Six-year-old Sydney Badwound, center, and her mother Stephanie Badwound, an Army spouse, join others in rendering a salute during a ceremony on Sept. 11, 2014, at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. CAROLYN COLE/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS
Six-year-old Sydney Badwound, center, and her mother Stephanie Badwound, an Army spouse, join others in rendering a salute during a ceremony on Sept. 11, 2014, at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. CAROLYN COLE/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS

New Pentagon program empowers military spouses for family’s transition to civilian life

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is rolling out a new program that provides military spouses resources to prepare them and their family for the time when their husband or wife transitions out of the military.

The Military Spouse Transition Program, or MySTeP, is an initiative that launched in early August through the Pentagon’s Military Community and Family Policy office and provides military spouses information to help prepare them for the inevitability of their family leaving the military.

While servicemembers go through the Transition Assistance Program, or TAP, to prepare for their transition, military spouses have faced a lack of information about the transition, which causes a challenge for families, according to Eddy Mentzer, the associate director for children, youth, and families in Military Community and Family Policy office in the Defense Department’s office of the undersecretary for personnel and readiness.

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