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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 Military Family Support

Caring for military families has become a national priority with the launch of the White House's "Strengthening Our Military Families" initiative in 2011 and the related "Joining Forces" campaign.

  • DoD Military Family Support Website
  • Strengthening Our Military Families Initiative is the result of an effort led by the National Security Staff and Domestic Policy Council to find better ways to provide 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.
  • Joining Forces Campaign is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Emphasis is on education, employment and wellness.
  • Operation Live Well is a Department of Defense education, outreach and behavior-change initiative designed to improve the health and well-being of members of the defense community. From active duty and reserve servicemembers, to military children, spouses, retirees and DoD civilians, the initiative aims to help the military community strive for ideal health standards and serve as a model for the nation.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Focus Project

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.

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Other Family Support Programs

  • Armed Forces Crossroads 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.

  • Air Force Special Operations Command Preservation of the Force and Family (An AFSOC program designed to improve the short- and long-term well-being of special operations forces personnel and their families. The program will work to help airmen reduce stress they face related to high operational tempos by focusing on four key domains: human performance, psychological performance, spiritual performance and social performance.)

  • My Military Life (A website of the National Miilitary Family Association that concentrates on motivation, leadership, education and support for military spouses. It features a social network, internet radio show, podcast, and a group blog featuring posts from military spouses representing all five branches.)

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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:

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Coping with Deployment

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