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Angels of America's Fallen

Angels of Am Fallen.pngAngels of America’s Fallen stands with the children of America's fallen military by funding, on an individual basis, a healthy developmental activity of their choice (with a coach or instructor).

https://aoafallen.org


Army Reserve Family Program

Army Reserve Family Program.pngFind out what you need to know about mobilization, deployment, benefits and entitlements. This is the gateway to Army Reserve Family Programs information and Army links for the Army Reserve community. This site lists resources, training for families, programs and so much more.

To find out more click http://www.arfp.org


Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families in Box.pngBSF's goal is to support, connect and empower military families. Visit their website to learn more about the Military Family Lifestyle survey and the multitude of programs they offer free to military families.

Everyone Serves is a FREE guide that includes videos, checklists and resources that help you:

  • Build resilience
  • Strengthen relationships
  • Learn coping strategies
  • Prepare for and manage reunion and reintegration

Caregiver Resource Directory

Caregiver directory.pngMilitary caregivers are an integral part of the service member’s recovery and transition back to his or her military or civilian life. The Caregiver Resource Directory is an exceptional ‘self-help’ tool that can aid the caregiver in resolving the myriad of issues they may face, putting them on the right trajectory to success. It is imperative that we support all caregivers, help to bolster their strength, give them opportunities to seek like-minded company and help them care for themselves.

Look here http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/caregiver-resources/ for more.


Coaching into Care

Coaching into Care.pngCoaching into Care provides a “coaching” service over the phone for family and friends of veterans who see that a veteran in their life needs help. Coaching involves helping to figure out how to motivate a veteran to seek services. The goal of the service is to help the veteran and family members find the appropriate services in their community. Coaching into Care is free and provided by licensed clinical social workers and psychologists.

Learn more at http://www.mirecc.va.gov/coaching/index.asp


Department of Veterans Affairs

box Dept of VA.pngParenting for service members and veterans: Addresses everyday parenting challenges, especially those exclusive to military and Veteran families. It teaches ways to reconnect with family, manage stress and strengthen the parent-child relationship. Each of Parenting’s six modules addresses a different challenge parents may face and discusses the specific feelings and emotions each age group of children (toddlers through teenagers) will experience. Free, online self-help course.

Start at http://www.veterantraining.va.gov/


Elizabeth Dole Foundation

EDF.pngThe Elizabeth Dole Foundation created Hidden Heroes, which brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solutions for the tremendous challenges and long-term needs they face. They have created a directory of vetted resources so you can quickly find resources. https://hiddenheroes.org/resources/


Family Programs by Branch

  • Airman & Family Readiness Center - various locations

The Airman & Family Readiness Center supports individuals, families, and leadership with programs and services to strengthen communities, encourage self-sufficiency, enhance mission readiness and ease adaptation to the Air Force way of life. The center serves singles, couples and families alike. Services are provided to military members of all branches of service, DOD employees and their families. Most services are provided on a walk-in basis or by phone.

The Army Community Service Center is a resource haven for soldiers and family members. The many programs offered within are designed to enhance and directly deal with quality of life issues and needs. People are invited to visit and utilize the many services and opportunities provided to help families handle difficult situations during a soldier's deployment. Sometimes, simply talking to someone who is going through a similar situation or finding a shoulder, support and advice can make a huge difference. ACS offers a place to find that type of support in addition to a place to hold meetings and trainings.

Marine and family programs (MF) enhance the operational readiness, war fighting capabilities, and life quality of Marines, their families, retirees and civilians. MF formulates plans and policy and, where appropriate, procedures for the operation of personal and family readiness programs of the Marine Corps. These programs include: Family Readiness, Personal and Professional Development, Family Care, Behavioral Health, and Military Personnel Services.

Fleet and Family Support Programs (FFSP) support individual and family readiness through a full array of programs and resources that help Navy families to be resilient, well-informed and adaptable to the Navy environment. Navy FFSP is organized into three sub-functional areas: Deployment Readiness, Career Support and Retention, and Crisis Response. Across all three sub-functions, services include information and referral, individual clinical and non-clinical consultation, and educational classes and workshops.


Healing Our Heroes Project

HOHP.pngHealing Our Heroes Project is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. HOHP mission is to honor and support our military families from all eras and all branches. They facilitate 5-day/4-night recreational therapeutic retreats. Because the retreats are five days, they give the soldier and his or her family member’s adequate time to begin to decompress and begin the healing cycle.

Click http://www.hohproject.org for more.


Hearts of Valor

Hearts.pngOperation Homefront seeks to support these caregivers in their own journey of healing by facilitating an online community that provides social connections to other caregivers in similar situations, fostering support groups by geographic area to encourage resource sharing and friendships, and sponsoring annual retreats to provide education on relevant issues.

https://www.heartsofvalor.org/


Military Child Education Coalition

MCEC in Box.pngThe mission of MCEC is to ensure inclusive, quality educational experiences for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.

Go to http://www.militarychild.org for more.


The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue

Military Family at Purdue.pngThrough research and outreach, the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) works closely with collaborators to improve the lives of service members and their families in Indiana and across the country. The MFRI offers online webinars for family members, health practitioners, caregivers and more on topics centered around the military family.

View their list of events at https://www.mfri.purdue.edu/events.aspx


Military Partners and Families Coalition

Box_MPFC v2.pngThe Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC) provides online resources and support through community events and virtual family meetings, to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military partners and their families to resources so that military support organizations can provide assistance to all military families.

See http://www.milpfc.org/resources/ for more.


