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✈️👫LDR Tip #3 - Plan and budget your trips!

When I was still a cadet at the academy, I think my fiancé and I saw each other at least 3 times a year (winter, spring, and summer break) and sometimes more when there was an event going on (i.e. banquets). We made a honest effort to see each other whenever we could but also were cognizant of our schedules and finances when planning. Budgeting is important especially when you are a broke college student (better invest that book money wisely). (Side note: save money by getting your books from an upperclassmen or RENT your books from an online distributor). My advice is to schedule all of the big events in an online planner that both of you can see (birthdays, anniversaries, banquets, the Army-Navy football, spring break cruises, thanksgiving, etc) and start looking into flights early on! Don't wait until you are 2-3 weeks out because that's when flight prices start racking up. Getting flight insurance is a good idea if you know your plans can shift left or right. For those that fly all the time, investing in a credit card with sky miles is the way to go. Also, start looking at places where you will stay if you do decide to visit West Point (whether it's at the Thayer Hotel, a sponsor or mentor that lives on post, or at a 5 star hotel in NYC).

A general rule is to see each other often so that the relationship feels real but not so much that it becomes stressful (i.e. finances). Plan accordingly, communicate often, and most importantly - enjoy your time together! Wishing you all a blessed Friday and safe weekend.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or a DM! 🙋🏻‍♂️
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So proud of this recent USMA grad and brand new Lieutenant! Congratulations, 2LT Maddox! #usma #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy #westpoint

Love my Army Black Nights t-shirt! #goarmy #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy #westpoint #blackknights

Something special for USMA cow moms!! Available in my Etsy shop! Perfect gift for mom! #inspiredbykarma #handstampednecklace #personalizedjewelry #personalizedgift #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy

Holy crap, Hailey got into West Point! 💙 I'm beyond, beyond proud of everything she's done. 🇺🇸 #UnitedStatesMilitaryAcademy

Honoring our veterans today & everyday. Thank you! #westpoint #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy #taylorwinnie

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✈️👫LDR Tip #3 - Plan and budget your trips!

When I was still a cadet at the academy, I think my fiancé and I saw each other at least 3 times a year (winter, spring, and summer break) and sometimes more when there was an event going on (i.e. banquets). We made a honest effort to see each other whenever we could but also were cognizant of our schedules and finances when planning. Budgeting is important especially when you are a broke college student (better invest that book money wisely). (Side note: save money by getting your books from an upperclassmen or RENT your books from an online distributor). My advice is to schedule all of the big events in an online planner that both of you can see (birthdays, anniversaries, banquets, the Army-Navy football, spring break cruises, thanksgiving, etc) and start looking into flights early on! Don't wait until you are 2-3 weeks out because that's when flight prices start racking up. Getting flight insurance is a good idea if you know your plans can shift left or right. For those that fly all the time, investing in a credit card with sky miles is the way to go. Also, start looking at places where you will stay if you do decide to visit West Point (whether it's at the Thayer Hotel, a sponsor or mentor that lives on post, or at a 5 star hotel in NYC).

A general rule is to see each other often so that the relationship feels real but not so much that it becomes stressful (i.e. finances). Plan accordingly, communicate often, and most importantly - enjoy your time together! Wishing you all a blessed Friday and safe weekend.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or a DM! 🙋🏻‍♂️
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For the dead and the living,
we must bear witness.

Engraved upon the wall of the U.S. Holocaust Museum Washington D.C.

Eli Wiesel

#westpoint #hudsonvalley #hudsonriver #usma #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy #newyork #rip #restinpeace

Such a historical moment
History has officially been made and I am so excited about the fact that my undergrad (Alma Mater) has selected a Black Woman ( for the first time ) as the First Capatain for the 2017-2018 school year "Simone Askew of Fairfax, Virginia"

Congratulations Simone
http://www.lelavictoria.com/the-united-states-military-academy-at-west-point-selects-its-first-black-female-first-captain/

#WestPoint #USMA #UnitedStatesMilitaryAcademy #FirstCaptain #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlsRock

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Such a historical moment
History has officially been made and I am so excited about the fact that my undergrad (Alma Mater) has selected a Black Woman ( for the first time ) as the First Capatain for the 2017-2018 school year "Simone Askew of Fairfax, Virginia"

Congratulations Simone
http://www.lelavictoria.com/the-united-states-military-academy-at-west-point-selects-its-first-black-female-first-captain/

#WestPoint #USMA #UnitedStatesMilitaryAcademy #FirstCaptain #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlsRock

Such a historical moment
History has officially been made and I am so excited about the fact that my undergrad (Alma Mater) has selected a Black Woman ( for the first time ) as the First Capatain for the 2017-2018 school year "Simone Askew of Fairfax, Virginia"

Congratulations Simone
http://www.lelavictoria.com/the-united-states-military-academy-at-west-point-selects-its-first-black-female-first-captain/

#WestPoint #USMA #UnitedStatesMilitaryAcademy #FirstCaptain #BlackGirlMagic #BlackGirlsRock

Though my mission is heavy weapons, some of us got tasked out to be the color guard for chain of command ceremony both at company and battalion level. With lots of practice and teamwork, we did the color guard duties proud and were awarded a coin for our professionalism and how we presented ourselves. It was a pleasure to be afforded the opportunity #westpoint #instagood #infantryman #thiswelldefend #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy #upstateny #happy #goodvibes #leadership #leadfromthefront #veteran #beautiful #scenery #duty #dedication #camo

HEY WOLFHOUNDS.... you recognize this name?... for those who do not know, this was my Division Commander under the 25th Infantry Division when I fought in my second tour in the Iraq War (2008-2009). He is now in charge of West Point. crazy how the world turns and the paths that people lead. Be a honor to see him in person again but when your a 3 star general... it's highly unlikely or if so very short conversation. All good though, just glad to see that the big cheese on West Point is TROPIC LIGHTNING!!!!! #25thinfantrydivision #necasperaterrent #veteran #veterans #warrior #hawaiilife #hawaii #westpoint #leadfromthefront #infantryman #leadership #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy

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