National Resource Links




1-800-273-TALK, Veterans Press 1










Nationwide Network of Support Centers







The National Caregiver Support Line


The National Caregiver Support Line will be open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The National Caregiver Support Line Toll-Free number is 1-855-260-3274.

 Please also see VA’s updated caregiver website:




(Click on this link or on the graphic above to go to the 211 website)


How Can 2-1-1 San Diego Help?

2-1-1 San Diego is a 24/7 stigma-free and confidential phone service dedicated to connecting people with community, health, and disaster services. When you call 2-1-1 San Diego, you are connected with a highly trained Client Service Representative (CSR) who can assess your needs and situation and match you to the best resources in your community.

When you call 2-1-1 San Diego for military or veterans resources and benefit information, you are connected with someone who can help you navigate the complex system, prescreen you for possible program and benefit eligibility, and connect you to resources.








Veterans Benefits on the Internet


Department of Veterans Affairs Facilities Locator and Directory (Click Here)

VA consumer affairs........................


VA Benefits and Health Care Information:

Compensation & Pension..............................

VA Benefit.ts application.........................


Health benefits and services..........................


Burial and memorial bene.ts...................................


Education bene.ts...................................................


VA home loan guaranties..............................


Board of Veterans’ Appeals.................................


Benefits outside the U.S....................








VA forms................................................................


Other government forms..........



Employment Assistance:


Veterans’ preference ........


Federal government job openings..................


Dept. of Labor ..................................



Business Assistance:


Small Business Administration............................


Small and Disadvantaged Businesses..............



Other Useful Sites:


Arlington National Cemetery....................


Department of Defense......................................


Military funeral honors..................


Military records.................


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Following are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Nearly 100% of this information is without charge and available for all veterans, the only catch is you have to ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you -- and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests:



I.   Links to Official DoD and VA sites

þAmerica Supports You- A DoD nationwide program to showcase and communicate American support to the men and women of the Armed Forces.


þArmy Families Online
Army Families Online is the cornerstone of Army Well-Being communication ,improves constituent understanding of Well-Being initiatives, and obtains constituent feedback. The site offers valuable news and information about Army Life; a SmartBook that offers one-stop access to information and resources through Web links and phone numbers; access to online Well-Being Polls; electronic versions of Well-Being publications such as FLO Notes and Army Well-Being.


þArmy Information Line-Sponsored by Army Well-Being Office (WBLO)            

The Army Information Line is a toll-free telephone resource providing information, useful resources and helpful referral services to those with issues or concerns pertaining to Army Life (deployment, child support, family readiness, etc.). The line serves as a safety net for those who have exhausted all other resources.

Army Well-Being constituent liaisons are available from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday to assist members of the Army's constituent communities — Soldiers (Active-Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve), Civilians, Retirees, Veterans and their Family Members. 1-800-833-6622.


þ National Guard Bureau-Family Program website.
The National Guard Bureau-Family Program portal contains information on programs, benefits, resources and more. The Family Readiness portion of the site looks at the six-step Family Program model to help keep families informed and involved about benefits as a military family. Program Services provides an overview of the various programs that the Family Program covers; Family, Youth and Community Outreach initiatives.

þOffice of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs. Site features various publications on Family Readiness and other topics. Of special interest are publications Family Toolkit and Parent’s Guide for Deployment and Your Soldier. Some of the Articles featured on AUSA website.   and AUSA-


þOnline Army Reserve Family Programs (MyArmyLifeToo). Click on the CYS link to see child and youth information. Site contains practical information about Army Reserve Family Programs.

þCenter for the Study of Traumatic Stress
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress conducts research, education, consultation and training on preparing for and responding to the psychological effects and health consequences of traumatic events. These events include natural (hurricanes, floods and tsunami) and human made disasters (motor vehicle and plane crashes, war, terrorism and bioterrorism). The Center’s work spans studies of genetic vulnerability to stress, individual and community responses to terrorism, and policy recommendations to help our nation and its military and civilian populations.


þCenter For Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (CHPPM)

CHPPM is a key player of medical support to combat forces and of the military managed-care system.  It provides worldwide scientific expertise and services in clinical and field preventive medicine, environmental and occupational health, health promotion and wellness, epidemiology and disease surveillance, toxicology, and related laboratory sciences.  It supports readiness by keeping soldiers fit to fight, while also promoting wellness among their families and the Federal civilian workforce.


