Dealing with Deployment
- Air Force Play Pass
gives deployed members with families and single Airmen a break from the rigors of deployment through learning, recreation and leisure programs. Your Force Support Squadron has plenty of opportunities to break away from the stress of deployment, engage your children in fun activities, sports or classes and even give you a break when you need it through hourly childcare. Each Play Pass, has over $500 in discounts for classes, programs and activities.
- Army FRG
A secure site only available to Soldiers/DA Civilians and their Family Members. The Army FRG site provides Family Members with a valuable tool to access documents, view photos/videos, participate in forums, and gain important information about the Army unit that their Soldier/DA Civilian belongs to 24/7 from anywhere in the world.
- Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting Servicemembers and their families with community support, training, services and resources. (This site is specifically for folks in Minnesota, but it has lots of great information for everyone.)
- Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide –
an online resource to assist families and health care providers address the mental and emotional health needs of military children. The guide identifies age appropriate resources addressing such topics as: Deployment, Homecoming, Loss of a Parent, Mental / Emotional Wellbeing, Moving.
- Daddy Dolls™ and Hug-A-Hero™ dolls
have helped thousands of children cope with the stresses of separation. They are recommended by psychologists. They keep a deployed loved one close if they are deployed with the military, traveling for business, or a grandparent living across the country.
- Daddy’s Deployed
is a completely customized children’s book for those with a parent deploying. The book features the name, gender, and physical attributes of not only the child, but the parents as well.
- Delaware Boots on the Ground
is a non-profit organization that encourages and assists military members and families during deployment and peacetime by matching services to needs.
- Dogs on Deployment
Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides a central online database for service members to search for individuals or families who are willing to welcome a Dog On Deployment into their home for the length of their owner’s deployment
- Flat Daddies and Flat Mommies
life-sized printed posters of parents who are actively serving overseas in the military. These posters are printed on a rollable adhesive backed material, are delivered unmounted, and make a great family craft project.
- Fostering Military Pets by the American Humane Society –
Assists service members in making a pet plan for deployments. Whether a military pet will stay with family, friends or a foster caregiver, the following steps will ensure that the pet is well cared for and reunited with its owner.
- GreenCare for Troops & SnowCare for Troops
Project Evergreen’s nationwide outreach programs that provides free lawn & landscape and snow removal services for military families with deployed servicemembers.
- Guardian Angels for Soliders’ Pets
Provide foster care for Service Members during deployment, medical or homeless hardship situations.
- Hearts Apart
Provides our soon to be deployed servicemen and women with pictures of their spouses and children. The photographs are printed on waterproof and durable bi-folded cards, which fit securely in their uniform pocket. Find a photographer near you…
- The Military Father
Written by Armin Brott, the country’s leading authority on fathers and families, The Military Father provides deployed dads with everything they need to know to stay (or become) involved with and connected to their family regardless of the distance that separates them.
- Military Kids Connect
MilitaryKidsConnect (MKC) is an online community of military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from pre-deployment, through a parent’s or caregiver’s return.
- Military One Source
Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve service members, and their families with comprehensive information on every aspect of military life including deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, and much more. Call. Click. Connect at www.militaryonesource.mil or call 800-342-9647..
- Navy Individual Augmentee
website will identify resources that will guide you through areas to provide support to the IA Sailor, Family, Command, and Employer throughout the IA Continuum (Pre-deployment, Man, Train, and Equip, Boots on Ground, and Re-deployment (de-mobilization) phases).
- Operation Home Link
providing laptops to wounded warriors and veterans plus the facilitation of e-mail communication between American service members deployed overseas and their families back home.
- Our Military Kids
provides substantial support in the form of grants to the children of National Guard and Military Reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as the children of Wounded Warriors in all branches. The grants from Our Military Kids pay for participation in sports, fine arts, camps, and tutoring programs that nurture and sustain children while a parent is away in service to our country or recovering from injury.
- Operation Purple Camps & Operation Purple Family Retreats
Helps families cope with the deployment of a loved one by providing free summer camps for military children and free family retreats to help families reconnect after a loved one returns from deployment.
