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.
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:
- "These Boots: A Spouse's Guide to Stepping Up and Standing Tall During Deployment" is a recording that offers spouses suggestions and strategies on how to cope before, during and after deployment.
- "You Can Do This: Your Checklist for Living Positive While Your Partner's Deployed" is an article with resources and tips on how to grow individually and as a family through a deployment.
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:
- "Making the Move Easier for Military Kids" offers children tips and advice on adapting to life on the move.
- Military Kids Connect invites youth and teens to share how they cope with the challenges of military life.
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.
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:
- The Spouse Education and Career Opportunity Program provides expert education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide.
- USA4 Military Families works with the Department of Defense and state legislators to modify licensure requirements for military spouses who want to maintain their licenses as they move from state to state.
- The Military Spouse Employment Partnership connects spouses with more than 295 employers who pledge to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in portable careers.
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.