About

While You Were Away is committed to providing resources and training to develop resiliency and strengthen families.

Megan Egerton Graham is the author and creator of the While You Were Away series of books.  She is Principal and has been a teacher for 15 years.  She has taught every grade from Kindergarten to grade 12.  Her specialists are in Guidance and Special Education.  She has been a guidance counselor for several years and now works as a Principal for the Ottawa Carleton School Board.  Megan has taught on military base schools and is a military wife and mother of two.  Her husband continues to be an active member of the Canadian forces.  She has also written a Deployment Handbook and Reunion Handbook for the Canadian Forces and continues to work with Military Resource Centers,  Readiness Centres, SLOs, social workers, schools, bases, units, etc. both in Canada and the US.  Her books are in used across North America, Australia and parts of Europe.

Our primary aim is to provide products, resources and services that not only support children, teens and families but strengthen and give them resilency skills that will last a lifetime.

43 Responses

  1. Hi Megan,

    You’re website and blog are great complements to your books. What a great resource for military families and any family with a family member away.

    Where do you get time to do all of this while being a principal and raising kids? I think I would be saying “No” to my kids a lot if I had all this on my plate.

    Good for you! Very impressive. Congratulations!

    Heather

  2. Dear Megan:

    My name is Jacob Roecker and I’ve recently published a book designed for a military audience. I had to self publish it because I couldn’t fin any publisher who knew how to market the book to military members.

    They were right.

    There is currently no good model for marketing a book to military members. Which is a shame, because I’ve written my book to make a difference in their lives.

    So, now I’m marketing this book on my own, and asking military bloggers if they’d take the time to read and review it. It’s a fairly short book, and most folks find it a quick read.

    Oliver DeMille, founder of George Wythe University described it as “An important book for our time.”

    I just need help getting the word out.

    If you’d like to know more visit http://libertyhawk.net There’s a sample of the book on the website and links to purchase. If you’re going to do a review please let me know. I will gladly buy you the kindle edition without hesitating and would be happy to discuss providing you an copy in print.

    Thank you for your time.

    Jacob F. Roecker

  3. Hi Megan, great resource. May I add you to my page for a resource for military parents. I recently created a blog that is primarily on life in the military and as a civilian, but focusing on military families. I am always looking for ideas and gathering resources to have listed. It is still a work in progress, but I enjoyed browsing your site and it would make a nice addition to my resource section. Thank you – Patty Beggs. Feel free to contact me at pattymb61@aol.com and I will forward my page for you to look over.

  4. i would like to follow this site but there is no follow button

    • Hello! I will find out why there isn’t a way to follow. But I will also put you on our mailing list and mail the link to you directly. If you would like, you can also follow us on Facebook at “While You Were Away”. Thanks for reading!

  5. We would love to be featured on your blog! Flat Daddies provide families of deployed parents with life size posters to help while they’re away. Check out our site for more info. flatdaddies.com

    Could we set up some type of partnership?

  6. Hi Megan, we are doing a study for spouses of Army Guard & Reserve Soldiers and need your help to get the word out to the spouses. The study is for spouses whose husbands have returned from OEF/OIF. We are asking them to fill out our survey at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ARNG_and_USAR_Spouse_Survey. The survey is anonymous and it takes @ 20 minutes. The survey questions ask about the spouses well-being, marital relationship, support received & there are open ended questions for spouses to tell their own story. The information from this survey will be used to educate our communities about the challenges faced by spouses of Guard & Reserve soldiers during the post-deployment period. Additionally, this information may be able to help improve services for Army Guard & Reserve families. We have a website with more information about the study at: http://armyspousestudy.com/ Thank you!