- Operation Special Delivery from Doulas.com
provides trained volunteer doulas for pregnant women whose husbands or partners have been severely injured or who have lost their lives due to the current war on terror, or who will be deployed , or unable to attend the birth due to military reasons. The doulas that are volunteering are doing so at a pro bono (free) rate, and are doing so by their own discretion. A doula is specially trained to give informational, emotional, and physical support to women during childbirth. A doula does not perform medical tasks, but is trained to provide uninterrupted support to a mother in labor and during birth.
- Pilot the Patriot
This Children’s book was published and dedicated to families and children who have loved ones serving in the military. This book, written and illustrated by Shana Cortez, is a heartwarming tale about a German Sheppard named Pilot whose father is deployed. Pilot’s questions and curiosity leads him to learn more about the sacrifices his dad makes to keep the country and his family safe.
- Plan My Deployment by Military OneSource
An app that provides helpful articles, planning tools, checklists and important tips for service members and their families during all phases of deployment and mobilization.
- Real Warriors Campaign
The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.
- Sesame Street’s “Military Families Near and Far”
Military Families Near and Far is a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website where families can create, communicate, and stay connected. Developed for military families, the site provides new ways for preschool and school-aged children to express themselves and communicate within their own family networks.
- The Sweet Dream Picture Pillows
are available to the children of any family whose father or mother is on active duty and will be absent from their family for at least three months. All pillows are provided at no charge! We do ask for a contribution to pay for shipping and handling after you order your pillow. We appreciate your interest in our project and for the opportunity to offer this special gift to deployed soldiers.
- Your Yeoman
A concierge service for deployed service members, Your Yeoman sends cards and gifts to family members and helps keep bills and mail organized during deployment.
- Army Reserve Child Youth and School Services
Our mission is to support readiness and quality of life by reducing the conflict between military mission requirements and parental responsibilities. We provide child care solutions, youth development opportunity, school support services, community-based partnerships, unit and command support.
- Military MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
groups are sponsored by a base chapel. Military MOPS groups meet once or twice each month and typically provide childcare through the MOPPETS program. Military MOPS meetings include time for developing relationships through teaching, discussion groups, creative activities and fellowship time over a shared meal or snack.
- MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
groups are communities that strive to meet the needs of every mom with children from birth through kindergarten. MOPS groups meet at least monthly and typically provide childcare through the MOPPETS program.
- MOMS Club
“Moms Offering Moms Support” – We are a support group designed just for you, the at-home mother of today! You are interested in the world around you, want a variety of activities for you and your children, and are proud of your choice of at-home mothering for your families!
- “Mr. Rogers” (Family Communications, Inc.)
offers on-line episodes of the classic Mr. Rogers show. Also lots of great videos on parenting.
- National Association Of Child Care Resources And Referral Agencies (NACCRRA)
is working with the U.S. Military Services to help those who serve in the military find and afford child care that suits their unique needs. Click on your branch seal for more information about NACCRRA’s Military Child Care Programs.
- Parent Magic
ParentMagic, Inc. is dedicated to helping parents build strong, positive relationships with their children and overcome the stress that can take the fun out of parenting. We offer easy-to-learn parenting solutions that WORKfor age groups from toddlers through adolescents. NOTE: Information on the 1-2-3 Magic Magic discipline program is also often available for free at your local library.
- Pre-K Smarties
A preschool education resource full of tips and articles for parents teaching their preschoolers math and reading with learning games, phonics, and fun preschool activities. (They have a great pre-school directory.)
Connects families with quality local in-home caregivers, with over 1 million caregivers nationwide. Membership is FREE to Military families!
Homeschooling & Activities for Kids
- A Backpack Journalist
Providing curriculum, workshops and events for Military Youth 12-18, and building resiliency through creative expression! Youth build their self-esteem and find their voice while improving their writing, critical thinking, and public speaking skills through the completion of creative works.
- Defending the Blue Line
Defending The Blue Line (DTBL) is ensuring that children of military members are afforded every opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. We accomplish this by providing free equipment for military kids, hockey camps, special events, and financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with hockey.
