Confidently navigate life in the National Guard, and find the support you need as you serve home and country. From financial counseling to family relationships, you can access resources as you serve your country in the guard. These pages help you and your family locate services at the state and unit level, and take advantage of valuable federal benefits and programs.
Emotional wellness can be a difficult concept to peg – it seems all facets of health connect in some way to your emotions, whether you feel joyful at seeing your favorite sports team win, worried about your deployment, angry at losing a loved one, or any of the myriad emotional responses that everyday life can trigger.
Family Wellness: Strengthen Your Family Ties
The first support community we join as human beings is our family unit. Service members thrive best with support from their families, and families in turn cope better with their service member’s active participation in helping the family stay strong in the face of unique challenges they face as part of the National Guard community.
Financial Services to Keep You Financially Fit
National Guard members and their families face many of the same challenges as active-duty military families. Your Guard status does, however, mean that you face some unique issues, like connecting with the resources you need when you don't live near an installation and transitioning back to your civilian job.
The National Guard Family Program: You and the Community
Community outreach is defined as an endeavor by an organization to connect its ideas or practices to the efforts of other organizations, groups, specific audiences or the general public. The National Guard Family Program Community Outreach focuses on connecting Guard families with local, regional and national organizations in support of their everyday lives at home.
Monitor Your Financial Health
Applying for a loan is a common first step toward buying a home, buying a car or going back to school. The application process itself can be stressful, and there’s nothing worse than hearing your loan application was denied. Even with a steady income and a good payment history, your loan application could be rejected because you already have too much debt.
Job Opportunities in Your Local Community
Find workforce development career center websites and veterans representatives by state and territory.
Serve Your Country as an ESGR Volunteer
Our dedicated volunteers come from all walks of life. We are business executives, civic leaders, and patriotic citizens. Your involvement, with as little as a few hours a month, can improve the employer relations of the brave men and women that place themselves in harm’s way, leave their families and put their careers on hold as they preserve our way of life.
A Benefits Guide for National Guard and Family Members
This guide provides a valuable resource to service and family members who may have questions about their entitlements and benefits or simply need to know who to contact for assistance.
National Guard Families and Friends
Being there for the ones you care about can make a difference in the life of a service member or a member of your family. Learn how to support soldiers, airmen and each other.
Youth Services for National Guard Families
The Child and Youth Services is an integral component of the National Guard’s comprehensive approach to family readiness. By upholding the well-being of the entire family, the CYS offers outcome-based activities designed to foster positive youth development and support the unique strengths and challenges of National Guard children.
Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders
Learn about opportunities and support Family Programs provides for National Guard kids of all ages. The military services offer a wide variety of quality children and youth programs in structured developmental settings on and off the military installation to provide for safe, age-appropriate activities.
Civilian Employment Information (CEI)
We know that life in the National Guard can get busy. But don’t let that be the reason you don’t submit your Civilian Employer Information to the Department of Defense. Based on the information you submit annually, defense officials will know whom they can call to active duty without putting civilian jobs at risk.
Save Money Every Day
As a new service member, you probably have financial pressures you've never faced before, such as paying rent or buying a car. And you're beginning to make financial choices that can negatively or positively impact your future, such as paying off credit card debt.
Returning to Work After You Serve
Your experiences in service as a National Guard member may change you in ways you might not recognize until you are back in your workplace environment. With awareness and preparation, you can ease your way back into the workplace.
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act provides that an employer must give you time off to perform military service and reemploy you following the service with status, seniority and rate of pay as though you never left.
Financial Readiness = Mission Readiness
The Financial Management Awareness Program is here to help you alleviate financial distress so you can be “Always Ready, Always There.”
Contact State Coordinators
Get contact information for your local Building Healthy Military Communities State Coordinator.
How to Build a Community Force
Whether you want to create a new community force, join one or improve the community force in your state, you can find what you need to take action.
About the National Guard Family Program
The National Guard Family Program exists for the sole purpose of supporting and educating families along the path of their National Guard life. In addition to our national office in Washington, D.C., we have an incredible team of staff members and volunteers in each of the 54 states and territories.
Your Psychological Health Program Questions, Answered.
Get answers to questions that people are asking about the National Guard Bureau Psychological Health Program.
Spouses and Partners: Loving Someone in the Military
National Guard spouses and partners play an important role in the health and well-being of their service member. Whether it’s maintaining a household or providing emotional support, being a partner to a service member may present greater challenges as well as greater opportunities to be close to one another.
Veterans Affairs Benefits Available After Deployment
The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a variety of benefits for veterans, dependents and survivors based on active military service. For National Guard members, that means being federally activated to serve, and being discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.
Veterans Affairs Health Care Benefits
Veterans Affairs operates the nation’s largest integrated health care system with more than 1,400 care sites, including hospitals, community clinics, community living centers, domiciliary, readjustment counseling centers and various other facilities.
The Pillars of Wellness
Understanding the five areas of resilience can help you achieve resiliency and successfully meet the challenges that many military members experience.
About Joining Community Forces
Community Forces focus the efforts of local providers with a common goal: to strengthen the local military community. Because Community Forces work in communities around the country, they are uniquely positioned to find and consolidate the best local resources, and that means providing better and faster assistance to service members, military families and veterans when they need it.
