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6 Support Resources for Military Families

By    |   Tuesday, 11 September 2018 11:31 AM

Military families are often are the unsung heroes of the community, having to face numerous challenges and stressors while serving their country.

There is a need for support for these families, who face overwhelming challenges ranging from constantly moving around to lengthy deployments as well as extended periods of unemployment.

The White House recognized this by providing a listening session with a group of military spouses last year, CNN reported.

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However, a solid support base that can be turned to at any time can go a long way in helping to alleviate some of the strain, which is why these six support resources are worth remembering:

1. USO — The United Service Organizations is a nonprofit organization offering numerous programs to service members and their families. The organization has a strong focus on strengthening relationships, providing outreach support to members stationed abroad in isolated locations, as well as making a network available to service members, veterans, and military families throughout various transition points of their service.

2. Blue Star Families — The constant moving and having to start afresh every few months can take its toll on military families. The Blue Star Families is an organization founded by military spouses in 2009 as a way of reaching out to these families and welcoming them into the community and connecting them with their civilian neighbors. Through various programs, the organization provides families with resources and activities that allow them to spend quality time together.

3. FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress) — By teaching resilience training to military children, families, and couples, this organization hopes to equip families with the practical skills to overcome the common challenges related to the military. Programs teach communication skills, emotional regulation, goal setting, and problem solving, as well as stress and trauma management.

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4. Military OneSource — The focus of this organization is to provide military service members and families with access to free coaching and guided exercises regardless of their location through phone and video. Trained consultants work one-on-one with families, providing them with advice and counseling to deal with issues they may experience in military life.

5. National Military Family Association — In 1969, a small group of military wives founded the National Military Family Association to ensure their widowed friends were properly taken care of. The organization has since become the “go to” source representing military families and helping them to understand and access their benefits.

6. Operation Homefront — For the last 10 years, this organization has provided critical financial assistance to military families nationwide. Through its transitional housing village program alone, Operation Homefront has “provided a place of renewal for 500+ military families, defraying more than $5 million in rent and utility costs.”

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