This is a helpful guide put together by the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD to help children cope with deployment issues. It includes information about protecting children from fear (for both non-military and military kids), the effects of deployment, and how to talk to children about war.
Elaine Sanchez (formerly Wilson), editor and writer for American Forces Press Services, launched the Family Matters blog to provide resources and support to military families, as well as to encourage a dialogue on topics ranging from deployments and separations to the challenges of everyday life.
AFPS started as a weekly collection of articles distributed by mail to military newspaper editors worldwide, and has grown into a timely news service available on the World Wide Web. Press service stories are available for use inside and outside the military on the Defense Department’s Web site, www.defense.gov/news, as well as through free e-mail subscriptions, RSS feeds, Facebook and Twitter. Publishing more than 3,000 news and feature articles annually, AFPS covers developments affecting servicemembers and their families, reports from the scene when senior leaders travel, and uses selected articles from the services and military units to tell the Defense Department’s story. Now, AFPS has launched its first blog, soon to be followed by more blogs on subjects of interest and concern to servicemembers and their families.
Happy Homefront is dedicated to helping “Geographically Challenged” families overcome the daily obstacles that being apart brings to their lives. Their website offers a virtual home filled with advice, support, friendship and entertainment. Their aim is to inspire, encourage, and empower families to overcome distance together. Whether your home-away family member is gone for a week, a month, or a year, the Happy Homefront community will not only help you survive but also thrive.
You can create a Happy Homefront!