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Resources for Military and Veteran Families

Special thanks to Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D. who compiled and shared this list.

In the pages below you will find a number of resources for military and veteran families. There are resources for children, parents, educators, and providers. Please click on the type of resource you are interested in exploring.

BOOKS

WEBSITES

VIDEOS


Books

For Veterans / Service Members (and Adult family members)

After the war zone: A practical guide for returning troops and their families. (2008). Lori Slone & Matthew Friedman, Da Capo Press.

Back from the Front: Combat Trauma, Love, and the Family. (2007). Aphrodite Matsakis.

Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Returning Soldiers and Their Families (2006). Keith Armstrong, Suzanne Best, & Paula Domenici.

Down Range: To Iraq and Back (2005). Bridget Cantrell &Chuck Dean.

Trust After Trauma: A Guide to Relationships for Survivors and Those Who Love Them. (1998) Aphrodite Matsakis.

While They're at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront (2006). Kristin Henderson.

For Kids

Daddy, You're My Hero! // Mommy, You're My Hero! (2005). [for kids ages 4-8]. Michelle Ferguson-Cohen.

A Very Long Time (2005). [for kids ages 4-8; picture book for children whose parent is deployed]. Geri Timperley, Nikki Arro.

My Red Balloon. (2005). Eve Bunting. [for kids ages 4-8; picture book focused on homecoming].

I Miss You: A Military Kid's Book About Deployment.  (2007). Prometheus Books. [for elementary school kids whose parent is deployed]. Beth Andrews.

Uncle Sam’s Kids: When Duty Calls. (2003). [for kids ages 5-11]. Angela Sportelli-Rehak.

You And Your Military Hero: Building Positive Thinking Skills During Your Hero's Deployment. (2009). [for kids ages 5-12 focusing on parental deployment]. Sara Jensen-Fritz, Paula Jones-Johnson & Thea L. Zitzow.

Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who has Experienced Trauma. (2005) [for kids ages 12-18] .  Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D., DeAnne M. Sherman. (available at www.seedsofhopebooks.com).

Websites

Emotional Health

National Center for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Mental Health America: National Mental Health Association,
with special program Operation Healthy Reunions

S.A.F.E. Program, Support And Family Education: Mental Health Facts for Families. An 18-session curriculum for people who care about someone who has a mental illness / PTSD.

Mental Health Self-Assessment Program: Dept of Defense sponsored mental health / alcohol screening and referral program offered to families and service members affected by deployment.

CHILDREN/YOUTH

For Kids:

Guard Family Youth Website

Veterans Affairs (VA) - Children Site

Army Reserve Child and Youth Service’s Online Teen Deployment Class

Sesame Street Connections

My Life: A Kid’s Journal (for during deployment - by Health Net Federal Services

For Parents and Educators:

Welcome Back Parenting: A Guide for Reconnecting Families after Military Deployment

National Military Family Association - Operation Purple Camp

Military Child Education Coalition

Military Child Care Options and Programs

The Military Child in Transition and Deployment - by Department of Defense, Military Student Program

Military Children and Youth Resource Page - by National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Coming Home: Adjustments For Military Families and Families In The Military - by The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Tackling Tough Topics: An Educator’s Guide to Working with Military Kids - by Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Building Resilient Kids - by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Military Child Initiative. This is a course for school personnel focused on building resilience among students from military families.

Military Kids Bill of Rights

10 Things Military Kids Want You to Know

A Thousand Thanks to Military Kids Program - by Salute Our Services. This site sends free personalized card to military child.

DEPLOYMENT

After Deployment

Coming Home: What to Expect, How to Deal When you Return from Combat. S. Jacobson & E. Colon (2008). Comic booklet available from Military OneSource.

Surviving Deployment: Resources for Military Families

Deployment Guide For Families of Deploying Soldiers. Separation and Reunion Handbook

A Soldier and Family Guide to Redeploying - by DoD Deployment Health Clinical Center 

Picking up the Pieces after TBI: A Guide for Family Members. A. Sander (2002).

Post-Deployment Stress: What Families Should Know, What Families Can Do - by Rand

Post-Deployment Stress: What You Should Know, What You Can Do - by Rand

Welcome Home: How to make a difference in the lives of returning war zone veterans - by Washington Family Policy Council. Includes Dr. James Munroe’s “Eight Battlefield Skills that Make Life in the Civilian World Challenging”.

GENERAL SUPPORT AND RESOURCES

Military Family Support

National Guard Family Program

Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists

Military HOMEFRONT (Official Department of Defense site)

Military One Source (1-800-342-9647)

Operation Give a Hug

Operation Tribute Holiday Cheer

Massachusetts Government Resource Site

Operation Military Kids - Massachusetts

Armed Services YMCA

Benefits Facts Sheets, US Department of Veterans Affairs

US Department of Veterans Affairs, and site for Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF)

State Departments of Veterans Affairs

Vet Centers

National Resource Directory: Online tool for wounded, ill and injured troops/veterans & their families, providing access to more than 11,000 services and resources at the national, state and local levels.

Videos

Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes. Sesame Street DVDs for families with youth ages 2-5.

When Parents Are Deployed (with Cuba Gooding, Jr). Sesame Street video.

Military Child and Youth Deployment Support Video Program - by American Academy of Pediatrics. "Military Youth Coping Separation: When Family Members Deploy" and “Mr. Poe and Friends

Young Children on the Homefront - by ZERO TO THREE. Military families share their unique deployment experiences. Professionals offer tips and strategies for dealing with difficult issues such as grief and loss from deployment and challenges that often arise upon reunification.

Young Heroes: Military Deployment Through the Eyes of Youth. 18-minute video created by teens of the New Jersey Operation Military Kids’ Speak out for Military Kids Program explaining the deployment cycle.

The Price of Peace. Song by two military teens about deployment.

Joining Forces Online - by Health Partners for Medical Education, MN National Guard, Minneapolis VAMC. Four 30-minute videos for PROVIDERS who work with returning troops.

Treating the Invisible Wounds of War and ICARE:What Primary Care Providers Need to Know about Mental Health Issues Facing Returning Service Members and Their Families
- by Citizen-Soldier Support Program (CSSP) at the University of North Carolina. Courses for providers to learn about working with returning troops. CE credits available.