Afterthought on The Military Family show

Afterthought on The Military Family

Summary: A show where US and Philippine military families are encouraged & empowered to live their best life as a military family through stories of people who have lived it. Welcome to the Afterthought on the Military Family podcast! I'm your host, Mami Redj. In this show, I'll share, not only my experiences as a military wife but also the stories of military members' spouses, children, and even parents who have faced disappointments and excitements, challenges and celebrations of this chosen lifestyle. Excited to explore adventures as a military family? Subscribe now and don‘t miss an episode!

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 EP 05 - A Military Brat’s Journey Back to Civilian Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2344

How is life out of military service? What is the role of military families and/or spouses to the overall preparedness of the force? How can society help in supporting military families? Do civilian families face the same challenges as military families? Let's hear it straight from Vicky, a brat and a veteran, her difficult yet fun experiences in transitioning from being an active-duty service member to a civilian. Get a glimpse of how military families live a unique lifestyle while serving the country, as well as the society's role in supporting them.   About the Guest: Vicky Dizon, a US Navy Veteran, is a good friend of Mami Redj. She loves to work out, read books, and enjoys being a fur mom to her fur baby, Julia Before her enlistment, she held a corporate job in Makati. Her fascination towards her Dad’s sea stories in the US Navy and her admiration of his bravery inspired her to join the military after the events of 9/11. She is currently out of uniform and living the civilian life in the Philippines.   Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Common challenges and advantages during readjustment and transition Importance of families and/or spouses to active service members Simple ways on how society can support military families. Learn how to be understanding of the unique challenges that military families face   Single Quote: “My message to our listeners, to our troopers, is when somebody in the military or a military dependent or family is going through something, lend them ear. Sometimes all they need to do is vent because they can't find anyone to vent to or to get it off their chest, and sometimes that helps a lot. Just getting it off your chest like talking to somebody who will listen to you unconditionally and unjudgementally. - Vicky Dizon   Check out these episode highlights: 3:17 - When, at what age, and the branch she joined 4:15 - Who inspired her to enlist and why 5:20 - What happens during recall 5:58 - The event that sparked military recruitment again in 2001 7:38 - The challenges of being the oldest recruit and why she thinks it’s better to enlist when you’re younger 10:58 - 3 things she adapted in the military 14:27 - Her length of service and when it ended 15:35 - What made her leave the military 16:53 - Her first year as a veteran and who she missed the most 18:50 - The one military task she feels relieved not doing anymore after she got discharged 20:10 - Why home-cooked meals is synonymous to homecoming 20:41 - What she learned about herself after she left the service 22:43 - How self realizations and self searching empowered Vicky 24:00 - Her relationships and engagement with fellow service members 25:30 - Her hopes and plans for her future 28:05 - The important role of military families to service members 31:22 - The importance of spouses in military families 32:26 - What civilians can do to help military families aside from saying thank you and giving military discounts 36:15 - Sharing military experiences and stories 37:24 - #HugeSacrifice: Why serving in the military is synonym

 EP 04: From a Proud Military Sister to an Honored Military Mom | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2594

