Nowadays it seems as if military deployments are a way of life for some families. Nearly every day you see on the news about some group of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines or coast guardsmen who are either leaving for a long deployment or returning from one. How are their families coping?
While every military family has their own strategies for dealing with a deployment, the military services haven’t deserted them. There are several very good military sources that can help to make those long, or even the short assignments, turn out to be easier to handle.
One such place is the Military One Source website. It is offered by the Department of Defense at no cost to all military members and their families regardless of whether or not they are on active duty or not. Since its start in 2003, this information and referral website has far surpassed the first year’s visitor count of nearly 15,000 hits.
What is Military One Source? It is a one-stop shopping cornucopia of practical solutions to every day issues, military information, and both personal and professional support via phone, e-mail or the Internet. It can be personalized for the specific branch of service you are associated with and offers both generic and service-specific information.
They offer a wide variety of help on topics ranging from moving tips and child care, to financial and weight loss. If you have questions that can’t be answered by just browsing the online topics, there are three types of counseling available through Military One Source. These include phone, online and in-person.
Phone counselors can be reached by calling 1-800-342-9647 or for Spanish speakers, dial 1-877-888-0727. The website can also be accessed in Spanish. Plus, there is a drop down list of phone numbers that can be called by service members in overseas locations.
To schedule an online session, just go to the counseling section of the website and check the available times and counselors to schedule it.
These types of counseling can be used for short term, minor problems such as helping with decision making, parenting skills issues, and communication issues.
In addition to providing customized research and referral support via phone and Internet , Navy One Source provides short-term face-to-face counseling (up to 12 sessions) for clients that live more than 25 miles from a Fleet and Family Support Center. Masters-level counselors available within a 30-mile radius of the client provide these services.
How do you get started? Much of the articles and information on Military One Source can be accessed merely by going to their website. If you want to access some of their more detailed info, such as webinars, discussion forums, or interactive tools, you just have to register an account. All active duty, Reserve and National Guard members and their families can register an account at Military One Source. They can also be contacted via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.
So, if you are feeling as if you have no place to turn while your loved one is on a deployment, you are not alone. Log on to Military One Source today to find an article, topic or a real person to talk to. Do it today!