For Service Members and Family Members
http://www.marineparents.com (parents site)
http://www.goarmyparents.com/ (parents site)
Army National Guard
http://www.afcrossroads.com/index.cfm (parents site)
http://www.npc.navy.mil/Channels/ (parents site)
http://www.gocoastguard.com/being-a-coastie/for-parents (parents site)
General Assistance for all Military Branches
Department of Defense
Website for enlisted personnel wanting to carpool
Walsh University GI educational program
Yellow Ribbon Program - GI Bill
Hero Miles - free air travel for emergency leave
Free Welcome Home Signs - Sign-A-Rama
http://www.signarama.com/ (for location near you)
Free Welcome Home Banners
Free Welcome Home Banner -ask for Denise Dennewitz
Deployment-Memorial bracelet cuffs - customized
For Returning OEF/OIF Servicemembers
Fellow Military Supporters
Operation Military Embrace
Gold Star Families
Women in the Military
Cell Phones for Soldiers
Adopt a US Soldier - Connecting supportive Americans with deployed soldiers
Wounded Warrior Care
PTSD books - Dr Cantrell - author of Down Range, To Iraq and Back, and Once a Warrior, Wired for life, Souls under Seige
DAV Virtual March on Washington for Veterans
Patriotic Sites of Interest
Pentagon Memorial Photos
Born Again American Song
Hero performed by Michael Israel in New York
I. Free Resources for Deployed Service Members and their Family Members
- Free computers for spouses or parents of deployed soldier in
ranks E1 - E5.
II. General Military Web Sites
Navy Knowledge On-line
Official Navy website for Sailor career management, personal development, leadership development, E-Learning, and other reverence materials. This website is available to authorized family members. It also provides specific information for Individual Augmentees (IAs). E-Learning courses include numerous subjects including Microsoft Office software.
USA4 Military Families
The USA4 Military Families is a DoD and State partnership initiative that seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of Military members and their families, particularly as those needs intersect with state public policy. Through state/military partnerships, DoD seeks to develop relationships with states, work with them to remove unnecessary barriers, and significantly improve the quality of life for military families.
DoD Information for families
MilitaryHOMEFRONT is the official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you'll find what you need!
USMC Spouse Learning Series
The Spouses' Learning Series provides Marine Corps spouses the opportunity to further their personal and professional growth through a series of workshops and online courseware. Though targeting spouses who volunteer in their local community, the program is available to all Marine Corps spouses. The triad of workshops and online courseware provides skills and educational development in the following areas: Relationship Building, Personal and Professional Empowerment, Business Management and Leadership, Goal Setting, Self-care, Stress Reduction, and Life/Work Balance.
Lifestyle Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills (L.I.N.K.S.) (USMC)
The mission of the L.I.N.K.S. Subcommittee is to act in an advisory capacity to the Family Readiness Committee (FRC) of the Marine Corps Community Services Board of Directors on all matters that impact the L.I.N.K.S. program. The subcommittee functions as a broker and clearinghouse for all L.I.N.K.S. issues and concerns and will ensure regular communication with the field through major commands and installations. This website also provides numerous other resources for spouses and families.
Command Spouse Leadership Course (CSLC), Newport RI
This course is an officially funded Navy course which focuses on building an effective commanding officer/spouse team. It provides the dedicated time and tools for the couple to discuss, prioritize, plan, and formulate their personal Command Tour Charter. That charter should reflect each others goals and expected participation in all facets (professional and personal) of the command tour.
Navy & Marine Corps Relief Society Spouse Tuition Aid Program
The Spouse Tuition Aid Program is open only to spouses residing with the active duty servicemember stationed at overseas locations. The program provides a grant of up to 50% of tuition for on-base education programs, up to a maximum of $300 per undergraduate term, or $350 per graduate term, not to exceed $1,500/$1,750 per academic year. Awards are based on financial need. STAP is administered locally by an NMCRS office overseas. An applicant need not be a full-time student.
USALearning is the official learning and development site for the United States Federal Government. USALearning supports the development of the Federal workforce and advances the accomplishment of agency missions through simplified and one-stop access to high quality e-Learning products, information, and services.
