While having a husband or wife in the military can be difficult, with long deployments and other worries, there are many benefits available to spouses in the U.S. military. Benefits are available for all spouses, some for former spouses, and some benefits specifically for spouses with loved ones deployed. These benefits can come in many forms, such as financial, medical or family support.
Basic Allowance for Housing
Service members with families can receive quarters on the base or a Basic Allowance for Housing to help pay for rent or mortgage off-base.
Family Separation Pay
Members with families that must serve on an unaccompanied tour of duty (usually over 30 days) may receive Family Separation Pay, which is a monthly pay allotment during the period that they are away from their families.
Military facilities offer family support centers that can provide legal assistance, loaner household items and utensils, relocation assistance for employment and housing, coping assistance, spouse employment searches, and even roadside assistance phone numbers for volunteers that will help deployed service members' stranded spouses change flat tires.
A full range of legal services are available to spouses, such as legal consultation, notary services and will preparation.
TRICARE is the regionally managed health care system for military members and their families. Spouses and children can receive care at military facilities or at local civilian network providers.
Insurance and Death Benefits
Military service offers life insurance benefits for members and families. Should a service member or part of his family be killed while in the service--be it through combat, accident or illness--death benefits can help a family with funeral arrangements, survivor benefits and tragedy assistance.
Commissary, Exchanges and MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) Privileges
Spouses can use military facilities for many activities unavailable to local civilians or at a reduced cost. These include groceries, department store items, boat rentals, camping sites, bowling centers, libraries, auto care, shooting ranges and golf courses.
Deceased Retired Military Benefits for a Spouse
Military service repays veterans and their families with a variety of benefits. If the veteran herself has passed on, her spouse will...