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Deployment Resource Links

* Military OneSource is a national service to support active duty and reserves service members and their families with any of their concerns. It includes a website with useful information, online seminars, and links, a 24-hour hotline for counseling, and in person free and completely confidential sessions (6 sessions) with civilian social workers or mental health providers. The MilitaryOne Source hotline is also available to service members outside the country. 

* Department of Defense: The Military Child in Transition and Deployment is the DoD website for parents, children, special needs families, installation commanders, and educators and includes many resources to help students with deployment:
- "Tools for Schools" Toolkits for parents, installation commanders andschool leaders
- Sections on transitions and deployments for children and teens
- Promising Practices for schools working with military children

* The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is a non-profit organization that identifies the challenges that face the highly mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities, and initiates and implements programs to meet the challenges. MCEC has a booklet to help students with deployment.

* The American Academy of Pediatrics' Uniformed Services Deployment website is dedicated to helping children in military families. It includes research reports, useful links, and several video presentations. The videos, available for free on the website, are: Dr. Po and Friends for elementary school students, and Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy, for adolescents. The videos include a facilitator's guide to foster discussion, and for adolescents, an interactive youth stress management plan.

* National Military Family Association (NMFA), “The Voice for Military Families,” is dedicated to providing information to and representing the interests of family members of the uniformed services. The Deployment & You section has links, reports, and information for families. In addition, Working with Military Children: A Primer for School Personnel is a great resource for school personnel and guidance counselors. The primer looks at the four major aspects of military lifestyle:  separations or deployments, homecomings, relocation, and crises.  The primer includes an activities section designed to help children cope with deployment.

* The Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library, administered by Force Health Protection & Readiness Policy & Programs provides an easy way to find deployment health and family readiness information published by the services and support organizations.

Deployment Connections, an online handbook sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, provides deployment related information and services to Active and Reserve personnel and their family members including links to useful resources.   

“Operation Purple” Camps are free summer camps designed to bring together youth who are experiencing the stress of deployment.

* The Operation Military Kids initiative consists of representatives and partners in 20 states experiencing high deployment rates. The U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, National 4-H, Military Child Education Coalition, National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and other community groups came together to provide and coordinate support for geographically dispersed military families, particularly youth who suddenly find themselves with deployed family members, but who don’t live on or near a military installation.

* The Veterans and Families Coming Home website has resources to help families, employers and communities support homecoming Veterans in their transition from military to civilian life.

* The Family Literacy Foundation's "Uniting Through Reading" program helps deployed parents to stay connected with their children during deployment by creating read-aloud videotapes.

* The Show Troop Support website has free colorable greeting cards for children of all ages. These cards are meant to be decorated as each child chooses and can be sent to military troops home and abroad, as well as to community and personal heroes.

* The Any Soldier website facilitates sending packages and greetings to deployed servicemembers. Many deployed service members on the website request pen pals.

Operation Home Front, a website dedicated to assisting National Guard and Reserve families in Illinois has fun resources for children as well as a comprehensive list of websites providing free or low cost services to military families.

* The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University has several resources related to deployment including research findings and annotated bibliographies on Deployment and Family Separation and Family Adjustment of Wounded Military Members.

* Most military installations have a website dedicated to helping families cope with military life. For example, the website for Forts Eustis/Story has an extensive list of links, including curricula, activities, and information related to deployment.

* The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has a Crisis Management Toolkit that can help schools plan for crisis situations.

* Also, take a look at the Students in Emotional Crisis section of this library for more resource links.

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