The Veteran Spouse Network (VSN) facilitates a peer-to-peer network of support for veteran spouses. Veterans’ families face a diverse pool of concerns including secondary effects of service members’ post-traumatic stress disorder, persistent family and parenting challenges due to prolonged separation, delayed educational and career pursuits, and transition challenges faced by family members. Given the substantial burden faced by military families after prolonged war and multiple deployments, access to targeted and effective programming informed by research is greatly needed.
The Veteran Spouse Network is a statewide network that fosters relationships among veteran spouses, community providers, research investigators and service providers throughout Texas. This network was developed with an aim of contributing to improved research and programming that supports spouses and their families.
The VSN received funding from the Texas HHSC Veteran & Family Alliance program for 2020-2021, to support an expansion of programming. This expansion project includes three programs:
1. Veteran Spouse Network (VSN) Region Leader Program: This new program will recruit a cadre of VSN Region Leaders throughout Texas to provide support and resource navigation to couples and spouses, in their communities. Originally envisioned as hosting in-person meet ups and social opportunities to meet and connect with other spouses, leaders will be trained to offer online events until in-person events can safely resume. Leaders will also identify and vet new and existing regional resources for veteran spouses and families.
For more information, visit the Veteran Spouse Network website.