Deployment - Resources
The military has your back during all phases of deployment – from pre-deployment through reintegration. Use these programs and resources to make your deployment go smoother.
Plan My Deployment: Plan My Deployment provides access to information and resources to help you manage your deployment. Tailor your task list to successfully navigate all phases of the deployment cycle.
Family and personal: With the Deployment Survival Webinar, you’ll learn how to prepare for deployment, manage separation, and plan strategies to help you and your loved ones cope through deployment.
Money and taxes: Military OneSource's certified financial experts can help you get your financial house in order prior to your deployment. Meet with a counselor via your installation’s Military and Family Support Center, call 800-342-9647, or start a live chat to access financial counseling. Consider these other financial resources:
- Use your myPay account to track your income before and during deployment and to view your Leave and Earning Statements.
- Save more money with a boost from the military. The Thrift Savings Plan Account lets you save for retirement. The Savings Deposit Program lets you build 10 percent interest on deposits made while you are deployed. The Military Saves program helps you plan a way to save.
- Need financial assistance? Each service branch offers financial assistance for families with demonstrated need. Contact your service’s relief organization.
- Get help doing your taxes. Both MilTax, Military OneSource’s free tax services, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance offices, provided through the Armed Forces Tax Council, offer tax consultation and electronic filing to eligible service members and their families. Call 800-342-9647.
Paperwork and legal: Organize your paperwork before you deploy. Proper legal arrangements can improve your military readiness and Military OneSource’s financial and legal services can help. Active and retired service members are eligible for free legal assistance — preparing wills, appointing powers of attorney, document translation and more — at your installation’s legal assistance office.
Housing and moving: Your Relocation Assistance Program service providers and the Defense Finance and Accounting Service can assist you with your housing allowance or help your family with a move. The Relocation Assistance Program helps families navigate moving-related challenges by providing counseling, planning assistance, information, referrals, and education on how to reduce the stress and increase the benefits of military life and frequent moves. You can also access Plan My Move to help make moving easier.
Service members and their families may face a variety of challenges throughout the deployment cycle as they adjust to separation and changes in family dynamics and responsibilities. The installation Military and Family Support Centers and Reserve Component Family Programs, as well as Military OneSource are available to provide support through every step of the deployment cycle. Other resources include:
- Operation Homefront can help service members and their families during various stages of the deployment cycle.
- For all phases of the deployment cycle, the Department of Defense provides a variety of counseling and suicide prevention services to all active-duty, National Guard and reserve service members, survivors and others. The Military Crisis Line,1-800-273-8255; and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline,1-800-273-TALK (8255), are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
- Military OneSource offers confidential counseling options for service members and their families. Call 800-342-9647.
- Certain nonprofits can help with interest-free loans or grants if you need emergency financial support. Army service members should visit the Army Emergency Relief website or call 866-878-6378, or the American Red Cross website if you're more than 50 miles from a military installation. Navy and Marine Corps service members should visit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society website or call 703-696-4904. Air Force members can call 800-769-8951 or visit the Air Force Aid Society online.
Military OneSource is a gateway for resources, assistance and programs for service members returning from deployment. Visit us online or call 800-342-9647. Other noted resources include:
- The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program assists National Guard and reserve members and their families throughout the deployment cycle, including reentry to work.
- The Department of Labor offers helpful advice to reservists on a range of employee benefit issues around deployment with frequently asked questions for reservists being called to active duty.
- The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act protects employed National Guard and reserve service members called to active duty. Learn about your rights at the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve website.
In addition to these resources, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury offers tools, tips and other resources to help you or a family member through any stage of deployment.
Have questions about resources? Trying to find something not listed here? Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.