Relationships – Resources
Marriages and relationships are a work in progress. Maintaining a good relationship or enhancing one requires some work — or play. Military OneSource can provide you with ideas and connect you with resources, whether you and your partner want to get away, find a new pursuit locally or need a helping hand.
Strengthening your marriage with fun-filled resources and getaways
Your Morale, Welfare and Recreation program offers lots of ways to relax, have fun and connect with others or each other. In addition to financial deals and benefits, the program also is a great resource to connect you to fitness, aquatics and sports programs, or bowling, golfing, riding or special-interest recreation programs and area resources.
With your local Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, you can:
- Find fun, skills-development programs and cultural events in your area by visiting MilitaryINSTALLATIONS.
- Discover what’s beyond your community by visiting the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library. It’s a free, online resource for service members and their families. You’ll find eBooks and audiobooks on many topics, as well as databases and reference manuals that can help you learn a new skill, keep kids engaged and serve as a homework source, or prepare you to land your next job. Log into your Military OneSource account or create a username and password to get started.
Need to get away?
Your service branch offers service members and families ways to connect on cool places to stay. Take a look at all of your exciting options:
- Department of Defense Lodging
- Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation
- Marine Corps Community Services
- Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
- Air Force Services
Resources for preparing for deployment, relocation and other relationship stressors
Deployment: You can ease some of the stress of deployment by preparing for separations. These resources can teach spouses strategies to help your family adjust during deployment:
- Pre-deployment Support is a presentation that lists all the resources and services available to service members and their families as they get ready to deploy. The document offers specific resources for spouses, significant others and children.
- "Staying Positive During Your Partner's Deployment" is an article with resources and tips on how to grow individually and as a family through a deployment.
Relocation: Military families move every two to three years. Whether you aren’t used to it or you are an old pro, relocation can be disruptive. These resources can help you manage the move more smoothly:
- Relocation Assistance Programs and resources can be found at your local Military Family Service Center.
- 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.
- Spouse Relocation and Transition helps you navigate the relocation and transition process. Military OneSource offers personalized support for military spouses through specialty consultations. Call 800-342-9647.
Changing careers: Spouses 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.
- The Defense-State Liaison Office, or DSLO, works with the Department of Defense and state legislators to modify licensure requirements for military spouses who want to maintain their professional 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.
Struggling family members: If your children or your family are struggling, you're not alone. There is a lot you can do to build your family's resilience. In its publication, "The Road to Resilience," the American Psychological Association recommends 10 ways to become more resilient when dealing with stress or adversity.
Resilience training and support: FOCUS, or Families OverComing Under Stress, offers support for couples and parents in readiness for tomorrow. FOCUS builds on each relationship's current strengths and teaches new strategies that support resilience. During FOCUS, couples practice perspective-taking and become closer by developing a shared understanding of their experience. FOCUS services are available through the virtual TeleFOCUS program, allowing couples to meet with a FOCUS Provider using video teleconference.
Use the resources and tools that your installation and Military OneSource make available to fortify your relationships. Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 if you have questions about resources. We are here for you 24/7. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.