In this episode we talk with people intimately familiar with the perspective of single parenting in the military. Our guests discuss their personal experiences as single parents and active-duty military personnel. We capture each of their journeys throughout parenthood and service, the challenges they’ve faced, and how they found the strength to overcome those challenges. Each story is different, but common themes emerge that demonstrate the struggles of their double-duties and also the rewards.
U.S. Air Force Lt Col. Jenn Aupke is currently the Director of Operations of the 347 Rescue Group’s Operation Support Squadron (OSS), Air Combat Command (ACC), Moody Air Force Base, Georgia and Instructor Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) Helicopter Pilot. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Counseling from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Liberal Studies, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. She is the mother of one five-year-old little boy.
Mrs. Brandy Currie served in the United States Army from 2002 until 2009 as a Combat Medic. During her service, Brandy experienced life in a dual soldier home, a single-parent soldier home after her divorce, and then back to a dual soldier home after she re-married her current husband. After Brandy’s service in the Army ended in 2009, she then became a military spouse until just this past year when her current husband left the service after 17 years. Brandy is the mother of 6 children ranging in age from 2 to 17 years old. Brandy is currently in school working on her Master’s degree in Social Work at Florida State University.
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This material is based on work supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, U.S. Department of Defense Award Number 2015-48770-24368.