Helpful Links

 

Official Military Websites

www.army.mil
Army
www.afrc.af.mil
Air Force Reserve
US Army Reserve
Army Reserve
www.navy.mil
Navy
www.af.mil
Air Force
www.marforres.usmc.mil
Marine Force Reserve
www.arng.army.mil
Army National Guard
www.ang.af.mil
Air Force National Guard
www.navalreserve.com
Naval Reserve Force
www.uscg.mil
Coast Guard
US Coast Guard Reserve
Coast Guard Reserve
www.va.gov
Veterans Affairs
www.taps.org
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Military Family Institute
Military Family Institute is a DoD sponsored research center with a focus on families.
www.usmc.mil
Marine Corps

Military Relief Societies

Healing Sacred Hearts
The Healing Sacred Hearts Program will focus on healing our Armed Forces and Families as one unit coming back from War. It will provide grief counseling, couples enrichment, healing groups among the Service Men/women, children/youth therapy groups, along with other services. Learn more about their fundraiser too.
www.aerhq.org
Army Emergency Relief
www.nmcrs.org
Navy Marine
www.afas.org
Air Force Aid Society
www.specialops.org/
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Family Member Pre-Deployment Checklist
A volunteer lawyers group has prepared an excellent Family Member Pre-Deployment Checklist. It is designed for all families and includes record-keeping questions related to medical care, finances, etc.
Army One Source
Army One Source provides real-life solutions for successful Army living.
Guard and Reserve Family Readiness Tool kit
Guide to Reserve Family Member Benefits Handbook in PDF format is available on this site.
DivorceNet
Military divorce, family law, and counseling. Source of articles and information.
4MilitaryFamilies.com
Support groups, discounts, travel, housing, and deployment information.
GROWW
GROWW is an independent haven for the bereaved developed by the bereaved. Message boards and resource listings.
Military.com
Connecting you to the benefits of service. It’s an amazing site filled with information pertaining to all branches of services. It’s always kept current.
Blue Star Mothers
Designed for mothers who have, or have had children serving in the military. Good information – easily arranged.
Military Homefront
Through sponsorships, military family children can receive SAT/ACT Standard Power Prep programs at no charge.
Tribaptist.org
Click on “Life Group Connect” then “Military Support Group” to see how one church community is providing an effective family support program. Contact information available on the site.
Soldiers Angels
Soldiers Angels supports thousands of American service members stationed wherever we raise our country’s flag and they provide aid and comfort to our military families. Soldiers Angels works through merchants and organizations that donate services and support.
Center for the study of traumatic stress
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress as an ongoing source of information and support.

Reunion and Reintegration

Reintegration: Beyond Reunion
You’ll find information to order the booklet “Reintegration: Beyond Reunion – A guide for service members and their families.” Or call 1-800-628-7733 and ask for item number PS92753.
Military One Source
A 24-hour, 7 day-a-week counseling service available to anyone who has been deployed or affected by a loved one’s deployment. There are many other opportunities available on the site, too. You can also call toll-free 1-800-342-9647.
Coping with War Related Stress (replace National mental Health)
The National Mental Health Association: Coping with War-related Stress: Information for Military families and communities
Ameriforce
Guides on deployment, pcs and relocation
www.ptsd.va.gov
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Iraq War Clinician’s Guide.
Operation Healthy Reunions
Article titled Operation Healthy Reunions. It’s a well written, informative and upbeat article that covers many areas of reunions.

Veterans of Iraqi Freedom & Enduring Freedom

vba.va.gov
Veterans benefits information
www.va.gov/gulfwar
Information for Iraqi Freedom Veterans
va.gov/environagents
Afghanistan service information
www.ptsd.va.gov
PTSD and Iraq veterans
va.gov/elig
VA health care enrollment information
VA Benefits
Online benefits applications
www.va.gov/womenvet
Women veterans health and benefits information
Women’s Benefits
Women veterans health and benefits information

 

Adopt a Classroom
Connects the community and the classroom. Contribute to the education of young people.
Beads for Life
Make bead key chains and necklaces that call attention to early detection of breast cancer.
Chemo Caps
This site is for knitters. Donate your time by knitting caps for cancer patients. Comfort their heads and their souls.
Hugs for Homeless Animals
Hugs for Homeless Animals is a site designed to wrap animals with love by sewing or knitting warm blankets for them.
Project Linus
Provides love, security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill or traumatized, through gifts of new/homemade washable blankets.
National Family Military Association, Inc.
Email: *protected email*
The only private national organization designed to identify and resolve issues of concern for military families. Serves all uniformed services.
American Red Cross
American Red Cross
American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services
American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services
Operation Uplink
Donate a calling card through Operation Uplink.
California National Guard
Great site for the California National Guard. Lots of information and resources in a navigable site. Get to know these folks!
United Through Reading (replaces family literacy foundation)
United Through Reading provides a program for military families to help keep parents and children connected during deployment through reading aloud on videotapes.
CincHouse
A nonprofit organization and the Internet’s largest community of military wives and women in uniform. Also the home of a wonderful book, “Married to the Military” by Meredith Leyva.
Hearts Across the Miles
An all volunteer, nonprofit organization that ensures U.S. troops are not forgotten by providing letters of support, calling cards, and care packages. Also provides support to the families left behind.
www.ArmyWifeNetwork.com
Interactive empowerment for Army wives and home of the Army wife Talk radio program.
www.greenbeanscoffee.com
Visit this site to donate a “Cup of Joe for a Joe” currently serving overseas. Green Beans has coffee shops on operating bases on Iraq and Afghanistan.
www.projectsanctuary.us
A non-profit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic and recreational activities for veterans, active military personnel and their families.
www.militaryteenonline.com
An online community and support network for military teens create and facilitated by military moms.
www.weservetoo.com
The home site for our favorite children’s books We Serve Too! And We Serve Too 2!
www.AmericanwidowProject.org
A non-profit organization dedicated to the new generation of those who have lost the heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears and laughter… Military Widow to Military Widow.
Soldiers Angels
Soldiers Angels supports thousands of American service members stationed wherever we raise our country’s flag and they provide aid and comfort to our military families. Soldiers Angels works through merchants and organizations that donate services and support.
LauraBenjamin.com
www.LauraBenjamin.com or www.CarlaConcept.com
Ever had difficulty getting your point across? Laura Benjamin’s C.A.R.L.A. Concept(TM) is a 5-step communication tool to help you:
shorten the line outside your door
debrief a critical situation
conduct risk assessments
facilitate gap analysis
raise a concern without being labeled “not a team player”
pitch a persuasive point
heighten credibility
get better results through better decisions
develop self-determination skills

The C.A.R.L.A. Concept(TM) is a universal training tool for organizations where lives are on the line, particularly first responders, search & rescue, legal and human resource professionals, frontline managers, healthcare professionals, educators, and fundraisers.

The C.A.R.L.A. Concept: How to Raise an Issue, Prove Your Point, and Communicate with Confidence & Clarity, Laura Benjamin, 2005, Pinehurst Press Ltd., ISBN: 0-9773687

Baby Bites
The book, “Baby Bites – Transforming a picky eater into a Healthy eater” is a must for parents of any problem eater…the skinny fussy eater as well as the chubby fast food-lover child. Joann takes a radical departure from other books on the topic as she tackles the picky eater dilemma from the child’s perspective, no matter what age. With all the challenges you’re dealing with, wouldn’t it be great if one wasn’t a picky eater?