8 Free Apps for Your Work With Military Families!

Eight apps created for military-connected professionals, service members, and their families can also be useful for you and the families you serve. They’re designed to address situations that challenge military families, such as a service member’s return from a long deployment or relocating to a new duty station.  Many of the apps teach ways to cope with stress and anxiety, like breathing and mindfulness practices. We hope you will check out three in particular: PTSD Coach, Parenting2Go and The Big Moving Adventure

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Activity Grants for Military-Connected Kids

 

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.

Our Military Kids is a “nonprofit organization that supports children, ages five through 12th grade, whose parents or guardians are deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with the stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent”. Since 2004 Our Military Kidshas given out nearly $23.5 million, through 60,000+ grants, to military children in all U.S. states and territories.”

Eligible activities fall into five categories: sports, arts, camps/clubs, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and tutoring. Parent may be particularly interested in grants for tutoring in study skills or SAT/ATC test-taking!

Their website links to resources that you can share when helping military-connected families, and includes:

  • Emergency and Child Advocacy Services
  • Exceptional Family Member Programs (EFMP) for each branch of service
  • Deployment Help
  • Legal Assistance
  • Health Care
  • Insurance programs
  • Military Benefits
  • General Military Resources
  • Shopping and Discount
  • For Military Children
  • Child Care for Military Families

Your Parent Center can show support for National Guard, Reserve, and Veteran families by sharing this information on social media. You can download program brochures from Our Military Kids and display them at resource fairs and in your office. It’s an easy way to show that your Parent Center is aware of the challenges faced by military-connected families.

 Our Military Kids website

Grant applications and eligible activities 

Links for family resources

Download brochures

 

OPSEC and Ham: Personal Information and Your Work with Military Families

Your work with military families can be rewarding, especially when they share information with you that’s useful for getting them the help they need. Military families don’t always share information freely, because they are told not to share personal details—or even the fact that they are a military family. This is because of Operational Security, often referred to as OPSEC. This article explains the ways OPSEC may limit what a military family can share, and how you can build trust with military families. Oh yes, and it explains the ham! Continue reading “OPSEC and Ham: Personal Information and Your Work with Military Families”

Tips for Accessing Military Installations: For Individual Assistance and Trainings

Gaining access to a military installation can be a daunting process. Planning ahead and being aware of the procedures and rules before you arrive at the gate of the installation can simplify things and ensure you can connect with a family, meet with military personnel, attend a resource fair and to provide a training.
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What Is Secondary Dependency?

Did you know that the adult-aged child of an active duty or retired service member may qualify to retain their military medical benefits and other base privileges after age 21 if they meet the following criteria? The adult child, also referred to as the “Incapacitated Adult Child” must be

  • Incapable of providing his or her own support
  • Dependent on the sponsor (military parent) for at least 50 percent of his or her support (if the sponsor is deceased, the child must have received over 50 percent of his or her support from the sponsor at the time of death)
  • Incapacitation must have occurred prior to age 21 or age 23 if the adult child is enrolled as a full-time student
  • Unmarried—if the child marries and subsequently becomes unmarried due to divorce, annulment, or the death of the spouse, the sponsor is able to apply for reinstatement of the child’s benefits and entitlements as long as the adult child meets all other requirements.

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Easy Branch Orientation and Guide to Staff Training

We’ve created a guide to our most useful materials on military families: their culture, their unique needs, and the military systems that support them when they have a child with a disability. There is something for every staff member, from those with lengthy experience working with military families to those just starting out. AND-links to parent handouts, including 3 handouts you can brand with your Parent Center logo!

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