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:
- 4 Cool Ways For Spouses To Drive Transition
- 5 Tips to Help Your Service Member Transition Out
- Preparing for Transition from the Military: Arm Yourself with Knowledge
- Onward to Opportunity – Veterans Career Transition Program; Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University