Members of the National Guard, Reserve and individual augmentees are in unique positions. These citizen-warriors often work full-time civilian jobs while still being a member of the armed forces. Individual augmentees may receive orders or volunteer to deploy individually with a command that is not their own.
Military life is full of changes. You travel for training, move to new duty stations and deploy—often many times.
You may be getting ready for your first move or your third deployment. Wherever you are, each new stage in your military career brings new challenges. These challenges could be moving to a new town, finding housing, arranging childcare or organizing finances. Dealing with these can put stress on you, your family and friends.
Fortunately, proper preparation can ease you through transitions. Our available resources can help you with deployment support, reintegration, moving and more.
National Guard and Reserve service members face unique challenges balancing their military and civilian lives and managing transitions between them. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides members of the National Guard and Reserve a specific set of benefits and services.
You can receive VA benefits if you are a:
Stress can be a big part of military life, no matter what branch you support. But for members of the National Guard and Reserve, the stressors you and your family face are unique. You cope with the challenges of both military and civilian life, and the transition between the two can be difficult and challenging at times.