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    5 Things We LOVE About Military Life!

    Valentine's Day is approaching, and love is in the air. Why not take time to look at a few other things we love along with our sweethearts?

    While we all know how challenging military life can be, there are so many things we appreciate and I think most of us wouldn't trade our experiences for the world. Take a look and then see what you'd add to the...

    5 Things We Love About Military Life

    1. The Friends—we’re all in this together!


    Stay in military circles long enough, and you’ll soon find that the unique lingo, lifestyle, and experiences have a way of bonding you as fast friends like nothing else. Not to mention that your military friends are usually the ones to step up and help if you need it! After all, you’d do the same for them.

    2. Patriotism


    Whether it’s hearing the playing of Taps each night, all cars on post/base stopping at the playing of the National Anthem at the end of the work day, or simply being accustomed to attending military ceremonies with all the uniforms, flags, and protocol, patriotism is part of the fabric of our lives. 

    3. Creative Gifts


    While you may not get specially monogrammed dainties complete with an embroidered aircraft logo like MBO writer Mary Ann Eckberg did from her hubby, you may well be the recipient of some other, um…unique presents. Well, to civilians, anyway. For military families--pretty normal! Beer steins from Germany? Marble chess board from the Middle East? We’ve got ‘em. And I’d make a bet that 9 out of 10 military spouses have a cartouche with their name on it.

    4. The Travel


    Our family has lived in Europe, the Pacific, and across our wonderful United States, all courtesy of Uncle Sam. Places we’d never dreamed of experiencing in person are now part of our scrapbooks and memories. What an amazing gift!

    5. Our Service Member!


    After all, YOU are the reason we’re living this life in the first place! We recognize how hard you work and the sacrifices you've made. We love you!

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    Jen McDonald


    Jen McDonald

    Jen McDonald is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the books You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse and Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories. Jen is also the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has written hundreds of articles and essays which have been published in other books and numerous publications. She was a military spouse for 30 years and is the mom of four, including one son in the military. One of her happiest roles now is being a grandmother. She and her veteran Air Force husband have been stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific and won’t count how many houses they’ve lived in because that would be too depressing. Her passion is encouraging young military spouses and regularly sharing about topics like military life, parenting, homeschooling...and now grandparenting! See more from Jen at her site, Jen McDonald and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest.

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