Best Apps For a Military Spouse

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably on your phone really often! If I’m not on Instagram looking at puppies, I’m probably on Pinterest looking for recipes or on Facebook taking a Buzz Feed quiz about what my favorite ice cream flavor says about me! So why not use your phone to help with some of the daily struggles we face as MILSOs.

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  1. BrightNest:  This App keeps all your home maintenance in one spot! It sends you reminders of all your important tasks that need to be done and you can create your own schedule. It also has thousands of articles on home decorating, tips and more. It’s also free and available for both iPhones and Androids! 
  2. Doing Time: I don’t know about you but I’m so for countdowns and keeping up with time, this could be for deployments, vacations, PCSing, anything! It puts the countdown in a pie chart format and you can make it all colors and add photos! This one is one of my favorites for sure! Its also free and open for all users!
  3. Know Your Stuff: This one is definitely a MUST HAVE when you’re PCSing! It keeps track of all your stuff and you can sort it by room and even have pictures! It’s great to know the condition of all your stuff before the movers come in case anything happens!
  4. Commissary Rewards:  For those of you that shop at the commissary, this app lets you  digitally save and clip coupons to your commissary rewards card. New coupons are posted every 2-3 weeks! 
  5. Base Directory: The is the universal directory of all major military installations. It’s from BaseDirectory.com and provides a free, comprehensive way to find what you’re looking for on base. This is totally helpful when you’re trying to pick your new duty station or you’re PCS’ing to a new one and can’t seem to find your way around!
  6. My Military life: So this app is really cool in my opinion! It’s from the National Military Family Association and it just gives you lots of advice on different situations and lots of resources! You can also ask and answer questions in a forum!
  7. Around Me: This app shows you everything around you, like movie theaters, banks, grocery stores, hotels, gas stations, you name it! They also give you the weather forecast so this would totally be helpful in a new PCS or if you’re just going for a visit!
  8. Certifikid:This ones for all the moms and dads out there. This app helps find activities for the kids in the local area! It gives discounts at family friendly places and theres an email list!
  9. DiscountSoldier/ MilitaryDiscounters: These two apps basically do the same thing, they find places in your area that gives military discounts!
  10. Sandboxx: This free app helps simplify life for military members and the people that support them by providing a cross-branch platform to connect, communicate, and correspond. Use this app to post, upload, and message your military network, which you can organize by unit, friends, and family. A “Letters” feature helps you easily create digital and physical letters to boot camp or deployment locations. You can customize your profile to include your military lifestyles, history, and rankings.

The ever-so hot topic today, Transgender Military law.

Okay, I’m going to go ahead and do my spill and if you disagree you can RESPECTFULLY leave your opinions in my comments if your heart desires to. Let me first off say that I have NO issues with transgenders, homosexuals all of that. I think everyone deserves to be happy and if that will make you happy then you go for it. HOWEVER, I do NOT believe everyone should be able to serve our country. There has to be some lines in the sand, requirements, standards to go by. The military is NOT a soccer team. I’m sorry but not everyone can be included, thats just how it is.

The military is a stressful environment and so is combat. An article was posted this year, 2017, by the American Psychiatric Association said that gender dysphoria is a PSYCHOLOGICAL disorder. A psychological disorder, thats depression anxiety included, bans you from any military service. There is a 60% suicide rate in the transgender community, I don’t think combat is going to help this number.

That being said the military is NOT THE PLACE for a social experiment for this small percentage of people. I’m sorry, but its not. Too many people’s lives (including my future husband)  are at stake in the military for us to be allowing those who’s hormones are all out of balance and psychologically aren’t at 100% to be in the field.

Let’s talk money now. For this to happen, the individual has to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria, going through health care provider, the commander all that and lets not forget the surgery and hormone therapy ALL expected to be paid for BY THE MILITARY. Here’s my issue, those people want a penis or a vagina, how is that any different than a female who wants bigger breasts or a bigger butt? It’s not.That is all COSMETIC. Therefore, if you want that procedure then it needs to come out of YOUR pocket just as if I wanted a nose job…etc.

Let’s talk more about the surgery. So they all want the procedure done and paid for by the military but ignore the fact that the surgery makes them undeployable FOR FOUR YEARS. So basically, they’re gonna be in the military, take the benefits of the military but when it comes time to serve the military, they can’t. How is that okay?

There are plenntyyy of other things that disqualify people from the military, flat feet, color blindness, physical disabilities..do we say thats discriminatory? No we don’t. We just accept it how it is.

Current Transgender members of the military are allowed to stay in but now must identify with their biological gender which to me probably is safer from a female perspective.

I truly am sorry for those who want to serve and don’t have that opportunity and I truly am sorry for those that feel discriminated against. But we CANNOT put my future husband and thousands of others lives at risk so you can feel included. It’s just not safe. Do you think you’re going to be able to get your hormones sent to you in Siberia, Afghanistan,Iraq…etc? No.

You can spin it however you want against me, President Trump, whoever you want. But here is the important matter. The military is a fighting force for our country and it can not have members who are not at their tiptop shape. Would you want someone who has psychological disorder, hormonal imbalance anything that can affect their focus, defending or having the back of your husband/wife, mom/dad, brother/sister in a high war zone? I didn’t think so.