What do military parents or siblings go through emotionally when their kids or siblings enter military boot camp? What noticeable changes do military parents or siblings see when their trainee graduates from the military boot camp? How do military parents or siblings prepare themselves when talking about their kids’ or siblings’ military deployment? In this episode, you’ll hear straight from Mommy Madge her story as a military mom and sister to service members. She will give you a heads-up on the ups and downs of having two family members serving in the military. About the Guest: Mommy Madge is mom to Charles and sister to Garry, with both men serving in the US Military. She’s been married for 21 years. This mom of three is a KDrama fanatic, certified plantita, and pasta lover who’s also into arts and crafts. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Explore new life experiences in the shoes of a military member’s family Get to know the reasons why one should support a family member in entering the military service Advice from a military parent to a parent whose kid is interested in joining the military Single Quote: “Kuya, I just want you to know that Dad and I are really really proud of you. Kasi hindi dahil pinilit ka namin pero dahil you really want to join the military, and naging sobrang independent ka, yung hindi ka umasa sa amin tapos naging mature ka, you help your sisters, kahit malayo ka you make time and effort na makipag-communicate with them para maramdaman nila na you’re still their Kuya. Sobrang you make us proud.” - Mommy Madge Check out these episode highlights: 01:36 - Mommy Madge: the military mom and sister 04:18 - How Garry and Charles were like growing up 08:45 - When and how Charles told her he's joining the service 10:30 - How she reacted when Garry and Charles informed them of their interest in joining the service 11:15 - Her concerns for the two men entering the boot camp 12:30 - The day the two men left for the boot camp 15:40 - How she felt after they left for training 16:34 - Phone call privileges and importance of letters in the boot camp 22:21 - Most memorable part of the letter she received from Garry, reminiscing hardships during boot camp, and graduation day 27:34 - The changes she saw in both men after getting out of the boot camp 30:54 - What is her take on deployment 32:40 - The importance of joining military support groups 34:33 - How she will support her other children if they decide to join the service 35:24 - How honored she is of becoming a military mom 37:10 - Advice she gave to a parent who has a child interested in joining the military 38:45 - Her message to Charles 39:57 - Her message to other military children Connect with Mami Redj: Facebook Do you want to hear more stories about military families? This is the podcast for you. You can listen to it wherever you are, and it’s completely free. Subscribe to our podcast on Spotify today

 EP 03: Meet My Military Man - The Sailor | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2690

Episode Description: What does it take to turn a boot camp trainee into a service member? How do the separation and commitment of a military spouse affect their families? How can the community help military families adjust to new assignments? In this episode, you’ll hear it straight from Garry about his personal experience in his military journey. Also, we will give you a glimpse of what we go through as a couple living the military life. About the Guest: Garry of the US Military is the Husband of Mami Redj. He used to work in a BPO company before his enlistment. He joined the military because he wanted to give back to the US for accepting him with open arms when he moved. He is currently stationed overseas assisting in providing medical care to military personnel and their families. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Feel what it's like to be at boot camp Understand the sacrifices made by the military and their dedication to their country Learn about the role families and communities play in order for service members to survive during assignments Single Quote: “And that’s also good for us kasi hindi namin nafi-feel na parang they don’t care about us. Kasi kahit na ang tawag natin is freedom, akala ng mga tao is that it’s free. It is not. People are working hard for it. Kaya mayroon tayong freedom. Pero kung wala tayong military baka wala tayong freedom.” - Garry Check out these episode highlights: 03:47 - How Garry told his family and friends about serving in the military and their reaction 07:23 - What he had to go through during boot camp 08:35 - What almost made him quit and what changed his mind 10:35 - His most memorable time in the boot camp 12:38 - What he felt on graduation day and who he shared it with 17:30 - Military: Reality versus expectations 18:32 - Why civilians are grateful toward service members and how they express it 21:17 - How serving in the military directly affects families 22:17 - Why a scene in one Captain America movie rings true to him 23:07 - The sacrifices service members make to serve 24:06 - Some of the difficult times in our relationship 25:24 - My realizations on Garry's training days 28:44 - His thoughts during the pandemic 30:58 - Technology as our bridge for communication 31:48 - His first overseas assignment 34:00 - What he wants our children to know about military service 35:23 - Why the military is all about helping each other 36:20 - Encouraging our children to join the service 37:26 - Encouraging our children to end up with a service member 39:26 - His advice to military couples and families 41:14 - The importance of community Resource:              None Connect with Mami Redj: Facebook Do you want to hear more stories about military families? This is the podcast for you. You can listen to it wherever you are, and it’s completely free. Subscribe to our podcast on Spotify today

 EP 02: An Overview of the Military Through the Eyes of a Service Member | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2752

