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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.

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Deployment Basics for Friends and Family

The deployment cycle is the period of time from the notification of a deployment, through pre-deployment training, through the deployment, and immediately after deployment. Every deployment cycle is different, but here are some general things to know.

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.

Supporting Military Children During the New School Year

As a friend or family member, you can help the military family in your life rise to the challenges of schooling during COVID-19 by letting them know you are there to listen to their concerns and to help in any way you can.

How the Military Supports Diversity and Inclusion

As someone who cares about a service member, you may have questions about how the military ensures equal opportunity and acceptance of individual differences among all its members. The DOD has taken steps to root out bias, ensure the military reflects the nation’s diversity and promote an environment in which every member is treated with dignity and respect.

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Creating New Holiday Traditions When Your Service Member Is Away

Holidays can feel very different when your service member is away. There are traditions that you’d like to share with them or wish they could participate in. But there are things you can do to help yourself – and your service member – make the holidays special, whether they are stationed far from home or deployed. Sharing old traditions and creating new ones can keep the holidays fun and meaningful, and help you stay connected.

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Support Groups for Parents of Service Members

Having a son or daughter in the military can bring about a host of emotions, from pride in their service to concern for their safety. It’s natural to want to connect with other parents like you.