Relationships take effort and attention, and that’s especially true of military relationships when frequent moves, long separations and additional stress are parts of the equation. But it’s worth the effort. A loving, resilient marriage is a source of personal happiness and family joy and a solid relationship also lets service members focus on their mission and daily duty requirements.

Here are some ways to keep your relationship strong:

Build connections every day.

Simply talking and listening to your spouse is so important to a healthy relationship. Sharing feelings isn’t always easy, but it is the foundation for lasting love.

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Access free, confidential marriage counseling if you need it.

Get a little extra help connecting or communicating. You can access free, confidential, non-medical counseling services through Military OneSource by calling 800-342-9647 (click here for overseas calling options) or via the Military and Family Life Counseling Program. Contact the program through your installation’s Military and Family Support Center.

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