Before you take off for your parent’s house or go anywhere when your spouse is deployed, consider the wide range of benefits and resources available to you if you remain on the installation, such as the commissary, exchange, community support. Staying put also ensures that your children maintain their routines during this time of transition and don’t experience further disruption to school and other activities.
Your spouse is deploying, and you might be tempted to pack up and move closer to your family.
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.
You may face challenges at some point before, during or after the deployment. Military OneSource is here to provide information and resources to help navigate through all phases of the deployment—from pre-deployment to homecoming.
Sometimes strength means asking for help. Military OneSource and the Military and Family Life Counseling Program offer free, confidential, face-to-face non-medical counseling to support you with military and family life challenges like preparing for and handling a move or nurturing a relationship with a deployed spouse.
Use these helpful tips for your next PCS or military move.
Questions about your PCS or military move? Check out these frequently asked questions and answers.
As a service member, you will benefit from some planning and organization when you leave your child with a caregiver during deployment. The more information everyone has, the better.
After months of planning you have arrived at your new duty station. You’ve probably got a hundred things on your mind but putting these 10 “to-dos” on top of your post-moving checklist can make life in your new home much easier.
The life of a military spouse is unique. Learn about the ways spouses contribute to the military community.
The Department of Defense restricted all domestic and overseas travel to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease. The department has taken this action to protect your health and well-being and to keep the military force effective and ready.
For many years, colorful Sesame Street characters like Elmo and Big Bird have helped children learn while having fun. The Department of Defense has drawn on these familiar friends to help children ages 2-6 through the milestones of relocations, deployments, transitions and more.
Caring for aging loved ones while you’re in the military can present a special set of challenges – such as maintaining care through moves and deployments. Fortunately, elder care consultations from Military OneSource can help you connect with the services and support you need to take care of the senior in your military family.
As a parent, your job is to raise children and teens to cope in healthy ways to changing circumstances like deployments, moves and new schools. Military OneSource is there to help you parent at every stage, offering guidance on making moves easier for your kids, helping you support your child at school and encouraging you to talk to teens about important topics like substance abuse and managing stress.
Dealing with frequent moves, long deployments and major transitions requires stamina and strength. Some families seem to handle the ups and downs better than others. Building resilience – the ability to recover in the face of stress – can help your family deal with the demands of military life.
Military and family life counselors are among the benefits available to help service members overcome challenges and thrive in their military lives.
You have a busy life working, caring for the kids, cleaning the house, running carpool and making dinner. Military OneSource understands that and does your homework for you. We highlight the latest resources, information and advice on parenting so that you don’t have to spend hours at the computer on your downtime looking up services.
When it comes time for your next military move, ensure that it’s a safe and successful one. Find out about new safety measures the Department of Defense has put in place to keep you and your family healthy and comfortable throughout the process.