I add to this list as I learn of new resources that you should know about.
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.
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.
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!
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
Extensive resource with trainings and programs for parents, students, educators, and healthcare professionals who work with military children.
Provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors.
Offers a broad and deep array of programs and activities for children affected by deployment.
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.
Military Child Deployment Support
Sesame Street’s online community for sharing military family resources.
Large and small dolls of the parent’s full-body likeness. They also sell plastic and ceramic photo mugs and other mementos.
Provides life-sized printed posters of the deployed parents that can be a steady, welcome presence in a child’s room.
Describes how to help your child get the most value from the journaling experience.
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 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.
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!
NIMH’s extensive resource for PTSD sufferers and those who love them. A scientific perspective.
Mayo Clinic’s medical perspective, guidance, and resource for PTSD sufferers.