Military families have unique stressors and needs. The list below contains resources military families and those who support them may find useful:
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Click the icon above to link to the Veteran’s Crisis Line. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is also available.
Military Kids Connect
This super cool online community, designed for kids aged 6-17 whose parents are in the military hosts a variety of topics and gives kids an opportunity to engage in activities to manage stress, ask questions, tell their story, talk about tough topics and explore and learn about places they or their family members may be based. Military Kids Connect is a great resource for a child who has a family member in the military!
Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, and reserve members, and their families.Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, employment and education, counseling, parenting and childhood services. Military OneSource has extensive family resources and tip sheets on all aspects of parenting and understanding the needs of children and teens.
Real Warriors is a comprehensive website for military families and the real life battles they face. The site covers everything from learning how to prepare for pre-deployment, to tips on helping your children cope and ways to support your spouse to how access resources to help families handle and solve problems you might face and tips on how to care for yourself.
SAMHSA Resources for Veterans and Military Family Members
SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has several resources available to address the behavioral health needs of military members and their families.
Higher Education Resources for Veterans and their Families
A comprehensive resource guide with more then 150 resources to help student veterans and their families overcome the challenges of higher education and career training.
ZERO TO THREE
Zero to Three not only has tons of great resources on parenting babies and toddlers but also hosts a wealth of resources to increase awareness and help address the needs of babies, toddlers, and their military-connected families. Resources include board books for toddlers, informational booklets for parents, and professional guides all focused on strategies to strengthen the resilience of babies and toddlers in the military and Veteran families so they will have a strong start in life.