Military families with whom you are working or who contact your parent center might find the resources in this article very helpful. Included in this article is a link to a parent-friendly handout with the same resources. Resources focus on national-level services available in every state. There are also resource-finders for some of the most common military family needs, especially as they are entering or leaving a community. Some are military-specific while others are open to civilian and military alike. Read online, or download the article and parent handout.
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Military family members are super-volunteers!
According to the results of the 2017 Military Lifestyle Survey, military spouses place high value on their civic responsibility. 78% of those respondents volunteer in their civilian communities. The military strongly encourages service members to volunteer, and military children and teens are active volunteers as well. Find out how to tap into this volunteer-strong community.
Vice Admiral Raquel “Rocky” Bono, Director of the Defense Health Agency, and Elmo joined forces on YouTube to introduce a new set of resources for your work with military-connected families. The Sesame Street for Military Families webpage for providers was developed in conjunction with the Defense Health Agency, which is responsible for healthcare for military families. Find out how useful these videos can be:
Parent Center staff who work with military-connected youth during their crucial high school years know how disruptive a move can be, particularly “re-doing” a transition IEP with new sources of State and local training, support, and services. Parent Centers have the contacts and information to help the youth and family move ahead.
For children in National Guard or Reservist families, or whose parent was injured in military service.
When a family has a child with disabilities, it may be challenging to find activities and programs that are both affordable and benefit their child. This grant program helps fund activities for military-connected children, with and without disabilities, whose parents have financial challenges because of their service.
TRICARE has recently expanded their services for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders. These changes have been made to give beneficiaries more options for their care and affect the following:
When a military parent dies while serving, their child may express their grief through behavior changes. This can be especially true for children who experience communication difficulties. Parent Center staff may get a call from the surviving parent when the child’s grief has a negative impact at school.
A new wide-reaching project will offer military families the same level of access to services across all DoD military branches and locations. Parent Centers can have an impact by sharing information.
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UPDATE June 2017: Current States whose non-enhanced State driver’s licenses or IDs are not accepted on military installations:
Oregon, Alaska, Oklahoma, Kentucky, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania Washington, Montana, Minnesota, Missouri and Maine are on the list of those States that do not comply with federal identification standards and whose IDs cannot be used to enter federal facilities, including military installations.
April is the Month of the Military Child! Care of our nation’s military children helps preserve our fighting forces, and helps bolster the health, security, and safety of our nation’s families within communities. Celebrate Month of the Military Child with us! Look for events around our nation to connect with those families who may need your assistance. For some ideas as to what is being done throughout our nation please visit Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) website.