Supporting Military Families
In the thirteen years since September 11, approximately 11,000 Minnesotan National Guard and Reserve soldiers have been called to active duty. These soldiers, both men and women, are often parents, partners, co-workers, and community leaders. They are our friends, neighbors, and family members.
These resources will help you learn more about the cycle of deployment and how you can support military families in your community.
This family care plan can help make parenting and family decisions when a military parent is deployed.
Help the people in your life understand the cycle of deployment and its impact on children and families.
The resources on this page will help you support yourself or the adults and youth in your life.
Other Recommended Resources
Dealing With Stress — Online courses and resources for understanding and coping with stress.
Adjusting to Income Loss — Strategies and tips for minimizing the effects of reduced hours or job loss.
Supporting Military Kids During Deployment — Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction — When military parents are deployed, their kids are in need of and deserve special support from their schools and communities.
How to Help our Children and Stay Involved in their Education During Deployment — Military Child Education Coalition — This booklet was designed to help parents and educators support children during this potentially stressful time.
Building Strong Communities for Military Families — National Council on Family Relations — This policy brief discussing the changing nature of military service and family life and how all can better support military families.
Homefront Parent Fact Sheets — Military HOMEfront — Deployment is a stressful time for all family members, particularly children. These fact sheets offer strategies during pre-deployment, deployment, and reunion for the family who will remain at home.
Deployed Parent Fact Sheets — Military HOMEfront — Intended for the family members in the military, these fact sheets offer strategies during pre-deployment and reunion.
Homefront Parent Checklists — Military HOMEfront — Easy-to-use checklists for family members who expecting to have someone deployed, has someone already deployed, or is planning for a reunion for someone who was deployed.
Deployed Parent Checklist — Military HOMEfront — Even though military family members may be miles away, they can still be close to their children. These checklists help maintain closeness during pre-deployment, deployment, and reunion.
WELCOME HOME! How to Make a Difference in the Lives of Returning War Zone Veterans — Washington State Family Policy Council — The environment veterans return to makes a real difference in how the transition home goes. This publication gives strategies for getting everyone (the veteran, families, and communities) involved to create a welcoming, thoughtful, and helpful environment.