Military Families – The Common Challenges They Face

The Military and the Challenges That Service Members and Their Families Face


There are millions of military veterans, active-duty service members and their family members in the United States and around the world. No matter where you fit into the mold,  looking for stable housing, trying to raise a family and starting a career are all things military members face. You can learn more about these challenges and what you can do to deal with them below.




Buying a house is usually the biggest issue for a military family. If you are considered active duty, you generally deal with countless relocation assignments. You may constantly have to move to different locations within and outside of the country. Financially, the average family cannot deal with the pressures of renting and buying in countless locations. Doug Norman, the writer of “The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement,” recommends that veterans and service members should rent until they can afford to buy. When you buy, you should research all of your options and military benefits, especially from VA home lenders.


Job Opportunities


Another major issue is the lack of choices given to the spouse of a service member. When you move too much, it may be hard to keep a job. Creating a budget on a single income is one suggestion. If one spouse loses a job, there is at least one income to fall back on. The Military Spouse Advancement

Accounts program is available to help qualified members receive tuition assistance.


Solutions to Help You


There are many challenges that face a military family. Though these issues exist, a number of programs are available to these families, including assistance with buying a home. No matter what your duty is in a military family, know that there are solutions to help you through.


Military families often face similar challenges raising children, focusing on careers, and establishing homes due to the face they are often constantly moving. These challenges can be difficult hurdles for most families to get through. The following infographic presents these common challenges and how military families can cope with them.

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I keep hearing ppl ask about OPSEC so here’s what I know…

OPSEC Rules for (forum, blog, chatroom name):

1. Do NOTpost/discuss exact deployment dates or redeployment dates
2. Do NOT reveal camp locations, including nearby cities. After the deployment is officially announced by Military officials, you may discuss locations that have been released, normally on the Country level.
3. Do NOT postdiscuss convoy routes “we traveled through O on our way to X”
4. Do NOT post/discuss Detailed information on the mission, capabilities or morale of a unit
5.Do NOT post Specific names or actual nicknames
6.Do NOT post Personnel transactions that occur in large numbers (Example: pay information, powers of attorney, wills, etc)
7.Do NOT post Details concerning security procedures, response times, tactics
8. Do NOT discuss/post equipment or lack thereof, to include training equipment
9. Do NOT speculate about future operations
10. IF posting pictures, do NOT post anything that could be misconstrued or used for propaganda purposes. A good rule of thumb is to look at your picture without your caption or explanation and consider if it could be re-captioned to reflect poorly on coalition forces. For example, your image might show your Soldier rescuing a child from a blast site, but could be re-captioned to insinuate that the child being captured or harmed. (it’s happened!)
11. AVOID  the use of count-up or count-down tickers for the same reason as rule #1
12. PLEASE be very careful if posting pictures of your loved one. Avoid images that show significant landmarks near their base of operations, and black out last names and unit affiliations
13. Do NOT ever post information about casualties (coalition or enemy) before the official release of the information.
14. Do NOT pass on rumors “I heard they’re coming home early”, etc

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Christmas Suprise Giveaway

LowVARates is providing up to $250 of Christmas presents for a fortunate military family.  To nominate a family, please submit a 200 word essay to stating why the military family should win the contest.

(Lehi, Utah, Dec. 10, 2009) – Christmas is just around the cornerand the season of giving is sweeping through the nation.  As the famous carol states, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

LowVARates is adding to the Christmas spirit this season by providing a military family with up to $250 of Christmas presents.

Please submit a 200 word essay telling us why the military family should receive the prize.  Essays must be submitted by Dec. 22nd at midnight to enter the contest.  The goal of the giveaway is to help a military family going through tough times receive some good fortune.

According to the Department of Defense, the U.S. military is deployed in over 150 countries with around 25% of its active duty soldiers serving in foreign countries.

President Obama just announced another 30,000 troops are deploying to Afghanistan in the next six months.  Many of the troops will spend Christmas and other holiday’s fighting for the freedoms we enjoy.

