What Surprised Me Most About Life After the Military

I’d always “bloomed where I’d been planted” but nothing could really prepare me for life after decades of military life.

In the time leading up to my husband’s retirement from the Air Force last year (he’d been in a total of 31 years, and I’d been along for the ride for 29), I did my best to prepare like I do for any major life event. I rotated between devouring the bajillion pamphlets the military dispenses on cheerful topics like why you should sign up for the survivor benefits plan and the eleventy seven steps you…

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