Military Spouses/Families Resources:
These resources are to assist the new military and their dependents in official sources for things such as Personal and Family Life Counseling and Life Skills Education. This list was compiled by Diane Dickey via numerous military and DoD sources. All information provided was taken directly from the official sites. NOTE: Some sites have limited their use to the military service member and their spouse or dependents and military credentials may be required. All links were operational on Feb 25, 2014.
(Toll Free 800-342-9647) offers 24/7/365 access to information, confidential counseling and referral services at no cost to Service members or their dependants. Services are available worldwide by telephone, online, and through referrals for face-to-face assistance. Visit the website at: http://www.militaryonesource.mil/ Specific Services Include (but not limited to!):
- Confidential Counseling: Military and Family Life Consultants (MFLCs) and Military OneSource (MOS) counselors provide confidential, non-medical, short term, situational, problem-solving counseling services to address issues that occur across the military lifestyle and help Service members and their families cope with the normal reactions to the stressful situations created by relocation, deployments and reintegration.
- Non-medical Counseling helps Service members and their families address life skills such as anger management, conflict resolution, parenting, parent/child communication, relationship issues, and marriage enrichment. Non medical counseling also addresses military lifestyle issues including deployment stress, reintegration, relocation adjustment, separation, coping skills, homesickness, loss and grief, etc.
- This site also includes a ton of official resources for things such as casualty assistance, disaster resources, EMFP/Special needs assistance, military legal information, money management, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), Moving, Tax services, Space A travel, sexual assault, and so much more for the military member and their dependants.
Military Support Centers Military Installations http://www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil provides an overview of each military installation and state programs, including contact information (telephone, fax, emails and website) for Family Centers. Professional staff at installation Family Centers provide counseling, education and formation and referral to support active duty service members and their families. Specific Services include:
- Relocation Assistance: Relocation Managers assist with all aspects of relocation, including pre-departure and arrival information and preparation. They address issues related to preparing children; renting versus home buying; moving pets; finding child care; school liaison; and any other relevant issues.
- Financial Assistance: Personal Financial Managers provide financial counseling/consultation services including information and education about budgeting, saving, debt reduction strategies, consumer advocacy and complaint resolution, coordination and referral for emergency funds, and transition and retirement planning.
- Employment Assistance: Employment Assistance staff assist with educational and volunteer opportunities, career counseling, skills building, and finding employment.
- Personal and Family Life Counseling and Life Skills Education: Short-term, non-medical counseling and education to promote resilience and family readiness and assist with issues related to deployment, stress, relationships, children, etc.
MOVING & PCSing Tips
Plan My Move: http://planmymove.militaryonesource.mil is a personal moving calendar with checklists, phone lists, to do lists and links to critical moving processes and information. Find budget planners, housing applications, household goods customer satisfaction surveys and much more.
Here is a printable PDF binder created by Air Force MOMS BMT that is also useful.
The Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program (MySECO) provides expert education and career guidance to military spouses worldwide. Visit the MySECO website at: https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil ensures military spouses have 24-7 access to online education and career information, resources, tools and assessments. Using the tools and assessments, spouses can begin to explore their interests, skills, passions and personality type to determine the best fit for education and career choices. The program offers comprehensive information, tools and resources to support career exploration, education and training, employment readiness and career connections. Online, in the community or on the phone, SECO ensures spouses have all the opportunities and connections they need to find a career they love that fits their mobile military life!
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), a component of the Department of Defense's (DoD) Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program, is a career development and employment assistance program. MyCAA helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or Associate's Degrees (excluding Associate's Degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration) necessary for gainful employment in high demand, high growth Portable Career Fields and Occupations.
MyCAA provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses who need professional credentials to meet their Portable Career goals.
Also, visit the MyCAA Spouse Portal online at
https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa to establish your account
The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) is a targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies that:
Partners Fortune 500 Plus companies with ALL Military Services
Provides human resource (HR) managers with recruitment solutions military spouses
Prepares military spouses to become competitive, job ready applicants
Connects military spouses with employers seeking the essential 21st century workforce skills and attributes they possess.
Visit their website at: http://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil or toll free 800-342-9647 - The military spouses career portal. Site provides assistance for job searching and things such as resume FAQs, interviewing tips, and lots of links to other DoD job resource sites for all branches of the military.
Military Youth on the Move: Website: http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/myom The one-stop shop for the military youth (Kids, preteen and teenagers) on moving, social life, packing, saying goodbye, staying in touch, parent deployment and so much more.
Plan my Deployment: Website: http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/pmd With Plan My Deployment you can take some of the stress out of deployment or mobilization, through access to planning tools, checklists, and helpful tips. Whether it's your first deployment / mobilization or your fifth, you will be able to create a unique checklist for the Pre-Deployment, Homecoming, and Reintegration stages that contains only the information you and your family need to successfully navigate the process.
USA4 Military Families Initiative: Website: http://www.usa4militaryfamilies.dod.mil The DoD and US states partnership site to address specific military issues. They seek to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their families. Site provides links to the top 10 key issues and an interactive state map so you can view the issues by state.
The DoD Military Family Support Site: This is another great official resource for military families. DoD Military Family web site: http://www.defense.gov/personneltransition/military-family-support.aspx This DoD site has lots of links to help the military families such as Military Spouse Preference Program, Noncompetitive Appointment Program, Automated Housing Referral Program, Defense Travel Management Office, Defense Personal Property System (DPS) (for managing personal property moves), One-Stop Career Centers, Federal Employment Opportunities, the Inspector General, and again so much more.
The USAF Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program (SPAR) This link http://www.afpc.af.mil/library/sapr/ is the official AF Personnel Center (AFPC) site for access to individual base SPAR and SARC resources, FAQ, how to report, military policy and guidance, Safety and risk reduction, and the DOD Safe Helpline. Again a ton of resources for this topic.
DoD Safe helpline website: https://safehelpline.org/ Toll Free 877-995-5247 This site has links for all military services.