Military Families – The Common Challenges They Face

The Military and the Challenges That Service Members and Their Families Face

 

There are millions of military veterans, active-duty service members and their family members in the United States and around the world. No matter where you fit into the mold,  looking for stable housing, trying to raise a family and starting a career are all things military members face. You can learn more about these challenges and what you can do to deal with them below.

 

Housing

 

Buying a house is usually the biggest issue for a military family. If you are considered active duty, you generally deal with countless relocation assignments. You may constantly have to move to different locations within and outside of the country. Financially, the average family cannot deal with the pressures of renting and buying in countless locations. Doug Norman, the writer of “The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement,” recommends that veterans and service members should rent until they can afford to buy. When you buy, you should research all of your options and military benefits, especially from VA home lenders.

 

Job Opportunities

 

Another major issue is the lack of choices given to the spouse of a service member. When you move too much, it may be hard to keep a job. Creating a budget on a single income is one suggestion. If one spouse loses a job, there is at least one income to fall back on. The Military Spouse Advancement

Accounts program is available to help qualified members receive tuition assistance.

 

Solutions to Help You

 

There are many challenges that face a military family. Though these issues exist, a number of programs are available to these families, including assistance with buying a home. No matter what your duty is in a military family, know that there are solutions to help you through.

 

Military families often face similar challenges raising children, focusing on careers, and establishing homes due to the face they are often constantly moving. These challenges can be difficult hurdles for most families to get through. The following infographic presents these common challenges and how military families can cope with them.

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