þ Combat Stress Center –Sponsored by USACHPPM, this site features various articles in PDF format for coping with stressful situations. The site offers items for service members returning from a combat environment.    


þCommandersPage website

DoD's website for flag and general officers.  Provides latest information on personnel and readiness issues, family support, benefits, new laws that affect military personnel, testimony and transcripts.  Excellent resource for other webmasters and (e)Newsletter editors.


þCommissaries and Exchanges

Learn more about what's on sale today and special offers such as phone cards and gift certificates for deployed servicemembers.


            Defense Commissary Agency


Army and Air Force Exchange Service


            Navy Exchange


            Marine Corps Exchange


            Help Our Troops Call Home


þCourage to Care

Courage to Care is an electronic health campaign consisting of fact sheets that deal with health topics relevant to military life. Courage to Care content is developed by leading military health experts from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.


þ Coping with the Deployment of a Spouse or Partner


þ  Deployment Health Support Directorate – new name, same link!: Force Health Protection and Readiness

The Force Health Protection and Readiness Directorate, formerly the Deployment Health Support Directorate, was established by the DoD to ensure that medical lessons learned from previous conflicts and deployments are integrated into current policy, doctrine and practice. Current information on deployment-related health issues is published on an interactive web site, Deployment LINK. The Directorate also operates a toll-free, direct hotline number where staff members answer deployment-related questions, locate lost medical records and provide contact information in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The number is 800-497-6261.


þDeployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC)


þDeployment Health Clinical Center Library has a number of excellent resources at


þDeployment Health & Family Readiness Library

This website is the result of a partnership between DoD Health Affairs and DoD Military Community & Family Policy.  It provides official fact sheets and other user friendly resources about environmental, occupational and physical health issues related to deployment as well as family readiness information.


þ Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, and educational, medical, and personnel services to families with special needs.

To obtain copies of these enrollment forms (DD Form 2792, Exceptional Family Member Medical Summary or DD Form 2792-1, Exceptional Family Member Special Education and Early Intervention Summary) contact your sponsor’s Personnel Office, an EFMP coordinator, or go online at


þ  Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)

The TRICARE Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) provides financial assistance to eligible beneficiaries who qualify based on specific mental or physical disabilities and offers an integrated set of services and supplies not available through the basic TRICARE program. TRICARE ECHO doesn't replace basic TRICARE programs; it supplements the benefits of the TRICARE program option that eligible beneficiaries use.;jsessionid=H51YjrZcG2jKyns2FKGW279Gj9zP7ddfYMxvPhRgbXwMB6snKn1G!194000623?puri=%2Fhome%2Foverview%2FSpecialPrograms%2FECHO also see

TRICARE Extended Care Health Option:

Health Net Federal Services: Benefits:


þ  Force Health Protection and Readiness -- formerly Deployment Health Support Directorate OR

Force Health Protection and Readiness was established by the DoD to ensure that medical lessons learned from previous conflicts and deployments are integrated into current policy, doctrine and practice. Current information on deployment-related health issues is published on an interactive web site, Deployment LINK. The Directorate also operates a toll-free, direct hotline number where staff members answer deployment-related questions, locate lost medical records and provide contact information in the Department of Veterans Affairs. The number is 800-497-6261.


þForce Health Protection and Readiness Library

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD) for Force Health Protection & Readiness (FHP&R) serves as the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) for all DoD deployment medicine policies, programs, and activities. In carrying out these responsibilities the office is responsible for deployment related health policy, doctrine, theater information systems, system rightsizing, and international agreements.


þ DoD Military Medical Support Office

The Department of Defense Medical Support Office is dedicated to assisting beneficiaries enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote (TRR).Their office is open Monday through Friday from 0700 to 1800 (6:00 p.m.) Central time. Call their toll free line at 1-888-647-6676 (1-888-MHS-MMSO). You can also email them:

For a list of forms and additional information on medical and pharmaceutical reimbursements:


þ Department Of Defense Office of the Military Child in Transition and Deployment
The purpose of this site is to better enable the children of military personnel, their parents, special needs families, military leaders and educators to deal with the various issues that face the military child by providing each group with access to information, tools and resources from a central location. Ultimately, this site aims to enhance the educational and social well being of all military children by increasing the understanding and awareness of how to meet their unique needs.


þ Department of Defense (DoD) website for children dealing with the deployment of a loved one. The sections are divided according to grade level.