What does it take to serve in the military? Why is it that there are people who are actually thinking of being a part of it? What are the pros and cons of having a family while in the service? If you’re wondering what the military is all about, then this episode is for you. Let’s hear it straight from a service member as he gives us a brief overview of the military. About the Guest: Garry of the US Military is the Husband of Mami Redj. He used to work in a BPO company before his enlistment. He joined the military because he wanted to give back to the US for accepting him with open arms when he moved. He is currently stationed overseas assisting in providing medical care to military personnel and their families. Why you’ve got to check out today’s episode: Learn the requirements, qualifications, roles, culture, and training in the military. Find out the tangible and intangible benefits of being a military member. Know the housing arrangements of military families and discover the importance of having a family while in the service. “In terms of belongingness, andyan ‘yung mag kasama mo. Kung wala kang family, itong mga kasama mo, yan ang magiging family mo. So, dun pa lang sa training namin, tinuturuan ka tanggalin 'yung individuality mo.” - Garry Check out these episode highlights: 03:42 - What the military is all about and what it is for 04:26 - The basic requirements to join the military 06:04 - The six branches of the US Military 08:20 - Gender classification in the military 09:51 - What’s more to the military than being physically fit 12:08 - How service members are motivated during boot camp: Then versus Now 14:32 - Reasons why recruits quit the boot camp 17:57 - The importance of having a family while in the service and its treatment in the military 26:04 - The difference between training and deployment 29:23 - Why each and every role in the military is essential  32:30 - Basic training versus primary training 34:47 - Why military families are not allowed in areas of deployment 36:31 - Housing arrangements in the military 37:51 - Who gets to live off-base (if it’s advisable) and why 40:56 - Why does Garry prefer having a family while in the service and why others don’t 42:58 - The pros and cons of having a family while in the service 44:50 - Recognizing strictness and discipline in the military Connect with Mami Redj: Facebook Enjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe to Spotify and leave a review. It means so much to hear your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!

 EP 01: My Own Afterthoughts on the Military Family | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2605

Are you curious about how military families live a life of constant changes and uncertainties? Do all military families face the same challenges? How do they make a house a home only to leave it behind in two to three years? In this episode, I will share with you my very own afterthoughts on the military family. Why You’ve got to Check out today’s Episode Learn what made me decide to start this podcast Find out how this podcast serves as a safe space for you and your loved ones Know the challenges military members and their families face and how you can support them “Nearly 1 million or 43% of military personnel are actually parents. Can you imagine the struggle of these parents when they actually try to complete their mission or do their service while attending to their family’s needs? It’s a challenge for sure.” - Mami Redj Check out these episode highlights: 02:50 - What is my goal for this podcast 03:19 - Why civilians have difficulty understanding military family life 03:49 - Why military families find it difficult to connect with others 04:47 - Why do I consider myself lucky in comparison to other military spouses/families 05:43 - How my husband and I survived five years of LDR 08:09 - The you-know-and-you-don't-know scenario in deployment 09:28 - How this podcast can be a safe space through connection 11:08 - How military families are similar and different at the same time 13:39 - The people you will hear stories from 15:26 - How I conceptualized the show by viewing it through the perspectives of our own military family members 18:15 - The rollercoaster ride of heartbreaking isolations/relocations and heartwarming homecomings 20:56 - One of my important afterthoughts on the military family 22:58 - How the right mindset helps me prepare for the inevitable 24:32 - What I am experiencing right now as a military spouse 28:09 - How military families adapt 30:42 - The challenges military families face 36:31 - What I want to focus on through this podcast 37:58 - What my mission is for this podcast 38:35 - What I have learned while living the military family life Resource: https://createthegood.aarp.org/volunteer-guides/help-military-families.html Connect with Mami Redj: Facebook Enjoyed the Podcast? Be sure to subscribe to Spotify and leave a review. It means so much to hear your feedback and we’d love for you to help us spread the word!

 EP 00: Navigate Military Life with Mami Redj | File Type: audio/x-m4a | Duration: 139

What is it like to live the military life? It's like navigating uncharted waters, where changes are both inevitable and frequent. But you don’t have to go through it alone. Let's navigate military life together through Afterthought on the Military Family Podcast. Let me share with you how to be a supportive spouse and how to manage long-distance marriage for years. Let's dive into the challenges service members and their families face. And if you’re not from a military family, don't worry. Get a glimpse of the realities of military life through inspiring stories from service members and their families. Excited to explore adventures as a military family? Subscribe now and don‘t miss an episode!

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