Remember when you picked up your first camera? Remember that feeling of excitement and possibility surging through your fingers? Three and a half years ago that was me, so excited and anxious to take photos of everyone and everything. I felt like I could take on the world. Then reality kicked in.
Article by Rose E
Years ago I was working with my church youth group and we played a game called “If You Really Knew Me.” In this game, students and leaders would tell a story about themselves that revealed things people wouldn’t automatically assume about them. Every time I am asked what I do for a living I feel as though I am in the middle of that game again.
By Ariele O’Brien
All military moves and separations are difficult to some degree. Unaccompanied tours add a different type of angst because they equate to a separation by location, not war. Sometimes spouses choose to relocate to foreign countries unsponsored. This doesn’t happen very often because it is difficult to move without the military’s support. First, it is the family’s responsibility to move the spouse (and if applicable, kids) on their own dime. Flying space available is an option, however, unsponsored family members are the lowest priority. Second, pets have to remain behind, as well as furniture, toys, books, musical instruments, and anything else that won’t meet the airlines two piece per person luggage rule. Third, unsponsored families do not have the same privileges as sponsored family members.
Aside from the financial disadvantages to an unsponsored tour, the biggest obstacle to overcome (and the reason most families do not join their spouse during a year-long unaccompanied tour) is schooling. Unsponsored children may not attend the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDs) unless there is space available for them, which is determined after the school year has started and usually not available. Other areas impacted by being unsponsored are health care (which is available but changed to co-pay and off post in a foreign country), Child and Youth School Services (again space available only), driving privileges (this is a big one), visas, and more. All of these challenges generally contribute to the family members remaining stateside for the year.
by: Meg Flanagan
We need to talk. Like really talk. And we need to talk about guns. Right now. Because just the other day, nine more students were killed on their college campus in Oregon. Just last month, two journalists were shot dead, on air, during their morning broadcast in Virginia. Three years ago, 26 elementary students and teachers were killed in Connecticut. There has been a mass shooting of some kind, mostly at schools or colleges, every few months since 1999. Since Columbine.
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