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Moving is a way of life for military families. They know that just as they are finally starting to feel settled, they are likely to receive orders to move on to a new duty station. However, with the frenzy of packing boxes and making plans, the difficulties experienced by military children and youth can sometimes go overlooked.  Fortunately, there are a number of programs and services available to support military youth throughout the relocation process.

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For those interested in online support, Military Youth on the Move (MYOM) provides access to age-specific information to make relocation a bit smoother. From saying goodbye to old friends to starting over in a new place, MYOM provides tips and advice on getting through yet another move. In addition, there is a section specifically geared toward assisting parents in providing the best relocation experience possible for their children.

Once the boxes are unpacked, one of the best ways to learn about a new place is from someone already living there.  The installation youth and teen programs provide opportunities for military youth to connect with other kids already living in the area and attending the local schools. Not only is this a great way to get to know the area but new friendships might develop in the process.  Information on these programs can be found on the following websites:

Sometimes, the stress of a move can be a bit overwhelming for a child and talking to a parent or loved one might not seem to be enough. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Services have created a number of counseling programs designed to provide assistance and emotional support. Families can access information about counseling resources and learn what might be right for their child by visiting their installation Family Support Center or calling a Military OneSource consultant. Each of these sources can offer options for consultation with trained, educated, and highly skilled counselors, attuned to military lifestyle issues and prepared to offer confidential, professional assistance.

Moving can be difficult. However, with the support available through DoD and the Services, it could just be the next great adventure!


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