þDepartment of Veteran Affairs


þDepartment of Veterans Affairs Survivor benefits


þ Leader’s Guide to Operational Stress (TG 242) (CHPPM):


þ  Leader’s Guide to Suicide Prevention (CHPPM):


þMental Health Self Assessment Program On-line:


þ Humana Healthcare Services, Inc. Self-assessment Tools

Provides TRICARE services to eligible beneficiaries in the TRICARE South Region and Puerto Rico.  Their self-assessment tools can be accessed:

Alcohol abuse

Anxiety disorders:



þ Other On-line Mental Health Assessment Tools

A list of standard health assessment tools to evaluate patients with deployment-related concerns is: Post Deployment Clinical Assessment Tool (PDCAT), Patient Health Questionnaire, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Checklist (PCL), and Short Form Health Survey 36 Item (SF-36v2). They can be accessed at:

The program can be assessed on-line at: or by phone at 1-877-877-3647. The program is available in English or Spanish. Once you have accessed the page, you must enter your affiliated branch of service, and then start the program by selecting one of self-assessment tools, such as depression and bipolar disorder.


Information on getting care, types of treatment, and types of behavioral health providers can be found on TRICARE’s website at: TRICARE provides a list of providers at:


Learning disability:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) signs and symptoms:

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD):



MilitaryHOMEFRONT is the official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers.   Special features include two new sections:  Military Installations which provide point-of-contact information for support services and facilities for more than 250 military installations worldwide, and Plan My Move, a relocation tool that helps make moving easier.  These two new tools replace the old SITES website.


þMilitary OneSource

 Toll Free Number 1-800-342-9647

The Department of Defense offers a 24/7 Military OneSource Call Center and website which provides military service and family member supportive information, community referrals, counseling, education materials, free

webinars and other services.  Additional phone numbers for those with disabilities are shown on the Military OneSource website.  Beginning in October 2007, Military OneSource will offer a new telephonic consultation

service especially for those who live in Europe.


þMilitary Severely Injured Support Center

This section of the website is sponsored by the DoD Office of Military Community & Family Policy.  It provides resources and support for severely injured servicemembers and their families.


þPandemic Influenza Watchboard (Department of Defense)

The official DoD website for Pandemic Influenza information and guidance.


þRoadmap to Reintegration 
This website is intended to provide Soldiers, Civilians, and Family Members with the resources they need for personal reintegration, family reunion and reestablishment of personal readiness after returning from deployment.


þStrong Bonds - Chaplain Facilitated Help with Relationships

Army Reserve and National Guard Commanders and Chaplains who want to offer Strong Bonds to their Soldiers should contact the US Army Reserve Command Chaplain’s office at (404) 464-8475 or the National Guard Bureau Chaplains office at (866) 839-7438.

Active Component Commanders and chaplains who want to offer Strong Bonds in their unit are encouraged to contact the Family Ministries Officer in the Army Chief of Chaplains Office at (703) 601-4448.

Soldiers or family members who want to attend Strong Bonds training should talk to their unit chaplain or go to for information regarding dates and locations of training opportunities.





þ TRICARE behavioral health portal


þ TRICARE Contractors’ Behavioral Health portals


þUS Army Europe Community Resource Guides

The Army has provided Community Resource Guides for many geographic

locations in Europe on this website.  These guides provide phone numbers,

email addresses and links to information on a full range of service and

family member support topics.



The USA4 Military Families initiative seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of Military members and their families, particularly as those needs intersect with state public policy. Through state/military partnerships, DoD seeks to develop relationships with states, work with them to remove unnecessary barriers, and significantly improve the quality of life for military families.


þWalter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) Soldier Family Assistance Center

þYouth Coping With Military Deployment-AMEDD Center & School Child (Mr. Poe) and Teen (Coping with Separation) videos. Information for Toddlers ages 3-5; Children 6-11 and Teens 12-18. This site featuresFAMILY RE-INTEGRATION DVD/VIDEOS & HANDOUTS. The DVD/CD includes a puppet video program for six to eleven year olds (“Mr. Po and Friends”) and a teen interview video for twelve to nineteen year olds (“Promoting Resilience in Your Family”) dealing with family deployment issues.  Viewing the interactive video programs with your children can help decrease some of the negative outcomes of family separation.  Parents, guardians, and community support providers will learn right along with the children by viewing the video and discussing the questions and issues provided in the facilitator’s guides with the children during and/or after the program. The reintegration family tool kit provides a simple, direct way to help communities reduce tension and anxiety, and utilize mental health resources more appropriately; promoting healthy coping mechanisms for the entire deployment cycle that will help families readjust more quickly on redeployment.

