Military Family Support Services
For service members and their families there are many resources outside of the military that offer many helpful resources. Examples of these websites are Military OneSource, Armed Forces Crossroads, and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC). The site I am going to write about is Military OneSource, because it offers a very wide verity of resources for many different branches of service and something for all family members. There are too many to list, so I am going to pick some of the phases of military life and resources I think are popular or useful from the different categories to explain.
New to the Military
For men and women who are new to the military this website offers many links to understand their new military benefits. There are multiple links to articles to help a new service member understand education, TRICARE, using the commissary, traveling and using military lodging, and family readiness ("Military OneSource," 2014). All of the links for understanding new benefits are important and can be a great resource for service members if they don 't know who to ask a question or are too nervous to ask. For new military members, there is also help for managing relationships. Managing relationships includes knowing what to expect when getting married, leaving an abusive relationship, communication skills, and how to keep a strong relationship during deployment ("Military OneSource," 2014). One article I found helpful is learning how to survive a break up. For service members, this I feel is important because it is not at all uncommon for relationships and marriages to fail. The article gives additional information for help managing a break up and encourages seeking out h...
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...on. And of course Military OneSource is available on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube ("Military OneSource," 2014). The site is pretty easy to navigate and find
All of the sites such as Military OneSource, Armed Forces Crossroads, and similar are great resources for military family members and service members. The large amount of articles spanning many topics available on Military OneSources is a great resource for finding up to date information, but even more valuable would be the counseling services and help hotlines. Some of the hardest situations can be made easier with some help or just by having someone to talk to. The main goal of the site is to help and empower service members and communities, and clearly the site does just that. What these sites do is amazing, and I am sure greatly appreciated by service members and their families.
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