Friends & Extended Family

Parents, siblings, grandparents, extended family, friends and loved ones of service members are a part of their service member’s network of support – as well as part of the extended military community. It’s honorable to have a warrior in your family or friend network. You may feel pride for your service member’s call to serve and even concern or curiosity about your service member’s military experiences. Military OneSource is committed to helping friends and extended family members better understand military life, military culture and the resources available to your service member.

Find information, insight and tips to help you support your service member and stay connected to military life, no matter where your service member is in the world or their military career.

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How to Support Your Service Member Before Deployment

Your service member has just told you that they’ve received “orders to mobilize” – that means they’ll soon be deployed. This is the moment they have trained for since they entered basic training: preparing to serve a greater mission wherever and whenever they are needed.

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Keeping Occupied During Your Loved One’s Deployment

It’s not unusual to have emotional ups and downs during a loved one’s deployment. Tend to your well-being and plan for your service member’s return with these suggestions

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Gun Safety in the Home

Everyone plays a role in ensuring gun safety at home. Knowing and understanding the safety measures and precautions needed to keep a household safe can save lives.

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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.

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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.

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