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Welcome to Military Life: Support Resources for Military Families

If you’ve recently married into the military, or you or your spouse has just joined, you may be feeling both nervous and excited about the future. During the adjustment period, spouses take on new roles, adapt to new schedules and learn new ways of handling many of life’s obstacles. Support is available to you to ease your transition. The following resources can ease your adjustment.

Military and Family Support Center

Your installation Military and Family Support Center is a good place to start, for anything from local recreational opportunities to a personalized introduction to installation services including spouse career and employment opportunities, personal financial management classes, activities for children and families, and more.

Deployment

You can ease some of the stress of deployment by preparing for separations. These resources can teach you strategies to help your family adjust during deployment:

For spouses:

For young children:

  • "I'm Here for You Now" is a board book designed to support and reassure younger children who are experiencing a parent's deployment or a particularly challenging time.
  • Sesame Street's "Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes" is a multimedia program that helps children between the ages of 2 and 5 communicate feelings and concerns that they may have during different phases of deployment. 

For youth and teens:

Relocation

Military families move every two to three years. These resources can help you manage the move:

  • "Seize Your Move With the Relocation Assistance Program" is an article that describes relocation support services to help you plan your move.
  • MilitaryINSTALLATIONS provides you with information about services and programs available to you on your new installation.
  • Plan My Move is a web-based relocation tool that lets you estimate moving expenses, keep a calendar of events, find forms that you need and use other planning tools to make your move go smoothly.

Changing careers

Family members may have to place their careers on hold or change careers completely when they relocate to a new area. These resources can help you manage career change challenges:

Use the resources and tools that your installation and Military OneSource offer to ease your family’s transition into military life and to help everyone feel like a welcomed member of the military community.