Links to Official Department of Defense and Veteran Affairs sites
Online Army Reserve Family Programs
Department of Defense (DoD) Community & Public Outreach (CPO)
Army Families Online
The National Guard Family Program
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Reserve Affairs
Commissaries and Exchanges
Deployment Health Clinical Center Library
Defense Centers of Excellence
Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC)
The DoD Defense Health Agency
Department of Veteran Affairs
Department of Veterans Affairs Survivor benefits
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)
Humana Healthcare Services, Inc. Self-assessment Tools
Strong Bonds - Chaplain Facilitated Help with Relationships
Links to United States military organizations
Mental Health First Aid for Veterans
The National Guard Family Program
Army Reserve Family Programs Locator
Links to Unofficial Sites and other Helpful organizations and programs
Accessibility & Disability Information & Resources in Psychology
Adolescent Substance Abuse
American Heart Association
American Psychological Association (APA)
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and ADD
Autism, Asperger’s & Pervasive Developmental Disorders
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Children’s Behavioral/Mental Health
Autism Society of America
Channing Bete - Interactive pamphlets on deployment, reintegration
Children’s Behavioral/Mental Health
Child Development Institute
Children’s Grief Education Association (CGEA)
CGEA offers great resources to help you support and care for children who are grieving the loss of a loved one. This site offers information on the death of a parent or other loved and the lasting influence on a child’s life. Other useful topics include: Compassion, care, connection, understanding and patience can help and No one should face grief alone. http://www.childgrief.org/
National Institute Mental Health (NIMH) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/eating-disorders/summary.shtml and Kids Health for Parents: http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/feelings/eating_disorders.html
Exercise and Stress
President’s Counsel on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS) www.fitness.Gov is the health, physical activity, fitness and sports information website of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. You can find out about the Council and its work, view our publications, and link to the resources of other government agencies as well as to health and fitness organizations. Physical activity and health Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) physical activity efforts cover a wide spectrum of related topics. This site offers articles on physical activity and disease prevention. See http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/index.htm and http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/health/fitnexer/fitnexer.htm
Federal Citizen Information Center U.S. General Services Administration
For over 35 years, the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) has been a trusted one-stop source for answers to questions about consumer problems and government services. Consumers can get the information they need in three ways: by calling toll-free 1 (800) FED-INFO, through printed publications, or through information posted on FCIC’s family of websites. Consumers can read, print out, or save the current Consumer Information Catalog and the full text of all the publications listed in it. Consumers can also access additional information on a wide range of subjects by clicking on different topic headings. www.pueblo.gsa.gov
Gangs and Teens
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Youth Network web site: http://www.nationalyouth.com Parenting Teens http://www.parentingteens.com/index/Troubled+Teens/Teens+and+Gangs Troubled Teen.com http://www.troubledteen.com/teen-troubles/gangs/ Available to help 24/7 Toll free 1-800-917-3959
Laughter is still the best medicine. For more information on laughter therapy visit the following websites: http://www.worldlaughtertour.com/sections/about/difference.asp http://holisticonline.com/stress/stress_humor.htm
Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
The Military Child Education Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization that identifies the challenges that face the highly mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities and initiates and implements programs to meet the challenges. MCEC’s goal is to level the educational playing field for military children wherever they are located around the world and to serve as a model for all highly mobile children. http://www.militarychild.org/
MilitaryConnection.com is one of the most comprehensive online directories of resources and information for military, Veterans and their loved ones. There are thousands of pages, with something for everyone. We are honored to serve the needs of Veterans, active duty military (including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard, Reserves (including Army Reserves, Navy Reserves, Air Force Reserves and Marine Reserves) DoD, Civilian Government Employees and retirees, as well as their spouses and dependents. Everyone at Military Connection is either a Veteran or the family member of a Veteran. http://www.MilitaryConnection.com/
Military Family Research Institute
The Military Family Research Institute is a cross-departmental research program housed at Purdue University and funded by the Department of Defense, Office of Military Community and Family Policy. The mission of MFRI is to conduct interdisciplinary, multilevel research that provides insight into the impact of quality of life factors on military members and their families. www.cfs.purdue.edu/mfri/index.html
National Military Family Association
National Military Family Association – Operation Purple Summer Camps NMFA activities revolve around programs to educate the public, the military community, and the Congress on the rights and benefits of military families AND to advocate an equitable quality of life for those families. The Operation Purple summer camp program was created by NMFA in order to give the children the tools to face these challenges head-on and with success. Through the generous funding from Sears, Roebuck & Co. and its Sears American Dream Campaign, the Operation Purple summer camp program was launched in the summer of 2004 and expanded in 2005. www.nmfa.org
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and attention to cultural perspectives, the NCTSN serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education. The Network comprises 70 member centers-45 current grantees and 25 previous grantees-and is funded by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services through a congressional initiative: the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. www.nctsnet.org
