Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The waiting game …


Thank you to everyone who voted for the Iowa Troop Pantry for the 2012 Milbloggie in the U.S. Military Supporter category. We are waiting for the winners to be announced Friday, May 11th at the 7th Annual Milblog Conference in Arlington, Virginia by USAA.


USAA will be donating $250 in the name of each winner.


There are multiple categories for which a blog could have been nominated. Many of these blogs have intensely personal stories of deployment, coming home, and coping with the challenges of military life. 

Blogging has become a form of expression for those who have challenges in life due to the military. From the mother who sends her son to Afghanistan, to the wife who took care of her husband while injured and eventually lost him due to an overdose – each story is important. Each story speaks of the sacrifice that anybody close to a service member makes to defend the United States of America.

Please take some time to look at each of these blogs. Every single one has value and every single one was penned by somebody who cares about the Armed Forces. Military bloggers may perhaps hold the key to the most truthful accounting of what really happens in the military community.

Iowa Troop Pantry is honored to be among these finalists and wishes the best to each contender.

Here are the 2012 Milbloggies Finalists, in no particular order. 


2012 U.S. Air Force

Aim High Erin http://www.aimhigherin.com/

Betrothed to the MILITARY http://serviceb4self.blogspot.com/

Married to The Job... http://airmanscott.blogspot.com/

Multiply Leadership http://www.multiplyleadership.com/



U.S. Military Veteran     

Neptunus Lex http://www.neptunuslex.com/

This Ain’t Hell http://thisainthell.us/

You Served
http://www.youserved.com

Bouhammer’s Afghanistan & Military Blog http://www.bouhammer.com/

Burn Pit http://burnpit.legion.org/

Blackfive http://www.blackfive.net

Argghhh!  http://www.thedonovan.com

Armor Down
http://www.armordown.blogspot.com

CDR Salamander
http://cdrsalamander.blogspot.com

Mass Casualties
http://masscasualties.com


U.S. Reporter

The Unknown Soldiers
http://www.unknownsoldiersblog.com

Susan Katz Keating http://www.susankatzkeating.com

Red Bull Rising http://www.redbullrising.com

War On Terror News http://waronterrornews.typepad.com

The Long War Journal http://www.longwarjournal.org

The Best Defense
http://ricks.foreignpolicy.com

SOFREP http://sofrep.com


2012 U.S. Navy

Feminine Fatigues http://www.femininefatigues.com

Navy Operational Stress Control http://navynavstress.com/

Information Dissemination http://www.informationdissemination.net/

USNI Blog
http://blog.usni.org/

Military Dad http://militarydadblog.com


2012 U.S. Marine Corps

One Marine’s View
http://onemarinesview.com/

Castra Praetoria
http://castrapraetoria1.blogspot.com/

The SandGram
http://www.thesandgram.com/

Vintage Engineer Boots
http://vintageengineerboots.blogspot.com/


2012 U.S. Military Supporter

Tails from the Front Line http://tailsfromthefrontline.wordpress.com/

From Cow Pastures To Kosovo http://fromcowpasturestokosovo.blogspot.com

Assoluta Tranquillita http://assolutatranquillita.blogspot.com/

Pundit Review http://www.punditreview.com/

Bostonmaggie http://bostonmaggie.blogspot.com/

Iowa Troop Pantry http://www.iowatrooppantry.blogspot.com/

Project 365 Vets http://365vets.wordpress.com/

Military-Family Blog http://militaryblog.militaryavenue.com/

Homefront United Network http://homefrontunited.com/

Character Does Matter http://characterdoesmatter.tumblr.com/



2012 U.S. Military Parent

Knottie’s Niche http://knottiesniche.com/

Love You More Than You Know http://neomilitarymoms.wordpress.com/

Semper Fi Parents http://www.semperfiparents.com/

My Yellow Ribbon http://my-yellow-ribbon.blogspot.com

Maureen’s Marines http://maureenmom.blogspot.com/


2012 U.S. Military Spouse

They Call Me Dependent http://theycallmedependent.com


The Deployment Diatribes http://deploymentdiatribes.wordpress.com/

Forget The Dog Not The Baby http://forgetthedognotthebaby.blogspot.com/

Witty Little Secret http://wittylittlesecret.wordpress.com/

The New “Normal” http://thelongyearahead.blogspot.com

The Kitchen Dispatch http://kitchendispatch.blogspot.com

Wife of a Wounded Soldier http://www.wifeofawoundedsoldier.com/

Household 6 Diva http://www.household6diva.com

**Wife [Widow] of a Wounded Marine**
 http://www.widowofawoundedmarine.com/

Chambanachik http://www.chambanachik-live.blogspot.com

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