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SEP 2018

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So how does something so special and so sought after happen? With mili- tary spouse volunteers. The JSC is made up of volunteer board position chairs. These chair positions volunteer their time, talents, and passions in different areas. All this comes together on registration day, when spouses go online and pick the four workshops they want to attend. My goal is to get the JSC to the main- land. I loved hearing, seeing, and talking to spouses as they walked through the doors, going from one workshop to another, laughing over lunch and then giving big goodbye hugs to new friends they just met. I want to bottle up this excitement, this energy, the smiles and share it with all military spouses across this country. With JCS, we are all from different branches and from different parts of the world, but our common bond is that we are military spouses. The more we connect with each other, the less challenging this military life becomes for us. The geographic boundaries get smaller and we have more friends to call on when we get the call of new orders. My hope and goal in bringing this to the mainland is not only connecting spouses with each other but also with the communities around them. We all need a day of uplifting, empowerment, and motivation; that is just what the JSC does and much more. This conference is more than just a day of fun and learning something new; it gives spouses the opportu- nity to volunteer, a day to not only connect with each other but make new friends, and connects them with the community around them. Learn more about the Joint Spouses' Conference at jschawaii.com Karen Pence Second Lady of the United States Stacy Bilodeau 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year® Stacy Bilodeau 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year® Stacy Bilodeau Stacy Bilodeau Stacy Bilodeau 2018 Armed Forces 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Coast Insurance Coast Insurance Coast Guard Spouse Guard Spouse Guard Spouse of the Year® of the Year® of the Year® Stacy Bilodeau 2018 Armed Forces Insurance Coast Guard Spouse of the Year® Photo by Vanessa Hicks Photography 16 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / SEPTEMBER 2018

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