Edie Melson

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Soldier in a bunker. Photo Ingram Publishing, Thinkstock.
Military Outreach Stories

Battling the Clichés of Military Life–The Answers We Wish We Could Give

When trying to comfort a military family, think carefully before you speak.

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#GivingTuesday for the military. Photo by Tituz for Thinkstock.
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#GivingTuesday–Remember Our Military

Even a cup of coffee or a simple "thank you" means the world to them.

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Thanksgiving during a deployment. Photo by Alliance, Thinkstock.
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Thanksgiving When We Don’t Feel Like It

5 things to do when a deployment separates you from a loved one over the holidays.

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What to say when a veteran comes home. Photo by Design Pics, Thinkstock.
Military Outreach Stories

What to Say–What NOT to Say–When a Veteran Comes Home

Words that welcome and validate the military experience–and words that don't.

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Gift list for soldiers. Photo by Jason Swarr for Thinkstock, Getty Images.
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A Military Christmas: 15 Gifts to Send a Soldier

Is a friend or loved one deployed? It's time to pack those Christmas boxes.

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A community Veterans Day event. Photo by Edie Melson.
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Encourage Community Support for Our Military

5 tips to help your community grow in its support of military personnel

 
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Happy recipients of Operation Gratitude
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Operation Gratitude: Support Our Military

How one woman has made it possible for all of us to thank our military men and women.

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Honoring those who serve on Veterans Day. Photo by Miflippo, Thinkstock.
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A Veterans Day Challenge

This week we have the opportunity to honor that commitment to serve.

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Edie's son Jimmy greeting his wife at the end of his deployment.
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Fighting Fear at the End of a Deployment

The more I tried to dig myself out of the pit, the deeper I got.

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Edie's son, Jimmy, at Parris Island, SC, boot camp for Marines
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What I Wish I’d Known Before Boot Camp

A military mom learns how to turn her child over to God

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