For more information about sponsoring opportunities please email Military Family Network
Army and Airforce Mutual Aid Society
There is more to protecting your family against loss of life than just life insurance. AAFMAA is a member-owned non-profit association. We exist to serve our members with very low-cost life insurance, and assist their survivors in receiving the benefits they are entitled to from insurance claims and government benefits.
American Red Cross
Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.
United Service Organization (USO)
The USO is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform. The original intent of Congress — and enduring style of USO delivery — is to represent the American people by extending a touch of home to the military.
Combined Federal Campaign Website (CFC)
The mission of the CFC is to promote and support philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient, and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
This website will be of interest to anyone interested in workplace giving.
Child Support Enforcement Handbook
The Child Support Enforcement (CSE) Program is a Federal/state/local partnership to collect child support: We want to send the strongest possible message that parents cannot walk away from their children. Our goals are to ensure that children have the financial support of both their parents, to foster responsible behavior towards children, to emphasize that children need to have both parents involved in their lives, and to reduce welfare costs.
Armed Forces Relief Trust
The mission of the Armed Forces Relief Trust is to assist the military aid societies by providing a single vehicle to accept donations that will benefit the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families. Examples of such assistance may include payment for a soldier's airfare to fly home for his father's funeral, a special reading program for a sailor's daughter, special medical attention for a pilot's expectant spouse, or college tuition for a soldier's child.
VFW Military Assistance (MAP)
VFW's Military Assistance Program (MAP) is a quality of life initiative that focuses on easing the financial emergencies of deploying service members and supporting them and their family through the hardships of deployment.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.
CACO's Survivor Benefits Guide
This guide has been provided by Headquarters Marine Corps. The information is useful to all military service members and their families. Individuals should contact their specific service casualty representative - especially since this guide may not reflect recent changes and updates. However, this resource contains excellent worksheets and references for support.
Armed Forces Services Corporation (AFSC)
The Military Services Relief Societies have partnered with the Armed Forces Services Corporation (AFSC) to provide lifetime AFSC membership for the surviving spouse and/or surviving children of Service Members who die while on active duty.
The American Legion: Help for your Family
The American Legion’s Family Support Network stands ready to assist you and your family as you serve our country. You have enough on your mind. What kind of help can be available? Grocery shopping, childcare, lawn care, fixing the family car and countless other challenges to a military spouse.
American Bar Association: Legal Assistance for Military Personnel
Military Sentinel (Federal Trade Commission) - Identity Theft Reporting for Military Personnel
Military Sentinel is a project of the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Defense to identify and target consumer protection issues that affect members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
The Federal Trade Commission recommends reporting cases of stolen identity with their office as soon as possible. The link provided is for military personnel. This information is used to help in the investigations by law enforcement officials.
Legal Services - U. S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps
Welcome to our military legal information portal, sponsored by the U. S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps to inform military members on personal legal affairs and preventive law. Use this site as part of your personal legal preparedness. The information here is not legal advice, for that consult an attorney. The best place to start is your installation Legal Assistance Office. You can find a legal assistance office near you by using the Legal Assistance Locater at http://assistance.law.af.mil/. Resources are provided for your convenience.
The Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America
The Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America is a professional support and Veterans Service Organization. We are dedicated to the religious freedom and spiritual welfare of our Armed Services members, Veterans, their families, and their survivors.
Our Members are serving or have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Department of Veterans Affairs, or Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol chaplaincies.Our Associate Members come from among other chaplains, chaplain assistants, religious faith group leaders, and those interested in supporting military chaplaincy.
Pentagon Chaplain: Meeting the Spiritual Needs of the People of the Pentagon
Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS)
The BOSS program focuses on the department of the Army active duty single Soldier, but BOSS activities are open to all MWR patrons to include the National Guard, Army Reserve, other branches of service, Department of Defense civilians, Foreign Service members and married personnel. Anyone can participate with the BOSS program.
Seamless Transition Home - Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The Department of Veterans Affairs offers a wide range of benefits for returning veterans. This page provides links to contacts for VA and other benefits information for Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom including access to suicide prevention hotline. There are links to other federal agencies and organizations that offer related benefits and services through this site.
Seamless Transition: Benefits for Active Duty Military Personnel
This page provides links to sources of VA and other benefits information for active duty personnel of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom
Benefits and Services Information for National Guard and Reserve Personnel
This site provides Reserve and National Guard members with information about VA benefits for which they may be eligible under certain conditions.
