Finding Joy Where You are Stationed

If where we are stationed isn’t where we want to be and the appealing things are hard to find, how do we find those sparks of joy that leave us feeling content and happy with our current home? Read More

Grace of a Military Child Podcast

Grace of a Military Child Podcast was created by Gracie Burgess. Gracie was an army brat since the day she was born. Her dad joined the military right out of high school. During his service, he was wounded in Afghanistan by an IED in November of 2011. That incident changed the path of Gracie and […]

It’s a Military Life: Be the Lead in Your Own Story, Origin of IML

Our Family Portrait @amandacreatesart: @amandacreatesart Written By: Christina Etchberger, Lifestyle Blogger and Founder of It’s a Military Life   Be the lead in your own story, while guiding others to also find themselves. Christina Etchberger, Founder of It’s a Military Life My name is Christina – Army wife, boy mom x 2, former full-time educator […]

Spotlight Special: Partners in PROMISE 2021 Military Special Education Survey

Information from Jennifer Barnhill at Partners in PROMISE and the original article Why Another Survey? Partners in PROMISE’s 2021 Military Special Education Survey and Official Press Release Partners in PROMISE was founded because we knew how powerful telling our personal stories would be. We are a storytelling organization, but we also want to do the […]

7 Things Military Teens Want You to Know

By Matthew Oh, co-founder and editor of Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen “If not for the military, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to travel to new places, meet new friends, and gain new experiences. To be a military child is truly a unique experience that I personally wouldn’t trade for anything.“ Matthew Oh The children […]

Military Teen Perspective: How to Introduce Yourself

This piece comes from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, and it is written by military teen, Malayna S. Thank you, Maylayna, for sharing your story! The thing about constantly moving is that it’s hard to make friends. You move to a brand new place where you don’t know the people, the area, or the social […]

Living in a “Not-So-Great” Place: 6 Ways to Make the Best Out of Living Somewhere You Don’t Like

This piece comes from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, and it is written by military teen Genevieve O. Thank you, Genevieve, for sharing your story! (Photo Credit: Genevieve O.) I’ve moved eleven times and while I have seen some beautiful, unique, and exciting places, I’ve dealt with some moves that did not lead to a […]

A New Perspective: Turning Your Move Into the Ultimate Adventure

This piece comes from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, and it is written by military teen: Ash E. Thank you, Ash, for sharing your story! When thinking about your life as a military kid, it can be easy to focus on the negatives. Leaving everything you know behind over and over again is daunting, being […]

The Problem with Growing Up: Thoughts on Moving and Friendship

This piece comes from Bloom: Empowering the Military Teen, and it is written by military teen: Matthew Oh. Thank you, Matthew, for sharing your story! (Photo Credit: Matthew Oh) Moving is nothing new to military kids. Over the course of my life, I’ve moved a total of eight times throughout the mainland U.S., Hawaii, and […]

Teen Perspective: It’s Cool to be Homeschooled!

This piece is by a military teen-Elena A. Thanks for sharing your story, Elena! Before high school, I had never been to public school before. For half of my life, I was homeschooled. I originally started homeschooling in 1st grade. My mom asked me whether I wanted to go to school for 6+ hours a […]