MWR develops all kinds of enrichment programs to support force readiness and military community. Check out the summer reading program at DOD MWR Libraries and find new joy in reading.
The Blue Star Museums initiative allows free access to museums across the country for active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their families.
If you have a problem with drugs or alcohol, change is possible. It typically takes treatment, support from others, commitment and hard work.
As a service member, you know the importance of developing new skills, and your installation library is a great resource for professional development and learning. There’s so much there beyond books, including resume help, events information and research capabilities.
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Program and Military OneSource offer cost-effective ways for military families to enjoy their time off. This includes the Best Kept Secrets: Joint Services Campgrounds and Facilities guide, which will connect you with recreational sites across the country.
Hobbies contribute to mission and family readiness and are a great way to relax, spend time alone, meet new people or bring you together with family and friends. They also keep you learning.
Starting or joining a community garden can provide service members and their families with better access to fresh foods at a reduced cost, among many other benefits. They also help address the Department of Defense’s priority to make a wider variety of food available to military families.
These days, your computer or mobile device gives you easy online access to books anywhere in the world, anytime your curiosity strikes. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation digital library has valuable and easy-to-use databases to help military service members and their families meet their research needs or simply download a book to enjoy.
Some stress in your life is healthy. It can motivate you to change behavior and develop skills, especially in military life.
Learning to recognize the signs of combat stress in yourself, another service member or a family member who has returned from a war zone can help you call on the right resources to begin the healing process.
It’s hard to avoid stress when you’re caring for a loved one with a serious injury or an ongoing wound or illness. Caregiving is an important job that can be extremely demanding.
National parks offer something for almost everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just like to sit and watch the world roll by, there’s a national park vacation right for you.
You may feel pride that your child, grandchild, bother, sister, significant other or friend is serving our nation. At times, that may also cause you stress. Your concern can grow during deployments, trainings, relocations and other life events.
Going through a breakup? Most of us have at some point. It’s different for everyone, but there are some common phases most of us go through. Learn about the phases and get tips to power through.
Whether your marriage is strong, rocky or somewhere in between, the fact is many could stand to strengthen their relationship. A loving, resilient marriage is a source of personal happiness and family joy. A solid relationship also lets service members focus on their mission and daily duty requirements.
Trusted adults can have the special gift of helping youth see and use their strengths and talents to navigate academic, career and life milestones. Explore mentorship options for your child.
As you settle in, you’ll want to take advantage of the numerous ways to connect to your new military community and neighbors. That means making friends, doing fun activities during your free time, finding resources to learn hobbies and knowing where to turn when you need help.