Author Archive | Karen Santiano Francis

Military Families and the Shutdown Politics of Cutting Off Survivor Benefits

Of all the issues that have come to light during the federal government shutdown, this “inability” of the Department of Defense to pay death benefits to the families of those killed in action this past week precipitated a flood of incandescent rage by every military blogger, writer and Facebook friend I know.  Republican, conservative, Democrat, […]

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Why I Can’t Write Another 9/11 Post

I really can’t write another 9/11 post.  On this year’s 9/11 anniversary, Facebook was full of mourning eagles and flags draped in the form of the Twin Towers — images that were posted by those it affected, but also by many more who were not.  A good friend commemorates 9/11 as the day her spouse […]

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Military Families Wait and Wonder on Syria

A couple of weeks ago, Barbara Starr of CNN started a storm when she said, in response to a question about proposed air/missile strikes on Syria: “ … I don’t think it’s really going to affect military families at all. This is going to be, if it it is ordered, a cruise missile strike, no […]

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Thanks of a Grateful Nation? Military Families Say Not So Much!

The military social media community is abuzz discussing articles written by columnists for the Washington Post, suggesting that somehow members of the military are free-loading off American taxpayers — a disturbing trend in recent articles about the military community. One of these articles explores the benefits that supplement the low pay of most service members, […]

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What is REALLY Important to Military Families

Military families have big concerns about their pay and benefits, employment opportunities for their spouses, and their children’s education. Probably most American families have those concerns as well, but these issues present special challenges for military families because of issues surrounding deployments and frequent family moves. Blue Star Families’ 2013 Military Families Lifestyle Survey, recently […]

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Licensing – and Condiments

A friend of mine wrote a Facebook plea, that every military spouse I know can empathize with: “Dear Air Force – can you tell me if we are moving or not, we need soy sauce – I need to know whether to buy the Costco size or not.” I know, it’s a small thing, but […]

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