Tuesday , 17 September 2019

Honoring the Strength of Military Families

Rosemary Freitas Williams,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy 

Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

During the month of November, the Department of Defense and the nation honor the pride, patriotism and sacrifice of our military families. While the men and women of the armed forces preserve our freedom and democracy, their families support them with strength and love. This month, as we observe Military Family Month, let’s celebrate the strength of military families.

This month’s observance is also a great opportunity to foot-stomp the wide range of support available to our remarkable military community. This support comes not just from the Defense Department but also from a wide array of nonprofit service organizations at the national and local level.

Through these valued relationships, we are able to meet our goal – to care for, support and empower service members, their families and survivors through meaningful, relevant and impactful policies, programs and resources. We are working hard to provide the best tools possible for military families to maintain and increase their strength and resilience.

The ground truth is that military families show their resourcefulness and their strength when they seek help. When they do reach out, we are ready and available with confidential help on a wide variety of topics from financial management and spouse employment to marital and parent-child issues.

Through the Military OneSource call center, we offer personal, non-medical counseling and consultation services via telephone, face-to-face or through a secure live video session or online chat. This counseling is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, no matter where they live or serve. Simply call 800-342-9647 or visit Military OneSource, the website.

We’re proud of the support we provide and how it continues to evolve with the changing needs of our modern military families. This past June, we added peer-to-peer support as a specialty consultation. Now, service members and spouses can call and schedule a discussion with someone who has “been there.”

A few weeks ago, we began offering spouse relocation and transition specialty consultations to help military spouses navigate moving and transition-related challenges. Consultants assist spouses in creating individualized action plans and identifying resources unique to their needs.

No question, families are the backbone of the military. When spouses and children are happy and healthy, service members can focus on their missions. That’s why we offer a wide range of range of tools and resources through Military OneSource. Caring for families is both a national security issue and a moral imperative. Visit our site today and see what we have to offer to help build strength and resilience.

We will be starting conversations all month at our Military OneSource Facebook page (you’ll love the conversation now about those moving stickers!). Join the conversation throughout November and let military families know just how amazing they are, how strong they are and how grateful we are for their service. My friends at Sesame Street explain how – it’s easy and quick – by using the hashtag #MyMilFam.

Whether it’s on Facebook or face-to-face, please take the opportunity this month to thank a military family for the tremendous contributions they make in the support of their service members and our nation.

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