As a single service member, it is important to have a personal network of peers, friends and family members to help you cope with the challenges that you may experience throughout a deployment cycle. They can help you feel connected to life at home, cope with the stress of a combat environment and help you readjust when you return from deployment. Try using the tips and suggestions below to help you strengthen and expand your personal support network.
Family & Relationships
Family and relationships can be a great source of joy and support. Leaning on those you trust is a good way to cope with hard situations.
At times, however, families and relationships can also be a source of stress. Fortunately the Real Warriors Campaign can help you strengthen your relationships and keep your family healthy even while facing challenges. Use the following resources to learn more about how to develop and maintain strong relationships.
Military spouses and significant others provide an invaluable source of support to today’s service members. Loved ones can play a vital role in offering encouragement during a military career – especially during deployments when separation often goes hand-in-hand with concern for the safety of service members, coping as a single parent at home or worries about money or legal troubles.
Military life can be difficult for couples. Deployments, temporary duty assignments, PCS moves, and transitioning to civilian life can be challenging times. The stress, separation and danger that come with uniformed service can take a toll on any personal relationship.
Yet, through it all, service members must stay mission-ready. Worries at home can distract a service member during important missions or training. For this reason, relationship resilience is critical not just to the well-being of service members and their spouses, but to unit readiness.