Military Family Life | Family Activities
When it comes to keeping your family life strong, Military OneSource is your go-to resource. Every day, we help service members and their families stay physically and mentally fit, connect them with fun activities and getaways – often with deep discounts – and ways they can keep the family bond tight. We also are here for you during times when your family needs extra support, whether it’s because of a deployment, a move or a family member that is experiencing a difficult time.
Deployment and Redeployment Requirements During COVID-19
Learn about the new Department of Defense requirements for deployment and redeployment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use Your Tax Return to get Your Coronavirus Impact Payment Quickly
To ease the economic toll of coronavirus disease 2019, the federal government will distribute payments to eligible adults before the end of April. The Internal Revenue Service will use recent tax returns to calculate eligibility and deposit money directly into recipients’ bank accounts.
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.
Family Readiness System
The Family Readiness System supports every service member and family member, regardless of activation status or location, in person, by phone and online.
Don't Get Left Behind: How to Evacuate When Disaster Strikes
Evacuations occur more frequently than most people realize. Know what protective measures to take before, during and after an evacuation.
Before-and-After Steps and Resources for Disasters
It’s crucial to understand the steps to take before and after a natural disaster strikes. As many of us personally are touched by such disasters – either directly or with family or friends– it’s important to be prepared.
Teach Your Kids Healthy Body Boundaries
Talking to your children about their bodies can help protect them from sexual abuse. From the time your children are quite young, have a conversation with them about who can touch them and what to do if they are uncomfortable with someone's touch.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America: Military Partnership
Help your kids meet new people, try new things and have fun with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Draw Strength From Family Routines During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Routines are important as you stay at home because of coronavirus disease 2019. Here are some tips for maintaining helpful parts of your normal routine and adjusting others.
Navigating Relationship Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic can put added stress on relationships for some couples. Learn more about how to handle challenges in relationships, practice self-care – and how to protect yourself and find support to stay safe, if necessary.
Coronavirus Support Update - MyCAA
Just like most organizations, Military OneSource is adapting in response to the coronavirus disease outbreak. See below for up-to-date information about My Career Advancement Account program services and resources: what is new, what has changed and what remains the same.
Coronavirus Support Update – Spouse Education and Career Opportunities
Find up-to-date information about SECO services and resources: what is new, what remains the same and what has changed.
How to Report Child Abuse or Neglect In The Military
Everyone has a role to play in creating safe and healthy communities. This is particularly true when it comes to the health and safety of children.
Signs of Child Abuse
Child abuse offenders come from all ranks, races, religions and income levels. As hard as it can be to imagine, an abuser can be your neighbor, co-worker or even friend.
How to Talk With Your Child About Sexual Abuse
You can help protect your children from sexual abuse by providing careful supervision, establishing open communication and giving them the information they need to be safe.
You're the One Coming Home. Now What?
If you're the one who's deployed and counting down to heading home, you can do a lot to set yourself up for success at homecoming—and beyond.
Department of Defense Summer Camps
Have some activities planned to keep your kids busy, engaged and having fun when school lets out. Department of Defense summer camps may be a great addition to your child's summer lineup.
Domestic Abuse: Military Reporting Options
Deciding whether to report domestic abuse can be difficult. Victims of domestic abuse may feel confused, alone or afraid to get help. If your partner is abusive, knowing your reporting options may help you decide what's best for you and your family.
How to Document Technology Misuse by Your Partner
Does your partner use technology to keep tabs on you? Perhaps even harass or intimidate you? That’s the misuse of technology to abuse, sometimes called digital abuse. If you or someone you know is dealing with digital abuse, it can be useful to know how to document this behavior.
Top 4 Tips for Cell Phone Safety
According to one study, 89% of service members own a smart phone, and over half report regular social media activity. Our cell phones contain a lot of information about us, so keeping it secure and private from prying eyes is important. Privacy on a smartphone is especially relevant for anyone who may have a spouse or partner who is misusing technology to harass or control them. Here are 4 tips that technology safety experts recommend to keep your device safe and secure.
Technology (Mis)Use and Your Relationship
Technology facilitates modern life, with nearly all of us relying on our cell phones, email and social media to communicate, stay connected, and talk with our spouses and partners. According to one study, 89% of service members own a smart phone, and over half report regular social media activity. Smartphones and other devices are the place where much of life happens, including where unhealthy relationship patterns can develop.
Together While Apart, Military Families Connect for the Holidays
You can make this holiday meaningful even if you are thousands of miles apart.
In an Unhealthy Relationship? You Have Options
It’s never easy to end a relationship. But the decision is even harder and more complicated when your partner is hurting you either physically or emotionally.
Remember America’s Military Heroes on Memorial Day Weekend
Throughout American history, men and women have loved our country so deeply that they were willing to give their all to preserve its safety and freedom. On the last Monday in May, our nation honors the selfless heroes who gave their lives to defend the land we love and the freedoms we believe everyone deserves.
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.
Recognizing the Signs of Stress in Children After a Disaster
Even the most well-adjusted children may experience stress following a disaster or traumatic event. It's important to understand how to recognize and address signs of stress so you can help your children cope with their feelings.
Military Youth and Teen Programs
When it comes to keeping kids busy with age-appropriate activities, military youth and teen programs offer something for every child, including organized activities, field trips, computer labs, music stations and workout rooms.
Emergency Family Assistance
All military installations are required to create and maintain an emergency family assistance plan to help protect military families and other Department of Defense personnel.
Creating a Family Emergency Plan
Help keep your family safe by developing a family emergency plan so you are prepared for whatever comes your way.