Support Groups for Military Spouses

All members of the military branches of service— army, navy, marines, air force, and Coast Guard— need more than uniforms, meals, arms, and other military equipment. They also require psychological, familial, and social support and the knowledge that their families are being supported as well.

Origin of Support Groups

During wartime or peacetime, troop members carry with them family concerns, problems, issues, and commitments just as nonmilitary workers do. The national government, through the armed services, supplied equipment for keeping the troops at their tasks but did nothing for their nonmilitary needs until recently. Support for military families has been traditionally the task of the private sector. Families, private organizations, and individuals historically have provided services, both material and psychological, to the fighting forces. In years past, ...

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