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MMP #998: “Meet the Teacher”

August 14, 2023

On today’s show, we’re thrilled to bring you an interview conducted by our Executive Director, Sharita Knobloch, as she chats with today’s guest, our very own Director of Empowerment, Amanda Bicknese, also known as Mandy Maree, about her new novel, Meet The Teacher.

Amanda Bicknese aka Mandy Maree is a romance author who resides in Colorado with her husband, two tiny humans, and two fur babies. Aside from being a mom and a writer, she is a military spouse, admin assistant, editor, and former educator. 

Listeners, if you would like to learn more Mandy Maree and her books, you can find them on the web or through social media at their handle @authormandymaree.

Resource Recon with Lindsey and Amie

This week’s Resource Recon is all about…Finding community.

From our band of bloggers, Julie Eschelman writes:

Community, even military community can be found for us reserve spouses, we just have to search a little harder sometimes. I have learned over the years that if an event isn’t open or inclusive in advertising, ask, and if the answer is still no, ask what programs they do open or offer. Sometimes it just takes someone being brave enough to ask.”

Empowerment Patrol Report with Amanda

Today we are showcasing our Everyday Empowerment recipient, the nonprofit organization, American Corporate Partners, known as ACP.

Nominated by Leslie Coffey, she shares that: For the first 20+ years of being a military spouse, the Army always made my decision for me to resign and restart my career with each PCS. In 2018, ACP launched its military spouse mentoring program. At the time, I was stationed in the Mojave Desert at the National Training Center. There were so few opportunities that the clerk working the hotel’s front desk was a spouse with a Ph.D. The result of my mentorship through ACP resulted in a 67% increase in pay even before remote work was popular and from the middle of the desert.

ACP deserves to be recognized as an Everyday Empowerment recipient because 87% of the spouses that utilize their services report that their mentor helped to improve their professional confidence. They do this hand picking a Mentor for the spouse based on their career interests and professional history. Together the spouse and mentor create a tailored action plan for the mentorship and speak monthly to make progress on their goals, and ACP staff guides the spouse through the mentorship experience to ensure success. ACP’s customized program is designed to assist and empower spouses on their path toward rewarding, meaningful employment.

On behalf of Mission: Milspouse, thank you so much to ACP for doing your part to empower military families all across the globe.

Moxie Minute with Amie Fisher

Imagine being a tightrope walker, bravely stepping across a chasm with unwavering focus. That’s the spirit of daring determination – embracing challenges head-on and pursuing your dreams with relentless passion. As P.T. Barnum once declared, “No one made a difference by being like everyone else.” Your unique journey, with its twists and turns, is a testament to your daring determination. Just like the pioneers who came before you, you’re shaping history with each bold step.

So, fellow military spouses, go forth with your daring determination as your compass, forging your destiny and leaving an indelible mark on the world. Your journey is a symphony of moxie and courage that resonates far and wide.

News 6 with Emma

Here is this week’s News 6 mashup of stories for the week of June 5, 2023, straight from M:M News 6 Correspondent, Emma Tighe:

Newest Gerber Baby is a Brat!

Maddie Mendoza, daughter of Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jun Mendoza, is the 2023 Gerber Baby!

Her dad is a doctor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; his alma mater.  Her mama Crystal, a dentist, submitted a picture of Maddie and a picture of herself as a baby, as this years contest had a “throwback” theme.

Speaking at the Military Children Education Coalition on July 24, Mendoza said he is grateful for the organization and the work it does for military children. “Reaching forward, we’re proud that Maddie can represent MCEC and be a symbol for the work you’re going to do for another 25 years.”

“I want all the military children to know you’re not alone in the ring. You don’t have to fight this fight alone, and you’re more than capable of going the distance.”

For winning the contest the Mendozas received a $25,000 cash prize and a matching donation to March of Dimes in her name, a whole new Gerber Baby wardrobe, and, of course, the unique experience of being the face of the company for the whole year.

Congrats Maddie! Way to represent your fellow military brats in an adorable way!

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Venyasa For the VA! 

Hoping to promote accessibility to yoga, mediation, and wellness to veterans, Warriors at Ease offers scholarships and low cost accessibility.

