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Milspouse Matters is the podcast dedicated to encouraging and supporting military spouses.

Military families make up less than 1% of the U.S. population, and the challenges they face are unique. Whether you're looking for military spouse support or simply want to learn more, join host Jen McDonald as we discuss it all: getting through the separations that go along with training and deployments, living overseas, raising military kids, finding your own place as a military spouse, and strengthening your military marriage.

A military spouse of nearly three decades herself and the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, Jen doesn't shy away from the hard topics, while providing a practical, humorous look at military life. Military life can be hard, but it’s also amazing in so many ways. We're only stronger together!

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Aug 23, 2018

Tara HowesThis week Jen's chatting with Tara Howes, a retired Army spouse who's gotten through military life with lots of laughs and facing challenges with flexibility. Tara is the mother of four and the cohost of My Military Life Radio.

Over the years of her husband's Army career, she’s become in her words, a "professional volunteer," supporting military families in numerous capacities, including as a parent trainer for Military Child Education Coalition, an Army Community Service Master Trainer, an Army Family Team Building instructor, and as a volunteer for PWOC, the FRG, and more.

She says she's loving life post-military and currently resides in Arizona with her husband Dino and four kids. 

Tara's advice? "Take the overseas assignments!"

Connect with Tara: 

Tara on Twitter

My Military Life Radio

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