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We are the Scattered

We are the Scattered

National Guard veteran and Army spouse, Kasie Purvis, shares her family’s story of making the decision to become active duty and reflects on how their nomadic lifestyle and quest for connection led her to start her own podcast called “Gather the Scattered” in this VSP blog post.

Healing What Screams in Silence

Healing What Screams in Silence

Marine Corps Veteran spouse, Lauren Fagan, shares her story of recovery from addiction and reflects on her life-long journey of healing in this VSP blog post.

Out of the Balcony

Out of the Balcony

Proud Army sister-in-law and aunt, Jana Brya, writes about what it means to move out of your comfort zone – or the balcony – in order to truly support our military families in this VSP blog post.

That Perfect PCS Playlist

That Perfect PCS Playlist

Seasoned milspouse and VSP guest writer Heather Barnhill shares her personally curated and inspiring music playlist sure to give your mental health a kickstart during PCS season.

A Spiritual Battle Buddy

A Spiritual Battle Buddy

Family Life Chaplain and VSP guest writer Chaplain (MAJ) Lisa Northway shares her experiences as an active duty soldier and counselor of isolated military families to emphasize the importance of finding a spiritual Battle Buddy to thrive in life.

New Roots

New Roots

VSP junior guest writer Lucia Johnson finds her “new roots” as she works through the differences between summers of moving and summers of staying as a military kid in this mini blog post.

This is How We Do It: A Milspouse PCS Survival Guide

This is How We Do It: A Milspouse PCS Survival Guide

VSP guest writer and comedian-in-the-making, milspouse Heather Barnhill takes both an entertaining and useful approach in this PCS survival guide for the resourceful military spouse.

Post-PCS: The Valley of Blah

Post-PCS: The Valley of Blah

VSP’s Audra Edwards reveals what she describes as the “PCS Valley of Blah,” a lesser known, transitional time some milspouses experience in the initial weeks after a military move.

HERO

HERO

(Bonus 15/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett talks about how their lives were changed when her husband, Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., received the Medal of Honor in this final BONUS Stories We Tell: Jeannie Puckett installment from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

GRATITUDE

GRATITUDE

(14/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett reflects on gratitude as she and her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., navigate through his diagnosis of Parkinson’s in this fourteenth of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

GRIEF

GRIEF

(13/14) This poem of grief was written by Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett the year after she and her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., lost their daughter, Jean, to cancer in this thirteenth of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

CHANGE

CHANGE

(12/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett describes the life events that followed after she and her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., made the decision to seek change and move back to Georgia in this twelfth of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

RETIREMENT

RETIREMENT

(11/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett details retirement life after her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., shifts his family to civilian life and its unexpected stressors in this eleventh of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

SCHOOL

SCHOOL

(10/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett discusses the difficulties she and her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., faced in trying to find the best schools for their military children in this tenth of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

ALONE

ALONE

(9/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett explains the disconnection that so often exists between the reality of war and public perception and how military families can often feel alone because of it when her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., came home from Vietnam in this ninth of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

VIETNAM

VIETNAM

(8/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett shows the heartbreaking reality of sending service members off to war when her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., left for Vietnam in this eighth of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

DAS ZELTON

DAS ZELTON

(7/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett shares the adventures the military can bring when she and her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., take their children “das zelton” (camping) in this seventh of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

HOMECOMING

HOMECOMING

(6/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett lets us look into the intimate scenes of military homecomings when her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., would greet their children in this sixth of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

SOPHISTICATED

SOPHISTICATED

(5/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett shares an unexpected experience she and her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., had in the company of a “sophisticated” Columbian couple in this fifth of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

ORANGES

ORANGES

(4/14) Veteran spouse Jeannie Puckett talks pregnancy, homesickness, and meaningful Christmas oranges when the Army sent her and her husband, Medal of Honor Recipient and Korean and Vietnam War Hero, COL (RET.) Ralph Puckett Jr., to Puerto Rico in this fourth of fourteen Stories We Tell installments from Veteran’s Spouse Project.

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