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Deployment Solution Central

Source: Vivian Carrasco

Future military spouses can look forward to a time when their mobility won’t have such an impact on their career.  We are beginning to see glimpses of what that new career landscape will hold.  In addition to a backdrop that allows for more flexible working conditions its boundaries will be less rigid. 

We know that our future isn’t going to be constrained to the walls of the military base so as we look for solutions to our childcare and work life issues maybe we need to see beyond the bumps and creatively hop or skip over them. 

I’d venture to say that regardless of where you physically reside as an active duty, reserve or National Guard spouse you can find a military service provider near you.  If you don’t know where to go the Military Community Directory can help. Take a few minutes to browse through the services available or stay connected by adding to the deployment diary message board.

In addition to the wealth of resources found via the web just a few keystrokes away, there are also solutions to your deployment woes a little closer to home. We know that we’re resourceful and solution orientated but we also know that often it’s hard to swallow our pride and reach out for help. 

Here are three stories of women who found solutions to deployment issues in a way you might or might not have thought of.

Jennifer Moreno a Marine Spouse for over fifteen years confesses that her husband’s deployments haven’t gotten easier over the years.  “I don’t know how I do it, but I guess I just take them one at a time.”  Jennifer is a registered nurse who works on a per diem basis a few days out of the month and is also pursuing a graduate degree full time.  “I planned all these things into my routine in order to keep me connected and busy, but it’s hard to juggle my commitments in addition to my son’s needs.”  She comes from a large family and after some careful deliberations she asked a relative to join her in San Diego during her husband’s current deployment to Iraq.  “It was the right time for Paul to take a break from his life and I love the fact that he enjoys baking and cleaning, two things I can do without.”

Andrea Hall an Army Spouse for over a decade recently welcomed her husband from a year long deployment in Afghanistan.  In her case she and another military spouse, Liz decided it was in both their interests to cohabitate during the year both of their soldiers would be gone.  "It was a win-win solution since Liz wanted to remain a stay at home mom and could help me with my childcare and I offered her some huge savings in living expenses."  Although, for some, this might seem difficult waters to navigate Andrea says," It wasn't such an off the wall solution for me because in Germany spouses were encouraged to cohabitate on post during deployments for safety reasons.  It saves you money, gives you someone to talk to and you are safer in numbers."

And finally there’s myself….seems like I’ve been through everything once and back.  My baby sister was kind enough to join me on two separate deployments.  Lori was able to pursue her educational goals, and I benefited from her mere presence at the dinner table.  In the end she built a lasting bond and precious memories with my boys.  When Lori’s life goals didn’t coordinate with David’s deployments I found it absolutely critical to have a nanny.  The costs might seem to have outweighed the benefits for some, but can you really put a price on homemade macaroni and cheese?   

Reach out and have the Courage to Care for yourself and those you love.

© 2006 Vivian Carrasco. All rights reserved.


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