connecting military spouses to health and wellness resources and support

About InDependent



InDependent makes wellness accessible and creates opportunities for all military spouses to connect for friendship, accountability, and inspiration.


We envision a time when all military spouses thrive through connection to community and resources that results in healthy decision-making for themselves and their families.


InDependent is a wellness community built by military spouses for military spouses of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • Founded in 2013 by Kimberly Bacso, Michele Bradfield, Leslie Brians, Joy Chalmers, and Meg Gotheridge — five military spouses who saw a need in the military community for a social wellness program tailored to spouses and sought to fill it.

  • Fiscally-sponsored program of Heluna Health, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (formerly known as PHFE) from 2013-2018.

  • InDependent, Inc. merged with The Other Side of Service (OSS) to become a stand-alone 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2018. We are grateful to the OSS board for their generosity and belief in our mission.


We offer a positive and inclusive community platform for military spouses to connect through in-person and virtual wellness programs and resources, including:

  • The annual virtual Military Spouse Wellness Summit which has been attended by over 4,600 military spouses from all branches since its creation in 2015. The summit brings subject matter experts together with military spouses for a week of wellness made easy, including podcast interviews, daily intention-setting, cooking demos, workouts, private interactions and accountability, fun giveaways, and more.

  • Deep dive topics from the Military Spouse Wellness Summit through exclusive programming and engagement in our Wellness Lounge.

  • Themed Blog Posts and Wellness Wednesday Spotlights promoting healthy lifestyles relevant to military life provided by inspirational military spouse volunteers.

InDependent promotes wellness and community to military spouses. To impact the heart of the home is to influence the wellness of our service members and future generations.

our team

laura early

board president

evie king

executive director

kimberly basco

operations director + co-founder

how you can help

We can't achieve our mission alone and every little bit helps — whether it's sponsoring one of our programs, volunteering to be a community ambassador, being a Wellness Wednesday guest, writing a blog post, spreading the word, or donating even as little as $1. 

For the Press


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  • InDependent is the host of the annual Military Spouse Wellness Summit. Since its creation in 2015, this annual virtual summit has been attended by over 4,600 military spouses from all military branches and located globally.

  • Launched in March 2017 a bi-weekly "Wellness Spotlight" series with the goal of sharing the health and wellness stories of military spouses worldwide.

  • InDependent partners with more than 50 military spouse contributors to offer relatable health and wellness blog content.

  • InDependent runs at least 17 private, installation-based community groups, where you’ll find military spouses getting together in homes, coffee shops, restaurants, gyms, yoga studios, and community centers for fitness, food, and fun.

  • Our community ambassador program serves to bring military spouses together at military installations across the country to reduce isolation and promote healthy living.

  • InDependent offers a private, military spouse-only Facebook support group for spouses located worldwide, as well as for each ambassador run-community with more than 1,000 members. The broader social media following exceeds 10,000.

  • Named by Next Gen MilSpouse as one of the 6 Groups Advocating for Military Spouses You Need to Know and 6 Awesome Online Communities for Military Spouses by Military One Click


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