Finding Support for Military Spouses and Their Families

Posted by Debi Teter

Military families may be a lot of things, but one thing they are not is all the same. That’s why finding the right support group to help you and your family weather the ups and downs of military life is important.

There are as many types of support groups as there are people, so you have to go into your search knowing what you’re looking for. Do you need a group of enlisted wives to help you get acclimated to the military lifestyle? Or are you looking specifically for people who understand what it’s like to have overinvolved in-laws? If you’re not sure, pick the one that seems to be closest to your needs and give them a try. You can always keep shopping until you find the right mix of people for you.

But don’t forget – it isn’t all about you. Being part of a support group is as much about giving support as it is about taking support. If you’re going to join, you have to be ready to offer some of your own time, compassion, humor, or other skill. Otherwise, you’re not going to win any friends or influence people.

If you don’t know where to start looking – here’s some tips:

  • Search the Internet. Search for organizations near your base, community, or area of interest.
  • Visit your installation’s military support service center; the Navy, Army, Air Force, and the Marine Corps all have support centers for military spouses and families.
  • Talk to people. You are not alone in this. Whatever you’re going through, there are others out there who can help – or at least just listen. Ask your neighbour, the checkout person at the commissary, anybody you might come across where to find like-minded groups to join.

Military life is full of ups and downs. The right support group can make all the difference. What’s worked for you? Tell us how you’ve connected with others in the comments below.

 

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