As a military spouse, you are committed to both your partner and to the Armed Forces. It may often feel like your needs come second to the military branch that your spouse serves. Through deployment, frequent moves, to other transitions, your challenges are different from those that a civilian couple faces.
Below are four ways to found support as a Military Spouse.
- Get involved in an official military support group – both for camaraderie and information. No matter what branch your spouse serves, there is a group that exists and functions to keep military families supported and informed during a servicemember’s time away from home, through leave and deployment. In the Army and Navy, these groups are called Family Readiness Groups (FRGs). In the Air Force, it is the Key Spouse Program. Marine spouses can join the Family Readiness Program, and the Coast Guard has the Work-Life Program for spouses. Get involved at any level you can, because for any Military question you have – whether regarding benefits or how to PCS when your spouse is on deployment – there will be resources in these group for answers and support.
- Visit Military OneSource Military OneSource is a U.S. Department of Defense program designed as a one-stop source for all information a military family could need. For questions about health, family and relationships, or even legal matters, visit Military OneSource.
- If your kids are in school, and consider jumping back into the workforce doing something you love. Good news! There are organizations and placement firms that exist solely to find jobs for Military Spouses. They cost no money for jobseekers, either. You can be confident that there are employers looking for your exact skillsets and backgrounds. Visit Careeronestop online, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, for a list of some of these staffing resources. Another company to consider is America’s Career Force, which places Military Spouses in a variety of jobs all over the country. Visit their site, or do a Google search for other staffing agencies established specifically for the military community. There is a professional support and network out there for you!
- Visit org. SpouseLink.org is a free, online network designed expressly for Military Spouses. Its purpose is to inspire, inform and connect Military Spouses all over the world. There are groups you can join (or start) to feel more connected to people either in your physical community or in a virtual community that shares your concerns or passions. You can directly communicate with one another in private chat, as well. It is one place where you know that everyone who logs in is someone who has walked a mile (or who is about to) in your shoes. SpouseLink regularly posts articles, and we invite you to contribute (or take in) as much as you want. No matter how much of the world your spouse’s military career takes you to, networks like SpouseLink can keep the world smaller, comfortable and more intimate.
Never stop looking for support as a Military Spouse. There is no denying that marriage to a Servicemember comes with a lot of unique circumstances. While the country is forever indebted to the sacrifices of a Servicemember, there is no denying that the military wouldn’t be what it is without the loved ones and support systems behind them.
This post was provided by SpouseLink.org. SpouseLink.org is a free website for Military Spouses that was created to support, inform and inspire users with a variety of content–anything from pop culture to important Military information. SpouseLink.org was created by AAFMAA, a non-profit, membership association that supports the American Armed Forces community with affordable insurance and widow survivor assistance services.