When A Son or Daughter Deploys
Parents can experience a wide range of emotions regarding their son or daughter’s service in the National Guard, from pride in their accomplishments to fear for their safety.
An Overview of the Psychological Health Program’s Services
The National Guard Psychological Health Program is here for you, with Directors of Psychological Health in every state, territory and the District of Columbia to ensure you receive the care you deserve.
About the National Guard Employment Support Program
The National Guard's Employment Support Program has expanded responsibilities recently to include employment facilitation. Program Support Specialists have been recently trained utilizing the CASY-MSCCN case management system for consideration and implementation in their respective states.
About the Transition Assistance Program
Learn about the Transition Assistance Program’s vision and mission, plus transition support and more.
What Transition Assistance Advisors Can Do for You
Let us serve you. Transition Assistance Advisors can connect you to Veterans Affairs benefits, health care and more, walking you through the system to get you the services you deserve.
Managing Your Debt
FINRA Foundation research shows a significant number of military families have large credit card debt, with one in four respondents reporting outstanding balances of more than $10,000. Use these tools to learn more about credit scores, managing credit and ultimately making better financial decisions.
Predatory Lending Warning Signs
Payday lending (sometimes called a "cash advance") is the practice of using a post-dated check or electronic checking account information as collateral for a short-term loan. To qualify, borrowers need only personal identification, a checking account and income from a job or government benefits, like Social Security or disability payments.
Smart Financial Management Starts With Smart Choices: Making Ends Meet
Learn how certain milestones in your life can have financial benefits and consequences.
Strong Bonds: Building Ready Families
Strong Bonds honors and supports service members and families in the Guard and reserve components by providing offsite family and marriage retreats to strengthen your relationships and help you and your family manage the pressures of deployments and reintegration – together.
About the Psychological Health Program
Learn about our goals, our vision, and the leadership team that strives to extend mental health support to the National Guard community.
Spiritual Wellness: The Importance of Hope, Connection and Purpose
Spirituality is expressed in many forms, whether tied to a religion, a moral philosophy, or an inherent sense of connectedness with something greater than oneself. In any form, spirituality is always personal.
Everyone needs a wingman or battle buddy. Service members often refer to their unit as a “second family” who they can turn to for support, friendship, and even protection.
Service members in the National Guard need to maintain a level of optimal physical performance (after all, that’s what the PT test is for), but that’s not the only reason to be physically fit.
National Guard Kids are Heroes, Too
National Guard kids deserve as much care and support as service members do. Military children face unique challenges from other children.
“I think I need help.” These words can empower change and begin the journey toward self-discovery and healing. If you know you need assistance, don’t wait to ask for help. Contact the Military Crisis Line to connect with a trained counselor with a single phone call or click of a mouse.
About Building Healthy Military Communities
The BHMC pilot is a multi-year initiative that aims to better understand unique challenges faced by geographically dispersed service members and their families that may impact their readiness, resiliency and well-being.
About the Family Program Accreditation Program
Accreditation is the formal evaluation of an organization/program against best practice standards. It indicates that an organization/program has met the standards set forth by an accrediting body.
The National Guard Family Program's Vision and Mission
Learn more about our commitment to take care of National Guard members and their families.
FAQs About the Accreditation Program
Frequently Asked Questions about the National Guard Family Program Accreditation Program.
Readiness is Within Your Reach
Family Readiness is a critical issue for the Department of Defense. Quality of life and family matters are priority issues for the secretary and the services. The department's ability to assist service members and their families to prepare for separations during short and long-term deployments is paramount to sustaining mission capabilities and mission readiness.
Information for Non-medical Counseling On-Demand Requests
Military OneSource, Military & Family Life Counselors, Child & Youth Behavioral, and Personal Financial Counselors support is available to active duty, National Guard and reserve members and their families regardless of activation status.
Manage Your Money With a Spending Plan
Did you realize that if you have trouble managing your finances, your unit readiness will be affected? It's true. Money problems affect not only your life, they also affect the lives of those in your unit. How? If you have financial problems, your job performance and your personal life will suffer and you could lose your security clearance. All of these factors directly affect unit readiness.
About the Financial Management Awareness Program
Financial services, as referred to in the law, are defined as life insurance, casualty insurance and other insurance; investments in securities or financial instruments; banking, credit, loans, deferred payment plans, and mortgages.
Busting 12 Benefit Myths
Don’t know what to believe about transition assistance, VA benefits and entitlements? View the myths and the truth.
Transition Assistance Program Benefits Overview
Learn about the many benefits and entitlements that are available to you through Veterans Affairs and our government partners.
Frequently Asked Questions About the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
Which employers are covered by USERRA? Read on for answers to the most common questions about employment rights and how to manage your National Guard career without jeopardizing your job.
Get Help Balancing Your Military and Civilian Jobs
National Guard members have plenty of responsibilities to think about. Worrying about civilian job security shouldn’t be one of them. Get vital information on how to handle both your civilian career and National Guard career.
How to Keep Your Civilian Boss on Your Side
Don't take your employer's support for granted. Keep your boss informed about what you do in the military and when you do it. Let your boss know the vital mission that is supported by your participation in the National Guard or reserve.
Reward your Employer’s Support
Many civilian employers are very supportive of the National Guard and its mission. They go out of their way to help guardsmen when they’re called to service – sometimes even providing aid to Guard families – and they gladly welcome guardsmen back to work when they return to civilian life.