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Jeannie’s Turn

Jeannie’s Turn

VSP’s Amy Uptgraft reveals that VSP will have the honor of listening to veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett – wife of Medal of Honor recipient Ralph Puckett – whose turn it is to tell her story.

Quiet in the Nest

Quiet in the Nest

VSP guest writer and military spouse Caroline Schafer processes the grief, growth, and unexpected sound of silence associated with becoming an “empty nester.”

REPEAT AFTER ME

REPEAT AFTER ME

VSP’s Lea Johnson vividly describes life as a paratrooper’s spouse for nearly two decades, only feeling her lungs and heart release once her husband’s boots safely touched the ground on his final PLF.

Connecting the Circle

Connecting the Circle

Army child and soon-to-be Marine Corps spouse, Gracie Burgess, found her identity in the military community that saw her through her father’s devastating war injury and led her to create a podcast giving voice to the experiences of many other military children and spouses.

Fearless Friendships

Fearless Friendships

Lucia Johnson, daughter of VSP’s Lea Johnson, shares wisdom beyond her years on the choices surrounding friendship as a military kid.

Summer Fun with Your Military Kid

Summer Fun with Your Military Kid

VSP’s Kristie Rigdon shares her top tips as a military mama for creating fun summer memories with your kids, whether you’re in the middle of a PCS, juggling TDYs, or just soaking in the sunshine!

A Legacy of Service

A Legacy of Service

VSP’s Amy Uptgraft lets her heart speak as she describes recently sending off her twin sons to West Point as they follow in her veteran husband’s footsteps and continue the legacy of military service.

Go Live Life. Adventure!

Go Live Life. Adventure!

VSP’s guest blogger (and website designer!) Selena Conmackie writes about her mother’s encouragement to choose to live her military spouse life with adventure.

The Many Meanings of R&R

The Many Meanings of R&R

VSP’s Wendy Caldwell reveals the mental, emotional, and physical processing military spouses go through to accept retirement and the idea of moving for the final time and staying somewhere for good.

Renaming of Fort Benning to Honor Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Julia Moore

Renaming of Fort Benning to Honor Lt. Gen. Hal Moore and Julia Moore

“Wait. Wait. I’ll take it to her… and tell the cab company if there are any others, just bring them to me.” Julia Moore, We Were Soldiers For decades, I would play this scene from the movie, We Were Soldiers, based on the book by Lieutenant General Hal Moore and Joe Galloway in my theatre […]

Dipping My Toes into Temporary

Dipping My Toes into Temporary

VSP’s Audra Edwards processes what it means to truly live and breathe in the temporary places she and her husband inhabit as a military couple, all while waiting for the next move to come.

Planting Home

Planting Home

VSP’s Lea Johnson reflects on the “many iterations of ‘home'” she has experienced as a nomadic military spouse.

VSP Approved for $10,000 Grant for Arts Projects Award from the National Endowment for the Arts

VSP Approved for $10,000 Grant for Arts Projects Award from the National Endowment for the Arts

Veteran’s Spouse Project has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support their Heart to Script monologue series. This project will further VSP’s mission of uplifting and empowering the military spouse’s voice in order to support military families and bridge the gap of understanding […]

How Do They Do It?

How Do They Do It?

“There’s a graveyard near the White House Where the Unknown Soldier lies, And the flowers here are sprinkled With the tears from mother’s eyes.” -The Unknown Soldier by Billy Rose 21 Steps. Turn East. Count to 21. Turn North. Count to 21. 21 Steps. Turn East. Count to 21. Turn North. Count to 21. 21 […]

Braving Winter

Braving Winter

My sweet neighbor recently put a copy of: Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May in my hands. It’s a personal narrative that encourages us to reconsider and sink our numb fingers deep into the seasons of “winter” that inevitably frost the windowpanes of our lives. The author describes […]

Finding A Spirit of Generosity this Holiday Season

Finding A Spirit of Generosity this Holiday Season

2020 started us off as a people resisting our social instincts to shake hands with each other, to see, acknowledge, and love. Unfortunately, 2021 sealed the deal, and now we hesitate and flinch at the slightest physical touch. We panic that we’ll feel others’ glares if we don’t quite manage to stifle a random sneeze […]

Balancing The Scales

Balancing The Scales

It’s that time of year when our taste buds have to choose between pumpkin spice or apple cider. …when we have to figure out whether or not we’re close enough to reasonably go home to family for the holidays or if it’s a year for Friendsgiving and the inevitable search for the dining room table […]

When Was The Last Time You Let Yourself Go?

When Was The Last Time You Let Yourself Go?

I see them pretending to fake fall over one another, laughing as they speak in funny accents and trying to run across the stage in too high heels. They are full of joy and life, teenagers who have forgotten that they are supposed to be moody, temperamental. Teenagers who are playing as if their lives […]

Basil is a Love Language

Basil is a Love Language

Ok, here’s what happened. I was standing in line at the grocery store getting ready to purchase a potted basil plant when the lady behind me said, “You’re buying my love language.” It was too weird of a statement for me to ignore. And I’m glad I didn’t. She wanted to talk and I was […]

Where do you find ‘home’?

Where do you find ‘home’?

“Home”. It can be a loaded word for military families. We search for them in unknown places, move into them sight unseen, fret about fitting our things into them, unpack and decorate in record time, fill them with our people and our memories, and then say goodbye to them over and over again. I am […]

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