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – Farmers markets The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) includes six commodity programs–Cotton, Dairy, Fruit and Vegetable, Livestock and Seed, Poultry, and Tobacco. The programs employ specialists who provide standardization, grading and market news services for those commodities. They enforce such Federal Laws as the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Federal Seed Act. AMS commodity programs also oversee marketing agreements and orders, administer research and promotion programs, and purchase commodities for Federal food programs. To find a farmers market in your state http://www.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/ See Also Department of Agriculture (USDA) The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management. http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/ or http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005. For the 70 page scientific document,http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/ The Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been published jointly every 5 years since 1980 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Guidelines provide authoritative advice for people two years and older about how good dietary habits can promote health and reduce risk for major chronic diseases. They serve as the basis for Federal food and nutrition education programs. Consumer brochure “Finding Your Way to a Healthier You” http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2005/document/html/brochure.htm Federal Government Food and Nutrition information Nutrition.gov provides easy access to the best food and nutrition information from across the federal government. It serves as a gateway to reliable information on nutrition, healthy eating, physical activity, and food safety for consumers. Users can find practical information on healthy eating, dietary supplements, fitness and how to keep food safe. The site is kept fresh with the latest news and features links to interesting sites. http://www.nutrition.gov Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health. Food composition- Nutrition Data Laboratory The Mission of the Nutrient Data Laboratory is “To develop authoritative food composition databases and state of the art methods to acquire, evaluate, compile and disseminate composition data on foods available in the United States.” For data on the nutrient content of specific foods http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/ Food and Nutrition Service Assistance Program The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), formerly known as the Food and Consumer Service, administers the nutrition assistance programs of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The mission of FNS is to provide children and needy families better access to food and a more healthful diet through its food assistance programs and comprehensive nutrition education efforts. Some of the programs the FNS oversees include: the Food Stamp Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Needy Family Program, and the Women Infants and Children program (WIC). FNS works in partnership with the States in all its programs. States determine most administrative details regarding distribution of food benefits and eligibility of participants and FNS provides funding to cover most of the States’ administrative costs. For more information about USDA nutrition assistance programs http://www.fns.usda.gov/fns/ Fruits and Veggies—More Matters The Fruits & Veggies—More Matters campaign replaces the 5 A Day for Better Health Program. Offering expert cooking advice, nutrition information, and shopping tips, the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters campaign demonstrates that eating MORE fruits and vegetables does matter to all of us. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/
Family Guide Building Blocks For A Healthy Future
SAMHSA‛s Building Blocks for a Healthy Future site offers information and tips for parents, caregivers, and teachers of children aged 3 to 6. Additionally the site features materials, and ideas for spending time with your children and learning together. http://www.bblocks.samhsa.gov/
Give an Hour
Give an Hour Project asks mental health providers to donate one hour per week for a year to assist service members or family members who need these services. http://www.giveanhour.org/
Grief Solutions www.griefsolutions.net
Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America
The Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America is a professional support and Veterans Service Organization dedicated to the religious freedom and spiritual welfare of our Armed Services members, Veterans, their families, and their survivors. They were founded in 1925 and chartered in 1950 by the 81st Congress. We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service with non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) status.
InCharge® Education Foundation developed Military Money® to provide an authoritative financial resource for military families and help ensure the fighting readiness of America’s armed forces by enhancing their financial readiness to make informed decisions in their everyday lives. The magazine and its companion website, explore such personal finance issues as money management, home and family life for military families, education and career advice, deployment and relocation, and transitioning to the civilian world.
Operation Military Kids
Operation: Military Kids (OMK) is the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment. This initiative was officially launched in April 2005. Since its inception OMK has touched 65,000 military youth and provided information to 7200 community members across the United States.
Working With Military Personnel and Their Families
Resources for People Working With Military Personnel and Their Families
Strong Bonds (Army)
Strong Bonds is an Army unit-based, chaplain-led program that helps Soldiers and their Families build strong relationships. The program’s mission is to build Soldier readiness by providing skills the Soldier can use to strengthen his or her marriage and other relationships. It includes four sub-programs: Single soldier program (Helps warriors choose wisely and build life-long , Couple program, Family program, and Couples preparing for or returning from deployment.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (SAMSHA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has established a clear vision for its work — a life in the community for everyone. To realize this vision, the Agency has sharply focused its mission on building resilience and facilitating recovery for people with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders. SAMHSA is gearing all of its resources — programs, policies and grants — toward that outcome.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the largest scientific organization in the world dedicated to research focused on the understanding, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. NIMH supports research on the following disorders: Anxiety ,Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD, ADD),Autism Spectrum Disorders (Pervasive Developmental Disorders),
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Children Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/treatment-of-children-with-mental-disorders/summary.shtml
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS) was founded in the wake of a military tragedy — the deaths of eight soldiers aboard an Army National Guard aircraft in November 1992.
Available to help 24/7 Toll free 1-800-917-3959
Veterans and Families
Veterans and Families Coming Home is a national non-profit community service and support organization, founded and directed by veterans, parents, grandparents, family members, employers, mental health professionals, academics and community leaders.
World Laughter Tour
The World Laughter tour promotes a worldwide movement for health, happiness and peace. They encourage everyone to tap into the benefits of positive laughter & humor, which are natural pathways to mind-body, mental & physical health.
Holistic.com offers information on alternative and integrative medicine.
ZERO to Three
ZERO TO THREE’s mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. A national nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that advances our mission by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.