Links to United States military organizations


þBattlemind Training

The goal of this training is to develop a realistic preview, in the form of a briefing, of the stresses and strains of deployment on Soldiers. Four training briefs have been developed and are available for Soldiers, Leaders, National Guard/Reserves, and families.


þ Spouse Battlemind Training and


þ Marine Combat / Operational Stress Control (COSC) Program  and


þ The Marine Operational Stress Surveillance & Training (MOSST) Program

A web-based guide for leaders to assist them in effectively managing combat/operational stress is available at: along with a pocket guide available at Marine and Family Service Centers. Also see:  and  and


þ Marine OSCAR Program  and


þ Marine Psychiatric First Aid   


þThe NGB-Family Program Office has established an array of POC information for each of the 54 states and territories.  To view these resources:

Click on:

Then click on: "Other" on the far right of the screen. 

Then click on:  "Local Community Resource Finder" again on the right.

Follow the instructions for Method 1 to search for resources by state or Method 2 to search by city.


þ NGB Benefits guide:


þ Army Reserve Family Programs Locator (for command and Army Reserve Region POCs) can be found at: 

and then click on "Family Programs Staff" in the column on the left.


þ Soldiers’ Redeployment Information brochure (CHPPM):


þ Soldier Combat Stress Reaction:  A Pocket Guide for Spouse and Loved Ones (CHPPM):




þ TRICARE behavioral health portal


þ TRICARE Contractors’ Behavioral Health portals


þ TRICARE Mental Health V Codes

While TRICARE covers most inpatient and outpatient care that is medically necessary and considered proven,there are special rules or limits on certain types of care, other types of care are not covered at all. Some services or treatments require prior authorization from your physician and/or TRICARE or other health insurance. Your coverage and out-of-pocket costs are dependent on your eligibility as a TRICARE beneficiary and may vary according to the program option you are using such as TRICARE Prime or  TRICARE Standard. Contactyour regional contractor or TRICARE Area Office for more information.


DSM IV- Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders


þ Veteran Centers

Vet Centers are in more than 200 locations within the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Their staff is available toll free during normal business hours at 1-800-905-4675 Eastern Standard Time and 1-866-496-8838 Pacific Standard Time. Local contact information for Vet Centers can be found in the Blue Pages of your local phone book or on the web at:


Links to Unofficial Sites and other Helpful organizations and programs


þ About.comwas founded in 1996 and acquired in March 2005 by The New York Times Company(NYSE: NYT). The site includes an enormous information collection that of content on numerous subjects. Additionally the site provides users with in-depth consumer-focused topics. and


þAccessibility & Disability Information & Resources in Psychology

Training & Practice:


þAdolescent Substance Abuse is a comprehensive, well-integrated health and medical resource developed by health care professionals. aims to improve health care by empowering consumers with the online health programs, information and technology that help them make healthy lifestyle changes for themselves and their families.


þ American Psychological Association (APA)

Based in Washington, DC, the American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide.


þAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and ADD

What is ADHD and ADD? The National Institute of Mental Health addresses the disorder and treatment of the disorder.

also see: WebMD – ADD/ADHD Health Center:

Adult & Child ADD/ADHD - One ADD Place:

About ADD/ADHD -


þ Autism, Aspergers & Pervasive Developmental Disorders


Autism, Aspergers & Pervasive Developmental Disorders

The philosophy of this website is that most parents are struggling financially to pay for interventions, and information from 'support services' should not be charging for their support, even if their government funding is marginal. The site contain a comprehensive range of free fact sheets to provide practical information and strategies, both for people with Autism or Asperger syndrome, and their families, caregivers, teachers, employers and the wider community.


See also


Autism Society of America:

Autism Society of America (ASA) is the leading voice and resource of the entire autism community in education, advocacy, services, research and support. The ASA is committed to meaningful participation and self-determination in all aspects of life for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. ASA accomplishes its ongoing mission through close collaboration with a successful network of chapters, members and supporters.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDC’s focus is not only on scientific excellence but also on the essential spirit that is CDC – to protect the health of all people. CDC keeps humanity at the forefront of its mission to ensure health protection through promotion, prevention, and preparedness.