Survivor Benefits Home Page - Department of Veterans Affairs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a variety of programs to assist the survivors of military personnel who die on active duty.
The programs can include, but are not limited to: Burial benefits, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Life insurance, Casualty Assistance Program, Health Care, Educational Assistance, Refund of Service Member's Unused GI Bill Contribution (if applicable),Home Loans, Presidential Memorial Certificate Program, etc.
More information about how VA services apply in individual cases is available from veterans services representatives at 800-827-1000.
GovBenefits.gov helps citizens access government benefit eligibility information through a free, confidential, and easy-to-use online screening tool. After answering some basic questions, the user receives a customized report listing the benefit programs for which the user, or person for whom he or she is entering information, may be eligible.
MAPCentral Casualty and Mortuary Affairs
Extensive DoD guidance on military funeral support is available in one location to help ensure proper honors are paid to our nation's fallen. Information includes mortuary policy and other casualty policies and procedures.
A Survivor's Guide to Benefits: Taking Care of Our Own
This guide is intended to aid the survivor as he or she works through the difficulty and pain of losing a loved one who was serving in the military. Please update your bookmarks with the new URL
Toll Free Numbers for Contacting VA
The telephone numbers you need to reach the VA.
A Survivor’s Guide to Benefits - Taking Care of Our Own
A Survivor’s Guide to Benefits:This guide is intended to aid you as you work through the difficulty and pain of losing a loved one who was serving in the military.
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Guide
Military service often compromises the ability of servicemembers to fulfill their financial obligations and to assert many of their legal rights. Fortunately, Congress and state legislatures have long recognized the need for responsive, protective legislation.
The SCRA provides a number of benefits and protections to service personnel. For example, it calls for the reduction of interest on debts to six percent for those debts entered into before entry on active duty.11 Other provisions toll statutes of limitations12 and stay civil proceedings.13 The Act’s stated, broad purpose, found in section 502 of the appendix to Title 50 of the United States Code, gives added meaning to these specific rights.
The purposes of this Act are----
(1) to provide for, strengthen, and expedite the national defense through protection extended by this Act to servicemembers of the United States to enable such persons to devote their entire energy to the defense needs of the Nation; and
(2) to provide for the temporary suspension of judicial and administrative proceedings and transactions that may adversely affect the civil rights of servicemembers during their military service.
Although the Act benefits service personnel, it does not protect those who would abuse it.
Compensation and Benefits Handbook
For Seriously Ill and Injured Members of the Armed Forces
National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with more than 800 state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies to ensure that families in every local community have access to high-quality, affordable child care.
Department of State (Children's Issues)
Children and Deployment: Keeping in Touch
It is vital for your children to stay in touch with loved ones during a deployment. Time away from a deployed dad or a deployed mom feels endless to a child. Easing the wait and making the most of an absence means making little ones (and big ones, too) a part of the cycle. Open the door to your child's creativity and sensitivity, and they might come up with something great.
The Deployment Roller Coaster: Emotions of Children
There are 7 emotional stages adults usually experience during a deployment but, its harder to determine how children feel and what they are afraid of when a parent is deployed. We can help children prepare for the deployment, but in the end, we must often live in the moment with them
What Does My Daddy Do? Military Parents in the Work Place
From a kid's point of view, a parent's military job may be a little fuzzy. Explaining to your kids what you do, especially during deployments, shortens the distance between you. Parents with potentially dangerous assignments have the extra burden of easing fears.
Tips for Parents Supporting the Child Whose Military Parent is Deploying
10 tips to help remaining parents support children of a deploying parent.
Supporting Children During Stressful Times
A Collection of Informative Website Links put together by Marine Corps Community Services to help parents and caregivers support children during difficult times.
Questions and Answers about Dangerous Work
The following questions and answers provide information to guide families dealing with the reality of dangerous work and parenting during times of crisis.
Caring for Kids After Trauma and Death: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
Information and resources on how to help children deal with trauma. The link is for a .pdf file.
VA Kids - Helps kids learn about being a Vet
The Department of Veterans Affairs designed this site to help kids understand what it means to be a Vet.
The American Legion: A Cash Grant in a Pinch
The American Legion’s Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program is available to help meet the basic needs of the minor children of men and women currently serving on active duty. In order to maintain a stable home environment for the child or children, non-repayable grants may be awarded to help families in financial need meet the cost of shelter, utilities, food, and medical expenses.
Military Childcare in your Neighborhood
Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood is a Department of Defense program designed to meet the child care needs of Service Members living in areas where on-base military child care is not available. In the past, these families bore the full cost of their child care. Now with Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood, many of them will be eligible to pay reduced fees for the care of their children.
Military Teens on the Move (MTOM) and MTOM for Kids
"Life's an adventure," according to MTOM, and this site is full of tips to help military youth get the most from it. Helping kids and teens cope with relocation, the site offers practical information about installations, communities, and schools, along with ways to weather the pre- and post-move adjustment period.
Crisis Management Toolkit
The purpose of the DoDEA Crisis Management Web site is to help families, educators, and community members understand how schools will ensure that children and personnel are safe and secure in the event of a crisis.
Getting to know your children again
When you return, you will have to get to know your children again. Rebuilding trust and closeness takes time. Remember that children want to be close again but they don’t always know exactly what to do. Here are some ways you can help them.
Helping Children Cope During Deployment
This fact sheet contains useful information
for you — parents and family caregivers — to
help children cope during a parents’ deployment.
Preparing to Say Good-bye
Here are a few tips to help your family prepare for the goodbye and the separation.
Surviving Deployment: Kids and Journaling
Journaling is a great way to help kids sort out all of the feelings they have when someone they love deploys. The benefits of journaling are numerous. Not only do journals give children a place to write down and consider their thoughts and feelings but journals are private, they do not judge or criticize, they don’t talk back or tease, they keep a record of events and progress, and they can be used anytime of the day or night. Rachel Robertson, author of Deployment Journal for Kids, offers these tips for parents to help their kids get started with a journal.
HOOAH 4 KIDS
Game, Activities, Information and More!
HOOAH 4 TEENS
Teens get connected with issues important to you!
Military Children And School: Educator's Guide to Military Child During the Deployment
A great site for information about how to help children of deployed service members - includes coloring books, too!
Civilian Personal Online (CPO)
Civilian Personnel Records
CPR houses the Official Personnel Folders (OPF) and Employee Medical Folders (EMF) of separated Federal civilian employees.
Cost-of-Living Adjustments to Civil Service Retirement Benefits
Here are frequently asked questions and answers about Cost-of-Living Adjustments to civil service retirement benefits.
This site contains a link to a list of Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) paid, under the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS), Organization and Disability Retirement System (ORDS), Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), and FERS Special, for the period from December 1969 through January 2008.
MilitaryHOMEFRONT - Deployment Connections
Site Provides information for service members, families, parents, spouses, children about Pre Deployment,deployment and Return.
A Closer Look for Current Conditions: A Fresh Glance at the Emotional Cycle
This article was written as a result of changing conditions for U.S. Soldiers and Families who are currently experiencing the emotional cycles of deployment. With its foundation in the Five Stages of Emotional Deployment, Jennifer Morse, MD, offers the following article, in which she readdresses the standard model with new stage divisions and terminology.
Redeployment Health Guide:A Service Member’s Guide to Deployment-Related Stress Problems
If you are a Soldier returning from a combat or other intense or dangerous operational deployment, it is probably safe to say that you already know a few things about stress. You probably know that stress can be both a positive and a negative experience (e.g., it can keep you alive and/or it can put you or others in danger).
This brochure is intended to help you understand some of the more serious deployment-related stress problems. It will also give you some general guidance on where you can go to get assistance if you think that you may be experiencing any of these problems.
The 7 Stages of the Emotional Cycle of Deployment
Yes, it may feel otherwise, but it's completely normal!
There are seven identifiable stages that the majority of military spouses go through:Anticipation of Loss, Detachment and Withdrawal, Emotional Disorganization, Recovery and Stabilization, Anticipation of Homecoming, Re-negotiation of the Marriage Contract, Reintegration and Stabilization.
American Red Cross - Military Members and Families
The American Redcross Presents Helpful Information for Those Facing Deployments and Returning Home. Also Includes Coping Strategies for Militry Spouses.
Deployed Parent Checklists: Pre-deployment
Use these checklists to help you prepare yourself and your family for your deployment.
The Deployment Dilemma: Pets of Military Personnel
Whether our military personnel have their deployments extended, are redeployed or are newly deployed, they face a number of difficult decisions regarding home and family. Frequently, one of those dilemmas is what to do with companion animals considered to be family. How can they ensure that their pets will be taken care of while they are away and that they can be reunited with their pets when they return?
Deployment Tips: A Collection of Official Military Websites
Today's military family faces a lifestyle that is comprised of frequent deployments, which results in increased family separations. This often proves to be a stressful challenge for military families. To assist the military's efforts to keep both troops and their families prepared, there are several programs which support the readiness of families. The information in this section will assist service members and their families in preparing for and coping with deployments. This site contains family support links for each of the services, as well as information for children, locating service members and deployment entitlements.
Operation Enduring LAMP: Legal resources by State for those deployed
Directory of Bar Associations Programs That Have Been Organized to Provide Help: State-by-state listing of the efforts of bar associations to assist deployed and mobilized personnel.
American Bar Association: Legal Readiness Checklist
A legal checklist, if used when people enter the Armed Forces and every time they change duty stations, will do much to ensure all service personnel are legally prepared for the uncertainties of military life, including untimely death.
National Guard Youth Online Community: Activities for all Ages including Deployment Guides
Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library
This library provides servicemembers, families, veterans and healthcare providers an easy way to quickly find deployment health and family readiness information. Within this library you will find access to fact sheets, guides, and other products on a wide variety of topics published by the services and organizations that serve you. You will also find additional website links to other organizations and resources devoted to the health and welfare of the servicemember and their family.
Returning from the War Zone: Guides for Military Members and Families
The days and weeks after a homecoming from war can be filled with excitement, relief, and
many other feelings. This guide is for military family members, like you. This guide is also
helpful for friends and returning veterans themselves. Following the veterans return from
overseas duty, the entire family will go through a transition. This guide will help each of you
understand readjustment during homecoming.
Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Personnel
This pamphlet is provided to assist military service members and veterans, like you,
with your return from the war zone. The days and weeks after your return from overseas
duty will be a transition. During this time, service members often describe a range of
emotions from excitement and relief, to stress, tension or concern. All of these emotions
are a normal part of a healthy transition from a war zone back home. You may also feel
distant, uninterested, or be overly critical and impatient with others. These types of
behaviors and feelings are normal combat stress reactions. This pamphlet, describes
these normal reactions and how normal reactions can become problematic. You will
learn about ways to cope with the return home, and if problems arise, ways to find
Legal Readiness - Deployment & Mobilization
Active component military personnel ordered to deploy, or Reserve and National Guard members being mobilized realize that the time to put your personal and legal affairs in order may be relatively short once the deployment order is issued or the mobilization begins.
Most military members realize that problems may arise when you are suddenly separated from your family and, for reserve component members, your business, and civilian job. Advance planning will help avoid many legal problems upon mobilization or deployment. In addition, taking care of personal legal affairs now will give you and your family peace of mind. This information should assist you minimize personal legal problems before deployment or mobilization.
National Student Loan Program - Military Mobilization Fact Sheet for Federal Family Education Loan B
If your National Guard or Reserve unit has been called to active duty, or you are a regular, active-duty member of
the Armed Forces who has been reassigned to another duty station, you may be eligible for benefits on any Federal
Stafford, SLS, PLUS, and Consolidation loans you borrowed under the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).
United States Postal Service
Our troops work hard for us overseas. Far from home, few things brighten their days more than mail from friends and loved ones. Follow these guidelines so your letters and packages reach them intact! Or learn about other ways to support our troops.
Welcome Home - A Guide to a Healthy Family Reunion
How do you begin making life normal again, when “normal”
now means something completely different than before
you received your orders?
Bienvenido a Casa - Guía para una Reunión Familiar Saludable
¿Cómo se puede comenzar a hacer una vida normal otra vez, si lo que era “normal” antes de que usted recibiera sus órdenes, es ahora algo totalmente diferente?
Coping With Military Deployment
If you or a loved one has been called to active
military duty, this can be a very emotional
and stressful time for you. This guide provides
some basic tips on how to prepare yourself
and your family for a loved one’s departure,
as well as tips for coping while he or she
Soldier Combat Stress Reaction:A pocket guide for spouse and loved ones
A Soldier's return from deployment is a time of great
excitement and joy. It may also be a time of stress,
frustration, or disappointment if the reunion does not
meet your hopes and expectations. All Soldiers go
through an adjustment period from being a combat
Soldier to being your son or daughter, parent or
spouse. This adjustment period is normal.
Be patient and work with each other during the readjustment period. If problems continue or get worse, seek help for yourself and your loved one.
Financial Aid for Spouses of Service Members
A very comprehensive listing of financial aid resoruces.
Site offers plenty of information for parents, students and teaching professionals about educational issues for military children.
VFW Scholarship Programs
Besides the VFW's outstanding scholarship programs, Posts and Auxiliaries across the nation work with youth in scouting, sports, ROTC and military cadet programs. By providing leaders, funding, sponsorships and other resources, the VFW and its Auxiliaries encourage millions of America's young adults to higher ideals and greater personal achievement.
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
Whether you’re looking for Educational Assistance for college, already receiving an interest-free loan or grant from us, or have questions about repayment of your interest-free loan, check here for how to apply, deadlines, and other renewal and repayment information.
MilSpouse.org: Military Family Scholarships
The Military Spouse Resource Center (MilSpouse.org) is designed to assist the spouses of U.S. total force military personnel. The MilSpouse.org web site is jointly sponsored by the Department of Defense and the Department of Labor and is a testimonial to the commitment of DoD and DoL to the interagency MOU signed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao in 2003.
Our mission is to provide easy access to information, resources and opportunities related to education, training, and employment for Military spouses.
Site provides students with information to assist them in locating available scholarships as well as in skill building for future success.
The American Legion: Scholarships
Do you have a son or daughter thinking about college?
There are thousands of scholarships available and The American Legion can help.
What you need to know about financial aid and scholarships. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web.
students.gov: Military funding for college
Links and more links to help you get connected with the educational resources you need!
Financial Aid for Spouses of Service Members
An assortment of links and information outlining benefits and funding for education.
DoD TransPortal - Transistion Assistance
This site is designed specifically to assist Service members leaving active duty. While DoD TRANSPORTAL contains valuable information and resources, you should use this site as part of a comprehensive program of transition and employment assistance. The best place to start is your installation Transition Assistance Office.
MilSpouse.org is your resource library for military spouse employment, education and relocation information. Here you will find thousands of links to employment related information and other resources for military spouses and military families.
Federal Hiring Flexibilities Resource Center
The Office of Personnel Management is now offering a one-stop source of federal employment and job information for the federal government. It includes a Federal Hiring Flexibilities Resource Center that explains the process for appointing veterans, direct hire authority, student employment, excepted service and a full range of job categories.
Features include USAJobs, online resumes, a personal career management home, an option to make resumes searchable by agency recruiters, and an option to create and store letters. For current federal employees, the site provides information about career and job opportunities, leadership, insurance, pay and leave, benefits, work life, retirement and other topics of interest.
The official Transistion Assistance Program (TAP) website.
Preseparation Guide - A Transition Assistance Guide for Active Duty
This guide, a product of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), provides information on the many
services and benefits available to you. You will be presented with information that will provide you with
options, and help you make informed decision about the choices for you and your family.
Special transition benefits information, employment workshops, automated employment job-hunting tools
and job banks, veteran benefits information, disabled veterans benefits information and many other types
of transition and other related information is available to you. AND IT'S ALL FREE. Take full advantage
of TAP and all it has to offer.
Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense organization. It is a staff group within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs (OASD/RA), which is in itself a part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
In this environment, civilian employers play a critical role in the defense of the nation by complying with existing employment laws protecting the rights of workers who serve in the Reserve component.
CareerOneStop is a U.S. Department of Labor-sponsored Web site that offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, businesses, and workforce professionals to foster talent development in a global economy.
Birth Certificates for Children Born Overseas
The U.S. Department of State provides a process for obtaining birth certificates (Consular Report of Birth or FS-240) at this website. There is a small fee.
NEXStep: Employment Program for Military Spouses and DoD Civillians
American Gold Star Mothers
Welcome to American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. We're an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.
"We Count on You - You Can Count on Us!" American Legion Pledge to Active Duty Military
American Legion Offers support to Families of Active Duty Military. With over 15,000 American Legion Posts across the nation, chances are there's a local Legion family member willing to lend a hand. Simply call: 1-800-504-4098 and let a Legion volunteer help.
Gold Star Wives of America
Gold Star Wives Of America, Inc. is an organization of military widows/widowers whose spouse died while on active duty or from service connected disabilities. This military survivors organization has been serving war widows from all conflicts and service connected disabilities since it was founded in 1945. We received a federal charter from Congress on December 4, 1980.
Military Assistance Program Central - Family Support Policy and Programs
Obtain the latest news affecting family quality-of-life programs, as well as a reference guide to the documents governing family policy within the DoD. There is also information on the many DoD and individual services' quality-of-life programs for service members and their families.
Comprehensive information on disaster scenarios of all kinds is provided by Disaster Help. News on current and impending disasters is available, as well as contact information for locating state offices or agencies of emergency management, applying for disaster assistance, and direction on recovery after a disaster.
Death of U.S. Citizens Abroad
The U.S. Department of State provides up to 20 certified copies of the Report of Death at the time the initial report is issued. Additional copies can be requested for a fee through this website. Also, the Department of State collects and makes available on the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site certain information with respect to each United States citizen who dies in a foreign country from a non-natural cause. Visit this site for more information.
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS): Stateside Vital Records
Great site for locating birth, death, marriage, divorce records by state.
Bereavement Counseling for Surviving Family Members
Bereavement counseling is assistance and support to people with emotional and psychological stress after the death of a loved one. It includes a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling, and referral services to family members.
eVetRecs:Request Copies of Military Personnel Records
Military veterans and the next of kin of deceased former servicemembers may now use a new online military personnel records system to request documents. The NPRC has established a Web site for veterans and next of kin to access the Department of Defense Form 214.
HOOAH 4 PARENTS
Welcome to the HOOAH 4 PARENTS page! This section of the site is geared towards parents of children of all ages. Many of these pages will concentrate on the needs of parents from pregnancy to talking with your teenager. There is also information for veterans and health information for Family members who are over 50.
DoD Special Needs Parent Toolkit
The DoD Special Needs Parent Toolkit has comprehensive information and tools that are geared towards helping military families with special needs children navigate the maze of medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements.
The Toolkit is broken down into six colorful modules that can be easily downloaded and printed. We have included important facts, records, tools and sample letters. Whether you need to learn about early intervention services or want to learn how to be a more effective advocate for your child, you will find the information you are searching for here!
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Military Services use the term Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) to refer to two different functions: a personnel function and a family support function.
Archdiocese for the Military Services: Sacramental Records
Since its founding in 1917, the Military Archdiocese has been the central repository for the records of all sacraments administered to Catholics in the United States Armed Forces at home and overseas.
The largest department in the Archdiocese, Sacramental Records is also responsible for receiving, indexing, and entering data, and issuing certificates of all sacraments administered by priest-chaplains at military and Veteran Affairs installations in the United States and around the world, on land and on sea.
The Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America
Contact information for Chief of Chaplain Services for military and veteran services.
Military Personnel Records
The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. (Records prior to WWI are in Washington, DC.) NPRC (MPR) also stores medical treatment records of retirees from all services, as well as records for dependent and other persons treated at naval medical facilities.
Department of Health & Human Services Office of Child Support Enforcement
The mission of the Child Support Enforcement Program is to enhance the well-being of children by assuring that assistance in obtaining support, including financial and medical, is available to children through locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support obligations, and monitoring and enforcing those obligations.
Handbook on Child Support Enforcement
This Handbook on Child Support Enforcement is a guide to help you get the child support payments your children need and deserve. Although it is written for people who are working through Child Support Enforcement (CSE) offices, it will also be useful to parents who are working with private attorneys.
A Caseworker's Guide to Child Support Enforcement and Military Personnel
This Guide provides more specific information in those cases when the non-supporting parent is an active duty member of the Armed Services. It identifies and discusses tools child support enforcement workers use to cope with some of the most common difficulties in child support enforcement cases involving military personnel. The section entitled "COLLECTING SUPPORT FROM MILITARY PERSONNEL" identifies the applicable military support policies, such as AR 608-99.
After the death of your loved one, there are so many questions, required forms, and changes that it is easy to overlook some of the necessary paperwork and procedures that you’ll need to complete. You may often feel overwhelmed by the insurmountable tasks you have to cope with. Although we know we cannot take away your pain, we hope that these lists will help guide you as you navigate through this transition in your life. Not all of the items on these lists will necessarily pertain to you or your circumstances: it is just a guide and reference, a starting point to assist you as you confront these challenges and adjustments in your life.
Each list is available in printable PDF format for your convenience.
AUSA Family Programs
AUSA’s Family Programs Directorate was founded in 1999 to be an advocate for Army families. The Directorate coordinates a number of activities that support the needs and interests of family members. Our staff travels frequently to installations to learn about issues affecting military families and to educate family members about programs that exist to ease the strain of military life. The Directorate addresses Army family concerns through AUSA’s legislative efforts and by being active on a number of Department of Defense and Department of the Army councils and working groups. Additionally, the Directorate hosts three military family forums at the AUSA Annual Meeting to highlight issues facing Army families
Through the Family Programs web site and our bi-monthly newsletter, we also offer news and information for military families as well as an extensive directory of internet resources
Are You Ready? An Indepth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
This guide has been designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards.
Your Soldier, Your Army: A Parents' Guide by Vicki Cody
So you have a Soldier in your family . . . how exciting!
Let me just say right now what a great honor it is to
have a Soldier in your family. You should feel so proud.
Regardless of where you come from, your race, religion
or political views, you need to realize how important
your Soldier is to our Army and to our country. You may
have mixed feelings and emotions about all of this, but
above all you should be bursting with pride.
American Red Cross: Active Duty Military Personnel
Members of the U. S. Armed Forces don't have to be actively deployed to benefit from American Red Cross support. The Red Cross provides services to 1.4 million active duty military members and their families. Our services are available to all branches of the military. The American Red Cross wants members of the military to get to know us before you need us. All too often, service members don't know about available Red Cross services until they are mobilized. Knowing in advance that communication links, access to financial assistance and counseling will be available in an emergency brings peace of mind to the military members and to the families from whom they are separated. Similarly, knowing that Red Cross services are available to service members and their families provides a safety net in times of need.
Whether its help with child care, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances, Military OneSource is there for military personnel and their families... 24/7/365!
TRICARE Transitional Survivor and Survivor Benefits for Active Duty Family Members
Family members are entitled to TRICARE benefits as transitional survivors or survivors if their active duty service sponsor who died while serving on active duty for a period of more than 30 days. TRICARE pays transitional survivor claims at the active duty family member payment rate and pays survivor claims at the retiree payment rate. Transitional survivors pay no enrollment fees or copayments to use TRICARE Prime. They will, however, pay cost shares and deductibles at the active duty family member rate to use TRICARE Standard or TRICARE Extra.
Gift from Within - PTSD Resource
Gift from Within is a non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. It provides information for survivors and caregivers.
Keeping It All Together
For wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families
You have arrived at the military treatment facility where your loved one is receiving care. Whatever the circumstances that brought you here, questions and fears are probably rushing through your head.
This book can make things easier.
National Center for Health Statistics
The purpose of this site is to enhance communication regarding the health of our Service members and their families. The site provides information to: safeguard the health and well-being of Service members and their families, promote and sustain a healthy and fit force, prevent injuries and illness and protect the force from health hazards, and sustain world-class medical and rehabilitative care to the sick and injured anywhere in the world.
Gateway to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Information
Four national and international organizations are here to help, with articles, references, web-links, mini-courses, 800 phone access and e-mail pen-pal resources.
Gift from Within - PTSD Resource
Gift from Within is a non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. It provides information for survivors and caregivers.
Mental Health Self-Assessment Program
Military life, especially deployments or mobilizations, can present challenges to service members and their families that are both unique and difficult. Some are manageable, some are not. Many times we can successfully deal with them on our own. In some instances matters get worse and one problem can trigger other more serious issues. At such times it is wise to check things out and see what is really happening. That’s the purpose of these totally anonymous and voluntary self-assessments.
These questions are designed so you can review your situation with regard to some of the more common mental health issues. The screening will not provide a diagnosis – for that you need to see a professional. But, it will tell you whether or not you have symptoms that are consistent with a condition or concern that would benefit from further evaluation or treatment. It will also give you guidance as to where you might seek assistance.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA): PTSD and Substance Abuse
Because PTSD was one of the key organizing issues around which VVA was founded, the history of VVA and its PTSD/SA Committee are intimately linked together.
“The purpose of the VVA PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee is to support and advocate actively for the health care--diagnoses, clinical practices, clinical research, treatments, specialized programs, and related educational efforts--necessary to meet the needs of veterans with PTSD, substance addictions, and other debilitating psychological reactions to trauma resulting from military service. This advocacy and support also includes health care for family members of such veterans.” from Policy & Procedures Statement adopted by VVA BOD in April 2004.
SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
SAVE's Mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, eliminate stigma and serve as a resource to those touched by suicide.
Medical Treatment Records of Dependents, Military Retirees, and Others (created at military medical
NPRC stores records of inpatient, outpatient, dental, and mental health treatment provided to military retirees.
