Military Culture: Create Your Own Avatar 

The Branch has been receiving requests from Parent Center staff for resources to help them understand military culture. We would like to share a great resource: Family of Heroes: Role-play simulation for military families. The simulation uses interactive avatars to help families and professionals understand family needs encompassing deployment. Redeployment (when a service member returns home from deployment) requires preparation and education for the families of the deployed, since expectations and uncertainties run high. Families learn what to anticipate and practice vital communication skills, and Parent Center staff can use the simulation to gain insights into military culture.

Family of Heroes is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs through the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, with Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education & Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Suicide Prevention in Eastern Colorado Health Care System.


Want Better Access to Military Families? Contact the Branch for our new template tool for a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU. It can provide continuity when working with your installation.


Resiliency Tools can help Military Children Build Self-Advocacy Skills. Parent Center Staff can share these elementary-age-appropriate resources created for military families.


Military Culture: PCSing. “Packing and Moving and New Schools, Oh, My! Parent Centers, in your endeavors to learn more about military culture, this quick resource helps you understand the challenges of military families who are relocating; what the family may refer to as PCSing (a Permanent Change of Station).


Parent Centers, did you miss our Webinar “Straight from the Source” on DoDEA and OSN? We were honored to have our newest Branch Advisory member, Dr. Jennifer Masoodi, from OSN, as our lead presenter sharing about the process of OSN and tips for working with military installations. The webinar is a wonderful brief overview to provide new staff with a basic understanding of military programs.