You don’t need to live near a military installation to have military families in your community. With the unprecedented extensive use of the National Guard and Reserve, military families can be found in every community in the United States. In fact, more than seventy percent of military families live in civilian communities.
Family, friends, and neighbors are well positioned to help support military families. Many times, just thanking the family for their service is appreciated.
The National Military Family Association created Toolkits for Military Kids and Teens to give the people in military kids’ lives a way to help them manage stress and affirm the positive aspects of military life. Visit www.militaryfamily.org/publications/deployment-family-research to download the toolkits.
The Military Family Research Institute, in collaboration with National Military Family Association, has created a series of informational brochures titled, How to Help Military Families. These guides provide practical tips and suggestions for helping your neighbors, friends and community members who have a military affiliation. Download the How to Help Military Families brochure.
The American Legion is the Nation’s largest veterans organization. Visit www.legion.org to find a post in your community.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization with nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries. Visit www.legion-aux.org to find a unit near you.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is a Veterans Service Organization with 2.1 million members. Visit www.vfw.org to find a Chapter in your community.
United Services Organization (USO) is an organization dedicated to lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Visit www.uso.org to learn more about their programs.
The Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) in collaboration with PBS has produced a handbook for military families. A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members provides solu¬tions for service members and identifies outside tools and resources that may be useful to friends and family members before, during and after deployment. Go to www.realwarriors.net/materials/order/PBSHandbook.php to order the handbook.
Joint Services Support is a program of the National Guard Bureau. Open to all Guard, Reserve and Active Duty families - regardless of Service, JSS provides information on programs and services available in your community. For more information, go to www.jointservicessupport.org.