- Junior Girls of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW (ages 5-16)
Jr Girls are daughters, grand-daughters, or sisters of anyone who has served overseas in a U.S. military conflict that the VFW recognizes as a foreign war. The Jr Girls send care packages to soldiers, volunteer at hospitals, and learn about patriotism and the history of our country.
- Make and Takes
is a popular parenting site sharing kids crafts, home projects, easy recipes, parenting tips, and more. New content is posted Monday through Friday, sometimes Saturday. Everything posted is something to “make and take”. Whether it’s a holiday craft for kids, an easy way to spruce up your home decor, baking a delicious dessert, or a product review/giveaway, you’ll be able to make or take something.
is here to help you find fun activities, lessons, playgroups, and more in Hampton Roads, VA.
- SOAR (Student Online Achievement Resources)
is an innovative program that makes it easy for parents to play an active role in their children’s education. SOAR is designed for military families, and is easily accessible worldwide. Students take an assessment aligned to state standards, and SOAR directs them to individualized tutorials to improve skills where needed. Parents can monitor their children’s progress from anywhere, and are provided with resource materials.
- Teachers Pay Teachers
An open marketplace where teachers buy, sell and share original teaching resources
Parents of Military Members
- Blue Star Moms
The Blue Star Moms is a non-partisan, non-political non-sectarian, non-discriminatory and non-profit organization. The military represents all aspects of America, as does our group. Our mission is to support through service.
is for the mothers (and loved ones) of Navy personnel. Members discuss common concerns. Content is member-driven; questions are asked and answered. Moms share their fears, dreams and personal experiences. An environment of understanding, comfort and belonging is provided to all involved.
- Resources for the Emotional Health of You and Your Soldier – This was written by the mother of an active duty Army service member.
- Cafe Mom offers on-line groups to meet and chat with other moms who share your interests and lifestyle.
- Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a comprehensive program that creates awareness for the purpose of connecting Servicemembers and their families with community support, training, services and resources. (This site is specifically for folks in Minnesota, but it has lots of great information for everyone.)
- Delaware Boots on the Ground is a non-profit organization that encourages and assists military members and families during deployment and peacetime by matching services to needs.
- Marine Parents
A place for Marine families to connect and share.
Special Needs & Caregivers
- Caregiver Village
serves the needs and concerns of today’s caregivers. It’s a place to connect with other people who face similar challenges, obtain valuable resources, share journal entries and read those of others about caregiving journeys. Visitors can meet well-known authors and participate in their book clubs and play our Village Chronicles game, for learning or just for fun. (The first year’s membership is currently free.)
- Dole Military Families
We believe that our nation’s military caregivers need and deserve robust, effective support in light of the mental, physical, and financial challenges they face in caring for wounded warriors suffering from physical injuries, invisible wounds of war, or both. Our mission is to uplift American military caregivers by strengthening the services afforded to them through innovation, evidence-based research, and collaboration.
- Resources for Families with Special Needs -from Tricare
a National Parent Training and Information Center for military families that provides support and advice to military parents without regard of the type of medical condition their child has.
- Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Toolkit
Offers comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements.
An award-winning federal government website that provides an interactive, community-driven information network of disability-related programs, services, laws and benefits. Through the site, Americans with disabilities, their families, Veterans, educators, employers and many others are connected to thousands of resources from federal, state and local government agencies, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.
- EFMP Mobile App
Read the article “The Exceptional Family Member Program Goes Mobile.”
- EFMP (Exceptional Family Member Program)
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) works to address the unique needs of family members with a diagnosed physical, intellectual, or emotional condition. Materials are designed to give service members and their families critical information and resources related to the EFMP. Visit the EFMP ToolBox to access the Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Toolkit, containing comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support, and entitlements. You will also find four Special Care Organizational Records (SCOR) designed as organizing tools to help track and organize your family member’s information.
- Military Special Needs Network
MSNN focuses on providing all aspects of Family Support for our EFM families around the globe who have a dependent with any medical and/or education need. We pride ourselves in making this community a friendly, safe environment for all EFM families, extended families, providers, friends, and fellow advocates.
- SCOR (Special Care Organization Record)
The Special Care Organization Record (SCOR) for Children with Special Health Care Needs is specifically designed as an organizing tool just for parents with children with special health care needs. It is intended to help track and organize your child’s information to make it easier for someone else to care for your child in your absence. The SCOR can be used to capture a variety of information such as your child’s birth history, likes and dislikes, medical and educational information, insurance, and step-by-step action plans in case of an emergency.
- Companions for Heroes
C4H is a great program bringing together our magnificent veterans, with pets who are agenda-less and completely devoted to the veteran
- Dogs on Deployment
Many service members have limited, to no options for their pets when they have to go overseas and many have relinquished their pets to shelters when they have nowhere else to go. Dogs On Deployment is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit which provides a central online database for service members to search for individuals or families who are willing to welcome a Dog On Deployment into their home for the length of their owner’s deployment.
- Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pets
Provide foster care for Service Members during deployment, medical or homeless hardship situations.
- Mid-Atlantic Bulldog Rescue
MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue is run by a military family and assists military families in adopting pets. Volunteers provide a safe and loving home for bulldogs in transition. Most of the bulldogs that come into the program are owner surrenders from people who can no longer care for their bulldog. No matter the circumstances, MABR provides the care, time and love the dogs need until they find their forever home.
- Operation Military Pets
SPCA International’s Operation Military Pets wants to keep military families together by providing financial assistance for pet relocation costs. All branches of the military can qualify for grants whether being relocated within the United States or anywhere in the world.
- PACT Military Foster Program
This program is designed to provide an alternative to the unwanted surrender of beloved pets of our deployed military service members. We do this by recruiting and qualifying volunteer fosters who are willing to open their homes to provide a loving and safe environment for these pets until they can be reunited upon their owners’ return.
- Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots provides opportunities for service and veteran members of the United States military to adopt at-risk shelter dogs and cats. Through both direct support and nationwide partnerships, the charity makes pet adoption affordable by reducing the costs of food, basics and veterinary care.
Additional Resources for Military Families
- Air Force Aid Society
emergency assistance is available to Airmen and their eligible family members to meet immediate needs in an emergency situation. The Society provides interest free loans and grants based on the individual situation for needs such as: Basic Living Expenses, Emergency Travel, Vehicle Expenses, Funeral Expenses, Medical/Dental, Child Care/Respite, Moving Expenses and Miscellaneous Expenses.
- After Deployment
provides self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression, and other behavioral health challenges commonly faced after a deployment. It is a behavioral health resource supporting service members, their families, and veterans with common post-deployment challenges.
- American Military Partner Association
AMPA is the nation’s premier resource and support network for our LGBT military families. While federal law and Department of Defense policies and regulations continue to prevent gay military partners and spouses from taking advantage of many of the benefits and services offered to their straight counterparts, since 2009 the American Military Partner Association has stepped up to fill that void for these “silent heroes.”
- Army OneSource
Army OneSource is a single web portal providing important, credible and up-to-date information in one location for Army Soldiers and Family Members to access at any time of day, regardless of component or geographical location.
- Army Reserve Family Programs
Family Programs is a comprehensive blend of quality of life programs in support of DoD activities. Family programs staff serve as the primary coordinating resource, who provide a multitude of unit and community-based services that foster the growth, development, and readiness of Soldiers and Families assigned to the Command
- Blue Star Families
supports, connects and empowers military families
- CG SUPRT
The CG SUPRT Program provides confidential professional counseling, education, and referral services to you and your family members. Help is available for issues such as marital and family problems, drug abuse, depression and anxiety, work/life balance, work-related concerns and career issues. Confidential help is available 24 hours a day.
- Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide
an online resource to assist families and health care providers address the mental and emotional health needs of military children. The guide identifies age appropriate resources addressing such topics as: Deployment, Homecoming, Loss of a Parent, Mental / Emotional Well being, Moving.
