Support Our Military With The Art of Marriage Ops + $20 Applebee’s Gift Card Giveaway

by Rachel on March 10, 2012

in Giveaways

For many service men and women the day they return home is the happiest day of their lives, but what happens after the reunion is over? Military divorces have increased 42% since 2001 and it’s our goal to help strengthen the marriages of those who fight for us.

With the The Art of Marriage Ops blog app, we all can help the men and women who have defended our country fight the war in their backyard!

Two of my brothers are active duty Marines and are both married, so I have a small idea of the strain it places on the entire family when they are deployed to dangerous assignments for months at a time. Their homecoming is a highly anticipated event but requires some readjustment for everyone in the family. I am happy to spread the word about this app and increase awareness of this issue.

Here is how you can help:

Text OPS to 80888 and donate $10.00, which goes toward helping our men and women in the military strengthen their relationship by attending an event showcasing The Art of Marriage! Less than the price of two cups of coffee, and when you think about all the brave sacrifices our military personnel and their families make for us, it’s not much at all to give back!

You can also help me spread the word on Twitter and Facebook by sharing this blog post, or use the hashtag #marriageops on your own posts.

Five Date Ideas! It’s not just military men and women who need help with their relationships. Here are five great inspirational date ideas that will help bring you closer to your partner!

 

$20 Applebee's Gift Card Giveaway: #marriageops To Strengthen Military Marriages

Win It: One lucky winner will win a $20 Applebee’s Gift Card. Open to US. Please note this is a quickie – so hurry up and get your entries in!

How to enter: All entries must be submitted using the Rafflecopter form below. After completing the easy mandatory entry, you can do as many bonus entries as you would like to increase your chances of winning.


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Disclosure: I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. Sponsor is responsible for fulfilling prize – I’m not liable for lost or missing prizes. See my full disclosure policy.

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Laura Royal March 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

no one that I am close to is in the military

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Mary Happymommy March 10, 2012 at 10:03 am

My brother served in the Navy.

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marci h March 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

my neighbor James is serving in the ARMY

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suburban prep March 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

I know that people(relatives) have been involved but I do no know what branch they were in.

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Amber March 10, 2012 at 10:26 am

My cousin is in the navy!

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latanya March 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

my brother is in the army

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Gina H. March 10, 2012 at 11:20 am

My cousin is in the Marines.

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Candie L March 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

My youngest son’s middle name is from a family friend who was leaving for Iraq right when Chase was being born. At the time he was not married or had any children, so we wanted a namesake in case anything happened. Thank you

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Rosanne March 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

My son was a Marine for over 10 years but got out in 08-thank God. His ex-wife the mother of my beautiful granddaughters was also a Marine

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Claire March 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

i don’t know anyone in the military.

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nicky knight March 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

My ex husband is in the army. : )

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Debra Ford March 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

My husband and father were both in the army

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loriag March 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

No I do not have anyone close to me in the military.

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Richard Morris March 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm

i served for 8 years in the Army & my uncle was in Vietnam

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susan glazer March 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

no one i know is in the military.

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Susan Smith March 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

My cousin is in the military

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Margaret Smith March 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

My nephew is in the Navy.
Thanks so much.

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Paula Tavernie March 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

No nobody im close to is in the millitary!

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Michelle S. March 10, 2012 at 4:58 pm

My dad was in the Army–101st airborne in Vietnam, and I have a nephew in the Navy.

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barbara wright March 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

nope – I don’t have any relatives or friends in the military

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Mary Michaud March 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

My Dad was in the Navy (Merchant Marines)

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Kelly Nicholson March 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm

nobody.but i support

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Alicia k March 10, 2012 at 8:23 pm

no, no one currently is in the military that i am close to

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melissa n March 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

no i have no one i know currently in the military right now.

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Dawn Valentine March 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm

They are not in now, but my brother and grandfather were both in the Navy

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Chelsea r March 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

My brother is in the army 101st Airborne.

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Gladys Parker March 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Yes, a few dear friend’s sons. All Army.
Gladys P
sps1113 at yahoo dot com

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Janice Cooper March 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm

My nephew is in the Navy

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Lynda Del March 10, 2012 at 11:48 pm

I don’t know anyone in the military.

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Donna L March 11, 2012 at 12:33 am

No ,I don’t have anyone close to me in the military

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Jennifer H. March 11, 2012 at 3:06 am

I have an uncle in the Army.
jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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Tiffany C. March 11, 2012 at 3:51 am

No one close to me is in the military, lucky for me. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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Teri H March 11, 2012 at 7:58 am

I have two cousins that are Marines!

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Cynthia C March 11, 2012 at 8:05 am

I have no one in the military, but I appreciate all that are.

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renee walters March 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

My father, uncles and daughter are in the Army and my husband is Navy.

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Barbara Montag March 11, 2012 at 8:46 am

I do not have anyone in the military at this time.
Thank you.

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Barbara Montag March 11, 2012 at 8:49 am

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EMMA L HORTON March 11, 2012 at 9:51 am

NO I KNOW OF NO ONE IN THE MILITARY JUST NOW

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Cody March 11, 2012 at 10:10 am

My dad served in Desert Storm.
cody_endres(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Sharon March 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

There are lots of people in close proximity to me in the military, but no one that I’m personally close to

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DeeAnn S March 11, 2012 at 11:18 am

Not currently, but I’ve had family and friends who have served in the military years ago.

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Robert F March 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

I have no immediate family who are currently in the military, but I appreciate everyone who serves our country

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Michelle H. March 11, 2012 at 12:26 pm

No family but my neighbor’s son is in the Navy

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Anne Perry March 11, 2012 at 1:20 pm

My father is retired from the Army. MSGT.

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Rust March 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm

My best friend’s husband is retired army and her brother is active army.

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Susan Ladd March 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

My husband is retired from the US Navy. I want to thank you for this awesome sweep and hope to win :)

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Debbie jackson March 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm

nephew in the army

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Rebecca Graham March 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I don’t have anyone in the military.

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Missy Lynnh March 11, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I’m friends with several military families of all different branches. I’m grateful for their sacrifices as I see how hard it is on their families

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Katharina March 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

My dad and husband were Army and currently my nephew is Army.
Katharina angelsandmusic[at]gmail[dot]com

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Linda G. March 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I don’t have anyone close to me in the military

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Rita Spratlen March 11, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I have a friend whose son is in the army and has been to Iraq and Afghanistan. It has changed his life.

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Cheryl Abdelnour March 11, 2012 at 5:31 pm

My deceased Dad served in the Navy WWII.
My retired brother-in-law is retired Air Force.
My nephew is in the Air Force.

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Natalie U March 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

my little brother is in the Marines
pedidentalasst at yahoo dot com

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Jessica T. March 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

My dad used to be in the Army.

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Sarah Hirsch March 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

nobody close to me is in the military

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Mare S March 11, 2012 at 7:24 pm

my brother was a marine.
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Candice March 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm

I don’t have any relatives in the military, but have a few friends married to people who are.

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Lim March 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Currently one cousin in the Marines, but have had various family members in each branch.

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Susan Chester March 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

My cousin is in Army and my best friends’s husband is too.
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Kris G. March 11, 2012 at 11:44 pm

My dad and father in law are both Army vets!!

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TRACY SIMMS March 12, 2012 at 12:19 am

my husband was in the Navy. thanks, simms3710@yahoo.com

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Kristy thiel March 12, 2012 at 10:34 am

My father is in the Navy.

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Amy Zachek March 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm

My dad is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

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Happi Shopr March 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm

My niece is Navy Reserves
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Carol March 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

My neighbor across the lake is in the Army

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crystle tellerday March 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

a friend from church is in the marines

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Wendy March 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

My father was a Marine!

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Melissa March 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

My father in law is in the Army.

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Kelly L March 13, 2012 at 1:13 am

My brother is an Army Ranger!

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Ashley Morrissey March 13, 2012 at 5:36 am

My best friend is and she is in the Army National Guard!

-Ashley Marie Morrissey
ashleymorrissey90(at)yahoo(dot)com

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Nancy March 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

My father served for several decades in the Air Force.

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Crystal F March 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

I do not have any family in the military. thank you!

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Tamra March 13, 2012 at 11:25 am

My good friend’s husband just joined the Army, and has left for boot camp. If I won, I’d love to take her to lunch to keep her company!

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jennifer horn March 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

I have no family in the military now, but my grandfather was in the Navy

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Kristen March 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I have a cousin in the army.

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susan varney March 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm

mhy father in law mverno@roadrunner.com

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Michelle C March 13, 2012 at 4:59 pm

My husband and father both served in the Army. Thanks for the chance to win!
mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

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Ellie W March 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm

My dad was Air Force.

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JR Pickett (Vicki Vix on r/c form) March 13, 2012 at 8:09 pm

My second ex-husband was in the navy when I met him, and my ex-brother-in-law retired from the navy.

