Finding the support you need
Hello Military Community,
Are there times when you feel like you need more support than you are getting but aren’t comfortable going to the unit or don’t wish to burden family or friends? Are you nervous at the thought of sharing your fears, concerns or stress? There are resources available, as well as professionals who can help guide you through tough times. Today’s article will go through some of the basics that you should be aware of.
*Chapel: Some bases offer services and ceremonies at the chapel. Chaplains offer support to service members and families before, during and after deployments. Remember, most chaplains have deployed and faced the same issues that you and your family have or are going through. Chaplains have many resources and are confidential.
*Family Support Centers: Family Support Centers hold a wealth of resources and provide loads of information about military life, including deployments, before and after, financial management, job search, moves, volunteer opportunities, marital, family and individual (confidential) counseling, and more. Contact your local facility and ask to be placed on their email mailing list.
*Clubs and Groups: There are various clubs and groups within a base and off base in which you can participate. These can consist of family readiness groups, church groups and spouse clubs. There are also organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion and Operation Homefront, just to name a few. These are terrific resources that can help you feel a great sense of belonging while befriending and communicating with people who understand what you are going through.
*Family Advocacy Programs (FAP): Sometimes in our lives, things happen that are out of our control. If that happens, or if you or anyone you know is a victim of abuse or even just major stress, the counselors and experts at Family Advocacy can and will help. FAP is your resource for child and spouse abuse prevention as well as preventive education classes, such as crisis management, parenting and anger management. They even have support groups for new parents and parents of deployed single soldiers.
*Military Acronyms: This is a site I wanted to list for those “newbies”, I have been a wife of a service member for 13 years and I still get confused with acronyms. So this is a helpful site for you to learn the abbreviations and acronyms that are widely used in the military world. www.dtic.mil/doctrine/dod_dictionary/index.html
If you are aware of a great resource that can help military families in any situation, please contact me and share the information. I would love to hear about and share the information that is available in your areas. Blessing from my family to yours.