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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Military and Family Life Counseling: There for Your Service Member

Military and family life counselors are among the benefits available to help service members overcome challenges and thrive in their military lives.

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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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MilTax: Free Tax Return Filing Help for Your Service Member

If your service member has recently entered the military, you may now lose the ability to claim them as a dependent. On top of that, this may be the first time your loved one has ever had to file a tax return.

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10 Tips for Safe Internet Browsing

Technology abuse — when one partner seeks to control how the other accesses or uses technology and the internet — is a common form of domestic abuse. This article shares 10 tips for safe and smart browsing based on best practices recommended for everyone’s cybersecurity.

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Taking Care of Yourself During Times of Stress and Grief
This past year has been a difficult one for many, with the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it has brought. Caring about someone in the military can add another layer of stress and grief. You may be concerned about your service memb...
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