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Cori Westphal March 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I have a good family friend who is Army Special Ops! He does some really cool stuff!

coriwestphal at msn dot com
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Joy F March 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm

My father used to be that its. Thanks.

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Yona March 13, 2012 at 10:48 pm

My best friend was in the Army and went to Iraq twice. Her husband in in Afghanistan right now.
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Amanda March 14, 2012 at 12:38 am

i dont know anyone in the military

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Constance V. March 14, 2012 at 2:52 am

Hello there! My oldest son is serving as a Sgt. in the U.S. Army. He just returned home from completing his tour in Afghanistan, and my family and I are pleased to report that he is Safe and Sound. Thank You JESUS!!!!!!!

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Constance V. March 14, 2012 at 2:54 am

I follow you on twitter. @TodayzFashionz PR Gal

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Cheryl Free March 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

Pretty much my whole extended family has or does serve in all walks of military service including myself ヅ *Thanks* for the giveaway!

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Ger March 14, 2012 at 11:03 am

No one close to me is in the military.

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Amy March 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

My grandfather was a Navy Seal :)

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Liz March 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm

My uncle is in the navy and my cousin and her husband are in the army

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sarah davis March 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

my father in law is retired navy
sarah at realtorsd.com

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Jen V. March 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

My brother-in-law is in the Air Force and just got back from a year in the middle east. My father-in-law is a retired Air Force Colonel.
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Eileen Burke March 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm

No one is in the military that is close to me at the moment.

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Suzanne K March 15, 2012 at 7:36 pm

step father is retired Air Force, lots of friends served in the Navy and Marines years ago

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Sunnie March 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm

I served in the Army Reserves for 8 years.

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Christina March 16, 2012 at 12:05 am

No one is, right now, but my mother was in the Ukrainian Insurgent Army when she was younger.

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joni March 16, 2012 at 12:06 am

I have several friends and family members in the service.
dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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Amber Ketchum March 16, 2012 at 12:23 am

My husband and I are both serving in the Air Force. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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Emily Roesly March 16, 2012 at 12:44 am

I have a nephew in the Marines who just came home on leave.

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Sarah March 16, 2012 at 1:23 am

both of my grandfathers were in the military!

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Kyl Neusch March 16, 2012 at 1:36 am

none in military

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Anji Renfro March 16, 2012 at 9:09 am

My brother-in-law is enlisted in the Army.

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Anji Renfro March 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

I am following the RSS feed via Google Reader.

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Lauren Ayer March 16, 2012 at 9:48 am

My Father is in the Navy. This would be a gift for him and my mom :) Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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Abby Kraynick March 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thank you for this giveaway ♥ My father served in the Army

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Dara Nix March 16, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I grew up as an Army “brat” (my Dad retired with 31 years of service) and my 1st husband was in the Navy. My current S.O. grew up as a Marine “brat”! So I almost have all of the service branches covered!

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Rachel March 16, 2012 at 1:52 pm

My grandfather was in the navy & my father was in the army.

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kathy pease March 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

i have nobody close currently serving in the military

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Dee W March 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm

A close friend’s husband is a marine.

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Angela Hartness March 17, 2012 at 3:32 am

My brother is in the Army whom I am very proud of.

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Angela Hartness March 17, 2012 at 3:44 am

I enjoyed learning about you under your post “About ME”. It is interesting that you are a nurse and have time to keep up with your blog.

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K.L. March 17, 2012 at 10:33 am

My Cousin is in the Navy

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amy deeter March 17, 2012 at 11:57 am

i have a cousin thats in the army
amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

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mary gardner March 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

no i don’t know anyone

marygardner49 at aol dot com

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James Coyne March 17, 2012 at 1:17 pm

My girlfriend was in the army

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Tim Moss March 17, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I have a nephew who was in the Army but who is out now.

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Jennifer March 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

BF in the air force :)

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R Hicks March 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

We have no one close in the military.

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Lisa Garner March 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm

My cousin Brad is in the Navy.

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Lisa Garner March 17, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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spirit_kim March 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I do not have anyone close to me in the military but, wish them all safety.

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Dorothy Deakyne March 17, 2012 at 10:33 pm

no one I know is in military

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Breanne March 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm

My husband’s in the Navy on a sub

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Sand March 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I’ve had family members in all the branches, but currently only have members in the army and navy.

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kelley wood March 17, 2012 at 11:29 pm

yes, my close friends hubby

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Gianna March 18, 2012 at 12:02 am

My husband is a veteran.

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