Humana Military Health Care Services

A subsidiary of Humana, Inc. Humana Military Healthcare Services, Inc offers TRICARE to a population of 2.8 million military beneficiaries in the South region of the U. S. and Puerto Rico. In addition Humana Military manages contracts for Patient Appointing Services on various military bases throughout the U. S. Humana Military is committed to building on its reputation of excellence by working in collaboration with military and civilian health care professionals, developing innovative health care solutions, and providing superb customer service.


þ American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

þAmerican Academy of Pediatrics

Site dedicated to the effects of deployment on child and adolescent mental health See Also:

American Academy of Pediatrics - Children’s Behavioral/Mental Health:

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þ American Institute of Stress


þAmerican Psychiatric Association:


þ American Psychological Association’s “Resilience in a Time of War”

þ Autism Society of America

ASA is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. The Society and its chapters share a common mission of providing information and education, and supporting research and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.

þ Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association

Founded in 1980, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI). Together with its network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates, as well as hundreds of local chapters and support groups across the country, the BIAA provides information, education and support to assist the 5.3 million Americans currently living with traumatic brain injury and their families.

Brain Injury Association National Help Line: 1-800-444-6443


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. CDC’s focus is not only on scientific excellence but also on the essential spirit that is CDC – to protect the health of all people. CDC keeps humanity at the forefront of its mission to ensure health protection through promotion, prevention, and preparedness.


þ Channing Bete - Interactive pamphlets on deployment, reintegration (e.g., “Know What? I’m Ready for Reunion!” and “Military Family Wellbeing” and “Your Parent is Coming Home!”)


þ Children’s Behavioral/Mental Health

American Academy of Pediatrics - Children’s Behavioral/Mental Health:

See Also:

U. S. Department of Health and Human Services – National Mental Health Information Center:


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH):


Family Networks:


þ Child Development Institute

The Child Development Institute was founded by Robert Myers, Ph.D. Dr. Myers is a Clinical Child Psychologist with 25 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families and parents. Realizing the unlimited potential of the internet to provide useful information to parents, he decided to utilize this method to provide parent education that is current, relevant and easy to attain.


þ Children’s Grief Education Association (CGEA)

CGEA offers great resources to help you support and care for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

This site offers information on the death of a parent or other loved  and the lasting influence on a child's life. Other useful topics include: Compassion, care, connection, understanding and patience can help and No one should face grief alone.



Operation Homefront’s is the largest online magazine and web-based community for military wives, girlfriends and women in uniform.


þ Deployment Cycle

Pre- to Post and Reintegration – What is Normal?  What should I look for?

Military Child Education Coalition: Deployment Cycle Booklet: See Also


Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library:


NMFA Report on the Cycles of Deployment:


þEating Disorders:

American Psychiatric Association: See Also


National Institute Mental Health (NIMH)


Kids Health for Parents:


þExercise and Stress

President's Counsel on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) is the health, physical activity, fitness and sports information website of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. You can find out about the Council and its work, view our publications, and link to the resources of other government agencies as well as to health and fitness organizations.


Physical activity and health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) physical activity efforts cover a wide spectrum of related topics. This site offers articles on physical activity and disease prevention. See and


þ Federal Citizen Information Center U.S. General Services

For over 35 years, the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services. Consumers can get the information they need in three ways: by calling toll-free 1 (800) FED-INFO, through printed publications, or through information posted on FCIC’s family of websites. Consumers can read, print out, or save the current Consumer Information Catalog and the full text of all the publications listed in it. Consumers can also access additional information on a wide range of subjects by clicking on different topic headings.


þ Gangs and Teens

The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center

See Also


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Youth Network web site:


Parenting Teens



Available to help 24/7 Toll free 1-800-917-3959


þLaughter is still the best medicine.  For more information on laughter therapy visit the following websites:


þ Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.


þMilitary Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

The Military Child Education Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization that identifies the challenges that face the highly mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities and initiates and implements programs to meet the challenges. MCEC's goal is to level the educational playing field for military children wherever they are located around the world and to serve as a model for all highly mobile children.


þ Military Family Research Institute           
The Military Family Research Institute is a cross-departmental research program housed at Purdue University and funded by the Department of Defense, Office of Military Community and Family Policy. The mission of MFRI is to conduct interdisciplinary, multilevel research that provides insight into the impact of quality of life factors on military members and their families.


