Military families don’t always get to rank their priorities. A marriage often endure deployments, PCSs, and TDYs in addition to work, school, children and everyday life. That mix can make a healthy marriage fall pretty far down the list.
Sometimes a marriage need a little reinforcement to ride out the inconsistencies of military life. Whether it’s to revive or just maintain a healthy marriage, here are some resources designed specifically for the military marriage:
Military OneSource offers free non-medical counseling to service members and spouses. Non-medical counseling revolves around everyday issues, stress and anger management, adjustment after deployment and parenting and grief issues. Married couples can receive referrals for up to 12 sessions with licensed professionals without cost. Sessions can be face-to-face or over the phone. Start by calling 800-342-9647 or visiting the website.
Non-medical services are offered through experienced clinical providers. They can provide support as well as refer situations needing additional psychological health support. Additional issues may include PTSD, suicidal thoughts or substance abuse.
Military couples can get in touch with a Family Life Consultant in their home installation. Resources include Army Community Services, Marine Corps Community Services, Navy Fleet and Family Support Centers, Airman and Family Readiness Centers, and National Guard and Reserve members. For more information call 888-755-9355.
The Defense Centers of Excellence provides confidential support for free when military members call 866-966-1020 or sign into Real Warriors Live Chat.
There are typically military relationship enhancement classes offered through family support or service centers, chaplain services or through similar civilian sources.
Each branch of the military and Defense Department civilian employees who have been deployed can go to the Military Medical for evaluation and treatment of medical conditions such as PTSD and substance abuse.
Military couples can look at eligibility requirements for TRICARE’s Mental and Behavioral Health services and find a provider. Members can also call 866-966-1020 or contact a civilian provider.
There is also a TRICARE Assistance Program (TRIAP) offered to active duty family members that includes a 24-hour web-based counseling service for non-medical issues using video chat and instant messaging with licensed counselors.
There are multiple retreats offered to military couples free of cost, including: