There are many places to get information for families whose loved ones in the military have been deployed. Resources for Families:Mental Health Self-Assessment Program - DOD sponsored anonymous mental health / alcohol screening and referral program offered to families and service members affected by deployment or mobilization - available online 24/7
VA's Seamless Transition Office
My HealtheVet - The Gateway to Veteran Health and Wellness
Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital recognizes the effects that PTSD and substance abuse can have on individuals and their families. Veterans Engaging in Supporting Treatment (VEST) Program is designed to provide comprehensive care using nationally recognized treatments for OIF, OEF and OND veterans and their families. For more information contact Outpatient Assessment Team (858) 836-8309
Benefits Facts Sheets - US Department of Veterans Affairs -Benefits Administration
VA Polytrauma System of Care Website - for Veterans and returning Servicemembers with injuries to more than one physical region or organ system, one of which may be life threatening, and which results in physical, cognitive, psychological, or psychosocial impairments and functional disability
DoDEA schools provide students with a uniform curriculum and standards that mitigate the stress of frequent moves. DoD also provides resources to non-DoDEA schools to help them deal with the challenges faced by military dependents.
Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists - The goal of SOFAR is to provide a flexible and diverse range of psychological services to military families to foster stabilization, help prevent crises, and help manage acute problems.
Focus on Soldiers / Veterans (Post Deployment):Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Personnel
A National Center for PTSD Fact SheetParenting:Operation Healthy Reunions - Reconnecting With Your Children, National Mental Health Association
National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies helps those who serve in the military find and afford child care that suits their unique needs Post Deployment:Being a Couple Again -Tips on How to Reconnect, National Mental Health AssociationFor Educators:Educator's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment
www.thestephancenter.org A new features article Military Service; A Family Affair, addresses the changes in Military service since 1973 and ways to support Military Families is now available on The Stephan Center
:Sesame Street: Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment. Parent/caregiver magazine and children's activity poster. Available for free for active duty families through Military OneSource (1-800-342-9647)
Military Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy and Mr. Poe and Friends. American Academy of Pediatrics
View the videos of SDUSD schools that support military children created by USC Building Capacity in Military-Connected Schools