IV. Employment Resources
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
A nationally recognized source of career information, designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future work lives. The Handbook is revised every two years. The handbook provides information for hundreds of different types of jobs—such as teacher, lawyer, and nurse and the training and education needed, earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, and working conditions. In addition, the Handbook gives you job search tips, links to information about the job market in each State, and more.
Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, MSCCN, is dedicated to providing career opportunities and job portability for military spouses. Simply put, MSCCN seeks to help military spouses find jobs and continue careers throughout the years of a military member's service. MSCCN couples the power of a growing, nationwide network of like-minded employers, joined through this state-of-the-art, internet-based, talent management gateway system, to fulfill our mission of job portability and career continuation for military spouses.
Military Spouse Career Center
This website provides valuable information for military spouses seeking employment. Resources include creating your resume and job search functions. There are also links for family support issues, career advice, and career field exploration.
Spouse Employment Assistance Center
The Navy recognizes that frequent relocations associated with military lifestyle create career challenges for military spouses. SEAP addresses those challenges in basic workshops, such as launching a job search, career planning, resume writing, interview techniques, Federal employment information, conducting self-assessments, goal setting, and vocational tests.
America’s Job Bank
Visit our site and see how we can help you find the job that's right for you. Thousands of new jobs are posted daily by employers searching for someone like you.
Family Employment Readiness Program
Statistically, military spouses contribute more to family income than their civilian counterparts. As a result, spouse employment issues are critical to military family welfare and reenlistment decisions. Family Centers provide information and referral on employment, education, training, and volunteer opportunities for spouses.
Military OneSource Spouse Training, Education & Career
This website provides many employment-related resources including benefits, communication, handling job-related situations, management skills, and other employment information.
Spouses To Teachers (STT)
STT is designed to assess the needs of spouses relative to becoming a teacher. The program provides support to eligible spouses in pursuit of K-12 teaching positions. Spouses to Teachers is represented in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
USA Jobs is the official job site of the U.S. Federal Government. This web page provides portals to government sites where you can look for jobs; learn about special programs and initiatives; and find information on how jobs are classified and filled, government benefits, and much more.
Military Spouse Career Center Job Search Website
Search for jobs from this website. Job seekers can search according to geographic location and job category.
Military Spouse – Friendly Employers
Part of the Military Spouse Career Center, this website provides a list of military spouse-friendly employers to narrow job searches for military spouses.
Military Spouse Job Search
Designed to enhance the employment opportunities for spouses of US Military members with employers committed to hiring military spouses and to connect employers with a talented, global, diverse workforce.
National Military Family Association – Spouse Employment
The information found here is designed to help familiarize military spouses with the tools that are available to assist military spouses in their job search. Other family topics provide information on deployment support, education, family life, military benefits.
TAOnline.com, one of the very first e-recruiting sites for the hundreds of thousands of job seekers from the military community (active service members, veterans, DoD civilians, spouses, family members and others), has successfully placed military talent in civilian jobs for close to decade. Founded by former military personnel, TAOnline.com has been recognized by industry experts as a leader in providing veteran jobs. No other site of its type offers the number of resumes, job postings, unique visitors and resources for transitioning service members and other job seekers from the military community.
V. General Resources for Military Spouses
The Military Spouse Resource Center (MilSpouse.org) is designed to assist the spouses of U.S. total force military personnel. The MilSpouse.org web site is jointly sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor and is a testimonial to the commitment of DoD and DoL to the interagency MOU signed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao in 2003.
Our mission is to provide easy access to information, resources, and opportunities related to education, training, and employment within the United State s. MilSpouse.org will be extending services to military spouses directly through this site, through partnerships with other organizations, installation family service centers and the U.S. Department of Labor's local One-Stop Career Centers.
Military Spouse Magazine
Military Spouse is
a bi-monthly consumer magazine that is by, for, and about U.S.
Family Support & Relocation Assistance
Our goal is to provide a comprehensive resource for Navy spouses and their families to access information about the Navy communities in which they reside or to which they may be relocating.
4 Military Families.com
Extensive information and resource website for Family Members of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy, and Reserves.
Extensive information and resource website specifically designed for Navy spouses. Website is hosted by a retired Marine couple.
