Mikelle D. Smith, DCoE Public Affairs on February 13, 2017
Valentine’s Day is known for cards, chocolates, flowers and sweet affirmations. But if you’re a member of the military — or loved one of a service member — the holiday can bring a mix of emotions. Some relationships face the obstacles of military life, while others face deployment. Some people have no romantic relationship. No matter what your status is, there’s a relationship resource available for you.
The life of a service member is hectic at times and maintaining relationships can get difficult. Taking time to celebrate your love on Valentine’s Day can help keep your significant other’s heart close and your relationship resilient. These resources can help you keep your relationship and communication strong throughout the year:
- Find fun activities: Positive Activity Jackpot mobile app from the National Center for Telehealth and Technology will help you find something fun for you and your date to do in your area.
- Pay attention to your relationship: Military OneSource has a section devoted to relationships on its website. Start by reading “Tips to Help Keep Your Relationship Strong” for helpful relationship pointers.
- Check your status: Improve intimacy in your relationship by taking an honest assessment. AfterDeployment shares ways to assess, and resources to help, in this blog post, “Who Will Be Your Valentine?”
Deployed Service Members
Physical separation can take a toll on any relationship. Thankfully, technology has made it much easier for deployed service members to stay connected to loved ones. However, maintaining positive interactions is necessary. Here are some resources to help you overcome missing those close to you:
Single Service Members
Valentine’s Day can feel particularly lonely for those who don’t have a significant other. But, the holiday doesn’t have to be a day all about couples. The relationships you have with your friends and family members — and with yourself — are just as important.
Honoring Loved Ones
This holiday can be emotional for someone who has lost a loved one. You may feel all alone or like you want to hide and scream. There are other ways to cope with the grief of losing a loved one. Here are three to get you started: