DoD photo by Damien Salas

Military spouse unemployment is a serious problem for the 641,639 people who are married to active-duty service members. Nearly half of those significant others are unemployed, according to a new study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released on June 14.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley.

Financial issues remain the top priority for military members and their families, but high operational tempo, increased time away from home and the impact on families have grown into key concerns — highlighting the changing nature of the U.S. military and the fight it faces, according to a survey released Wednesday.

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As a military brat, one thing I know — that all military children know — is that distance is hard. You rely on fuzzy video, short letters, and brief phone calls to bridge the gap, and it’s never really enough to fill the void. Having lived through numerous deployments as a kid, this commercial by a paper and packaging company called “How Life Unfolds” really hits home for anyone who’s ever had a military parent.

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April 12, 2002, began like any other Friday for 10-year-old Ashlynne Haycock. She woke up, ate breakfast, went to school, and got an A on a spelling test.

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AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Jackie Ricciardi

The military advocacy group Blue Star Families recently released a report that shows military spouse unemployment could be costing the economy nearly $1 billion dollars each year.

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