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 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.
Transitioning out of uniform can be hard. Whether you are finishing one enlistment or retiring after 20 or more years, it is common to feel uncertain about your future—especially your career.
Finding a civilian job isn’t always easy. However, employment is important not just for your finances. It can also help your psychological health and overall well-being.
Having a strong social network helps support your psychological health and keeps you mission ready. Feeling connected is especially important during tough times.
However, frequent moves and deployments can make it hard to maintain close relationships. Fortunately, positive social media use can help you keep up with friends and family, and get or give support when the going gets tough.
Positive Social Media Use
The following are positive ways you can use social media to support psychological health: