Resources for Military Families


I add to this list as I learn of new resources that you should know about.

Military Sites

The Department of Defense’s 2011 Deployment Guide (PDF)

Extensive resource that covers everything from describing deployment to planning for it, to getting through it. I recommend that every family facing deployment go through this document carefully.

Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library

Provides fact sheets, guides, and other information products on topics such as family readiness and resources, service members and families, leaders, and clinicians. Another great site to bookmark.

Military Homefront

The Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you’ll find what you need.

Military One Source

An outstanding one-stop shop for resources to help with all aspects of military life, including military life and deployment, family and recreation, health and relationships, career and education, financial and legal, crisis and disasters, and community. Bookmark this site!

Real Warriors Campaign

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.

Military Family Support Organizations

Military Child Education Coalition

Extensive resource with trainings and programs for parents, students, educators, and healthcare professionals who work with military children.

Operation Homefront

Provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.

Operation: Military Kids

Offers a broad and deep array of programs and activities for children affected by deployment.

United through Reading Military Program

Helps children and away parents stay connected through a shared reading experience. Parents read books aloud, videotaping the reading. Children receive a DVD of the recording and can watch and read along on their television. It’s a remarkably powerful experience for everyone in the family.

Daddy Reading to Lily

Daddy reading "Where the Wild Things Are" to Lily

Military Child Deployment Support

Sesame Street for Military Families Facebook Page

Sesame Street’s online community for sharing military family resources.

Daddy Dolls Organization

Large and small dolls of the parent’s full-body likeness. They also sell plastic and ceramic photo mugs and other mementos.

Flat Daddies and Flat Mommies

Provides life-sized printed posters of the deployed parents that can be a steady, welcome presence in a child’s room.

Journals for Military Kids

Describes how to help your child get the most value from the journaling experience.

Operation Give a Hug

Provides mommy dolls and daddy dolls with a clear sleeve to hold the away parent’s face.

Piips

Plush dolls personalized with your favorite person’s picture. They come in different sizes: small enough to hang on your key chain to big enough to hang on your car window.

Sittercity

Sittercity is the nation’s largest and most trusted website for finding quality local babysitters, nannies, elder care providers, dog walkers, housekeepers and tutors. DoD funding covers the membership cost for military families in all branches.

US Deployment Dolls

Cuddle-sized dolls customized with the loved one’s face, matching combat duty outfit, custom name tags, and a 20 second heart recorder. They also sell my book Lily Hates Goodbyes on their site.

PTSD Support

Understanding PTSD

A detailed blog post about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of PTSD. This page was suggested to me by Jake whose final project is on trauma. Thank you, Jake!

National Institue of Mental Health PTSD Resources

NIMH’s extensive resource for PTSD sufferers and those who love them. A scientific perspective.

May Clinic’s PTSD Resources

Mayo Clinic’s medical perspective, guidance, and resource for PTSD sufferers.