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The military lifestyle can be very demanding. Frequent moves, war-time tension and anxiety, living far from family, and juggling multiple household roles can really take a toll on our physical and mental well-being. As military wives, we’re the cornerstones of support for our husbands and families. We’re responsible for providing continuity and stability on the home front.

Often times we fail to recognize that we need support, too, especially when our men are away. Our civilian friends and family members love us and want to support us but sometimes they just can’t relate. This is why it is so important to seek out groups that can provide you the opportunity to share common experiences, give and receive emotional support, and learn about new resources. The military provides and extensive network of support groups and centers. You can find one here.

There is comfort in cohesion. Don’t isolate yourself. The more connected you are, the easier life will be for you. Seek out and befriend other military wives in your community. These women understand the trials and tribulations associated with our way of life.

I highly encourage you to get involved with your local unit and/or spouse support groups! Not only are they a great place to make friends and have fun, but they also act as a safety net in the event of an emergency. You can call them for help when unforeseen problems or crises arise (i.e. car repairs, financial problems, medical issues, death, etc.). Moreover, these groups act as a network of communication from the chain of command to the family members. When your husband is on temporary duty (TDY) or deployed, your unit support group is often the sole link to current information regarding his status and whereabouts.

And remember, the Happy Housewives Club is here for you too, always!