Relationship and Family Support

Support Groups, Domestic Violence Resources, Blue Star/Gold Star, More

Adults & Children Together (ACT) Against Violence
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A national violence prevention program that focuses on adults who raise, care, and teach children ages 0 to 8 years old. Includes searchable database that addresses topics related to children, violence and violence prevention.

American Gold Star Mothers
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An organization of mothers whose sons or daughters served and died that this world might be a better place in which to live.

Army Family Readiness Group
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The web site of choice for Army Families, providing accurate and up-to-date, unit-specific, articles and information on various topics.

Bereaved Parents of the USA
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A national non-profit self-help group that offers support, understanding, compassion and hope especially to the newly bereaved be they bereaved parents grandparents or siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of their children, grandchildren or siblings.

Blue Star Mothers of America
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Mothers who now have, or have had, children serving in the military. They are a non-profit service organization supporting each other and their children while promoting patriotism.

Cafe Mom: Military Moms
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The proud home base to thousands of military wives, girlfriends and active duty moms looking to connect and support each other.

Caregiver Assistance and Resources
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VA offers a number of services that can provide you with the support that's right for you. Whether you and the Veteran you care for could use some help at home or you just need someone to listen, they are here to support you. Follow the link to learn more about the variety of services available to Family Caregivers.

Caregiver Eligibility Check
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A questionnaire to find out if you meet the criteria for VA's new program for certain Veterans needing the assistance of a caregiver. Based on your answers to the questions, you will be guided to complete the appropriate online application for VA benefits.

CDC Intimate Partner Violence Prevention
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a serious problem that can have lasting harmful effects on individuals, families, and communities. The goal for IPV prevention is simple-to stop it from happening in the first place. However, the solutions are just as complex as the problem.

CDC Sexual Violence
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Sexual violence is a serious problem that can have lasting, harmful effects on victims and their family, friends and communities. The goal for sexual violence prevention is simple-to stop it from happening in the first place. However, the solutions are just as complex as the problem.

Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund
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Strives to provide support to surviving U.S. Military children and spouses that have lost a loved one in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars or whose service member has sustained a serious disability.

Comfort Zone Camp
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A bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. The free camps include confidence building programs and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings. Comfort Zone Camps are offered to children 7-17, and are held year-round across the Country.

Coming Home Project
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A non-profit organization providing holistic services for veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, their families, and their service providers. They are a multidisciplinary and inclusive collaborative of psychotherapists, veterans, family members, and interfaith leaders committed to improving the psychological, emotional, spiritual, and relationship challenges faced by OIF/OEF service members and veterans, family members, and service providers during all stages of deployment, pre-deployment, during, and reintegration.

Courage to Care, Courage to Talk
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Since its establishment in 2006, The Child and Family Program (CFP) of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) has been conducting research to advance scientific knowledge and clinical interventions that address the needs of children and families affected by trauma, especially military children and families.

Dougy Center
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Provides support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children in grief. We are supported solely through private support from individuals, foundations and companies. The Dougy Center does not charge a fee for its services.

FOCUS: Family Resiliency Training for Military Families
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Provides resiliency training to military families. It teaches practical skills to meet the challenges of deployment and reintegration, to communicate and solve problems effectively, and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story.

Gold Star Wives of America
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Provides service, support and friendship to the widows and widowers of military personnel who died on active duty or as the result of a service connected cause.

Half of Us: Veteran Resource Center
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Offers support and advice on how to help veterans acclimate to life on a college campus-particularly to ensure their emotional well-being.

Kids for Our Troops
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Homes for Our Troops has created this website to help parents, children, teachers, students, club leaders and civic organizations find out how they can get involved in our effort to provide specially adapted homes for our most severely wounded soldiers.

Military Child Education Coalition
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A 501(c)(3) organization that identifies the challenges facing the military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities, and implements programs to meet those challenges.

Military Community & Family Policy (MC & FP)
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Oversees programs and policies establishing and supporting community quality of life (QOL) programs for service members and their families worldwide. The office also serves as the focal point for coordination of the broad range of QOL issues within the Department of Defense (DoD).

Military Families Knowledge Bank
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Provides a myriad of resources available to assist Military Family Members in coping with deployments and homecomings. As well as resources for service-members and veterans experiencing stress-related mental health issues.

Military Family Network
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Works with the military, government, organizations, businesses and military families to create a community of expert and trusted resources both online and off. Through MFN, the military community can be confident that they can tap into a wealth of programs, services, and resources. Using this information, military families can build their own personal support networks, customized to their family needs, to increase their readiness and well-being.

Military FamilyLink
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Provides resources and information for servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

Military Homefront
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The Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you'll find what you need!

    Healthy Parenting Initiative
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    A user-friendly, diverse set of materials to help military parents with young children increase their parenting effectiveness. It is a collection of creative materials designed to take advantage of "teachable moments" and to inform parents about topics related to parenting in the context of deployment, relocation, and dangerous work, as well as general parenting information.

    Joint Family Support Assistance Program
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    Provides a continuum of support and services based on member and family strengths and needs and available resources. The primary focus of support is families who are geographically dispersed from a military installation. Services are delivered in local communities through collaborative partnerships with Federal, State, and local resources.

