How to transition from military spouse to veteran spouse

caitlingethelp How to transition from military spouse to veteran spouse

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kenneth Toole)

By Caitlin M. Kenney

As a military spouse, the first thing I would do when I learned my family was moving again was to go online and get a sense of the region and military installation where I would be living. From military spouse Facebook groups to official city websites, these were my resources to get a sense of my new adventure, as well as the new realities of employment, housing and community.

But finding resources as the spouse of a newly transitioned veteran has been a little more difficult. Most articles, websites and resources are geared towards the transitioning service member and steps they can take to succeed as a civilian. But with some digging, themes emerged that were very similar to what is told to new veterans.

Top advice that I have seen online for spouses of transitioning service members:

  • Refresh your résumé and find a job as soon as you know your family will be transitioning out of the military
  • Decide where to live that best suits you and your family’s financial, employment, and educational needs
  • Consider goals for continuing your education or pursuing other careers

And from me: Breathe! You are resilient, you will learn how to navigate this new path, and just take it one day at a time. There will be some rocky moments ahead, but those too shall pass.

Enjoy this new adventure!

Here are some good articles and resources that I found:

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