ABILENE, Texas - Some call it a sisterhood. Others call it the only way they can make it through the day.
The spousal community of Dyess Air Force Base is solid and there are many reasons why.
One military spouse said the community of Abilene plays a big role.
"I've never felt more welcome and more supported than right here in Abilene," said military spouse Lauren Sanders. "It's been a wonderful experience."
Leadership at Dyess AFB agrees.
"I've been to about seven different duty assignments and this was the first installation where the community reaches out to you and you notice it everywhere you go in Abilene," said Chief Kenneth Lindsey. "I think that bleeds into the installation itself and so that sense of family is just a part of us now," he said.
According to Chief Lindsey's wife, Angela, having someone to count on is important.
"No one understands the challenges of a military spouse other than another military spouse," she said.
The Lindsey's agree that life is easier for the deployed spouse than for the one who stays behind.
But having people who understand makes all the difference - for both the warrior over there and the one at home.
Dyess spouses wanting to get involved have many options.
The Airman & Family Readiness Center on base is a good place to start.
You can also join spouses' groups on Facebook or attend the town hall meetings on base held every quarter.
The Dyess Spouses Club is also a very active group and accepts new members all year. You can find their Facebook page by clicking here.