Summary: Spouse Spouts, a military spouse podcast featuring Susan Reynolds, 2014 Joan Orr AF Spouse of the Year and Dave Etter, AFI 2016 Army Spouse of the Year.
Have you seen the "new" TRICARE changes? Totally bizarre to the outsiders, like us, so, we asked our favorite Military.com person Amy Bushatz to come on the show to explain what she has discovered about these changes and give us some skinny she can't put into her articles. She came through, and we're sure you will enjoy this episode! Since Amy lives in Alaska, and runs a fairly busy schedule, we had to pre-record this episode. All this means is there won't be any calls answered in the show, you can still listen in at the normal time on-hold. Spouse Spouts is a weekly military spouse podcast hosted by Susan and Dave each Wednesday at 0930 EST.
Have you ever wanted to go on a tour of the United States? Hop on a train and see what the country has to offer? Anna Blanch Rade did just that, and we have her on Spouse Spouts to tell us all about her American Tour. Anna is more than a traveller, she's a military spouse who is making things happen in her community. Join Susan and Dave as they chat with Anna about her tour, her career, and her community impact. Spouse Spouts is a weekly military spouse podcast hosted by Susan and Dave each Wednesday at 0930 EST
I don't know about you, but finding a job is not easy. I don't know about you, but I also can't work a traditional Monday-Friday 9-5 job either. What are we supposed to do? How can we find jobs that offer what we need as military family members? Enter Audrey from Worldwide101. She's a military spouse and it on Spouse Spouts today to tell us all about Worldwide 101 and they are helping miltiary spouses find jobs and satisfaction. Spouse Spouts is a weekly podcast hosted by Susan Reynolds and Dave Etter. Join them every Wednesday at 0930 EST.
I don't know about you all, but it's not always easy to do financial planning. It can be confusing, and overwhelming at times. What is you get yourself into debt, and you don't know how to get yourself out of debt? On Today's episode of Spouse Spouts we will have Michael Meese, the COO of AAFMAA on and we'll talk financial planning. The important and growing role of the spouse in military family finance Additionally source of income, if the spouse is employed Valuable contributions to the household, which are harder to quantify (childcare, chores, shopping, etc.) The spouse as a key decision-maker when it comes to finances Understanding financial windfalls that may come with military life and how to make the most of them Separation pay Hazardous duty pay Budgeting advice to help families avoid debt Saving and investing strategies to help build up a “rainy day” or emergency fund Understanding your options for protecting your family with insurance SGLI Supplements and additional offerings from non-profit organizations Join Susan and Dave every Wednesday for Spouse Spouts at 0930 EST!
Insurance company selection can be a daunting process. Wouldn't it be nice to have all the details you may want to know handy, in human-speak? Join Susan and Dave as they interview Lori Simmons from Armed Forces Insurance and discover many cool features of the coverage you can get from AFI! Spouse Spouts is a weekly hour long podcast recorded live (most of the time!) on Wednesdays at 0930 EST by Susan Reynolds, 2014 Joan Orr AF Spouse of the Year and Dave Etter, AFI 2016 Army Spouse of the Year.
Last year Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina faced down Hurricane Matthew. This year, Texas is doing battle with Hurricane Harvey. The devastation is unreal, the loss is overwhelming, and help is needed from everywhere. Who can help? Dave and Susan have put together some information to share with you all in order to Help with Harvey. Our Coast Guard and National Guard have been hard at work. It's more than that; first responders are also out and working hard. What can you do? We'll give you some ideas and some organizations that are already in the area, helping.
Yes, we're on the end of the summer moving season, but guess what, fall moving season is already happening. That means working with moving companies, finding a place to live, do you choose on base or off base, will you buy a house or rent? What about the moving company? How do you deal with them? Today we have some answers to those questions. Join Susan and Todd Ernst, from PCSgrades as they discuss moving in the military. Join Susan and Dave every Wednesday at 0930 EST for Spouse Spouts!
Back To School! It's either the best time of the year or the worst. For some of our military kids, they are starting a new school again. They are the new kid, again. For some of our military kids, this is their last year at their school. And for some of our military kids, they will start school for the first time. What can we do as parents and family members to help? There are many resources available. Military One Click has been writing about back to school for the last few weeks and will have a guest host, Tesha Jackson on today to share with us some tips to help our kids out. Join Susan and Dave every Wednesday at 0930 EST for Spouse Spouts!
Behind the Scenes is the title of Cara Loken's book. It's a look into military spouse life and what some spouses are doing to support others. Cara gathered 30 spouses to share some of their stories. What else is Cara up to? She's working on a children's book, supporting veterans through art, and more. Join Susan and Dave in their interview with Cara.
The National Military Family Association or NMFA is one of our oldest, most respected military family advocacy and support organizations. Who are they really, and what do they do for us? Today on Spouse Spouts we are fortunate to have MJ Boice from the communications staff at NMFA on the show, sharing with us what is happening in the military family community. We'll talk about Tricare, education, military children, and more. With so much happening, it's good to know we have friends and allies like NMFA looking out for us. Join Susan and Dave every Wednesday at 0930 EST for Spouse Spouts.
I don't know about you all, but there are times when I worry about cybersecurity. Maybe worry isn't the right word, but I do have concerns. Is my online presence too much and puts my family at risk? What can I do, as my child is getting older, to ensure his online safety? I have so many questions and concerns. Fortunately, today on Spouse Spouts we have an expert here to help. Alex Brown knows about OPSEC (operational security) and PERSEC (personal security) and it here today to help us out. Questions about social media? Alex can answer them and give us tips and tools on how to be a little more, or a lot more safe online. Join Susan and Dave for Spouse Spouts every Wednesday at 0930 EST.
Dr. Ingrid Herrera-Yee is so many things. She's a military spouse, a clinical psychologist, a mother, an advocate, a friend, and more. Today she is joining us on Spouse Spouts to talk about mental health, special needs parenting, and standing up for her son. Join Susan and Dave for a fun chat with Ingrid about everything under the sun and then some! We'll be laughing, hopefully not crying, and sharing stories about how the National Guard helps all citizens, at home and abroad.
Summer fun at the beach, the pool, a lake, or maybe some camping, right? But for military families, the summer is also all about moving. It's PCS Season!!! With the help of social media, moving isn't as difficult as it used to be. However, people still have questions, still want to see the area they are moving too, and have questions about schools. Who do we turn too? Millie! Joining us is Kellie Artis from Millie and she is going to share with us today what Millie does and how they help our military families during a stressful time.
One of the best parts about being part of the Armed Forces Insurance, Military Spouse of the Year award is the pool of talented, driven, successful military spouses. Today's show is no exception. Meet Shana Smith, Mrs. Tennessee International 2017 and the 2015 Army Researve Spouse of the Year. Today we're going to talk with Shana about the process of becoming Mrs. Tennessee International and being an Army Reserve family. If you don't know much about the reserves, today is a great day to learn and listen. . Join Susan and Dave every Wednesday at 0930 EST for Spouse Spouts!
Today's show is all about bullies. Last week, Susan and Dave talked a little about bullies in the military spouse community and promised to talk more about it. Bullies! UGH!!! They are not fun at all, and they are everywhere. Is bullying getting worse? Does social media help bullies? Think about our military kids too. Our children move more than most of their peers and they experience bullying. So let's talk about it. Let's talk about the bullies in our community and we can stop this issue. Join Susan and Dave every Wednesday at 0930 EST for Spouse Spouts!