The Moyer Foundation

Box_Moyer Foundation.pngThe Moyer Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by MLB World Series Champion Pitcher, Jamie Moyer, and his wife, Karen. Partnering with organizations across the country, the Moyer Foundation strives to empower children in distress by safely providing education and support.

Camp Erin is a network of free bereavement camps in the country for children and teens who are grieving the death of someone close to them.

Camp Mariposa is a free program designed for children ages nine to 12-years old who are impacted by addiction in their family.


National Guard Family Program

NG Family Program.pngThe National Guard Family Program has a new spot on the web. As a partner program of Joint Services Support (an advocate for National Guard Service Members, Families and Veterans), the website provides services, programs and assistance to service members, spouses, parents and youth.

Click https://www.jointservicessupport.org/FP/


National Military Family Association

NMFA.pngOperation Camp Purple is a free, week-long camp experience for military kids to get to know each other, share common bonds, and have a blast!

Operation Purple Camp offers military kids a time to get away and be kids in a stress-free environment. Campers ride horses, climb towers, plummet down water slides - all in a "purple" environment. The very name of the game is to bring kids of all ranks and services, including reserve and guard components, together to enjoy a very special week of camp.


Operation Bigs - Big Brothers Big Sisters

Screen Shot 2015-11-23 at 9.53.17 AM.pngChildren with a parent in the military, including a deployed parent, face unique challenges that may include separation and loss in addition to the stresses of military life. To help provide the additional support these children need, Big Brothers Big Sisters has established a program called the Military Mentoring Program. It joins children of parents in the military with Bigs who are in the military, ROTC or military school. In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters has established a Military Community Advisory Council to advise our organization on policy and practices related to mentoring children in the military community. For a full list of participating areas, download an excel spreadsheet here.


Parenting for Service Members and Veterans

Parenting in Box.pngParenting for Service Members and Veterans is a free online course featuring key tools to support parenting. The tools include: parenting information and strategies for Service Member and Veteran parents, guidance to help you reconnect with your children after a deployment and beyond, videos of real families' stories, helpful exercises, and practical parenting tip sheets.


Positive Parenting Solutions

Box_Positive Parenting.pngPositive Parenting Solutions is proud to sponsor Pay It Forward Parenting – a program designed to give back and give thanks to military families for their service to our country. They provide free access to an online parenting course and live internet training events to interested military families. This program is available to all eligible military service members.This includes all active, veteran, reserve or guard service members of the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.

To find courses, click http://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com/giving-back


Project Sanctuary

Project Sanctuary.pngAll military/veteran families who contact, or are referred to, Project Sanctuary are first assessed to determine if they need support and services now (i.e., immediate help) or if they may be scheduled for a retreat. Both options are geared toward reconnecting the families to each other and to their communities. All services provided are intended to help the families thrive today and into the future. All of Project Sanctuary services are provided free of charge to participating military families.

Learn more at http://projectsanctuary.us/


PsychArmor

Psycharmor.pngPsychArmor Institute is a nonprofit that provides FREE education and support to all Americans who work with, live with, or care for service members, veterans, and their families.

http://caregiver.psycharmor.org/


Real Warriors

Box_Real Warriors.pngReal Warriors understands that military families face real battles that call for real strength. Learn how to prepare a pre-deployment checklist, gather important documents, identify community and military resources, and even find tips on helping your children cope with Mom or Dad’s separation. Topics they cover are; Adjusting to Changes: The Phases of Deployment, Supporting Your Service Member, Taking Care of Yourself, Helping Children Cope with Deployments and Reunions and additional resources.


Sesame Street

Sesame Street in Box.pngMilitary families - Sesame Street salutes you and supports you! Talk, Listen, Connect, offers strategies and resources to help children through difficult periods of transition and separation that can come with military service. And don't forget to check out Military Families Near and Far, a special website where families can create, communicate, and stay connected!


A Soldiers Child

Box_Soldiers Child.pngThe aim of A Soldiers Child is to honor the memory of the parent by giving a meaningful gift to his/her children on their birthday until adulthood.

Learn more and refer a child.


Staying Strong

Sq Home Base Logo.pngAn initiative of The Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, Staying Strong is a parent guidance website for military connected families.

The website serves Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families through clinical care, education, and research. Through educational programs like this, Staying Strong strives to build understanding and support within all communities that touch military children and their families.


South Central MIRECC

MIRECC.jpgA Veteran's Guide to Talking with Kids about PTSD

This booklet was written to help Veteran parents living with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) talk about their feelings and experiences with their children. It was written by a group of mental health professionals from across the United States, all of whom are committed to supporting Veterans as parents.


Teen Central

Box_Teen Central.pngTeen Central is the place to get teen help for teen problems. This web site is for teens and by teens. Looking for new options, new ideas, new friends? Got a story to tell, a wrong to right, a teen problem to sort out? This is the site for you.

To access, Teen Central, click http://www.teencentral.org/military/


VA Caregiver Support

Caregiver SUpport.pngDefense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) launches a new podcast for family caregivers of service members and veterans with traumatic brain injuries today. The podcast, called “The TBI Family,” will focus on providing information about TBI, sharing resources for caregivers and telling caregiver stories.

Listen to the podcast here:


Wounded Warrior Project

Box_WWP.pngWhen a service member is wounded, ill, or injured, such changes place tremendous stress on family members. These people are an integral part of a warrior's successful recovery. Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is dedicated to supporting warriors as well as their families.

For more information Visit WWP.


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