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What the Heck Is an FRG?

A Family Readiness Group helps keep spouses connected during a deployment.

If you're new to the military world, you're probably wondering what an FRG is and what role it will have in your life. In fact, when we asked our readers about their FRG experiences, we found more than few seasoned spouses who weren't entirely sure what an FRG is or how to get involved with one. Don't let that be you. First, let's demystify the lingo. FRG stands for "Family Readiness Group," and it is the focal point of family readine... more

How to Join a Family Readiness Group

An Army National Guard FRG holds an event in 2012.

Maybe you know it as a Family Readiness Group (FRG). Or maybe you call yours a Family Readiness Program, Key Spouse program, Ombudsman Program, or Work-Life Program. No matter what you call your FRG, one thing is universal: If you want to join, make sure your spouse has your most accurate, up-to-date contact information and knows you want to be involved. Hesitant? Don't be. See here for why you should get on the roster today, even if you... more

My Ex Won't Get ID Card for Our Son

Ms. Vicki

Dear Ms. Vicki, My ex-husband and I divorced in 2001. He retired from the military in 2007. We had one son together who went to live with his father at the age of 12. Our son is now 19. He is still legally his father's dependent, but his father won't get him a military ID, help him with his financial aid or other financing for school, or even help him get medical insurance through Tricare. Consequently,  my son, who is in college and gettin... more

Does Military Transition Hurt Your Marriage?

Military Transition

Military transition sounds like career puberty. Everyone is full of dire warnings about what is going to happen, but you really can't image it happening to you and your spouse. People say you have to start planning your transition two years before you leave the military (even if you are waiting for something like a promotion board before you can even make that decision). They say your service member turns into a big ol' bear full of bad... more

Female Troops and Same-Sex Partners Included in New PTSD Study

Female Marines

"What should I do?" "Should I push him, or leave him alone?" "How can I get her to talk to me?" "How do I explain this to our kids?" As a psychologist treating service members and veterans with PTSD, depression and other psychological issues, these are the types of questions I hear the most from spouses, partners and family members. What should we do to help our family member with PTSD? Family members understand that deployments ca... more

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