Tuesday, September 19, 2006

 

SpouseBUZZ Buzzing

I think this was how the lyric went in Hair, “What’s the buzz, tell me what’s a happenin.”

Here’s how Andi introduces SpouseBUZZ at Andi’s World:

Over the course of the past year, I've received a lot of email from military spouses, particularly National Guard and Reserve spouses, who have voiced their frustration about being located far away from military posts where resources and support groups are not as abundant as in military towns. I recognized months ago that this was a real problem, military spouses were desperately seeking ways to bond with others who shared their circumstance.

So, how to solve the problem? The simplest solution was to create a "virtual" Family Support Group. A place on the Internet where spouses can turn, 24/7, when they need a lift, a connection, a solution or just a laugh. Technology is a blessing for modern-day milspouses. I often wonder how the milspouses of prior conflicts dealt with the lack of information and cyber-friendships that are available to milspouses today. How long the days must have felt waiting for a letter to make the journey from Europe, Africa or Southeast Asia to the mailbox.

Today is the debut of a brand-new blog dedicated solely to connecting and supporting milspouses. SpouseBUZZ has arrived. SB is not a typical MilBlog. We have a narrow focus - life from the perspective of a milspouse. We don't dabble into politics or military strategy or current events, we exist to discuss topics which are unique to the large milspouse community.

Though SB is for milspouses, everyone should visit. If you're interested in trying to grasp and understand the challenges facing military spouses, and there are many, you should read this blog. 9/11 changed milspouses forever. Pre 9/11, deployments were the exception, not the rule. Post 9/11, deployments are the rule and not the exception. Any service member will tell you that they perform better if they know that their families are being taken care of at home. They will also tell you, without hesitation, that though they wear their uniform, their spouses serve too.

Some of the authors of SpouseBUZZ will be familiar to you, including Air Force Wife, AWTM, Homefront Six, Most Certainly Not, Sarah, My Life as a Military Spouse and Molly Pitcher. Some will be unfamiliar because they are new to blogging. The authors of SB have 106+ years combined experience as milspouses. They are articulate, informed and very funny. It's an all-star cast and I am certain they will make a huge difference in the lives of their fellow milspouses.

So, drop in on us often, and tell your friends to do the same.

A special thanks to Military.com for creating SpouseBUZZ, and for their continued, unwavering support of our veterans and their families.

What a wonderful idea. As the husband of a milspouse, I can vouch for the fact that Guard and Reserve families find it difficult to stay connected within the wider military community.

As the husband of a part-time milspouse blogger, I am equally excited that these very special voices might receive wider attention. SpouseBUZZ sounds like a great place to begin a very helpful dialog in which military families can find lots of support and encouragement.

They’re already linked at Dadmanly.




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