þ National Military Family Association – Operation Purple Summer Camps
NMFA activities revolve around programs to educate the public, the military community, and the Congress on the rights and benefits of military families AND to advocate an equitable quality of life for those families. Members of the Government Relations Department study issues, testify before Congressional Committees, work with Congressional staff and represent NMFA on advisory groups for many DoD agencies, to include the Defense Commissary Agency Patron Council and the TRICARE Beneficiary Panel. Since its inception in 1969, the effectiveness of NMFA is reflected in accomplishments in most of the issue areas in which the association works. These include medical and dental benefits, dependent education, retiree and survivor benefits, relocation and spousal employment. NMFA staff speaks regularly to all types of groups, including family service organizations, Commanders' Conferences, and officer and enlisted spouse clubs. More than 100 NMFA Representatives in the field extend our presence worldwide. NMFA has access and credibility in areas where it CAN and DOES make a difference.


The Operation Purple summer camp program was created by NMFA in order to give the children the tools to face these challenges head-on and with success. Through the generous funding from Sears, Roebuck & Co. and its Sears American Dream Campaign, the Operation Purple summer camp program was launched in the summer of 2004 and expanded in 2005.


þ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


þReconnecting With Your Children: National Mental Health Association

Returning Service members often have questions abut how to reconnect with their spouses and children. A child’s reactions depend on his or her own personality, but there are several things that all returning parents should keep in mind. This site offers tips for returning service members to reconnect with their children.


þ The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and attention to cultural perspectives, the NCTSN serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education.

The Network comprises 70 member centers-45 current grantees and 25 previous grantees-and is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services through a congressional initiative: the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative.

þ Nutrition


Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) - Farmers markets
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) includes six commodity programs--Cotton, Dairy, Fruit and Vegetable, Livestock and Seed, Poultry, and Tobacco. The programs employ specialists who provide standardization, grading and market news services for those commodities. They enforce such Federal Laws as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Federal Seed Act. AMS commodity programs also oversee marketing agreements and orders, administer research and promotion programs, and purchase commodities for Federal food programs.

To find a farmers market in your state


See Also


Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB/.cmd/ad/.ar/sa.retrievecontent/.c/6_2_1UH/.ce/7_2_5JN/.p/5_2_4TR/.d/0/_th/J_2_9D/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?PC_7_2_5JN_navid=MISSION_STATEMENT&PC_7_2_5JN_navtype=RT&PC_7_2_5JN_parentnav=ABOUT_USDA#7_2_5JN   or


Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005.
For the 70 page scientific document,
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been published jointly every 5 years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs.


Consumer brochure “Finding Your Way to a Healthier You”

Federal Government Food and Nutrition information provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers. Users can find practical information on healthy eating, dietary supplements, fitness and how to keep food safe. The site is kept fresh with the latest news and features links to interesting sites.


Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.


Food composition- Nutrition Data Laboratory
The Mission of the Nutrient Data Laboratory is "To develop authoritative food composition databases and state of the art methods to acquire, evaluate, compile and disseminate composition data on foods available in the United States."

For data on the nutrient content of specific foods


Food and Nutrition Service Assistance Program
The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), formerly known as the Food and Consumer Service, administers the nutrition assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The mission of FNS is to provide children and needy families better access to food and a more healthful diet through its food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition education efforts. Some of the programs the FNS oversees include: the Food Stamp Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Needy Family Program, and the Women Infants and Children program (WIC). FNS works in partnership with the States in all its programs. States determine most administrative details regarding distribution of food benefits and eligibility of participants and FNS provides funding to cover most of the States' administrative costs.

For more information about USDA nutrition assistance programs


Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) - Food safety information
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. For information about keeping food safe to eat


Fruits and Veggies—More Matters
The Fruits & Veggies—More Matters campaign replaces the 5 A Day for Better Health Program. Offering expert cooking advice, nutrition information, and shopping tips, the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters campaign demonstrates that eating MORE fruits and vegetables does matter to all of us.


Nutrition Facts label
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and applied Nutrition


US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services

 The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an organization of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was established in 1994 to improve the nutrition and well-being of Americans. Toward this goal, the Center focuses its efforts on two primary objectives—

Advance and promote dietary guidance for all Americans, and Conduct applied research and analyses in nutrition and consumer economics.


þ Supporting Troops and Their Families           
MilitaryHOMEFRONT is the official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers.


