• Just the other day I called my dad to chat. We small talked about the weather, my kids and work before the conversation turned to his upcoming birthday.

  • I hate Dementia. She is time intensive, needy, steals and no one invited her—but that’s my view from here.

  • To my mother, a first grade teacher for 30 years, every day was an opportunity to make a difference in the life of some squirmy, rag tag, grubby little six-year-old. And cussing, therefore, was out of the question.


  • President Barack Obama called upon all Americans to join him “in expressing our heartfelt thanks to the members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers” as he proclaimed Aug. 16 through Aug. 22, as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.


  • As the dawn broke out over the mountains, I woke up to the sun peeping through my window. Once I got up I went straight to the kitchen to make my family breakfast yet in the back of my mind, all I could think about was, “how am I going to manage taking care of my children, dogs and work life.” Just the thought of knowing I’ll have twice the amount of things to do at home all while balancing my military work, made my heart sink a bit.


  • I know—it’s summer, and we’re all hitting the pool, taking leave and generally filling up our time with fun stuff. But it’s also a critical time for food banks to fill up their shelves so they can continue serving less fortunate families.


  • “Do you have a military discount?” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard my husband say this – at the movie theater, pizza place, tire center, hardware store – I guess we wouldn’t need to ask for discounts.

  • Army Reserve has
    strong Kentucky ties

  • On this day in 1930, President Herbert Hoover signed Executive Order 5398, elevating what was then the Veterans Bureau to a federal administration, and creating the Veterans Administration — with the purpose to “consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans.” This, the second consolidation of federal veterans programs, included the National Homes and the Bureau of Pensions of the Interior Department. These three component agencies became bureaus within the Veterans Administration.


  • No one likes to think of our military children as being at risk. But our military community is no different than the rest of the nation: child abuse and neglect is a sad reality.

  • If you open my desk drawer at any given time you’ll find two packages of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, two granola bars and a tin of breath mints. In the drawer beside me there may or may not be two bags of chips (Doritos and Frito Lays, if you were wondering) and a cup of noodles.

  • Editor’s note: Malone is a photojournalist with Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs.