Military Family Support | Military Community
You're part of a military family that numbers in the millions. You share common experiences, values and feelings of being in this together. That’s community. To support and bolster your own family, lean on your military community – including Military OneSource – to find answers and guidance from those who have been there, done that.
Common Relationship Challenges
Every couple is unique, but the challenges they face tend to be universal. A first step toward a healthy relationship is accepting that the road will not always be smooth. Recognizing those areas that need attention and knowing when to seek help will let you grow as a couple and forge a strong and enduring bond.
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.
Getting Help for Domestic Abuse — Military Protective Orders Can Include Pets
The military and Department of Defense have options for domestic abuse victims to look out for their pets’ safety along with their own.
FAQ and Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers: Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth
Connect with support and resources for families impacted by problematic sexual behavior in children and youth.
Moving After the Death of Your Loved One
Moving after the death of a loved one can be an important step toward creating your new normal. However, it can be emotionally exhausting.
Thrive Helps Military Parents and Children
THRIVE is a free, online program for parents of children from birth to 18. It promotes positive parenting, stress management and healthy living.
An Overview of Adults With Special Needs
Supporting adult family members with complex needs may involve collaboration with a variety of support systems and community-based services.
Person-center planning is a military-supported initiative to help individuals with disabilities direct their own lives — with options to plan housing, work, finances and more.
Understanding Special Education Funding for Military Children
Federal Impact Aid helps school districts cover the cost of educating military children, including those who require special education services. Learn more about this funding and how it may be spent.
Benefits for Families with Special Needs
There are federal and state programs committed to providing additional assistance for families with special needs. As a military family, you also can count on the support of the Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, and Military OneSource special needs specialty consultants.
An Overview of Special Education
Special education is designed to meet unique needs of children with special needs, ages 3 through 21.
Relationship Support for Military Couples
Couples counseling and many other free and confidential resources are available to help you and your partner build a relationship that can thrive amid these and other challenges.
Navigating Child Care Changes During COVID-19
If you have questions about child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, Military OneSource is available 24/7 to help you find answers.
Deployment and Redeployment Requirements During COVID-19
Learn about the new Department of Defense requirements for deployment and redeployment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Family Advocacy Program
The Department of Defense and each of the branches of the armed services are committed to promoting a military culture that supports victims. Learn more about the Family Advocacy Program, including how to connect with a victim advocate near you, for help with domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect, or problematic sexual behavior in children and youth.
Marriage Enrichment Programs
With deployments and frequent relocations, military relationships can be put to the test. You've aced military life. Now can you bring that same strength and sense of adventure to your marriage?
Certification Process Eases for Student Recipients of Survivor Benefit Plan
The certification process has gotten easier for students age 18 and older covered as a child annuitant under the military Survivor Benefit Plan. SBP students now have more time to file their certifications each semester and can file school certification forms online.
Deployment Resources for Families
While military families know how to stand strong, the stresses of deployment can bring extra challenges. At Military OneSource, we're here to help — by connecting you to a wide array of programs and services designed for military families.
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.
15 Tips for Helping Your Teenager Deal With Deployment
Patience, communication and extra care can go a long way in comforting a teenager who is dealing with deployment. Knowing how to respond as a parent to the feelings associated with deployment will ensure a successful transition for everyone.
Back-to-School Planning During COVID-19
Transition smoothly from summer to school by making a great game plan for the school year with your child. By doing so, you can help your child establish a sense of ownership in the plan to prepare them for – and perhaps even get excited about – going back to school.
Military OneSource Virtual Resources Offer Personalized Support and Tools for Overall Well-Being
In times of change, it’s reassuring to have a trusted source of information, resources and support. For service members, that’s Military OneSource — available 24/7 to help service members and their families thrive.
Getting Help for Relationship Sexual Abuse
If you have ever had an intimate experience with your partner that made you feel uncomfortable, afraid or that happened to you without your consent, you are not alone. The Department of Defense cares about the safety and well-being of everyone in the military community.
Department of Defense Strategy for COVID-19 Testing and Surveillance
The Department of Defense will begin testing some asymptomatic service members as part of the next phase of its strategy to break the chain of coronavirus disease 2019 transmission and to protect the health of the force.
Recognizing the Importance of Special Education Law to Families
Service attorneys, paralegals and Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support Providers from around the world participated in a five-day, joint-service legal training on special education law.
Medicaid Waivers for Military Families
Planning to separate or retire from the military one day? You may be able to place your eligible family member with special needs on a Medicaid waiver wait list now.
Recognizing Unhealthy Relationship Behaviors
Most relationships consist of a mixture of healthy and unhealthy behaviors. No relationship is perfect, but it’s important to recognize the warning signs of unhealthy behaviors.