    Special Needs/Exceptional Family Member Program
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    Designed to give service members and their families critical information and resources related to the EFMP. Be sure to visit the EFMP ToolBox to access the Department of Defense Special Needs Parent Toolkit, containing comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support, and entitlements.

Military Impacted Schools Association
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A national organization of school superintendents. Their mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children.

Military Kids Connect
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An online community of military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from pre-deployment through a parent's or caregiver's return.

Military Spouse Resource Center
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Works to provide easy access to information, resources and opportunities related to education, training, and employment for military spouses.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
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Builds collaborations of communities and individuals to end violence. Visit this site to learn about domestic violence, create a safety plan, or find resources on domestic violence. Find tips on getting help and on protecting identity and Internet safety against an abuser.

National Families in Action (NFIA)
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Seeks to help families and communities prevent drug use among children by promoting policies based on science.

National Military Family Foundation
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Works to educate military families concerning their rights, benefits and services available to them and to inform them regarding the issues that affect their lives and to promote and protect the interests of military families by influencing the development and implementation of legislation and policies affecting them.

National Resource Directory
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Provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

National Violence Against Women Prevention Research Center
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Seeks to help prevent violence against women by advancing knowledge about prevention research and fostering collaboration among advocates, practitioners, policy makers, and researchers.

Navy Fleet and Family Support Center
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Provides unified, customer-focused, consistent, and efficient FFSP programs and services to support sustained mission and Navy readiness. We provide the right services at the right time, to strengthen personal and family competencies to meet the unique challenges of the military lifestyle.

Nursing Home Abuse
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Works to raise awareness of the nursing home abuse epidemic, educate the public about its causes, help residents and families prevent abuse, and help victims cope with the consequences of nursing home abuse.

Operation Military Kids
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The U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether Families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.

Our Military Kids
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Offers support to the children of deployed and severely injured National Guard and Military Reserve personnel through grants for enrichment activities and tutoring that nurture and sustain the children during the time a parent is away in service to our country. Youth sports, fine arts and tutoring programs help the children better cope with challenges arising during a parent's deployment or injury recovery.

Purple Star Veterans and Families
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A community of spouses, children, parents, grandparents, extended family members and friends of homecoming Veterans, created to insure successful transitions from military to civilian life.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
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Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at RAINN, the country's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN's hot line for sexual assault victims can provide information about local crisis resources.

Resources & Education for Stroke Caregivers' Understanding & Empowerment (RESCUE)
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Provides stroke caregivers with information and resources to help them better care for their loved ones as well as giving caregivers information to help them better take care of themselves.

Scholarships for Military Children
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Awards scholarships to military children for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other related expenses. Every commissary location where qualified applications are received may award more than one scholarship per commissary based on response and funding.

Sesame Workshops: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes, and Grief
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A series of videos by the people behind Sesame Street, focusing on the effects of military deployments on children and families.

Snowball Express
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Works to create new hope and new memories for the children of fallen military heroes who have died while serving our country since 9/11.

SOFAR: Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists
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A pro bono, mental health project that provides free psychological support, psychotherapy, psychoeducation and prevention services to extended family of reserve and national guard deployed during the Global War on Terrorism from time of alert through the period of reunion and reintegration.

Soldiers’ Angels
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A volunteer-led nonprofit providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, its hundreds of thousands of Angel volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.

State Coalitions to Support Military Families
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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.

T.A.P.S. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
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Provides a variety of counseling services for those grieving the death of a loved one serving their country.

Tutor.com Military
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Gives eligible military families access to free online tutoring and free homework help from live, professional tutors in more than 16 subjects. Military families who are moving frequently or dealing with a deployed parent can rely on our tutors for expert help staying on top of tonight’s homework or catching up on missed concepts and lessons—at no cost.

U.S. Special Operations Command Care Coalition
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Strives to track, support, and advocate for all Special Operations Forces’ wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families. Their commitment is to provide these individuals with exceptional service and valuable information in order to enhance their quality of life.

University of Maryland Family-Informed Trauma Treatment Center
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Works to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate theoretically sound, family-based interventions for urban and military families to support positive outcomes for children and families who have experienced chronic trauma and stress.

USDA Women, Infants, and Children
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WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

USO
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Millions of times each year at thousands of locations around the world, the USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. A nonprofit, congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities. The USO is not part of the U.S. government, but is recognized by the Department of Defense, Congress and President of the United States, who serves as Honorary Chairman of the USO.

VA Kids
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Provides resources and information for the children of veterans and servicemembers.

Vacations for Veterans
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Provides a ‘free’ week of vacation lodgings to veterans of the United States Armed Forces who recently have been wounded in action.

Veteran Caregiver
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Veteran CareGiver was developed as an important adjunct to military family support. This site is intended to provide connection, community, and cohesion among those informal and essential CareGivers who provide priceless support of their loved ones, and who deserve a venue to share their experiences and gain recognition for their daily contributions.

Veteran's Airlift
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Provides transportation for service member families for healthcare or other compassionate purposes.

Veterans’ Children
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Seeks to assist in the building of an historic bridge between veterans and their children, a bridge of stories.

Wish for Our Heroes
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Strives to relieve the burdens of family separation, re-integration for deployed soldiers, hardship circumstances, and other means of assistance not covered by existing military charities.

 
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