Sunday, December 19, 2010

Resources to keep on file

A lot of people wonder how wives still do everything that needs to be done for the entire family while our loved one is gone.  Not only are we a wife, but for the deployment we are playing a dual role and filling in his shoes for a lot of needs.  My husbands shoes are a size 13, so they are pretty large, I don't come close to filling his shoes, either physically or metaphorically.  To assist with this, there are a TON of resources out there for loved ones to utilize during a deployment.

For families and kids:

One of the best ones everyone should have on file is Military OneSource which 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 or you call 1-800-342-9647. Someone is available to assist you 24/7.

Our Military Kids provides tangible support to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as to children of severely injured service members through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring. Such activities help these children cope with the stress of having a parent in a war zone or recovering from injury at home. Our Military Kids grants are made to honor the sacrifices that military families make and to ensure that their children have access to sports, fine arts, or academic tutoring programs.

One out of every 88 military children has a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. It is well established that with early and effective treatments, children with autism can make significant gains and greatly improve their overall quality of life. ACT Today! for Military Families is committed to providing funding and support for military families impacted by autism.

Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization of school superintendents. Their mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children. All students whose parents serve in the military can now work with a live professional tutor online 24/7 to get help with homework, studying, and test prep, the minute they need it.

Welcome to the U.S. Army health promotion and wellness web site. Unlike other health-related web sites, this one is specifically targeted for the Reserve Components. Citizen Soldiers juggle many different balls every day...but they cannot afford to drop the one ball that allows them to live a healthier, less stressful life. Hooah 4 Health is a health promotion partnership that allows individuals to assume the responsibility to explore options and take charge of their health and well being. You can access tons of information for your health, mental well being and lots of all around education.

USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is provided to all branches of service, all components, all ranks while protecting the privacy and dignity of those military families and veterans who request our help.

 presents career, college and the Military as options, allowing users to explore all possibilities and gain insight into each option. More than 900 civilian and military career fields and nearly 7,000 accredited colleges has been made accessible to young adults in one comprehensive site.

MilitaryHOMEFRONT is 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!

As you can see, there are a lot of resources out there for families and children.  Please DO look them all over and take advantage of these program for you and yours.  These programs are there for you, don't overlook the benefits they can provide!

If you feel I've missed a good resource that you'd like me to add to the list, please comment below!

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