Understanding and Dealing With Combat Stress and PTSD

Combat stress, also known as battle fatigue, is a common response to the mental and emotional strain when confronted with dangerous and traumatic situations. It is a natural reaction to the wear and tear of the body and mind after extended and demanding operations.

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Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representatives

The National Defense Authorization Act 2014, Section 633, requires each secretary of a military department to designate a specific member to assist spouses and other dependents of service members, including Reserve Components, who die on active duty.

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How to Cope With a Traumatic Event

A violent act, catastrophic accident, or sudden loss can leave you feeling anxious and fearful, which are normal reactions. But if anxiety and fears are taking over your or a loved one’s life, you may want to consider professional help.

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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.

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Renters Insurance: Do I Really Need It?

Mastering your move and finding a good place for your family to live can take a lot of time and energy, so it’s not surprising that something like renters insurance could be overlooked. However, it’s a small cost that can save you big money if something happens to your personal belongings.

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Stepsiblings Now Included in Gold Star Lapel Button Program

The Gold Star Lapel Button Program has expanded to include stepsiblings among survivors eligible for the honor of receiving and wearing a pin recognizing the loss of their service member.

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Scholarship Opportunities for Surviving Family Members

There are several scholarship opportunities available from both private organizations and federal programs if you or your children are interested in pursuing higher education.

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Getting Help for Combat Stress

Learning to recognize the signs of combat stress in yourself, another service member or a family member who has returned from a war zone can help you call on the right resources to begin the healing process.

Guides and Toolkits

The following management tools are available for download and printing by children and youth program service providers to help conduct and promote their programs. Upgrades for Acrobat Reader software are available at no charge at. …
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Suicide Awareness

Suicide is a serious concern in military communities; service members and their families deal with a great number of stressors. You can help reduce the risk of suicide. Pay attention to those around you — or reach out to talk to someone if you feel you can’t cope.

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Relationships – Benefits

Whether you’re dating, newly married or counting double-digit anniversaries, relationships ebb and flow. It’s normal. Sometimes we all need help between the moves, deployments and separations. Strengthening your marriage with. …
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Protect Your Children from Health Risks by Building Family Resilience

As a parent, being aware of factors that can impact your child’s well-being – even into adulthood – is mission-critical. Research shows that when a child has a secure bond or attachment with their parent or caregiver, they can better manage stress.

Confidential Non-medical Counseling Provides Support

Everyone struggles at one time or another to cope with the pressures of life. For military families, those pressures may be complicated by frequent moves, deployments and separations from loved ones. The Department of Defense makes free, confidential non-medical counseling available to service members and their families to work on issues.

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Top Military OneSource Parenting Resources

You have a busy life working, caring for the kids, cleaning the house, running carpool and making dinner. Military OneSource understands that and does your homework for you. We highlight the latest resources, information and advice on parenting so that you don’t have to spend hours at the computer on your downtime looking up services.

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15 Tips for Helping Your Teenager Deal With Deployment

Patience, communication and extra care can go a long way in comforting a teenager who is dealing with deployment. Knowing how to respond as a parent to the feelings associated with deployment will ensure a successful transition for everyone.

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Stress Management During Deployment

In the military, stress happens. And too much can affect performance, safety and well-being. During deployment, it is especially important to know the signs of stress and how to manage it.

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Specialized Housing – The Essentials

Finding the right place to live is part of the adventure of military life. Housing options will be influenced by a variety of things such as rank, location and family size. You may want to live on the installation, rent a townhome off base or buy a home. Before you decide where to build your nest, it is important to weigh all the information and know about the resources available as a renter or homeowner.

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PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury – The Essentials

Coping with the physical and emotional changes resulting from post-traumatic stress or a traumatic brain injury can be challenging not only for the person with the diagnosis, but also for family members and caregivers. While Military OneSource does not provide direct health care services, it can connect service members and their families with the appropriate resources for those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury. Find out more.

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For Children and Youth – Benefits

Defense Department financial aid for schools with military-connected students You can help your child’s school get more money through both the DOD and Department of Education’s. …
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How to Cope With a Breakup

The end of a relationship can bring out many emotions. Learn ways to cope with a breakup and look toward the future.