  7. Greetings, I feel fortunate to have found this blog. I’m a journalist who just returned from Afghanistan. I hope to glean information from your postings to add some context to the stories of Soldiers & mission I am telling. I hope you’re amenable to me contacting you in the future.
    Regards,
    Luke

  8. Dear Megan,

    I am working with Dr. Phil Zimbardo (Stanford University, CA) and Sarah Brunskill to standardize a measure that evaluates a recently developed conceptual model called The Social Intensity Syndrome, or SIS. The research involves surveying (via online) military service members about their social systems, relationships and mental health.

    We need more participants to take the survey to ensure that all wars, age groups, and departments within the military are accurately represented. Would you be willing to encourage your loved one, and any other male veterans you know to help participate in this survey? If your loved one simply doesn’t have time, please feel free to copy and paste this post to share on your own blog and share the link to it on your Facebook, Pinterest, blog and/or Twitter pages! Thanks for your help! Below I have included the blurb we are using to recruit participants and I have also attached a copy to this email.

    If you have any questions regarding this research, please do not hesitate to email me.
    I truly appreciate any help you can provide us,

    Sincerely,

    Julie Heffernan

    Research Assistant
    The Social Intensity Syndrome Research Study
    Link to survey: https://sites.google.com/site/sisstudy/

    Attach on the Bottom of Email

    Have you served or are serving in the military?
    Tell the world your story.
    You are invited to participate in a research study about the effects of Social Intensity Syndrome (SIS) on military personnel’s relationships.

    A confidential survey has been prepared, and can be completed at your convenience. No names will be collected — The survey is anonymous. This is not a commercial survey. In order to participant in this study you must have served or are currently serving in the military, be 18 or older, male and be able to speak and read English.

    To access the Informed Consent and the Survey, please go to this website address using your computer:

    http://sites.google.com/site/sisstudy/

    If you would like to learn more about the study, or have a question, please feel free contact Sarah Brunskill at sbrunskill@gmail.com.

  9. Tag! You’re it!

    You have just been nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award! Check out my post “Et les nominés sont… deuxième partie” for details on what to do next. Congratulations and please keep those great posts coming! http://notesfromthebackseat.wordpress.com/2012/09/04/et-les-nomines-sont-deuxieme-partie/

    • Thank-you so much for your interest and support. I work with a lot of families who have children with special needs and appreciate how this can complicate changes, moves and deployments. You are really positive and proactive. Your children are fortunate.

  10. Megan –

    SavingsAngel helps families save money on their groceries. We appreciate military families and wish to do something special for them. Can you help us spread the word?

    Please post the following:

    During February, military families may start their VIP SavingsAngel membership for half off using one of these $10 discount codes: USARMY, USN, USMC, USAF, USCG

    To learn more and claim this discount, go to: SavingsAngel.com/military

    SavingsAngel.com is a veteran-owned company. Chief Executive Angel, Josh Elledge served his country during Desert Storm as a U.S. Navy journalist. Supporting servicemen and servicewomen and their families is an issue important to all of us here at SavingsAngel.

    The best couponers save hundreds of dollars every month at the grocery store. However, couponers can end up living very extreme lifestyles to get those savings. For over six years, SavingsAngel.com has equalized the playing field – giving extreme savings to busy families who don’t have the time or ability to be an extreme couponer.

    Each week, SavingsAngel.com’s team of angels combines over 2,000 products on sale at local grocery and drug stores with an enormous database of over 2,000 different manufacturer coupons. These combinations result in our members getting access to over 300 products each week for 50% off or better.

    Our innovative Price Watcher is one of many benefits of membership. You get alerts by email when we find great deals at your favorite stores on products you use. Members simply log in, choose the deals they want, print or clip only the coupons they need, and save hundreds of dollars a month at regional and national stores.

    Start today for only $10 after the special military discount for your first 4 weeks. That’s just $2.50 a week for top-notch help cutting your grocery bill – helping you keep $200 to $400 in savings each month! Join thousands of other families who realize you can’t get this kind of help anywhere else, even for free.