þHOOAH 4 Health
Deployment Guide For Families of Deploying Soldiers. Separation and Reunion

þFamily Guide Building Blocks For A Healthy Future

 SAMHSA‛s Building Blocks for a Healthy Future site offers information and tips for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children aged 3 to 6. Additionally the site features materials, and ideas for spending time with your children and learning together.


þGive an Hour

Give an Hour Projectasks mental health providers to donate one hour per week for a year to assist service members or family members who need these services.


þ Grief Solutions


þ Navy Fleet & Family Support Center Individual Augmentees (F&FSC) resources. The site features several publications for Individual Augmentees and family members.


þ Military Chaplains


Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America

The Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America is a professional support and Veterans Service Organization dedicated to the religious freedom and spiritual welfare of our Armed Services members, Veterans, their families, and their survivors.  They were founded in 1925 and chartered in 1950 by the 81st Congress.  We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service with non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.


þMilitary Money

InCharge® Education Foundation developed Military Money® to provide an authoritative financial resource for military families and help ensure the fighting readiness of America’s armed forces by enhancing their financial readiness to make informed decisions in their everyday lives. The magazine and its companion website, explore such personal finance issues as money management, home and family life for military families, education and career advice, deployment and relocation, and transitioning to the civilian world.


þMilitary Sentinel

Military Sentinel is a project of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Defense to identify and target consumer protection issues that affect members of the Armed Forces.


þMilitary Spouses' Career Network

This web site is intended to supplement the resources of your installation's Family Member Employment Assistance Program (FMEAP)/Spouse Employment Assistance Program (SEAP) by bridging the gaps, empowering you with additional resources to facilitate self-management of your career development, and helping to develop more and better employment opportunities for us all. Your installation's FMEAP/SEAP is your local source of information on employment, education, and career development opportunities.


þ Military Teens on the Move (MTOM)

This site is designed specifically for military teens in the process of moving to a new location. Topics covered include interesting articles  such as “We’re moving again ,”  and “ Your New Life.” The site also features a helpful Military Teens Moving Guide.


þOperation Military Kids

Operation: Military Kids (OMK)  is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment.  This initiative was officially launched in April 2005.  Since its inception OMK has touched 65,000 military youth and provided information to 7200 community members across the United States.


þ Parenting Teens


þ Parents of Service Members

Websites like the Deployment Health Family Readiness Library, Military Homefront and USA4militaryfamilies for state support programs for military families, can be great resources for parents. Some installations are offering reintegration classes for parents to attend when they come to welcome home their deployed servicemembers. We hope that is a trend that will expand and continue. Until that happens, access some very helpful books that have recently been published that deal with combat stress and reintegration.  Down Range to Iraq and Back by Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D. and Chuck Dean and Courage After Fire by Keith Armstrong, L.C.S.W./Susanne Best, Ph.D / Paula Domenici, Ph.D. The Red Cross offers “COMING HOME”: A Guide for Parents, Extended Family Members or Friends of Service Members Returning from Mobilization / Deploymentavailable at your local Red Cross chapter.  Another great resource for all parents, regardless of their servicemember’s affiliation is Your Soldier, Your Army by Vicki Cody ( and Our Sons, Our Daughters – A National Guard Parent’s Guidebook to Deployment by Paula Sumrall (

We would love to hear about resources that you have used as a parent or extended family member that you found helpful.  Please email us at with your suggestions.

See Also

When Your Son or Daughter is Deployed


þ PDHealth - Assist clinicians in the delivery of post-deployment healthcare was designed to assist clinicians in the delivery of post-deployment healthcare by fostering a trusting partnership between military men and women, veterans, their families, and their healthcare providers to ensure the highest quality care for those who make sacrifices in the world's most hazardous workplace.

þ Resources for People Working With Military Personnel and Their Families


þ Returning From The War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members (National Center for PTSD)


þ Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reserves (SOFAR)

A Pro Bono project to provide mental health services to families of Army Reservists.


þ Seasonal Affective Disorder

Mental Health Matters - Seasonal Affective Disorder:  See Also 

Alaska Wellness – Quality of Life:

Seasonal Disorder -


þ Sesame Street “Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families Cope with Military Deployment” video -,


þSesame Street Workshop: When Parents Are Deployed

A television special geared to address the challenges military families face with deployment.


