New Friends & Family Connection: Connecting You to MilLife

Friends & Family Connection
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Military Friends and Family Support

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Military OneSource’s Friends & Family Connection eNewsletter — a newsletter written specifically for a service member’s network of support.

Who is part of a service member’s network of support? It is you — the service member’s extended family — parent, fiancé, aunt, uncle, cousin, sister, brother or close friend. It is whoever a service member turns to or can count on for support.

As a member of their friends and family network, you may feel immense pride for your service member answering the call to duty but be concerned or curious about what they’re experiencing.

You may have questions such as:
What happens at boot camp?
Why does the military move families so frequently?
What is deployment like?
How can I send packages to someone overseas for the holidays?

We hear you. Through this newsletter, we will begin answering these questions and more.

So, subscribe today to get information on all aspects of military life and stay connected with your service member. And feel free to share this newsletter with family and friends of a service member you know.

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Wonder what a day in the life of boot camp or deployment is like for your service member? Our goal: Connect you to the information you need to better understand what it’s like. Let us know what parts of military life you want to know more about.
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Your service member’s first military move
Care package ideas
What to expect during homecoming

About Military OneSource
Military OneSource is a Department of Defense program that connects service members and their families to information, answers and support to live their best MilLife. We know that friends and family are an important part of each service member's support network.

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Prepare a Communication Plan
Communicating with your service member can be challenging, whether he or she is at boot camp, stationed far away or just busy. Develop a military communication plan with your service member early on so you know when and how to connect.

Must Knows: Common Military Acronyms
Military life is full of acronyms. From boot camp to retirement, it can seem like nothing is spelled out. Learning even just a bit of military short-hand can help you make sense of military life, and keep up in conversations with your service member.

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