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!

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Social Media Helps Military Families

As Parent Center staff, you realize how important networking opportunities can be in helping your own family or the families you work with. Military families, with their highly mobile life, can benefit from using Social Media to network and find out about a new location and supports available for their children with special needs. Social Media is a valuable tool to help military families get and stay connected to an ever changing environment, available services and resources.

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Contact an Ombudsman!

Want to connect with Navy families?  Contact an Ombudsman!

Ombudsmen are an amazing resource for Navy families, and they can provide very practical assistance to Parent Centers. How Navy Ombudsmen can help you:

  • Communicate with Navy families about your Parent Center’s services
  • Help invite families to trainings and workshops both on and off the installation (they use social media extensively and communicate frequently)

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Military OneSource: Info for Your Work and the Families You Serve

Read and download information without a login!

Military OneSource’s website is a treasure-trove of information and resources for military families, with updated and accurate information about military family support programs and resources for family members with disabilities. The latest website update makes it easy for anyone to read articles and download individual resources. If you want to order some of their military-friendly products, we show you how to log in!

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April is the Month of the Military Child 2017

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.

How to Use Military Rank and Insignia

The U.S. Armed Forces use rank and insignia to classify and categorize each service member from Private to General. Learning how to recognize and use these identifiers will help the Parent Center staff when working with installation service members.

What does this mean to the Parent Center? A member’s rank/insignia is where they are in the chain of command, what leadership responsibilities they have.

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April is Month of the Military Child!

April is the Month of the Military Child!

On April 15th, 2016 forget worrying about taxes. Instead, celebrate the courage, strength and resilience of these young people.

“Purple Up” is a way to show support for all military children as the color is not used in any branch of the armed services. Purple is a combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue; blended to create a wave of purple flowing across the nation. It shows all military children, and their families, how much we admire and truly care for each and every one.

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