  11. Hi Megan,

    I was trying to find your email. I have a valentine’s day special on photobooks military bloggers only. Let me know if this something you might be interested in sharing.

    Thank you for your time.

    LIbby
    Social Media Manager/Adoramapix
    libby@adoramapix.com

  12. Hi Megan

    My name is Acacia and I am a military wife with two girls (5 and 3 years). My oldest had a difficult time with her fathers one year tour to Afghanistan 2012-2013. I wrote an easy reader children’s picture book titled, “I Miss Daddy,” that I’d love to have you review for your blog site. I’d also be interested in doing a book give away for one luck reader.

    Check out my book by clicking the link below:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1481217089/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?qid=1381773452&sr=1-4&pi=AC_SX110_SY165

    Thanks for your time,

    Acacia Beumer

    • Hello!
      Thanks for your interest in my blog. Our Facebook page is While You Were Away. Please feel free to join and post the link to your book there.
      I have your book and have read it to my own kids!
      Thanks again and best of luck,
      Megan

  13. Hi Megan,

    I work for a Military publisher at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. I was reading through your site, and I would love to use some of your stories for our Coastal Carolina Parent Magazine (www.coastalcarolinaparent.com). Please contact me if you are interested!

    Thank you so much for your time!
    Becca Keller
    Graphics Manager
    Landmark Military Media
    becca.keller@pilotonline.com
    (910) 347-9624

  14. Hi Megan,
    I didn’t see a private e mail address for you. I hope you don’t mind me sharing in this forum. You have an amazing blog. As a nurse, teacher, and mom of a child on the autism spectrum I feel like I can relate to many of your messages.

    I recently published a novel based on my experience of living overseas as a part of a military community in Germany. I think that many military families would relate to the experiences the family goes through in the book: Deployments, reintegration after a deployment, the hospital at Landstuhl, The Fisher House, the post chapel community, shopping on post, etc.

    The reviews on Amazon are great so far, and I’d love to get more readers and more feedback. If you are interested, I’d be delighted to sponsor a book giveaway or similar promotion.

    Thank you so much for your time. Below is the link to the novel.
    Melissa Miles

    http://www.amazon.com/This-Shell-Defend
    ebook/dp/B00E8T1D14/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1382547698&sr=1-1&keywords=this+she%27ll+defend

  15. Sorry, I’m not sure why the link didn’t work. Let me try again. The book title is This She’ll Defend. Here is the link:
    http://www.amazon.com/This-Shell-Defend%20ebook/dp/B00E8T1D14/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1382547698&sr=1-1&keywords=this+she%27ll+defend

  16. Hi Megan,

    I’m reaching out to share an incredible story about Australian Army peacekeepers who have found work and continued meaning after the army by importing coffee (and helping to develop the communities) from the genocide-torn country Timor-Leste where they once worked to stabilise the country.

    We made this documentary with zero budget and are reaching out to the military community for support to help us sell their coffee and touch people with their story.

    You can see the documentary here:
    http://www.crackhouse.co/watch/

    We hope you enjoy!

  17. Dear Megan,

    Before I even begin let me apologize for possibly posting twice. I am pretty new to social media and I think I posted once already but I don’t see it here so I’m going to try one more time! Please delete if you see a duplicate!

    My name is Jessica Wiese. I am a music teacher, and wife of a disabled veteran. Our experiences inspired us to create a business where we link music teachers and students online in an interactive classroom. I had to leave some students of mine the last time we moved, and the students continued to study with me via skype. We decided every family that moves a lot should be able to stay with the teacher they connect with too, so we decided to make this a reality – but better, with interactive learning tools on screen to make it as though the teacher is right there with you.

    I created a project on kickstarter, and realized funding is hard. Exposure is hard. Our goal feels impossible to me but I’m doing everything I can to expose us. Advice was given to me to reach out to blogs. To be honest, I don’t know what that means. I don’t have a blog, a twitter, etc. Just a facebook that I’ve used to keep in touch with others.