Since 2011 has worked tirelessly to combat the mental health epidemic amongst soldiers and veterans through mindful exercise. They have been involved in the first clinical trials funded by the DOD to test meditation and yoga as a therapy for combat related injuries.  Following these studies and the success they have found at Walter Reed, they have created their own training curriculum split into two levels.

  • Level One: Fundamentals of Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Meditation, and Mindfulness for the Military Community
  • Level Two: Advanced Yoga Techniques, Protocols and Adaptations for the Military Community

According to their website, the Level One Fundamentals training is self-paced, offered online and requires no prior yoga teaching experience. Modules include:

  • Core Concepts, Principles, and Skills for Teaching in Military Communities
  • Skillfully Responding to Abreactions
  • Teaching Meditation in Military Communities: Overview and Guidelines
  • Best Practices for Teaching an Adaptive Yoga Class
  • Working with Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma

The Level Two Advanced Training is open to 200-hour trained yoga instructors and provides three days of in-person, hands-on experience in how to teach adaptive yoga and trauma-informed meditation and mindfulness practices to the military community. Lectures are interwoven through hours of hands-on practice labs that address the most common physical and invisible injuries seen in service, including anxiety, depression, hearing loss, back pain and loss of limb.

Warriors at Ease trainers can be found in VAs and military installations all across the nation. To find one near you go to warriors at and

Military Making its Way to Maui 

President Biden has sent the National Guard and the Navy’s 3rd Fleet to Maui after a wildfire devastated the island and left 36 people dead. 

The Hawaiian National Guard mobilized their chinook helicopters to help combat the planes while the Army sent in Blackhawk’s to the big island which is also experiencing wildfires.

“Jill and I send our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones in the wildfires in Maui, and our prayers are with those who have seen their homes, businesses, and communities destroyed,” Biden said in a statement Wednesday evening. “We are grateful to the brave firefighters and first responders who continue to run toward danger, putting themselves in harm’s way to save lives.”

The Coast Guard also rescued 14 people that took to the water to escape the flames.

The Department of Transportation is busy helping evacuation efforts and the Department of Agriculture stands by to help with recovery. 

Our hearts go out to all military ohana on the islands dealing with the devastating winds and fires. We also pray for the safety of all our military and first responders answering the call. 

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Today in History 

On August 14 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the National Security Act.

This Act established a permanent national pension for the elderly.  As a part of FDRs “New Deal”, the program is funded by payroll taxes and astronomically reduced elderly poverty levels. This Act also established the unemployment insurance program and the aid to dependent children program, which assisted families headed by single mothers.  

The law was amended 30 years later in 1965 with the establishment of Medicaid and Medicare.

FDR believed that social security should cover everyone, saying “I see no reason why every child, from the day his born, shouldn’t be a member of the social security system. When he begins to grow up, he should know he will have old-age benefits direct from the insurance system to which he will belong all his life. If he is out of work, he gets a benefit. If he is sick or crippled, he gets a benefit….I don’t see why not. Cradle to the grave-from the cradle to the grave they ought to be in a social insurance system.”

Thanks to this program it was no longer the norm in America to work full time well into old age, which is great news for me who is planning on spending my twilight years napping and watching Bravo.

You can check out more of this week’s top stories here.

Thank You

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With over 159 years of military spouse experience and 68 PCSes under their belts, the M:M Command team is the ultimate Battle Buddy to help navigate Milspouse life. Powered by volunteer spirit and optimism the M:M Command Team could run a small country, but instead are dedicated entirely to the global empowerment of military spouses to help them conquer adversity, foster confidence, and thrive in this military life.


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In today’s episode, Lindsey Rauch our Deputy Director of Marketing, will share with us an interview with Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of the Fisher House Foundation. In his interview today, Ken will share the latest on Fisher House’s work supporting military families, and how to support military families beyond the military holidays. The Fisher House is best known for its network of 97 comfort homes where families of wounded, injured or ill service members and veterans can stay at no cost while their loved one receives treatment far from home.

Mission: Milspouse is a
501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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El Paso, TX 79904


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