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Friends & Extended Family

As a parent, sibling, grandparent, fiancé, extended family member or friend of a service member, you feel pride for your loved one’s call to serve. You may also have questions about your service member’s military experience. We have answers for you.

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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.

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Deployment Basics for Friends and Family

The deployment cycle is the period of time from the notification of a deployment, through pre-deployment training, through the deployment, and immediately after deployment. Every deployment cycle is different, but here are some general things to know.

Staying in Touch with Old Friends

Finding out about another move can leave you feeling angry, sad, or worried about the future. You may be wondering: How am I going to say goodbye to all my friends? How am I going to make new friends? But just because you’re moving, it. …

Friends & Family Connection eNewsletter Archives

This bi-monthly published eNewsletter is written specifically for the friends, family and loved ones that make up a service member’s support network. The newsletter includes insights and information about military life.. …
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Military Homecoming: Things to Consider as a Family Member or Friend

The anticipation of a homecoming may come with many different feelings. It is understandable that you may be feeling anxious, excited, even worried all at once. As a family member or friend, you can be a key supporter for your service member as they return home from deployment – no matter if you live nearby or far away.

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Military Promotions: What Friends and Family Should Know

A military promotion is a significant achievement in a service member’s career It’s a testament to their commitment, mastery of duties and skill, and to the service member’s leadership capabilities. Some promotions are more meaningful than others, especially as service members move up in rank.

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MilTax: Tax Services for the Military

MilTax preparation and e-filing software is available mid-January through mid-October. Powered by an industry-leading tax service provider, it’s designed to address situations specific to the military. This easy-to-use, self-paced tax software walks you through a series of questions to help you complete and electronically file your federal return and up to three state tax forms. Calculations are 100% accurate – guaranteed by the software provider.

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PCS & Military Moves

Military OneSource makes it easy to connect with experts for immediate moving help, access powerful planning tools and get proven, practical moving information and resources on things like permanent change of station, staying safe while moving during COVID-19 and more.

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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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Military Moves 101 — Your Service Member’s First PCS

Relocating to new parts of the country — or the world — is part of the adventure of military service. Learn how the DOD makes PCS moves easier for service members.

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Foster Parenting and Military Adoption

Military families who adopt or foster provide loving homes to children who need them. Learning about adopting or fostering while in the military will help you support your loved ones as they go through the process.

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Support Groups for Parents of Service Members

Having a son or daughter in the military can bring about a host of emotions, from pride in their service to concern for their safety. It’s natural to want to connect with other parents like you.