    Your blog looks beautiful, and I’m wondering if there’s any way you can help me expose our project. I think it could give a beautiful experience to a lot of people. When others back us, they receive music videos or even lessons.

    Also, if I am completely misunderstanding what was meant when people told me to find blogs of people that might be interested in you, please let me know that too, as I am not trying to bother anyone, just trying to make a dream come true and give back to the community at the same time.

    Here is our project, Thank you for your time and please let me know if you have any advice https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1826558297/virtulessons

  18. Good Evening Megan,

    Thank you, first and foremost, for what you do for the military spouse community. My partner and I, both married former Marines, create personalized heirloom quality mementos at http://www.ProudlyIServed.com We would like to offer a 10% off discount code to your community, if it is something you think they’d be interested in. We had a great event with the Military Spouse blog and facebook page and would like to extend our reach.

    Please let me know if you are interested!

    Sincerely,

    Tim Rowe and J Kemp
    Proudly I Served

  19. How can I get my product featured on your website?

  20. Hello!

    My name is Miranda and I work for Quicken Loans Marketing. I wanted to make sure you are aware of our current Miles for Military program, where we are flying active duty U.S. military members 2 million miles to visit family and friends. This is in celebration of our 2 millionth closed loan (which closed late last month). If you’d like to sign up for your chance at free travel or to share with your readers you can learn about the program at http://www.quickenloans.com/homefront/.

    We also created an infographic you might like for the Miles for Military campaign that has a lot of interesting information about U.S. military serving across the globe. You can check it out here – http://www.quickenloans.com/blog/a-military-of-many-soldiers-and-families-serving-here-and-around-the-globe.

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!

  21. Dear Megan,

    As I was doing some research, I came across a story on your blog about moving after a PCS order. Even after being a mover for several years, it’s still military family members that give the best moving advice.

    Since your article helped me make this infographic, I thought I would share it with you. It has some statistics on military families and moving, and I included advice from veterans at the end. (I can’t claim credit for the graphics… that’s not my forte at all.)

    Here’s the link: http://myguysmoving.com/moving-advice/

    Feel free to share it or embed it on your site. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Hope you’re doing well! Keep up the good work.

    Best,
    Brian

  22. Olivia Stuck, whom plays Dawn in Disney XD’s new series, Kirby Buckets, and also has appeared in Girl meets world, Good luck charlie, Last Vegas, etc., has released her first new single which is dedicated to the members of the ARMED FORCES and their families.

    Click on the soundcloud link below to hear it. We would love to have it played for all military personal to hear. If interested, please contact us accordingly and we will put you in touch with Jeff Eberle, her manager, for any information you may need accordingly.

    Gregory Stuck

    419-420-5695

    This is Olivia’s first single! She’s spent the last 2 years working on several tracks and this is her first release and it has taken off!! We hope everyone enjoys and if you have someone you’re missing?, we hope this touches your heart like it has ours.

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3552184/

  23. Megan,
    I can’t find contact information for you on your blog.
    I’m Founder a military subscription box called War Foodie that brings awesome foods that you can’t get at local markets: Coffee, Hot Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Peanut Butter, Granola, Beef Jerky.
    I think this will be a game changer, and we’ve already generated a lot of interest in the San Diego area.

    http://www.nbcsandiego.com/video/#!/on-air/as-seen-on/War-Foodie-Lets-You-Send-Food-to-Military/295531851

    I hope to get in touch with you.

    Best,
    Isaac

  24. Hi Megan,

    My name is Anneliese and I’m a Marketing Associate at Simon & Schuster Canada.

    This fall we are publishing a very special book. Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper, by Jody Mitic, is a powerful chronicle of honour and sacrifice, and a gritty portrait of military life. It’s also an inspirational memoir about living your dreams, even in the face of overwhelming adversity, and having the courage to soldier on.

