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Military marriages have to deal with separations and other stresses more often than civilian marriages.
  1. Military Family Matters
  2. Deployments and Marriage (6)

Staying in Touch With Your Military Spouse
When your military spouse has been deployed, staying in touch becomes critical for both of you. However, staying in touch will not always be easily accomplished. Here are tips on keeping the lines of communication open between the two of you when you are separated.

Programs Available for Military Marriages
Help is available for troubled military couples.

Books About Military Marriages
Military spouses face more worries, concerns and troubles than their married civilian friends. Here are books that provide valuable insight into this challenging lifestyle and practical tips for coping emotionally and realistically with times of separation during deployments.

Homecoming Tips
Reunion time with your military spouse can be both a great experience and also one that creates problems in your marriage. Here are some tips to make the homecoming easier and more enjoyable.

The Army's Strong Bonds Couples Program Helps Military Marriages
In an effort to help service members and their spouses cope with the various demands placed on military marriages, the Army offers marriage enrichment retreats and courses through their Strong Bonds Couples Program.

Marriage Enrichment Retreat (MER) FAQ
The marriage enrichment retreat is a weekend away for military couples in every stage of their relationship. Couples are encouraged to attend even if all is going well with their marriages. Here are the answers to questions like what it costs, where the retreats are held, who can attend, and more.

Military Family Support Information
Some reports are citing Army statistics that indicate 30 percent of military spouses believe deployment harms their marriages. Here is information provided by the Office of the Special Assistant to help military families and personnel.

Join Spouse Program FAQ
If you and your spouse are both active duty military members, whether in the same branch of the military or in separate branches, you could possibly be assigned together to the same location through the Join Spouse Program.

The Role of Military Spouses
This column by Gene-Thomas Gomulka is about the hardest job in the military -- being a military spouse.

Getting Married Before or After Joining the Military?
Here are the advantages and disadvantages of getting married before you leave for basic training.

Military Weddings and Honeymoons
This in depth article explains the details of having a military wedding and planning a honeymoon.

Military OneSource
This free support service is provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families. The web site has loads of information. A 24 hour/365 days a year toll free number is also available -- 1-800-342-9647.

Marriage and Military Life
This is an online newspaper/website column for military families by Gene-Thomas Gomulka.

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