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Connecting to the Community

Joining a community of military spouses gives you a place where you can ask questions, offer support and make life-long friends. Here are a few ideas on how to build your network of friends and fellow military spouses.

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About Joining Community Forces

Community Forces focus the efforts of local providers with a common goal: to strengthen the local military community. Because Community Forces work in communities around the country, they are uniquely positioned to find and consolidate the best local resources, and that means providing better and faster assistance to service members, military families and veterans when they need it.

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How to Build a Community Force

Whether you want to create a new community force, join one or improve the community force in your state, you can find what you need to take action.

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Tips to Improve Communication in a Relationship

Effective communication is a top challenge couples face. Fortunately, communication in a relationship is a skill that can be learned and one that grows stronger with practice.

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Coronavirus Updates for Our Military Community

The Department of Defense is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus disease outbreak. Check back for the latest information on COVID-19. We will be updating this page regularly.

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About Building Healthy Military Communities

The BHMC pilot is a multi-year initiative that aims to better understand unique challenges faced by geographically dispersed service members and their families that may impact their readiness, resiliency and well-being.

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Freelancing in the Gig Economy: An Overview for the Military Community

For military spouses and service members, the growing gig economy provides an opportunity to earn extra income. Gig work also offers flexibility and independence that you may not find in some traditional or part-time jobs. And whether you walk dogs or drive for a ride-booking service, your alternate business may move with you when you PCS.

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Find Services Faster With the Community Resource Finder

If you are seeking community services locally or in another location, or if you need immediate assistance, use Military OneSource’s Community Resource Finder to ease your search.

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The National Guard Family Program: You and the Community

Community outreach is defined as an endeavor by an organization to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. The National Guard Family Program Community Outreach focuses on connecting Guard families with local, regional and national organizations in support of their everyday lives at home.

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How to Communicate With Children From Birth to 5 Years

The way your child communicates will change a lot between birth and the age of five, and children have a language of their own. Knowing what to expect can help you understand and respond to your child in meaningful ways.

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Rebuilding Community: Army Personnel Accountability System for Disasters

In today's world of frequent natural or man-made disasters, it is essential to have a plan of action for reducing the impact of such events on Army personnel and their families. The Army Disaster Personnel Accountability and Assessment System, or. …
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7 Ways to Lean on Your Military Community to Settle Into Your New Home Faster

After months of planning your PCS, you’ve now landed at your new destination. Now it’s time for the fun part – building a nest and making it home. Here are a few ways to tap into the military community so you can settle and get into the swing of things more quickly.

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Getting the Most from Military Kids Connect

MilFams have access to Military Kids Connect, an engaging, fun website and online community that connects military youth to discuss upcoming moves, healthy relationships, wellness and more.

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Common Ground: Community Gardens Ideal Fit For Military Members

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.