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Updated: 2017-12-18T08:35:23.023-08:00

 



You left out a very important detail that I must s...

2016-08-01T13:00:33.745-07:00

You left out a very important detail that I must share.

TO ALL PARENTS/MILITARY SPOUSES:

NEVER EVER EVER GO ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO POST EVEN ONE DETAIL ABOUT YOUR SOLDIER BEING DEPLOYED, OR INCLUDE ANY INFORMATION AT ALL ABOUT THIER DEPLOYMENT!!!!!!!!

I see it all the time - mostly from wives, who want support or sympathy from people they don't even know! They never think about the fact that they are giving details to an emeny who loves nothing more than a blabber mouth who is willing to give me details so the can a mass attack, and possibly take hostages. Think about that. They actually troll social media looking for people dumb enough to post these details. They even use social media to track wives and threaten them.

Giving out these details can have deadly consequences. It also has a direct effect on the soldier as everyone in the entire brigade will know because someone like 1st SGT will make sure to set an example for others to NOT FOLLOW.



go when he says you can be there... some units get...

2016-07-26T14:01:12.295-07:00

go when he says you can be there... some units get leave months in advance... others close to a deployment... some units train up to the departure... some guys save their leave time for after... go when he says you can be there... every unit & command is different.



Son is deploying very soon..have ask when the best...

2016-07-19T19:42:25.414-07:00

Son is deploying very soon..have ask when the best time to go and see him is and he says well I'll be off these few days...does the military not give a time when you can see you're loved ones before they leave...or do they stay in the field untill the day of deployment



I would like to know if we can send those prepaid ...

2008-08-01T13:50:00.000-07:00

I would like to know if we can send those prepaid cell phones to soldiers to use with minute cards? My husbands son asked for calling cards but we thought that sending him a cell phone would be better. Are they allowed to have this? Please let me know!

Thanks for the information.



Another piece of advise, visit Some Soldier Mom re...

2006-05-23T07:25:00.000-07:00

Another piece of advise, visit Some Soldier Mom regularly. She is one smart lady.
Start yourself a blog. You can keep family and friends, in the know, on the happenings with your soldier. You can keep your soldier in the know...if he is fortunate enough to have computer access.
My adventure is coming to a close, so I am proof that this does end. It is not a permanent thing. Keep the faith!



If you use Microsoft's messenger, there's a plug...

2005-12-10T12:01:00.000-08:00

If you use Microsoft's messenger, there's a plug-in called Messenger Plus (http://www.msgplus.net/index.php) that allows you to keep an archive of all the chat conversations you have. It is nice to have that done automatically in case you forget to copy and paste it.

It also can keep track of when people log off and on so you'll know if someone logged in while you're sleeping.

It comes with a "sponsor program" that you can skip on install.

Yahoo IM has an option to archive your conversations too.



I really love your advice, I don't think I ever th...

2005-12-10T02:11:00.000-08:00

I really love your advice, I don't think I ever thought about sending my fiance a tape recording. I'll definitely keep that in mind when he goes back in september. As to what Wayne's Mom said...Definitely save the IM's, you can go back and read them over and over it helps a lot. That was something I was very glad to have, I actually still have all of those. And as to Crazy Politico's comment, yea I'd like to know where you were when he was in the Navy, you could have given me advice on how to deal with my daddy being gone. *yes that's my father* Thank you for this webpage, it's great to see so much support for the men and women out there!!!!



I'll put in my 'Amen' to your advice. Here's one h...

2005-12-09T21:33:00.000-08:00

I'll put in my 'Amen' to your advice.

Here's one habit I started: After you share an Instant Message conversation, copy and paste it, either to your calendar or to a plain document to save as part of your scrapbook.

Emails are easy to save, but I didn't think of saving IM conversations until a few months into deployment.

Great work! I'll link to this one in my sidebar.



One more thing, pick out some photos that will mak...

2005-12-09T18:18:00.000-08:00

One more thing, pick out some photos that will make your soldier happy. Cut them down to wallet size and laminate them.

Photos corrode in the sand, obviously they're more durable when laminated.

How many times a day do you suppose soldiers take photos out of their wallets and recall the memories? It's important for them to have these pieces of home with them.



Wow, what a fantastic post. It's loaded with great...

2005-12-09T18:04:00.000-08:00

Wow, what a fantastic post. It's loaded with great advice - for everyone! I especially like your advice to soldiers

Yes, dammmit, we know you’re busy and Yes, dammmmit, we know you’re tired. But we are sitting back here worrying night and day. No, you telling us a thousand times, “Don’t worry” will not make us not worry.

Well said, and right on target.



What a wonderful and informative post SSM, for fam...

2005-12-09T16:59:00.000-08:00

What a wonderful and informative post SSM, for families and soldiers who are called to endure these deployments. Webcams are a must...not only so our soldier can see us...but so we can see them too. The best thing for us was being able to actually "see" David alive and well, via webcam....see that beautiful smile of his.

I will add....never give up hope, never stop saying prayers for their safe return. There have been so many times this year when we were terrified (during those blackout periods) that something had happened to him. He made it tho.....he is now back on American soil (down in Georgia debriefing) and will be home for good late next week. We have been truly blessed...and wish safe return for all of our soldiers. It's been a long long year. Faith, hope, love and sites like yours are what have kept us going! Thank you.....



Also to soldiers who have young children - videota...

