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Dustin told me not to write about military spouses on Veterans Day, but I'm going to do it anyway.

I am considering taking out a home equity loan to cover this cost, borrowing around $10,000. I got a great deal on my house and it continues to grow in value even with this economy. Your thoughts on this?

I regretted that I wrote this: "Our spouse's jobs don't become significantly more dangerous just because the U.S. is taking action [in a conflict]."

When things like the situation in Syria pop up, people always want to know how military families feel.

The story I'm about to tell you is hard for some people to believe. After hearing it, they ask a series of predictable questions: You hired these people, right? (Answer: No.) You knew them ahead of time?(Also, no.) Are you joking me? (No.)

You have thoughts about what the military is "like." All of us do. Yes, even those of us who are affiliated with the military. Even those of us who have been with it, in one way or another, for more than 36 years.

I hadn't flown in a commercial airplane for 17 years. Yes, even though both my husband, Dustin, and my dad are Navy pilots. After 9/11, I honestly thought I'd never would fly again.