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army dad and daughterSupporting Military Families in Minnesota

In Minnesota, approximately 11,000 National Guard and Reserve soldiers have been called to active duty since 9-11. These soldiers, both men and women, are often parents, partners, co-workers and community leaders. They are our friends, neighbors and family members.

Nearly 2,500 National Guard soldiers serving in Iraq received orders that extended their duty an additional 120 days this winter. Now, these soldiers are returning home. We are providing you with some resources to help you learn more about the cycle of deployment and how you can support military families in your community.

Operation Family: A Family Care Plan

This family care plan can help make parenting and family decisions when a military parent is deployed. It was developed by the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Family Development and Operation Military Kids.


Coming Home: Understanding the Re-integration Process

WELCOME HOME! How to Make a Difference in the Lives of Returning War Zone VeteransWashington 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.


Take and Teach Lesson: Operation Military Kids

With this lesson, participants will:

Operation Military Kids Leader's Guide (100 K PDF)

Operation Military Kids Participant Handout (112 K PDF)

Operation Military Kids PresentationUniversity of Minnesota Extension — A 15 minute narrated presentation that describes the five stages of deployment and how this impacts families.

The Voice of a Military Child (video; 08:45) — University of Minnesota Extension — A multimedia presentation by Kristen Croymans, daughter of a United States Veteran.

How Deployment Affects Children and Families

Supporting Military Kids During DeploymentWashington 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.

Helping Kids Cope with StressWashington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction — This provides age-specific strategies for helping children cope with stress.

The Impact of Grief and LossWashington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction — This helps understand the grief and loss process and how to help children and youth cope.

How to Help our Children and Stay Involved in their Education During DeploymentMilitary Child Education Coalition — This booklet was designed to help parents and educators support children during this potentially stressful time.

Building Strong Communities for Military FamiliesNational 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 SheetsMilitary 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 SheetsMilitary HOMEfront — Intended for the family members in the military, these fact sheets offer strategies during pre-deployment and reunion.

Homefront Parent ChecklistsMilitary 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 ChecklistMilitary 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.

Additional Resources for Parents and Adults

Additional Resources for Children and Youth

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