Help for Military Families

Armed Forces and Military Jobs
Links on this page hosted by Job-Opportunities.com offer advice on how former military personnel, even those with disabilities, can find work in the civilian sector after their term of service ends.

Armed Forces Relief Trust
The main website for collecting donations for military relief organizations.

Army Community Service Center
MyArmyLifeToo offers information and articles on various topics, such as home and personal safety, managing deployment and money management.

Army Emergency Relief
(866) 878-6378
Army Emergency Relief offers financial counseling and assistance via grants and loans for emergency housing, food, medical assistance and other essentials. It is usually handled via the local or base Army Emergency Relief officer. It also offers scholarship programs.

Army Families Online
(800) 833-6622
Army Families Online staffs the Army Information Line from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST. They offer information and referral services for Army soldiers, civilians, retirees, veterans and families and address all issues and concerns. For mental health services, they refer to One-Source or for active-duty soldiers, they can connect them to their chaplain or someone in their chain of command.

Army Family Readiness Group
Family members can check their unit’s Web site for up-to-date information and information about other families in the unit.

Business and Professional Women/USA Business and Women’s Professional Foundation
(202) 293-1100
This group developed Women Joining Forces, a program designed to help women veterans re-enter the workforce.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
(800) 881-2462
The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance program offers financial counseling and assistance via grants and loans for emergency housing, food, medical assistance and other essentials.

Disability Information for Veterans
This page on the Disabled Travelers website provides a concise summary of VA and Social Security disability benefits and the application process.

Employment Resources for Military Spouses
Resources and recommendations for military spouses seeking part-time or full-time employment.

Guide to Financial Assistance for Military Families
This section of the digital couponing and discount site RetailMeNot offers links and contact points for purchasing a home, paying for college, and financial assistance.

Marine Corps Community Services
Find support programs, including deployment, relocation and transition.

Military Family Network
Their mission is to support military families and increase their readiness and well-being by connecting them with their communities and the organizations that provide the best service and value.

Military OneSource
(800) 342-9647 (24-hour, toll-free number)
Military OneSource offers information and articles on various topics, such as home and personal safety, managing deployment and money management. The site also includes combat stress resources for military families.

MilSpouse.org
The Military Spouse Resource Center provides information and resources to spouses of military personnel related to education, training and employment within the U.S. They also have a section on relocation resources.

National Military Family Association
(800) 260-0218
The National Military Family Association educates military families about their rights and benefits. Their main programs are Spouse Scholarships (awarded to spouses to obtain professional certification or attend post-secondary or graduate school) and Operation Purple Camps (summer camps for military children).

Sesame Street for Military Families
Tools for helping children of military families with a variety of situations such as deployments, homecoming, relocation, injuries, and grief.

Tips for Your Next PCS Move
Tips from military families for preparing for Permanant Change of Station (PCS) moves.

Veterans and Families
This site provides information and resources to help homecoming veterans and their families in their transition from military to civilian life, including links to online support groups.

Related Publications

Advancing the Health of the Family left Behind
Being a Couple Again
Coping when a Family Member Has Been Called to War
Coping With the Stress of Ongoing Military Operations
Courage to Care: Becoming a Couple Again
Families in the Military
Helping Children Cope During Deployment
Helping Kids Cope
Helping Our Children Deal With War

How to Get Back to Normal
Reconnecting With Your Children
Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Families
Welcome Home: A Guide to a Healthy Family Reunion
When the Letdown Doesn’t Let Up