MilSpouse.com is a community of military spouses providing each other with ’strength, friendship, and support’, as noted in our slogan. MilSpouse began as the replacement for another military spouse site in July 2001 and has grown into a friendly, warm, and inviting place to be! MilSpouse and its forum are run by a team of moderators. The job of the moderators is to oversee the forums and ensure that each member abides by the terms of service, promotes unity, supports others, and extends friendships.
Military Front for Families
MFF is a place for all who have loved ones serving in today's military. Our goal is to help military families help themselves. If you have a link or information you feel has helped you please share it with us so that we may share it with others.
Ask Military Pay (Defense Finance and Accounting Service [DFAS])
Official DFAS website providing responsive, professional finance and accounting services for the people who defend America means delivering timely useful information. Our site allows customers the ability to request support or provide feedback. Every individual is unique, but they often face similar issues. Topics cover pay tables, BAH allowances, clothing allowances, separation pay, drill pay, and viewing LES online.
National Military Family Association
This website provides information on family topics such as deployment support, education, family life, military benefits.
Military Assistance Program Central
An internet desk guide providing information for families and family program professionals throughout the Department of Defense. Resources and information include Chaplains, Commissaries, education, crisis intervention, exchanges, health, housing, and legal services.
CYFERnet (Children, Youth and Families Education and Resource Network
Included on this website is how to talk to youth about the global war on terrorism, classroom resources for teachers and educators, how to deal with stress and coping, protecting children from traumatic media exposure, and patriotism. This website also links to other websites containing military family resources.
VII. Navy Fleet & Family Support Programs
Fleet & Family Support Centers
Official website of the FFSCs. The FFSC provides numerous counseling, assistance and referral resources for Sailors and their families including transition counseling, family advocacy, and personal financial management. Local FFSCs offer many courses and services. Check the local FFSC site for schedules and topics.
Fleet & Family Support Centers Directory
List of all FFSCs.
VII. Financial Support
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society
The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs. The Society provides financial assistance to eligible recipients in the form of:
Interest-free loans and grants to meet emergency needs: needs-based scholarships and interest-free loans for educational purposes. In addition, the Society offers the following services: Budget Counseling Services, Food Lockers at some locations, Infant Layettes — "junior seabags" and Budget for Baby Seminars, Thrift Shops, and Visiting Nurse Services.
IX. Deployment Resources
Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library
This library provides servicemembers, families, veterans and healthcare providers an easy way to quickly find deployment health and family readiness information. Within this library you will find access to fact sheets, guides, and other products on a wide variety of topics published by the services and organizations that serve you. You will also find additional website links to other organizations and resources devoted to the health and welfare of the servicemember and their family.
Deployment Health Support
This website contains information on preparing for deployment and improving personal and family readiness.
Deployment Support Guide
As a leading publisher of military magazines, AmeriForce Publishing focuses on four very important aspects of military life: Relocation, military family-life, service in the Reserve or National Guard and deployment issues. This website has a number of resources from deployment readiness to talking with your children about deployment.
X. Child Care and Youth Programs
CNIC Child & Youth Programs
Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) provide developmental child care and youth recreational programs and services for eligible children and youth ages 4 weeks to 18 years of age. Programs and services are specifically designed and operated to meet the unique needs of the military mission and Service members and their families.
Morale, Welfare, and Recreation
MWR homepage, links to child & youth programs and other programs available to military families.
NRNW Child Development Homes
Some individuals find that center based child care is not right for their child(ren). To accommodate those individuals, Navy Region Northwest also offers a Child Development Home (CDH) Program, in which caregivers provide child care services out of their own home. Our CDH program has over 100 homes throughout the region certified by Navy Child Development to provide childcare for children up to 12 years of age. They provide the same level of high quality care found in our on-base centers, but are often able to offer a little more flexibility in services. CDH providers offer developmental programs and receive training and home visits on a monthly basis.
NRNW School-Age Care
Our School Age Care (SAC) programs are designed for the working parent to have a safe place for their children to go before and after school, providing them with peace of mind to do their job. These highly structured recreational and educational programs provide youth with age appropriate before and after school activities as well as holiday and summer day camps for youth ages 5 years (and enrolled in kindergarten) - 12 years.
NRNW Child Development Centers
Child Development Centers (CDC) offer center based care for children 0 to 5 years of age.
NRNW Teen Programs
Our youth programs offer a variety of exciting activities, special interest clubs and sports for kids ages 6-17 (18 if still enrolled in high school). This recreation program is different from the SAC program in that programs are usually a little less structured and program hours are limited to after school, early evening and weekends. Kids can participate in activities such as foosball or pool, playing team sports or spending time on the internet, and chatting with friends from their last installation. We offer field trips, special interest clubs and homework help as well.
NRSW Youth Programs
Webpage with schedules for different youth programs and other MWR/YP resources and information.
"Safekids," a computer crime prevention initiative of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), acquaints you with the darker side of the Internet and teaches you how to keep your children safe while they're online. Armed with the knowledge and the tools, your children will be safer while they're online, and you'll know an unsafe situation when you see one. A bit of prevention is worth a gigabyte of cure...
Kids Information on Deployment Stuff (K.I.D.S.)
The K.I.D.S. website provides deployment information for youth of military families. The information is categorized by grade groupings to address specific age/grade groups.
Military Teens On The Move
This site was designed with you in mind. Maybe you’ve had to relocate a zillion times. Sometimes you’ve lived in really cool places and other times, well, maybe it wasn’t so cool. We know how difficult and stressful it can be to have to move, say goodbye to your friends, switch schools, start over and all that. So, grab a soda, get yourself comfortable and start clicking your way to your new home, your new school and your new life.
This website has information and activities for kids. Information is categorized: K-5th grade, 6-12th grade, and a section for teachers and those wanting to learn about veterans.
Exploring Career Information
A youth-oriented website that provides information on numerous careers including what the job is like, how to prepare for the job, what the job earns, what employment prospects are like, and what the future holds for that job.
This website provides occupational information on different jobs and is oriented toward older youth. Youth can link to education and training required for the job, a list of community colleges that offer education opportunities, apprenticeship opportunities, and provides a list on in-demand jobs.
This website provides information to older youth on creating resumes and how to search and apply for jobs. Website includes federal government job listing.
Department Of Labor Youth Labor
This website provides numerous resources for youth and parents of youth on various labor-related issues. Website includes activities, general information, and statistics. Although geared toward the parents of youth, older youth will find valuable information they can use on this website.
This website provides basic information on employment rules that apply to youth.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) For Kids
Official FDA website with health-related information and activities for youth.
FEMA for Kids
Official FEMA website with disaster preparedness information and activities geared toward kids.
Health Finder For Kids
This website provides youth information on health- and safety-related issues.
A youth-oriented website that provides general safety information and education.
USA Freedom Corps
USA Freedom Corps is an office of the White House that was started by President George W. Bush to help expand volunteer service around the United State s. As President Bush says, everyone can do something. That includes you, your friends, and your family! We’ve put together many great ideas on this site to help you find a way to start giving back to your community. While you may be young in age, you already know the kinds of things you care about – helping animals, helping your neighbors, or keeping your neighborhood and our environment clean.eep http://www.usafreedomcorpskids.gov/home.htm
XII. Child and Youth Leadership Programs
US Naval Sea Cadet Corps
Since 1958 the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to providing American youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults. Today, the NSCC has formed partnerships with organizations such as the Foundation for Teaching Economics and the Flying Midshipman Association to offer cadets broader opportunities in areas of leadership and aviation.
The Young Marines is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 youth education program for boys and girls ages 8 through high school. The program focuses on character building through a combination of self-discipline, teamwork and leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE)
D.A.R.E. gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence. D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
Civil Air Patrol (CAP)
The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Program affords youth with many opportunities to develop leadership skills through an aerospace program. If you want to do something with your spare time that really matters, if you want to learn new technical skills that will help you in the future, if you want to become a leader and grow stronger and smarter, Civil Air Patrol’s cadet program could be for you! Spend your spare time with like-minded guys and girls, ages 12 to 21, doing volunteer work that really helps your community. At Civil Air Patrol’s weekly meetings, you’ll learn teamwork and leadership skills that will serve you from now on.
