Nick Barr
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Navy for Moms was one of the most active Ning Networks in 2009, and with so many men and women serving overseas, it’s no surprise that the Ning Network has become a valuable asset to families of deployed servicemen and women. The holiday season is an especially important — and sometimes difficult — time for families with someone serving in the Navy. In the forum, members discuss things you won’t find the answer to anywhere else. For example, one mom asked about sending a Christmas package to her son on deployment — within minutes, another member responded and now the thread has multiple pages of suggestions. Another was feeling anxious about celebrating Christmas without her son. Dozens of members replied with their tips and advice, letting the original poster know that she wasn’t alone in struggling with the upcoming holiday.

One of the newest features on N4M, a widget called “NavySpeak,” lets members put in a Navy acronym to get its definition. For example, type in “PIR” and you see it’s short for “Pass In Review: Boot Camp graduation. Bring tissues!” It’s just one more example of how this Ning Network is supporting its community of Navy moms and continuing to drive members back, over and over again.