Military Resources

Classroom and Counseling Activities

Videos

  • "Military Families Near and Far" Sesame Street Workshop Preschool and now school-age videos and activities are at this site to help families cope with deployment, change and loss.

Special Populations

  • Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families Information and guides are provided for military parents and those working with very young military children.

Trauma and Grief

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Information is available about all types of trauma resources, with a special section for "Military Children & Families." Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death: A Guide for Parents and Professionals The Institute for Trauma and Stress at the NYU Child Study Center This very specific guide for schools addresses how to help students cope with the aftermath of any traumatic event or death. It includes classroom suggestions as well as program planning on a district-wide scale.
    • Traumatic Grief in Military Children: Information for Educators Help with creating a supportive school environment for students coping with a military family loss.
  • Courage to Care Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress Information for family and providers is provided to help communicate more effectively about war injuries.

Student Support

  • Military Youth on the Move Department of Defense Designed for students and parents, this website has helpful ideas and advice by age group on everything from deployment to moving to finding a job.
  • Armed Services YMCA Free YMCA memberships and summer camps for military families are available, as well as contests for military youth.
  • American Legion A comprehensive listing is available of scholarships for military dependents.
  • Camps for Military Youth Check with nearby installations or your state's National Guard or Reserve unit for local camps that they may sponsor.

Fun Websites for Military Youth

Wellness Resources for Kids and Families

  • Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) Family resiliency training for military families is available both in person on some military installations and on-line.
  • Military OneSource Department of Defense resource provides a wealth of information and short-term, non-medical counseling via telephone or on-line with the additional option of face-to-face counseling services in the community.
  • AfterDeployment.mil This Defense Centers of Excellence website offers wellness resources for the military community, including a section for "Families with Kids."
  • Military Pathways Free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for service personnal and family members; also includes a brief screening for Adolescent Depression."
  • Defense Centers of Excellence Defense Centers of Excellence has information for service members, families and service providers around psychological health and traumatic brain injury.
  • Real Warriors An initiative by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the Real Warriors site has information for both service personnel and family members.

Family Support