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Heroes at Home: Honoring the Military Wives and Husbands in Our Lives

‎05-07-2014 08:00 AM

By Tara Crooks


Standing alongside more than half of our service members are amazing pillars of strength who have extraordinary stories of courage and commitment. They come from all walks of life, and they bring a diversity of talent and experience. Their pride in our service members is unwavering. They are military spouses.


Your Tribute

Do you have a military spouse, domestic partner or loved one you’re thankful for? Tell us about her or him and what makes that person special.

We’ll celebrate Military Spouse Appreciation Day on May 9 by honoring these steadfast women and men.


In collaboration with the National Military Family Association, we asked military spouses and NMFA members to talk about how they respond to life’s challenges while supporting a military member.    



Melissa Wilkerson

Seek Balance and Have Faith 


Melissa Wilkerson, retired Navy officer and military spouse, on how she balances the demands of being part of a military family: “It’s really about prioritizing and sacrificing.”







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Whitney Daws, Coast Guard spouse, on finding support in the military spouse community: “Whether you think you need support or not, it’s always good to meet people.”








Amanda OakleyHave Your Own Career 


Amanda Oakley, Army spouse, on pursuing her career and earning her master’s degree while stationed in Germany with her husband: “It’s important for me to have something to call my own.”








Tara Crooks is a co-founder of the Army Wife Network and a USAA Member Community Manager.


About the National Military Family Association


Military families serve our country with pride, honor and quiet dedication. The NMFA is the leading nonprofit organization committed to strengthening and protecting the families of men and women currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen. Click here to learn more about this organization and its military spouse scholarships




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Community Managers

Briana Hartzell

Briana Hartzell

Briana knows all about moving. This Navy wife has helped her husband relocate to four different naval air stations in the last three years. A former USAA employee, Briana is co-founder of The Triple Dish, a blog focused on food, fitness and military life.

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Wendy Poling

Wendy Poling

Wendy is a social media strategist and founder of, featuring a popular military spouse blog and the hit podcast Navy Wife Radio and now Military Life Radio. She is the wife of a submariner who has also served in Afghanistan.

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Charles Pratt

Charles "Chazz" Pratt

Charles "Chazz" Pratt III is a former U.S. Army Captain who made the Military-to-Civilian career transition in 1994. In his book, The Fort Living Room Transition Course, he shares valuable tips & tricks to help you succeed. Since his transition from the military, he's worked for several Fortune 500 companies, including Pfizer, Genentech, and St. Jude Medical, among others.

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Scott Halliwell

Scott Halliwell

Scott Halliwell is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner.

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Joseph Montanaro

Joseph "J.J." Montanaro

Joseph "J.J." Montanaro is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner.

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