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Friends & Extended Family

As a parent, sibling, grandparent, fiancé, extended family member or friend of a service member, you feel pride for your loved one’s call to serve. You may also have questions about your service member’s military experience. We have answers for you.

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Helping a Friend in an Unhealthy Relationship

Teenage dating can be like a roller-coast ride – up one minute and down the next. And, without a lot of experience, you may not know what’s healthy – and what’s not – in a relationship. If you’re worried about a friend who is in a. …

Staying in Touch with Old Friends

Finding out about another move can leave you feeling angry, sad, or worried about the future. You may be wondering: How am I going to say goodbye to all my friends? How am I going to make new friends? But just because you’re moving, it. …
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National Guard Families and Friends

Being there for the ones you care about can make a difference in the life of a service member or a member of your family. Learn how to support soldiers, airmen and each other.

Friends & Family Connection eNewsletter Archives

This bi-monthly published eNewsletter is written specifically for the friends, family and loved ones that make up a service member’s support network. The newsletter includes insights and information about military life.. …
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Military Promotions: What Friends and Family Should Know

A military promotion is a significant achievement in a service member’s career It’s a testament to their commitment, mastery of duties and skill, and to the service member’s leadership capabilities. Some promotions are more meaningful than others, especially as service members move up in rank.

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Military Homecoming: Things to Consider as a Family Member or Friend

The anticipation of a homecoming may come with many different feelings. It is understandable that you may be feeling anxious, excited, even worried all at once. As a family member or friend, you can be a key supporter for your service member as they return home from deployment – no matter if you live nearby or far away.

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MilTax: Tax Services for the Military

MilTax preparation and e-filing software is available mid-January through mid-October. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. This easy-to-use, self-paced tax software walks you through a series of questions to help you complete and electronically file your federal return and up to three state tax forms. Calculations are 100% accurate – guaranteed by the software provider.

2021 Child Abuse Prevention Month Media Toolkit

In April, the Department of Defense and Military OneSource are asking the media to join them in recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month. The 2021 campaign will focus on providing resources to help kids and families heal and prevent future abuse. …
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Social Wellness

Everyone needs a wingman or battle buddy. Service members often refer to their unit as a “second family” who they can turn to for support, friendship, and even protection.

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Helping Someone in Crisis

If a friend, relative, or fellow service member may be a victim of domestic violence, take action to help. Check out this podcast to learn helpful tips for helping those in crisis and to become educated about the support resources.
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Sesame Street for Military Families: Helping Kids Through Life’s Milestones

For many years, colorful Sesame Street characters like Elmo and Big Bird have helped children learn while having fun. The Department of Defense has drawn on these familiar friends to help children ages 2-6 through the milestones of relocations, deployments, transitions and more.

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Relationships Should Be Safe

All community members — friends, neighbors, colleagues, military commanders and professionals — play a role in preventing domestic violence. The Family Advocacy Program helps families develop healthy relationship skills and address common. …
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How to Help Service-Connected Victims of Domestic Abuse

No one ever deserves to be abused. Anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse — a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker. Once you understand domestic abuse, you can support victims safely, confidentially and at their own pace.