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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 family 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 strengthening your military marriage.

A military spouse of nearly three decades herself and the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen doesn't shy away from the hard topics, while providing a practical, humorous look at military life. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together.

Milspouse Matter‪s‬ Jen McDonald

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    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

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 family 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 strengthening your military marriage.

A military spouse of nearly three decades herself and the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen doesn't shy away from the hard topics, while providing a practical, humorous look at military life. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together.

    Make the Most of Your Military Travel Benefits - Ep. 59

    Make the Most of Your Military Travel Benefits - Ep. 59

    On this episode, I’m talking to Stephanie Montague about how to make the best use of your military travel benefits, including Space-A flights (Space Available) and military recreation facilities. 

    She also shares how she and her husband did not do the typical ‘life after military retirement’ and how they’ve instead traveled and lived overseas since his retirement from the Army in 2015. Be warned: you may get a serious case of wanderlust after listening to this episode!

    • 51 min
    Facing Military Life with Focus and Strength - Ep. 58

    Facing Military Life with Focus and Strength - Ep. 58

    On this episode, I’m joined by Ashley Keller of GlowBodyPT. She’s a veteran, a professional triathlete, a military spouse, mom of 3 young children, and a prenatal/postnatal exercise specialist and certified personal trainer.

    I first connected with Ashley on Instagram and just love her posts and her positive attitude, as well as her realistic and practical take on military life. 

    • 45 min
    There Is Strength in the Waiting - Ep. 57

    There Is Strength in the Waiting - Ep. 57

    During this past hard year that was 2020, we’ve all become more familiar with waiting. I hear from so many of you--you’re waiting for your loved one at boot camp, you’re counting down the days to the end of deployment, you’re waiting for PCS orders that are on hold. Wait, wait, wait…

    Waiting can seem like a waste of time or that we’re doing nothing, but I want to remind you there is strength in the waiting.

    • 16 min
    Military Couples Without Kids - Ep. 56

    Military Couples Without Kids - Ep. 56

    One question I often get is from military couples without children who wonder if there is a place for them and who often feel left out of unit or base activities, so today we’re talking about it.

    • 41 min
    Soldiers' Angels Supports Military and Veterans- Ep. 55

    Soldiers' Angels Supports Military and Veterans- Ep. 55

    On this episode, I’m speaking with Amy Palmer, the president and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels, who’s sharing what Soldiers’ Angels offers and how you can support them or even request services during this holiday season!

    • 21 min
    Deployment Support for Spouses with Yellow Ribbon Box - Ep. 54

    Deployment Support for Spouses with Yellow Ribbon Box - Ep. 54

    On this episode, I'm talking to Kaci Jones of Yellow Ribbon Box, whose mission it is to support military, veterans, and families. She talks about the story behind Yellow Ribbon Box, which offers care packages for military spouses, and also shares some practical deployment tips.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

SulliGang Leader ,

Grateful MILSPO of 4

I cannot begin to express how incredibly grateful I am for the work you’re doing with this podcast. My husband has been in the USCG Reserves for 12 years and this year has transferred AD USA. He’s currently in OCS while I’m at what has always been our home, with 4 kids (one newborn) and a dog! I feel as though I’ve got one foot in the civilian world and one foot in the other. I just want to express my gratitude for being a bridge builder for me.

With love,

Ashlee Sullivan

AmyWStone2020 ,

Life saving Podcast!! 🙏🏻

I am so thankful to have found this podcast! Jen has provided a great deal of encouragement and guidance in a time when I had no idea which way was up!! 🥴 I would play these episodes while working around the house, or just sitting on my porch with a glass of whiskey. It was like I was having a chat with the girls!!
A podcast well worth the listen!! And don’t miss reading her book “You are not alone”...life changing!!
Thank you Jen!!

Martyy20 ,

Awesome information

I love this podcast!

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