Drug Education For Youth (DEFY)
DEFY focuses on building youngsters' self-image and setting goals. It stresses interpersonal relations, and emphasizes leadership and teamwork. Along the way it raises awareness of the harmful effects of alcohol and other drugs, as well as the dangerous effects of peer pressure to join gangs. The structured curriculum offers education, skill development and physical fitness. DEFY is all about creating positive experiences so that kids will choose healthy alternatives instead of substance abuse and gang involvement. In essence, the DEFY program provides leadership to kids and thereby strengthens our military communities. Our motto is: Strong children…. Strong families…. for a Ready Future….
XIII. Health Care
Website resource for TRICARE and other medical-related issues.
Website resource for dental care plan.
Anonymous, on-line mental health screening tool to help individuals assess their mental health.
Military Severely Injured Center (24/7 support)
Provides basic information for severely injured military members and their families including 24/7 hotline support. (1-888-774-1361)
Handbook for families of wounded Service Members
Our Hero Handbook is a guide to walk wounded Service members and their families from day one through recovery, transition, and beyond. This resource is intended not only for the wounded and their families, but also for all branches, military units, Family Readiness Groups, and Military Treatment Facility personnel. This resource is a fluid document that will change constantly as the processes and resources change.
National and community organizations providing assistance to families of wounded Service Member
This website provides links to organizations and corporations that have expressed interest in helping establish Heroes to Hometowns programs or otherwise assist severely injured Service members and their families through their national organizations or through their local points of contact. They can be valuable resources in your local community. Check their web sites to locate local points of contact or contact the national point of contact for more information on local resources.
Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS)
This website contains useful information about the day-to-day operations of MCCS. You will find links to the MCCS Board of Directors, Congressional Testimony, Annual Reports, Strategic Plans, Program Policies, Sales Reports, and responses to recent Media Queries that will provide you with an insiders perspective on how these very important benefits are provided for Marines and their families.
MCCS Family Life
Being married to a Marine is said to be the toughest job in Corps. To help meet the demands of the challenging lifestyle that our families experience everyday, MCCS offers a variety of programs that help build strong families. Resources include new parent support program, family housing, deployment support, education, Family Readiness Officer, L.I.N.K.S., and CREDO.
MarineParents.com, Inc. (formerly MarineMoms.us), was founded in January, 2003 in response to parents' needs to find information and to Connect & Share™ with one another during deployments. Our free services and connections have expanded to support and educate Marine moms & dads, spouses, families and friends. We've helped over 30,000 Marine and recruit families during bootcamp, training, active duty and deployments. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™ where we understand how you feel.
Key Volunteer Network
The KVN is an integral part of a Marine Corps unit family readiness program and is the primary communication link between the commanding officer and the unit families for the enhancement of mission readiness and supports the spouses of the unit Marines by providing communication from the command, serving as a source for information and referral services and by helping foster a sense of community within the unit.
Unofficial USCG Support Group
CoastieChicks.net, an un-official United States Coast Guard support group. This site is intended for Coast Guard Spouses, but anyone associated with the Coast Guard may participate.
Virtual Family Readiness Group (vFRG)
The Virtual Family Readiness Group (vFRG) web system provides all of the functionality of a traditional FRG in an ad-hoc and on-line setting to meet the needs of geographically dispersed units and families across all components of the Army. The vFRG links the deployed Soldier, their family, the FRG leader, the unit Commander, the rear detachment, and other family readiness personnel on their own controlled access web system to facilitate the exchange of information and provide a sense of community, using technology to automate manual processes and provide enhanced services and communications.
My Army Life Too
This website contains resources and useful information for Army families. Families of military personnel from other services deployed with the Army may find much of this information useful.
Defense Manpower Data System (DMDS)-SITES
Worldwide RAPIDS site locator.
(Rapids Site Locator)…Defense Manpower Data System-SITES
Family Support & Relocation Assistance
Our goal is to provide a comprehensive resource for Navy spouses and their families to access information about the Navy communities in which they reside or to which they may be relocating.
XVI. Identity Theft
NCIS Identity Theft
Information on identity theft on the official NCIS website.
Official Federal Trade Commission resource on identity theft.
Credit Reporting Bureaus
Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
XVII. Other Helpful Sites
Order birth, marriage, death certificates (private organization)
XVIII. Discounted Airline Fares for Service Members and Family Members
- Lowest airfare available.
This site was last updated 07/14/10