We want you to know that we value the service of the men and women in the armed forces and the sacrifices their families make to support that service.
For this reason, we created an section for family members. Below, we provide a list of resources that are available to service members and their families.
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DoD Strengthening Our Military Families
Strengthening Our Military Families: Meeting America’s Commitment is the result of an effort led
by the National Security Staff and Domestic Policy Council responding to the Presidential Study Directive-9
calling on all Cabinet Secretaries and other agency heads to find better ways to provide our military families with
the support they deserve. The result will be a unified Federal Government approach that advances 50 new initiatives
across 16 federal agencies on issues such as child care, mental health, education, employment, and housing.
Military Community and Family Policy
The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy is directly
responsible for programs and policies which establish and support community quality of life programs on military
installations for service members and their families worldwide.
Army Family Programs
Army Well-Being is directly linked to the relevance and readiness of our Army.
Well- Being programs focus on meeting the needs of Soldiers (Active Duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve),
DA Civilians, Veterans, Retirees and Families - before, during and after deployment.
The Fleet and Family Support Center
Fleet and Family Readiness (FFR) Programs at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) is responsible for policy development,
resourcing and oversight of quality of life programs for Sailors and their families. FFR enables a ready Navy force through programs such as Family Readiness,
Fleet Readiness and Housing programs.
The FOCUS Project (Families OverComing Under Stress is a resiliency-training program for military families and
children to help them meet the challenges of combat operational stress during wartime. Working with the existing teams of dedicated military family services personnel,
FOCUS staff assists families in understanding how combat operational stress affects them and the service family member, how to manage stress, and how to strengthen their family.
FOCUS currently serves military families at 9 different Navy sites.
Armed Forces Crossroads
Armed Forces Crossroads Web site is a one-stop location for Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Reserve and
National Guard members/families to access on/off base information worldwide. It Includes information on relocation, deployment, transition, employment, and community resources.
Healthcare and Support Services
The following PDHealth Web pages have been developed to provide information, guidance, and related links on healthcare and service member/family support services:
Coping with Deployment
- Army Resilience Training (Army Resilience Training is a series of web-based training materials produced by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research to assist service members and their families psychologically prepare themselves for deployment and post-deployment.)
- Armed Forces Cross Roads Predeployment Guide The Guide was developed to assist military members and their families prepare for and cope with separations caused by contingencies, extended TDYs, remote assignments, and natural disasters.)
- USAPHC HOOAH for Health, Family Matters Related to Deployment Page (The US Army Public Health Command (USAPHC) created this Web Page to assist families, especially Reserve Component families, in dealing with deployment.)
- CNIC Headquarters Deployment Readiness Page (The Fleet and Family Readiness (FFR) Programs at Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) is responsible for policy development, resourcing and oversight of quality of life programs for Sailors and their families. The Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of deployment support programs to assist Commands, Sailors and their families.)
- A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members Before, During and After Deployment, 2010, Vulcan Productions (This handbook and video was created by Philanthropist Paul G. Allen’s independent film production company – Vulcan Productions - for family and friends of service members so that they could better understand what to expect during all phases of deployment, to build the skills to strengthen or repair relationships and to gain the tools to keep the service member’s personal community strong throughout the duration of the separation and during the return home.)
- DHCC Combat/Operational Stress Page ( The Deployment Health Clinical Center created this Web page to provide information)