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It's A Military Life is a non-profit organization focused on supporting military families and veterans. Our mission is to provide programs and services that enhance the quality of life for those who have served our country. Our programs include the Veteran Pen Pal Project, which connects members of the military community (spouses, veterans, and active duty service members) with pen pals to combat isolation and loneliness; It's A Military Child Life, which provides resources and support to military children and their families; and It's A Military Connection, which offers networking opportunities and career resources.


It's A Military Life Corporation is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization (EIN: 87-2309516)




Christina Etchberger

Founder and CEO

Christina Etchberger is the Founder and CEO of It's a Military Life Corporation. She is an Army spouse and a mother of two little boys, while currently residing in South Korea. IML began as a lifestyle blog and a community to bring the military community together, and now it has evolved into a nonprofit organization.

She continues to be a connector, by providing educational and resourceful programs for the military community as a whole. She is very grateful for her professional volunteers consisting of military spouses, veterans, service members, and fellow patriots. Christina looks forward to seeing It's a Military Life grow and serve as many people as possible!

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John Randolph

Vice President

John Randolph is an assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois. Veteran himself, he joined the Marine Corps fresh out of high school and enjoyed being stationed at Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejuene, and Camp Kinser in Okinawa Japan. During his time in the Corps he was a diesel mechanic (3521) and served from ’89 – ’93.

He made the jump to education simply because he wanted to make a difference in our schools and be the teacher he needed as a kid.

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Suleyka Gonzalez

Suleyka is a multi-potentiality, mom of 2, USMC spouse and entrepreneur. She also volunteers in the military community providing support, and resources to military spouses who are seeking employment, pursuing a degree or simply needing a friend. During her spare time she freelances as a Virtual Assistant providing, administrative, technical and creative support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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Camille Deal

Special forces veteran spouse, mother of two, and business owner Camille Deal joined the IML team in the fall of 2022. She joined the team as an ambassador in the early stages of developing into a nonprofit and quickly jumped at the opportunity to support the organization on a higher level when a position became available as a program director. 

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Lourdes Camille Gonzalez

Lourdes is an Air Force spouse currently residing in Colorado. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she is bilingual in Spanish and English. Lourdes earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Penn State University. Among her interests are social work, wellness, children and books.

She is passionate about this community and loves connecting with other military families.

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La Pora Lindsey

LaPora Lindsey has been a military spouse for 14 years. She and her husband have two children. After six PCS moves with her family around the globe, she learned the importance of embracing the opportunities that come with many challenges, including volunteering to connect with others, give back, and grow.

With over 14 years in career services with various organizations, LaPora’s passion and heart for helping others have led her to help active duty, military spouses, and civilians with their careers.

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Kim Lara

Kim designs the curriculum for the It's a Military Connection cohort immersion program. Kim also has developed the instruction for the course which will be catered to military spouse and significant others who want to participate in a program that helps guide them on their professional journey.

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Tracy Gardner

A Navy wife of over 12 years, she has a deep appreciation for this community, and a determination to give back. With a BA in Communications and a Meta Certificate in Digital Marketing, she has a zest for all things social media, digital marketing, and project management.

Nothing lights her up like getting the job done. When she isn’t engaging with her community on social media or building graphics through Canva, you'll find her hiking with her two boys, practicing Pilates, or road-tripping across the country for fun.

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Ashleigh Morgan

Dedicated Air Force spouse and mom, Ashleigh works behind the scenes on It's A Military Life Community social media. She has a background in social media and customer service background in addition to having more than 10 years of legal administrative experience including litigation paralegal, court clerk and nonprofit resolution support.

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Jazmin Miguel

Expert in social marketing, Jazmin is a dedicated civilian volunteer. She has more than seven years of experience in the marketing field and owners her own social marketing business outside of her volunteer efforts for It's A Military Life.

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Deanna Urbina

Deanna Urbina has been a military spouse for almost 15 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Human Resources and also an MBA with a concentration in Management and Human Resources from Park University. With over 10 years working and volunteering with non-profit organizations, Deanna is excited to share that passion in the non-profit sector and working with military families with IML.

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Marina V Rodriguez

Marina has been a Marine spouse for 20yrs and possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Interactive Media Design.


She is an incredibly detail oriented volunteer who takes the initiative, and is genuinely dedicated to providing informative content to the military community. Marina also owners her own web design business.





"It's a Military Life is a valuable military family resource. Offering a variety of support and resources for families, IML goes above and beyond to assist with PCS, deployments, education, events and community. Highly Recommend!"

Military Spouse

Sarah Doran

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