The holiday season and particularly Christmas can be a difficult time for the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and the families they leave behind.

“Many valiant men and women don’t get to spend Christmas with their loved ones,” Owner of LowVARates Eric Kandell said.  “Hopefully the giveaway can provide a deserving military family a Merry Christmas.”

LowVARates recently provided the Chesney family with a free Thanksgiving Dinner.  The husband Tim is deployed in Iraq and missed his first Thanksgiving with his wife and two daughters.

“The Thanksgiving dinner giveaway was such a great success that we decided we wanted to do another contest for Christmas,” Kandell said.

To enter the contest, please submit the following information to

1) Name

2) Address

3) Contact Information (Phone or Email)

4) 200 Word Essay

5) Name of the family you are entering in the contest

Individuals can nominate their own families or other military families.  We also encourage individuals to submit more then one family.

The family must be associated or enlisted with the military or they will not qualify for the prize.  Once again, all entries must be submitted prior to December 22nd at midnight to enter the contest.



Craig Walton

Director of Public Relations

Office:  801-341-7048

Cell:  801-824-1635

Military Family Honored on Thanksgiving

The Chesney Family, the mother Brandie and two children Ella & Amelia.
The Chesney Family, the mother Brandie and two children Ella & Amelia.

(Layton, Utah, Nov. 30, 2009) – A local Utah military family received a free Thanksgiving dinner at Mimi’s Café on Thanksgiving Day courtesy of The Chesney family has endured various challenges in the past year and deserves Lady Luck to shine upon them.  The family was chosen after submitting a short essay stating why they deserved the free Thanksgiving feast. Tim Chesney, originally from Michigan, is currently deployed in Iraq and will not be able to spend Thanksgiving with his wife Brandie and two twin daughters, Ella and Amelia. “Deployments are hard.” Brandie Chesney said. “It’s always one day longer that you have not seen your husband, but that also means that it’s one day closer till you can see him again.” The Chesney’s moved to Hill AFB in April and Tim was deployed to Iraq shortly after.  Tim is an Airman First Class working in Computer Operations in the 729th ACS Squadron.  He is expected to return home in March 2010, but his squadron currently deploys every other six months. “My family means more to me than anything in this world and I love them more than words could ever explain,” Tim said.  “It’s hard to be away from them during the holiday season.” Tim and Brandie were married in March of 2008 and shortly after Tim began basic training in Texas.  A few months later the couple was assigned to Hill AFB. Military life can provide a large amount of time away from family, but the Chesney’s understand that is major part of enlisting in the military. “The hardest thing about him being gone is just the support he provides for our family,” Brandie said.  “It’s also hard seeing our daughters grow up and learn new things every day and know he can’t be there.” Brandie and her two daughters fortunately speak with there Dad through video conferencing on a regular basis.  Every night before Ella and Amelia go to bed, they both kiss a photo of their father and tell him they love him. This is the second consecutive Thanksgiving Tim and Brandie spend apart.  Last year Tim was in basic training the entire holiday season.  However, Brandie and the children still keep a very positive attitude and understand the nature of the military. “Two Thanksgivings in a row is definitely hard,” Brandie said. “But I also feel very honored to have a husband who is willing to be away from his family and home to be in Iraq where he is most needed.” This Thanksgiving Brandie and her two daughters will enjoy a free thanksgiving dinner at Mimi’s Café compliments of  Even though Tim will not be at the dinner, he is grateful his wife and daughters are being cared for. “I know it’s very hard for her taking care of our kids all by herself, especially over the holidays,” Tim Chesney said.  “It makes me feel so much better knowing that she’ll be able to have a nice meal on Thanksgiving.” The family enjoyed the free meal at the Layton Mimi’s Café on Thanksgiving Day.   CONTACT: Craig Walton Director of Public Relations Office:  801-341-2048 Cell:  801-824-1635