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Rates of Breast Cancer in Women Veterans Provoke Questions

May 5, 2021
My name is Dr. Kate Hendricks Thomas, and I am a public health professional whose research focuses on the well-being of military-connected women. Long before I became an academic, I was a Marine Corps Military Police Officer. I served from 2002-2012 in garrison commands, overseas in Iraq, and...
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Review the Week: 4 Can't Miss Posts [July 10, 2020]

July 9, 2020
ICYMI: Protecting children was a top priority for the MomsRising community this past week. Together we raised our voices, shared our stories and rose to defend ALL moms, children and families. Check out these 4 posts that you liked, shared or might have missed for the week ending July 10, 2020...
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SIGN ON: Congress must take action against military sexual assault

July 7, 2020
When one’s child joins the military, a parent may worry about their loved one risking their life in active combat situations as part of their service. What no parent should fear is that their child serving their country could be harassed and killed at the hands of a fellow soldier. Sexual...
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13 bags of expressed breastmilk on a black background. Photo courtesy of  Shannon O'Hara Photography

#DeltaDumpsPumps Milspouse forced to hand-express in a toilet after Delta confiscates her pump

May 14, 2019
We can't believe this is still happening. Renowned photographer and Navy spouse Shannon O'Hara is no stranger to managing travel while lactating. But yesterday, Delta Airlines violated their own policy which states "Delta fully supports a woman’s right to breastfeed on board Delta and Delta...
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Military Parental Leave Program--Not exactly as promised

November 8, 2018
UPDATE: The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee Paid Leave Constellation has crafted a sign-on letter requesting that legislators fix the gaps in the MPLP. Please read , sign , and share the letter to help us address these critical issues. When the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017...
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[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A group of veterans joins the water protectors at Standing Rock.]

#MilitaryMonday: Why I’m Standing Up at the Border

July 16, 2018
The value of service was instilled in me from birth. Both of my Grandfathers fought in World War II, one in the Army and one in the Navy. My Father is a former Marine, and my Uncle served 21 years in the Navy. My cousin and my nephew have all served, my family can trace our service back to the...
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How to Talk to Kids About Violence, Crime, and War

July 11, 2018
Mass shootings. Nuclear weapons. A robbery at your local corner store. Where do you start when you have to explain this stuff to your kids? Today, issues involving violence, crime, and war -- whether they're in popular shows, video games, books, or news coverage -- reach even the youngest kids. And...
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Video: Family Shares Stories of How Medicaid Helped Their Medically Complex Child

April 27, 2018
Recently, we shared the story of Austin Carrigg and her family, and the journey they went on together with their adopted baby girl, Melanie. When Melanie united with her mom, dad, and two brothers in 2012, the Carriggs knew the road ahead wouldn’t always be a smooth one. Melanie came into the...
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#MilitaryMonday: Hugs first!

January 22, 2018
“Don’t forget to hug him, squeeze him tightly first, and then lay out the steps to recover. . . I learned that from Lylah. . . Hugs first . . ." - My mother, Lorna, said this to me today after I expressed being overwhelmed with the mess of poor grades that one of my high school children had allowed...
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