- Coaching Into Care
Atelephone-based program developed by The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to help you talk to your Veteran about getting the treatment and support he or she needs. All in complete confidence. And all to get your family back on track. Coaching Into Care helps you help your Veteran : 1-888-823-7458
- Coast Guard Work Life
The Coast Guard’s Work-Life Program is managed by the Office of Work-Life, a Headquarters program manager staff within the Health, Safety and Work-Life Directorate, reporting to the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources. This staff is responsible for establishing, developing and promulgating Work-Life policy and interpreting program standards for Coast Guard-wide implementation. The overall objective is to support the well-being of active duty, reserve and civilian employees and family members.
is a Navy spouse-to-spouse mentoring program that introduces participants to all aspects of the military lifestyle. COMPASS offers military spouses the opportunity to establish a peer network, acquire knowledge and develop skills necessary to successfully meet future challenges of military life.
An all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to serving Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard families across the country and the world. We believe in sharing our experience, strength and hope as military spouses. We are here to answer your questions, provide education, and assist in facing the challenges of the military lifestyle.
- Families Overcoming Under Stress™ (FOCUS)
FOCUS provides resiliency training to military children and families. It teaches practical skills to meet the challenges of deployment and reintegration, to communicate and solve problems effectively, and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story.
- FLEET AND FAMILY SUPPORT CENTER
Fleet and Family Support Programs (FFSP) support individual and family readiness and adaptation to life in the Navy. Click on the link to find the nearest Fleet & Family Support Center.
- Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (National Capital Region)
A voluntary military community cooperative that connects Service and Family members, Veterans, Wounded Warriors with local military, veteran and community resources. The primary goal of an ISFAC is to strengthen and develop family assistance delivery support programs and networks, and to leverage the resources of all committe members and organizations in support of military families as they mobilize, deploy or respond to natural disasters.
- The Military Family Network™
works with the military, government, organizations,businesses and military families to create a community of expert and trusted resources both online and off.
- Military OneSource
is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services. Visit Military OneSource today at www.militaryonesource.com or call 1-800-342-9647.
- Military Partners and Families Coalition
MPFC provides support, resources, education and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military partners and their families. We do this by providing online resources, education and training to those who support the military community, outreach and support through safe space virtual hang-outs and community events, and by connecting with other military support organizations and agencies that share the civic responsibility to support all military families.
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.
- National Guard Family Program – Joint Services Support
Advocate for National Guard Service Members, Families and Veterans
- National Military Family Association
is an organization with strong grassroots support balanced with professionalism that makes us a leader in the field. Not only do we support military families – we are military families. Spouses, parents, and family members make up our staff and board positions. We speak up on behalf of military families and empower husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits. Based on what we hear from our members, we meet the needs of service members and their families with insightful recommendations, innovative programs, and grassroots efforts to better the quality of life for military families.
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
provides need based financial assistance and other services to members of the Naval Services of the United States, and their eligible family members and survivors. We offer financial counseling, no-interest loans, grants, various support services,as well as referrals to other community-based resources when available. There are no fees for such assistance.
- Operation Purple camps
are free for military children. They are a time for having fun, making friends, and reminding military kids that they are the Nation’s youngest heroes.
- Pet Care & Veterinary Treatment Facilities (VTFs)
Animals owned by personnel authorized DoD medical care may receive veterinary medical care through an Army Veterinary Treatment Facility. The level of veterinary medical care available through each facility is dependent upon the level of professional and civilian staffing. See the VTF Map to find a facility near you
- Real Warriors Campaign
The Real Warriors Campaign promotes help-seeking behavior among service members and veterans with invisible wounds and encourages service members to increase their awareness and use of these resources. The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.
- United We Serve
provides safe haven for our Military Service Members, Veterans and Family Members during times of difficulty and crisis. United We Serve has served hundreds of military and their families through Battle Buddy and Family BootCamp Retreats at Shepherd’s Pasture, the UWS Retreat Center and Battle Buddy Headquarters. Each retreat, tailored to the specific need of the participants, offers hope, tools and relationships to combat the struggles of Military Life.
recognizes the sacrifices the troops and their families make for this country, and it is more important than ever that they are remembered and supported. The USO offers a variety of programs and services to support the morale, welfare, social and entertainment needs of troops and their families, free of charge.