2005-12-09T10:06:00.000-08:00

Also to soldiers who have young children - videotape yourself before the deployment reading short/favorite books so when you away your children can still have a “bedtime story” with you.
I mailed a lot of children’s books, blank tapes and video mailers to troops in Afghanistan so they could record and mail the tapes to families.
And remember to check AnySoldier.com site if you notice that your fellow Soldiers/Marines are not getting letters or care packages.
Even when we don’t have anybody that we know “over there” - we, the strangers, "adopt", care, and support the troops as much as we can!
And we worry too...



What a world of GREAT information! Sure do wish th...

2005-12-09T07:21:00.000-08:00

What a world of GREAT information! Sure do wish that we'd had some of that information when our #1 son went to Afghanistan, although some of it wouldn't have worked as his FOB was truly in the middle of NO WHERE and when they got there nothing was there but the dirt. They had to set the whole thing up and it was 7 1/2 months before they even had electricy, let alone computers, they were just glad to have heat before winter set in (which happened to be the worse winter in they didn't know how long!). Because they finally did get electricy when he was home on R&R he shipped himself a microwave and that made life a bit more tolarable. So check and see if your soldier has a microwave available to him/her because there are lots of microwave foods that help them remember home!
Your posts are wonderful to read and wish I'd found you sooner...but since I have I've added Noah to my prayer list for a full recovery.
Sign me...
Mom of 2 in the Army and 1 in the Air Force and a Nephew in the Navy...Supporting ALL Our Troops!



Stay away from the MSM news!Don't do a countdown o...

2005-12-09T06:40:00.000-08:00

Stay away from the MSM news!

Don't do a countdown of days until they get home -it always changes!

Stay away from family and friends that don't support the war!!! I have skipped Thanksgiving 2 years in a row because of that!

Get busy!!! Do those projects you haven't been able to get to do for this reason or that.



Absolutely terrific! You are a blessing for those...

2005-12-09T06:27:00.000-08:00

Absolutely terrific! You are a blessing for those at home! Thank You for posting all that you do.



WOW!! You're amazing at the way that you put all t...

2005-12-08T20:41:00.000-08:00

WOW!! You're amazing at the way that you put all that into words. My brother was just deployed last Sunday for Iraq and it has been tought knowing that he will be in harm's way but on the other hand I know that he is fighting for his country. Thanks for this recent post. It really helps to know that they're others out there going through the same thing. Your blog is good; I really enjoy reading it.



SSMI have really found peace with the words of wis...

2005-12-08T20:32:00.000-08:00

SSM
I have really found peace with the words of wisdom and ideas you give on your blog site. My soldier will be leaving shortly and I am really feeling a lot of the things you write about. It's not as much fun being a mom sitting here waiting when your little man is no longer "playing" army in the woods around your house. Thanks for all you put into words. It really helps.



Digital cameras and web cams are an absolute must....

2005-12-08T20:17:00.000-08:00

Digital cameras and web cams are an absolute must. You will feel much better once you see that grin on your soldier's face. SSM, I will never forget the first I saw my soldier on the web cam. I think I cried for an hour. What a great day it was for me.

Start a scrapbook. It was a way for me to pass time. On yahoo IM you can doodle and play games and then print them out and yes cry each and every single time you look at them. Save instant messages and emails. I can not tell you how many times that I have gone back and read through my stack.

Your soldier really needs a laptop.

This was a wonderful idea SSM. If we can help just one parent, spouse, girlfriend or child, it is all worth it.

TIME CAPSULE...So much fun. 10-20 years from now, my son can take his children with him and dig the time capsule up. He is going to be so surprised when he sees what is in there.

I will probablly think of so many other things after I finish.

Thanks again SSM.



SSM,I love your blog. You need to write a book. Yo...

2005-12-08T19:43:00.000-08:00

SSM,
I love your blog. You need to write a book. You put everything I am thinking and feeling into words. You do every mother, wife, girlfriend, loved one and soldier a great service by putting your thoughts on this site. Thank you.

Good News... my son is back in the US. He may be on his way back to Mississippi by tomorrow. WhooHooo...:):)



Oh! and one more...a mini-tape recorder with the m...

2005-12-08T16:37:00.000-08:00

Oh! and one more...a mini-tape recorder with the microcassettes are small & easy to pack as well as durable.

I would send Hubs "letters" from the girls on tape & he would return the favor. It was a nice way to stay in touch & for them to be able to hear his voice. Time differences sometimes make a call from Daddy seem a long time in coming.



Where were you when I first joined the Navy and th...

2005-12-08T16:35:00.001-08:00

Where were you when I first joined the Navy and they told us to "figure it out!", this would have been such a help.

You get two links at my place for tonight.



I will add to the computer part...for wives/girlfr...

2005-12-08T16:35:00.000-08:00

I will add to the computer part...for wives/girlfriends and especially those w/kids--WEBCAM. If your soldier will ever be somewhere where there is a slight chance one will be available, you'll want to be sure you have one. They are inexpensive & even I figured out how to use it!

Also, for those with wee ones, don't underestimate the power of video & hearing those little voices. I videotaped my girls endlessly & spent time making movies in MovieMaker (way easy!), burning them to CD's and sending them over. Hubs' buddies loved watching them too...a little bit of home.

It IS a rollercoaster. That is for sure. If you lean on those who have btdt, though, it can go more smoothly sometimes.