that my dad would go. But a possibility and reality are two different things.   More

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The Military Family Research Institute is a cross-departmental research program housed at Purdue University and funded by the Department of Defense, Office of Military Community and Family Policy. The mission of MFRI is to conduct interdisciplinary, multilevel research that provides insight into the impact of quality of life factors on military members and their families.DoD Plans to Boost Military Child Care

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Children's Network International

Military Family Assitance Program

CNI's MFAP was starting to help our military families while their spouses are fighting for our freedom. We can never do enough to help our brave men and women in uniform as they serve this great country. We currently send our Love Cartons full of food and personal care items to bases all over the country.

If you would like to help us send these boxes please write in your memo section of your check "Military Families" and we will send the box in your name.
If you know of a military family that needs our assistance, please let us know. Thank you for your support of our military. >>>link to for more information

Making Ends Meet

Being a military wife or mom can be stressful enough without having to worry about money, but many do. There are lots of little tricks and tips that military families can take advantage of to help stretch their hard-earned dollars. Here are a just a few.

Take Advantage of  Discounts
Many retail stores, restaurants, and recreation facilities offer discounts to military families. Getting your discount is as simple remembering to ask.  Some of the retailers include Foot Locker, Sears Portrait Studio, and many more.  For a partial list, visit:





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Military Families Speak Out is an organization of people opposed to the war in Iraq who have relatives or loved ones in the military. Our membership currently includes over 3,000 military families, with new families joining daily. If you have family members or loved ones in the military and you are opposed to this war,   >>>>more


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