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As with most rookie officers, he was young and ready to save the world from itself. I was winding down my career and looking forward to teaching criminal justice classes within the next year, so working with a new energetic officer who was gung-ho was not on my Christmas list.

The stress of parenting alone while a spouse is deployed or in training can become overwhelming. I often heard civilian friends tell me, “I wish I had known what to do to help.” As an independent, “I can do it all myself” type of person, I didn’t ask for help when I needed it. But there are ways to easily provide assistance to military spouses. Here are 10 ways to help a military wife this Mother’s Day or any other day during the year.