Moving across the country, away from your family to start your life with the military is one thing, moving across the ocean is a whole different ball game. Finding out that you and your family are being stationed in Hawaii is a dream come true, but this dream comes with the stresses of finding housing, doctors, and friends while across the ocean on the mainland. Oahu Spine and Rehab wants to help you make your transition to Hawaii a smooth one; whether it is your first duty station or your last.
The island of Oahu is covered in military bases, making most resources to you pretty close by. OSR is located in Kailua, which is right out of the back gate to MCBH. Most of this guide will be based around experiences on the Marine Corps Base, but are comparable for the other bases. One of the hardest thing to do when you are new to a duty station is to make friends and meet people that are interested in the same things as you. This installment of our guide is about L.I.N.K.S., which was designed to help spouses.
What is L.I.N.K.S.
L.I.N.K.S. is a program that was created for spouses by spouses, the acronym stands for “Lifestyle, Insights, Networking, Knowledge, and Skills” and it is a program that is for volunteering, team-mentoring program that was created to help Navy and Marine Corps classes. Their mission in creating this program was to help the readiness of military families and spouses by encouraging education and personal growth of the spouses.
By creating such a positive program, the L.I.N.K.S. program has been able to empower spouses even when they are dealing with their spouses’ deployments and the everyday hardships of the military life.
L.I.N.K.S. is a great resource for people that are just entering the military life and aren’t sure how everything works. The people that are involved with the program will help you find out all the answers about how things work on base. This includes the base regulations and the ins and outs of dealing with the Marine Corps rules that you have never even heard of.
They offer classes in about every aspect that you would expect including; budgeting, couples, new and expecting parents, kids, and for the parents. Check with your spouse to get on the unit’s email list in order to receive all of the information that you will need in order to hear about L.I.N.K.S. and how to sign up for the classes.
Moving and making friends isn’t an easy thing to do, but it is possible! Make sure you are checking around base and paying attention to online groups and flyers up that could help you join some groups! Let OSR help you with all your chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, weight loss and physical therapy needs, call us at 488-5555!