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Resources Every Military Spouse Should Know About

This month is National Military Appreciation Month, and May 8th is Military Spouse Appreciation Day!

After 26 years of being a military spouse, I know how much we are appreciated through the family programs and resources made available to us.

These programs have provided me great value over the years and I don’t take them for granted. Please allow me to share just a few of my go-to resources ( in no particular order) that I find useful.

List of Resources to Consider

  • Military OneSource
  • Military Family Readiness Council (MFRC)
  • Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP)
  • Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO)
  • My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)
  • Spouse Ambassador Network (SAN)
  • Nonmedical Counseling, Financial and Tax Consultation
  • Wounded Warrior and Caregivers
  • Health and Wellness Coaching, etc.
  • Department of Labor Portal (Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options)
  • Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • Military Health System
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
  • Small Business Administration
  • Easter Seals
  • Hiring Our Heroes (HOH)
  • Military Spouse of the Year (MSOY)
  • Blue Star Families
  • National Military Family Association (NMFA)
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Armed Services YMCA
  • United Service Organizations (USO)
  • United Through Reading (UTR)
  • Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
  • Spouses Clubs
  • Operations Deploy Your Dress (ODYD)
  • American Red Cross
  • The American Legion
  • Operation Homefront

Military Relief Organizations

  • Army Emergency Relief (AER)
  • AER Spouse Group
  • Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)
  • Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)
  • Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA)

Military Service Associations

Installation Services

  • (i.e. Child, Youth and School Services (CYS)
  • Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
  • Family Programs Services
  • Soldier and Family Readiness Groups
  • Ombudsman & FRG Programs
  • Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
  • Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
  • Survivor Outreach Services (SOS)
  • Office of the Chaplain, Commissaries, and Exchanges)

Final Thoughts

Nowhere else in the world are our spouses more valued, loved, and appreciated than in our military family. From day one, we are given a voice to make a difference for families, communities, and future generations. We are blessed to be so valued and cared for!

There are many more wonderful resources for military spouses. Please share in the comments below the resources that you use and find helpful.

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