Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform

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Simon and Schuster, Jul 14, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 211 pages
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The Unofficial Scoop on Military Life

Whether you're dating, engaged, or married to an active military servicemember or reservist -- or you've just signed up yourself -- you may feel as if you've somehow married the United States military! While there are plenty of orientation books for him, there are almost no handy, user-friendly resources for you. Meredith Leyva, a military wife and founder of CinCHouse.com, the Internet's largest community for military wives, girlfriends, and women in uniform, details everything you need to know to manage day-to-day issues and get on with the adventure of military life. From relocation to deployment, protocol to finances, and career to kids, Leyva offers time-tested advice about:

• Keeping your love life together during deployments
• Relocating yourself and your family around the world
• Maintaining your own career when you're expected to move every three years
• Understanding what pay and benefits you're entitled to -- and how to maximize them
• Translating those odd acronyms and jargon

Written by a seasoned military wife, this smart and savvy guide will help you take control at every point of your servicemember's career -- from filing marriage papers as newlyweds to choosing prenatal and child care when you start a family to figuring out his pension when he's ready to retire.
  

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Review: Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform

User Review  - Andrea Cox - Goodreads

Great book for research and anyone considering the military. Also wonderful for family members of military personnel. Learned a lot from this one! Read full review

Review: Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform

User Review  - Doubledee Mcpirate - Goodreads

Mildly entertaining but I thought it was dated when I read it....in 2007. Some of the information could be useful if it were updated and geared toward enlisted spouses. Read full review

Contents

Welcome to the Adventure
1
Getting to Know Your Base
11
Understanding Career Tracks
20
Reservists Duties
26
What Are Other Military Wives and Female
38
Protocol or How to Get Along
44
Enlisted Rank Insignia
50
What to Wear? The Appropriate Dress for Every
56
When a Family Member Has Special Needs
106
Dental Care
112
Reimbursement for Your Travel
119
The Logistical Process of Moving with the Military
126
The Big Trip
136
Easing the Transition to a New Community
144
Marriage Hooah
151
A Big If
158

Your Portable Career
62
Education
68
Reserve Pay
74
Taxable vs Nontaxable Income
85
How Politics Affects Your Retirement
91
Health Care Benefits
97
Tricks for Getting the Best Health Care
103
Extra Parenting Skills for Military Couples
165
How to Vacation at Almost No Cost
172
If You Must Separate from an Abusive Spouse
178
Preventing Trouble in Paradise
187
Acknowledgments
199
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About the author (2009)

Meredith Leyva is the founder and editor of CinCHouse.com, the Internet’s largest community for military wives and women in uniform. Leyva currently resides with her family in Norfolk, Virginia, where her husband is stationed aboard the USS Enterprise.

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