þ Self Help Magazine

SelfhelpMagazine is a service-oriented, educational forum written by behavioral health-care professionals, students and our readership. Their work is a labor of love on the part of all hundreds of authors and staff members, who have shared the common goal of bringing science of psychology to the general public in an easy-to-read format as self-help information.


þ Self-Mutlitation  and


þStrong Bonds (Army)

Strong Bonds is an Army unit-based, chaplain-led program that helps Soldiers and their Families build strong relationships. The program's mission is to build Soldier readiness by providing skills the Soldier can use to strengthen his or her marriage and other relationships. It includes four sub-programs: Single soldier program (Helps warriors choose wisely and build life-long , Couple program, Family program, and Couples preparing for or returning from deployment.


þSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMSHA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work -- a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources -- programs, policies and grants -- toward that outcome.


þ Suicide Hotline Information

The USA National Suicide Hotline is toll free, 24/7 number is 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433.

The number for deaf individuals is: Deaf Hotline  (TTY): 1-800-799-4889


Each State has their own Hotline. This can be obtained by linking to: and scrolling down to “Hotlines in Your State” and clink on your particular state. It is best to contact the National Suicide Hotline.


The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense use the National Talk Hotline: 1-800- 273-TALK or 1-800-273- 8255. The National Suicide Hotline can be contacted, too.


What if your Hotline Phone Number for my local area is no good?

  • Call the National number,
  • Call 911 and tell them you are in suicidal danger,
  • Call 0 and ask for the number,
  • Call 411and ask for the number,
  • Check the front of your phone book for: suicide and crisis prevention, community crisis centers, county mental health center, or hospital mental health clinic, and
  • Visit the USA National web site:


National Talk Hotline: 1-800- 273-TALK or 1-800-273- 8255. The Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA) support and recommend this resource for military service members and their families seeking help. (


Suicide Risk Questionnaire:


þ The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. NIMH supports research on the following disorders: Anxiety ,Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD),Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders),

Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness),Borderline Personality DisorderDepressionEating Disorders,

Generalized Anxiety DisorderObsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)Panic DisorderPost-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD),Schizophrenia, and Social Phobia (Social Anxiety Disorder)


The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Children Mental Health:


þThe Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS) wasfounded in the wake of a military tragedy -- the deaths of eight soldiers aboard an Army National Guard aircraft in November 1992.




þ TRICARE behavioral health portal


þ TRICARE Contractors’ Behavioral Health portals


þ Troubled

Available to help 24/7 Toll free 1-800-917-3959


þU. S. Department of Health and Human Services – National Mental Health Information Center:


þVeterans and Families

Veterans and Families Coming Home is a national non-profit community service and support organization, founded and directed by veterans, parents, grandparents, family members, employers, mental health professionals, academics and community leaders.


þWorld Laughter Tour

The World Laughter tour promotes a worldwide movement for health, happiness and peace. They encourage everyone to tap into the benefits of positive laughter & humor, which are natural pathways to mind-body, mental & physical health.  See Also


þHolistic On-Line offers information on alternative and integrative medicine.



þZERO to Three

ZERO TO THREE's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. A national nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that advances our mission by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.


II.  Articles


NOTE:  Remember to see these two websites for extensive lists of articles about deployment and family support:


Adjustments among Adolescents in Military Families When a Parent Is Deployed Final Report June 30, 2005  (Military Family Research Institute Purdue University)


An Achievable Vision: Report of the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health June 2007


The Department of Defense Plan to the Vision of the DoD Task Force on Mental Health Report to Congress September 2007


The Promotion of Mental Health and The Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders:  Surely The Time is Right (International Journal of Emergency Mental Health)


"The Returning Veteran of the Iraq War: Background Issues & Assessment



Iraq War Clinician Guide, 2nd Edition (online)


“Hidden Toll of the War in Iraq,” Mental Health And The Military ,September, 2004


"The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: A Military Family Perspective"


"Working with the Bereaved: U.S. Army Experiences with Nontraditional

Families" Read Abstract


"Interpreting symptoms in military personnel after combat" Abstract


"Impact of the Threat of War on Children in Military Families"


Mental Health Advisory Team (MHAT) III


Mental Health Advisory Team (MHAT( IV)


Multiple Transitions of Deployment and Reunion for Military Families Shelley M. MacDermid Purdue University June 22, 2006


The President’s New Freedom Commission Report


School Mental Health Services in the United States 2002-2003


The American Psychiatric Association A Vision for the Mental Health System April 3, 2003


"The Effect of Combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on the Family"