Thursday, February 10, 2011
Resources For Surviving As An Army Wife
For those of you new the Army way of life or for those of you not so new but didn't know it all and want to know more I have some links to share with you for more information.
One particular link I found very useful and have actually called them when my husband was stationed overseas on an isolation tour is Military One Source. There are some wonderful folks willing to help you answer even the smallest of questions you might have to the more horrific ones that we all dread having to ask.
Another link I would suggest would be Army One Source. If you can get the chance in your busy schedule to take the Army Family Team Building course do so. I alas have not had that chance so far but many of my friends have and they've told me it does help out. I am a member of my FRG, family readiness group, and do stay in the loop as to what is going on in my unit and on post. Sometimes I even know about events before my husband does, which makes for a good chuckle at the dinner table. Really if we are informed it makes it so much easier to handle the mission. Yes we do share in their missions. We have to hold down the fort so to speak while they are gone.
A few good reads, available for free download on line, I highly suggest are:
Making The Most Of Your Military Lifestyle by Tara Crooks
Finding Your Battle Buddy by Tara Crooks
Army Spouse Guide English edition
Army Spouse Guide Spanish edition
Checklist For New Military Spouses
Now for three books that I myself purchased or were gifts from my husband that I suggest you read or sign out from your local library are:
Married To The Military A survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform by Meredith Leyva
The Army Wife Handbook by Ann Crossley and Carol A. Keller To some of you the book might seem a bit outdated but really if you are new to the Army way of life and don't know how to act at military dress occasions or a spouses tea its worth checking out from the library.
Under The Sabers The Unwritten Code Of Army Wives by Tanya Biank Yes this is the book that prompted the making of the television show Army Wives but by no means does the television series follow the book. The book is about the tragedy of murders at Fort Bragg, NC in the summer of 2002. The reason why I suggest that women read the book is that if you or a friend have domestic violence in the marriage you need to get help now. You do not want to have your life ended just because you were afraid to speak up. Enough said.