Free Legal Support for Military Families With Special Needs
As a military family with special needs, you may face unique financial, medical and legal challenges caused, in part, by the demands of military service. Fortunately, you do not need to address these burdens alone; free, military department-provided support services exist to help overcome these challenges.
How COVID-19 Changes Affect Training, Duty, Pay and Benefits for the National Guard and Reserve
As changes due to coronavirus disease 2019 continue, reservists and members of the National Guard may wonder how they will be affected. The following questions and answers address ways sheltering-in-place orders, self-monitoring and other changes may affect your training, duty, pay and benefits.
Service Members’ Pay, Benefits, Training and Duty During COVID-19
Changes are happening everywhere with sheltering-in-place orders and self-monitoring for coronavirus disease 2019. You will want to know how these changes will affect your pay, benefits, training and duty.
Honoring Gold Star Families
Gold star families – spouses, children, parents, siblings or others whose loved one died in service to our nation – are a vital part of the nation’s military community and history.
Understanding the Current State of Travel Restrictions
The Department of Defense is changing its approach to personnel movement and travel during the pandemic. Until further notice, it is basing decisions on local conditions in specific areas. This replaces the broad travel restrictions that were in place before. Find out how this may impact you and your family.
How is the Military Protecting My Service Member During COVID-19?
The DOD continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies to respond to the outbreak and prevent its spread. The DOD offers free resources through Military OneSource. Each program helps with different military-life challenges or seasons.
Tips for Building Family Resilience
Protective factors are conditions in families and communities that increase your family's health and well-being.
Take Advantage of Online Learning Resources While Schools Are Closed
Students are out of school because of the global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19. Keep your children engaged and learning outside the classroom with online resources available through the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library.
Coronavirus Support Update - Military OneSource Resources
Just like most organizations, Military OneSource is adapting in response to the coronavirus disease outbreak. See below for up-to-date information about Military OneSource services and resources.
Obtaining and Renewing Military ID and Common Access Cards During COVID-19
Your military benefits, like access to commissaries and exchanges and health care, tie in to your military identification card. With current stay-at-home orders in place in most areas because of coronavirus disease 2019, you may be wondering how military ID and Common Access Card issuance and renewal will work.
Medicaid for Family Members With Special Needs
Medicaid is a federal program that provides eligible military families with benefits beyond TRICARE. It covers basic health and long-term care services for eligible children, adults, pregnant women, individuals with disabilities and the elderly, and for families with low income and limited resources.
PCS Moves in a COVID-19 Environment
When it comes time for your next military move, ensure that it’s a safe and successful one. Find out about new safety measures the Department of Defense has put in place to keep you and your family healthy and comfortable throughout the process.
Parenting and Teen Stress
Teens juggle many things: fitting in at school, managing classwork and clubs, the daily tidal wave of hormones, and the ups and downs of high school romances.
12 Can’t-Miss Parenting Resources for Military Parents
From new parent support assistance to newsletters packed with information, military parents have access to numerous resources to make your job of raising kids a little easier and a lot more fun.
Security Clearances and COVID-19 – Adjustments, Cautions and Advice
Learn whether financial difficulties due to COVID-19 might affect your security status and how to address them.
See What’s New With the Exceptional Family Member Program
Learn more about the EFMP & Me tool and other program highlights to improve the experience for military families with special needs.
Guidance for Department of Defense Civilians
The Department of Defense is committed to evaluating the threat from coronavirus disease 2019 and its impact on the nation’s security.
The Exceptional Family Member Program: A Program for Families With Special Needs
When your family member has special needs, you have an extra roster of "must-dos" to be a good guardian of your family. Think about enrolling in the EFMP as one of them.
Staying Safe While Staying Healthy: Tips for Military Families
Keep you and your military family safe and healthy during the coronavirus disease 2019 self-quarantine with these tips.
How to Keep Family Stress Away While Everyone Is Home
Discover new ways to reduce stress as you and your family spend more time together during the coronavirus disease 2019 quarantine.
Top 10 Ways to Practice Resilience Skills During Challenging Times
Here are 10 things you can do to stay strong and practice resilience skills to help yourself, your partner, children and other loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 Tips for Parenting While Your Spouse Is Deployed
When your partner is deployed, it can feel like you are a single parent.
More Parenting Resources for Managing at Home During COVID-19
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents are both teleworking and homeschooling their children. Here are some resources to help you stay the course.
COVID-19 Resources for Parents With Children With Special Needs
Use these resources for military parents of children with special needs to make the best of a difficult time.
Maintaining Strong Relationships: Virtual Resources Available to Military Couples
These virtual resources offer relationship support for service members and their partners or spouses during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
When Home Isn’t Safe: Tips for Victims of Domestic Abuse
Learn what to do to stay safe during the Coronavirus disease 2019 quarantine if you are a victim of domestic abuse.
Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support
Exceptional Family Member Program family support teaches military families with special needs the skills they need to make the best decisions for the person they’re supporting and gives them the confidence and strength to improve their quality of life.
EFMP & Me Online Tool Empowers Military Families With Special Needs
For families with special needs, the Department of Defense Office of Special Needs Exceptional Family Member Program provides support and resources to help you thrive in military life. Now, the new EFMP & Me online tool, available through Military OneSource, expands and tailors support to help you quickly navigate services, connect with resources and advocate for yourself or your family member with special needs ‒ anytime, anywhere.
Military OneSource Virtual Resources for Well-Being
It’s important to take care of all aspects of your health. This includes your emotional well-being. Military OneSource offers telehealth counseling and virtual support. This allows you to get the help you need while staying safe.
Transform Catastrophic Thinking Into Purposeful Action During Times of Crisis
With so much uncertainty and seemingly everything on the line because of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, it is not uncommon to have catastrophizing thoughts.
Understanding the Survivor Benefit Plan
The Survivor Benefit Plan, or SRB, allows retired service members to allocate a portion of their retired pay to a spouse or other eligible beneficiary after their death. Every retiring service member with an eligible spouse or child receives automatic enrollment in the Survivor Benefit Plan at the maximum level
Understanding the Probate Process, Survivor Benefits and Resources for Financial Planning
While no actions can erase the pain you feel after losing a family member or loved one, getting your financial and legal affairs in order can be a small step in the right direction and can provide some peace of mind during this difficult time.
10 Tips for Keeping a Relationship Strong During Deployment and Separation
Whether this is the first time or the 20th time that your spouse has been called to active duty, relationships change when a spouse serves away from home.
Tips for Teleworking During the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019
If you are temporarily working from home due to coronavirus disease 2019, try these tips to help you get started and stay productive.
How COVID-19 Changes Affect Training, Duty, Pay and Benefits
Discover how coronavirus disease 2019 restrictions affect the training, duty, pay and benefits of service members and what commanders and service providers can do to help.
COVID-19 Surge Response Program Lets Federal Employees Fill Needs
The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic is creating tremendous needs across the nation and world. Current federal employees now have a new way to help meet those needs.
The Importance of Practicing Self-Care During Times of Stress
When stress is high with little relief in sight, taking care of yourself is key so you’ll be there for your loved ones and those you serve.
Supporting Your Military Children Through the Deployment Cycle
As parents, we want to be good role models for our children. When word of a deployment comes, you’ll get a chance to show your kids what it takes to be a good guardian of your family.
Preparing Your Family Care Plan
Whether it's a deployment or training, sometimes your military career obligates you to leave your family and loved ones for an extended period of time. While being away from home is never easy, creating a family care plan can give you some peace of mind while you’re gone.
Welcome to Military Life: Support Resources for Military Families
If you’ve recently married into the military, or you or your spouse has just joined, you may be feeling both nervous and excited about the future. During the adjustment period, spouses take on new roles, adapt to new schedules and learn new ways of handling many of life’s obstacles.
Getting the Most from Military Kids Connect
Military kids get to develop skill sets other kids never learn. As a parent, that’s your job — helping your kids cope in healthy ways to changing circumstances.
Stand up for MilKids: How You Can Make a Difference to a Military Child
In the military community, resilience is a familiar and important concept. Service members and their families are aware of the protective role that strong and healthy relationships play in enhancing readiness.
Grief and Loss of a Loved One, The Days Ahead
Grief is a natural response when a loved one dies. How you grieve depends on your personality, your life experiences, the nature of your loss and your coping style.
New Military Parents: Eight Ways to Keep Your Child Safe, Happy and Healthy
Welcome to parenthood. Parenting can be the most rewarding and challenging job you’ll likely have. As a warrior, you’re trained to depend on a team and leave no service member behind.
When You and Your Partner React Differently to COVID-19 Concerns — Tips for Communicating
If different reactions to the COVID-19 outbreak are causing tension in your relationship, these tips and resources from Military OneSource can help.
Checking for Coronavirus-Related Closures on Your Installation
Some programs, facilities and services on your installation may close due to the global outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019. There may be little to no notice and no mention of a reopening date. The reason: the secretary of defense has asked installation commanders to take necessary precautions to keep people safe and help slow the spread.
CAP Adaptive Equipment Availability and Services
Request adaptive equipment for your home office if you have limitations or if your current workspace keeps you from effectively doing your job.
Funeral and Burial Benefits for Service Members
The Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs ensure that service members who die on active duty receive recognition and dignified burial services. Furthermore, survivors are offered care and help.