Last year I was blessed to have won the 2012 Milbloggie for the U.S. Air Force Blog of the Year. The gracious Rheanna from Cammo Style Love was there to accept the award on my behalf, as DH and I enjoying a much deserved vacation in Durango. I had hoped to actually attend the conference this year, but when I discovered that I was pregnant I knew that it wouldn’t be possible since it was so close to my due date. Come to find out, that this year the MilBlog Conference has been cancelled [the Milbloggies will still go on, although they’ll be online only]. Fear not, readers! There’s something big in store for those that want to head to DC around the same time of year and network with other like-minded individuals!
Military.com is hosting a Spouse Summit, my goodness, in just a few weeks, April 11th – 12th! If you’re in a position to go, do it! It’s going to be absolutely free to attend – you just can’t beat that. For those of us that use blogging as our outlet to connect with other milspouses or to air milspouse-related issues, this is your chance to network in person and have your voice heard. The internet can be a positive and a negative source of outreach. For every fantastic, thought-provoking blog out there, there’s a spoof page on Facebook mocking military spouses. That gets old for someone like me, who hopes to debunk stereotypes. Come and be part of the solution! Network with other spouses that recognize the same needs in our community that you do, learn how to make change in your military community at home, and improve our outcomes (for families, spouse careers, mental health amongst our service members, transition back to civilian life) during these challenging times.
What you won’t get are two days of PowerPoints and lengthy speeches. As a teacher I’m glad to see that they’re doing interactive sessions where you can truly interact with representatives from The Center for Deployment Psychology, The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Warrior and Family Support office of the Chairman of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and University of Southern California’s Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans. Kicking off the event is keynote speaker Sal Giunta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War.
Sounds like something you’d be interested in? Head over to SpouseSummit.com to get signed up! If you go, definitely report back and let me know how it is!