Being a military spouse can be rough. You need to constantly travel with your spouse based on where they’re stationed, you have to worry about those who are deployed, and if you have children, you must act like two parents.
Thankfully being a military spouse is something that people have been doing for years, and thanks to the Internet, there are plenty of resourceful websites available to help you make decisions, better prepare yourself, become more educated and provide you with a trusted network of others in your shoes.
If you are a military spouse, the following are three websites you cannot live without.
MilitaryWives.com is operated by a retired Military couple. Though it’s not the most visually appealing website, it offers a broad range of information, and you could easily spend hours perusing it all.
Through the site, you can access an online store where you can purchase military trinkets. You can also access their newsletter, which highlights all of the most important events and information that occurred during the month. The “News at the Front” section provides links to current military news articles, and you can even access base newspapers.
The “Care Packages” section provides you with fun and creative care packages that you can send to your spouse. There are also support forums for spouses in each branch of the military, and you can even gain information on how to plan a military wedding or gain resources if you need to move.
The site contains so much information that you will simply need to take a look yourself in order to find what you’re looking for.
2. Military Significant Others and Spouse Support
When it comes to online forums and support groups, Military Significant Others and Spouse Support is a great website to use. There are different categories for forums that you can participate in (you must register in order to use the site). These forums discuss everything from being new to the forum all the way to homework help.
This website is a great way to talk with other spouses and get information from others in your same situation. Along with the forums, you can even join a group for additional camaraderie and support. The site also provides links to additional military resources as well as helping a military family plan for deployment.
3. The Spouse Channel – Military.com
Military.com has been a staple website for all military members for years, and The Spouse Channel section for military spouses is just as great and resourceful as the rest of the site.
Through the site, you can sign up to receive the Spouse Newsletter that contains tips and discounts. There is also a great number of resources available through the site. If you’re moving, you can gain access to all the base guides so you can access base directories and learn what’s in the area. You can also find jobs specifically for military spouses using their job finder. The Paycheck Chronicles section provides information on any financial situation. There is even a spouse forum where you can meet and chat with other spouses and gain information from others.
The website also contains a slew of calculators to help you gain better control of your finances. Everything from pay calculators to Veteran Benefits calculators can be used.
Since your relationship with your spouse is extremely important, you can access all of the relationship articles posted to the site too to help you learn tips or hear advice from others in your shoes.
There is also a section where you can learn all about the benefits to you and your family and how you can earn your college degree through specialized programs for military spouses. And if you’re craving a little bit of social media, Social Spouse allows you to socially connect with other military spouses.
Don’t try to rough through being a military spouse by yourself. Instead, visit these websites, talk with other spouses and educate yourself on how to manage it all.
Jessica Brown knows the hardships of having a spouse in the military. In her spare time, she enjoys writing about technology and robots used in the military.