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  • Organization
    Blue Star Mothers

    The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political organization.  Blue Star Mothers are mother who have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military. 

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    Children Coping with Deployment

    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.  

  • Blog
    Deployment Divas

    Deployment Divas' mission is to help you build and maintain healthy relationships – not just the relationships with your spouse, but with your children, you boss, your family, and especially yourself – so that you can be the best YOU possible. 

  • Website
    Deployment Kids

    A website that offers free downloadable activities, a time-zone chart, distance calculator and provides information on common deployment locations.

  • Blog
    Family Matters Blog

    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.

  • Organization


    As a service initiated by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), FOCUS Project addresses concerns related to parental combat operational stress injuries and combat-related physical injuries by providing state-of-the-art family resiliency services to military children and families at designated Navy and Marine Corps sites. In 2009, FOCUS Family Resiliency Services have been made available to Army and Air Force families at designated installations through support from the Defense Department's Office of Family Policy.
    When military parents fulfill occupational duties during wartime, their children and families can face many challenges, such as long separations, changes in family routines, and dealing with concerns about the safety of the parent who is deployed and about the well-being of the parent who remains at home. There may be times when they find long and multiple deployments more challenging than usual, particularly if a parent is dealing with the effects of combat stress and/or injuries. FOCUS is based on over 20 years of research with children and families facing challenges and adversities in many different settings. It has successfully provided services to thousands of participants at dozens of sites and continues to expand, including new online availability for those who are remotely located.
  • Support Group
    Grace After Fire
    This Texas based group provides an online delivery of recovery support services. It is designed to serve women veterans from all eras and branches of the service. Includes resources for alcohol & drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, domestic violence, PTSD, MST, depression, and other mental health issues.
  • Website
    Happy Homefront

    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!