The Holiday season is in full swing. Along with the festivities, this can be an especially trying time of the year for military families separated by deployment or under stress for other reasons. You may be wondering how your children will handle the holidays with one of their parents away from home, or how you can budget for the additional expenses that come with the season. Military OneSource (www.militaryonesource.mil) may be able to help relieve some of this stress and answer your questions.
Military OneSource is a one-stop resource for active duty, National Guard and Reserve families who need help or information on a wide variety of subjects relating to life in the military. OneSource offers articles, direct, phone and email counseling and other options to answer your questions.
OneSource has information and tools to address issues like money management, spouse employment and education, parenting, relocation, preparing for deployment, and the concerns of families with special needs members.
You can get specialty, one-on-one consultations from OneSource in the following areas:
- Wounded Warrior
- Special needs, adult, and elder care
- Health and wellness coaching
- Non-medical counseling for stress, relationships, grief and parenting issues
To schedule a consultation with an OneSource expert on one of these subjects, call and ask for an appointment with the type of specialty consultant you need. Specialty consultations give you the chance to talk with a trained professional who can help resolve your concern. You can call OneSource any time at1-800-342-9647, or visit the recently relaunched OneSource online portal at www.militaryonesource.mil. The overseas contact number is 800-3429-6477, and country specific contact information is available at the OneSource website.
Holiday stress comes in many forms, and can hit military families especially hard. You don’t have to confront this type of stress on your own, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not an admission of weakness. Military families make extraordinary sacrifices for the safety of our nation and Military OneSource is a useful tool that can help make the holidays a little more stress free.
Deputy Director, TRICARE Management Activity
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