    Jody Mitic is a twenty-year Canadian Armed Forces veteran and sniper team leader. In 2007, when Jody was on a mission in a small Afghan village, he stepped on a landmine and lost both of his legs below the knees. Determined to be of service to his family and to his country, Jody refused to let injury defeat him. Within three years of the explosion, Jody was not only walking again, he was running—a star competitor on the blockbuster reality TV show Amazing Race Canada. And in 2014, Jody reinvented himself yet again, winning his seat as a city councillor for Ottawa.

    I would love to work with you to feature Jody and his book on your blog. I am open to any and all kinds of exposure. We could have an online Q&A, author profile, a book review, Facebook posts, inclusion in an e-Newsletter, giveaways. I’m really open to working with you in any number of ways.

    I would love to send you an advance reading copy of the book to look at. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and hope to be able to work with you on this.

    All best,
    Anneliese

  25. Hi Megan! I’m a navy mom and am working with another spouse on a project to try to find ways to help military spouses find more flexible job opportunities. We’ve put together a quick survey (1-minute literally) to try to figure out what military spouses need/want when looking for a job. Would you consider posting the survey on your blog? I know you don’t know me from Adam but I wondered if you’d consider posting the survey on your blog? I figured it was at least worth asking since we’re trying to reach as many military spouses as humanly possible. 🙂

    Either way, thanks so much for your blog!!!!

    Thanks again –

    Maggie V

    Here’s what we’ve been putting out there – you can probably just copy and paste this to post it if you’re willing to. 🙂

    Trying to find out what talent is out there among fellow government/military spouses and what kinds of jobs work best for us. Please take this 1-minute survey to help us figure out how to connect spouses with real job possibilities! Thanks for your help.

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BCX6WTX

  26. Hi Megan,

    Thanks for all the tips on your blog! I am a military brat (my father was in the Canadian forces), but now married to an active duty sailor in the U.S.

  27. Hi Megan,

    Happy Veteran’s Day!

    CBT Nuggets offers on-demand online IT training to professionals and students alike. We are known for our easy to understand courses that help learners gain the certification that help them in their careers. We started our company by training the men and women of the military and we want to make sure that we carry on that tradition.

    We completely understand that leaving the military at the end of service is the final, and perhaps the biggest journey “outside the wire” that service members will ever take. Servicemembers often do not know their next career move or they have some experience with IT, but need a bit more education to get the certification they need to gain employment. CBT Nuggets is excited to announce our “Outside the Wire” challenge, which is designed to help recently discharged servicemembers gain the skills and knowledge necessary to train for an in-demand career as an IT professional. Program participants will receive a six month Premium subscription to CBT Nuggets where they will receive personalized accountability coaching services, as well as access to an exclusive online study group tailored to the needs and interests of retired military tech professionals.

    Could you share our Veteran’s Promotion page (https://www.cbtnuggets.com/veterans-promo) on your site so that servicemembers can take full advantage of this offering?
    Program Requirements:
    U.S. military personnel who are currently in the process of separating from active service are invited to apply for CBT Nuggets “Outside the Wire” Program.

    All eligible applicants whose essays demonstrate a dedication to self-improvement and the desire to pursue a career in IT will be accepted into the program.

    Certification Scholarship:
    From November 11 to December 11, program participants can elect to be considered for our certification scholarship. Six exceptional program applicants will receive funds up to $300 to cover their certification exam fees. The scholarship recipients will share their training journey with the CBT Nuggets community, and assist in leading the veterans study group. The winners will be selected by a panel of CBT employees who are themselves veterans. Successful candidates will be notified in email by January 18, 2015.

    Quick Facts:

    Free 6 month premium subscription for every verified entrant.
    Applicants must have notified the military of their intent to separate and be engaged in out-processing.
    Applicants must have submitted a completed entry form.
    Applicants must not be current or previous CBT Nuggets subscribers.


    Thank you,

    Tyler Tanigawa

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