Medical records of individuals treated at Army and Air Force medical facilities are stored at two separate locations within the National Personnel Records Center.
NPRC (MPR) stores records of inpatient, outpatient, dental, and mental health created at medical treatment facilities of the U.S. Navy.
Dental Care for Active Duty Service Members
Learn more about dental care for active duty service members and activated National Guard and Reserve members.
Defense Department Leadership Mailing Addresses
Biographies of current military leaders
Locators for Military Personnel
Requests For Military Mailing Addresses
This site provide information on how to locate individuals serving in the Armed Forces.
Responsibility for military personnel records falls within the jurisdiction of the military departments, not the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Therefore, requests for military addresses should be sent to the respective service of the individual whose address is being sought. There is no comprehensive source for e-mail addresses. Even if there were, military regulations and the Privacy Act of 1974 do not permit the military departments to provide home addresses or telephone numbers of service personnel. Moreover, regulations do not permit random dissemination of listings of names and addresses of service personnel. These regulations have been established to protect individual service men and women from commercial exploitation and to respect their right of privacy. Because of the large volume of requests that each service locator receives, please allow four weeks processing time for written requests.
World Wide Locator for Marine Personnel
Offical Marine Site for Locating Service Members.
Locator for Navy Personnel
The Navy's World Wide Locator is a service established to find the present duty station of active duty personnel, and is for official business use only. Family members, active duty personnel and Navy retirees may also use this system.
Locator for Air Force Personnel
Official Locator for Air Force Service Members.
Red Cross Emergency Military Personnel Locator
Official Red Cross Site for helping families with emergencies locate their service member(s).
Locator for US Coast Guard
Official US Coast Guard Site for Locating Service Members.
US Postal Service Zip Code Locator
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): Finding the Military Status of an Individual
The new Internet link below will allow the public to use the Defense Manpower Data Center's (DMDC) Military Verification service to verify if someone is in the military. The Service Members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Web site will tell you if the person is currently serving in the military. DMDC has developed this web site to enable their customers to perform the check of a person's military status themselves. The site is available on a 24-hour basis. When you perform a check at this site, based on the SSN and other personal information furnished, the system will indicate that the Department either does not possess information regarding the individual, or that the individual is in the military. The system shows this information in a signed printable letter format containing the Department of Defense seal.
Pay and Benefits
Hardship Duty Pay Missions (HDP-M) is paid for specific missions. It is payable to both officers and enlisted personnel of the active and reserve component, at the full monthly rate whenever any part of the month is served fulfilling a specific mission.
HDP for location assignments (HDP-L) is payable to officers and enlisted personnel in a designated area for over 30 days and terminates upon permanent departure from the area. There are two types of HDP-L:
- HDP-L for designated areas (HDP-L(DA))
- HDP-L for certain places (HDP-L(CP)); this was terminated December 31, 2001, and only serves as a savings provision for members who have never left those areas since termination.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)
BAH is an allowance to offset the cost of housing when you do not receive government-provided housing. Your BAH depends upon your location, pay grade and whether you have dependents. BAH rates are set by surveying the cost of rental properties in each geographic location. The rates are established such that members in each pay grade, independent of location, pay approximately the same out-of-pocket costs. Therefore, BAH rates in high-cost areas will be much greater than those in low-cost areas.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) FAQs
Have some questions about BAH? Check here!
Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS)
BAS is meant to offset costs for a member's meals. This allowance is based in the historic origins of the military in which the military provided room and board (or rations) as part of a member's pay. This allowance is not intended to offset the costs of meals for family members.
Funeral and Burial
Commissary Home (DECA)
The Defense Commissary Agency with headquarters at Fort Lee, Virginia, operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices—savings worth about $3,000 annually for a family of four. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.
Locate the closest store to you and view store information including store hours, directions, phone numbers, contact information, floor plan, special savings, and more.
Disputing Credit Reports
Your credit report contains information about where you live, how you pay your bills, and whether you’ve been sued, arrested, or filed for bankruptcy. Consumer reporting companies sell the information in your report to creditors, insurers, employers, and other businesses that use it to evaluate your applications for credit, insurance, employment, or renting a home. The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) promotes the accuracy and privacy of information in the files of the nation’s consumer reporting companies.
Under the FCRA, both the consumer reporting company and the information provider (that is, the person, company, or organization that provides information about you to a consumer reporting company) are responsible for correcting inaccurate or incomplete information in your report. To take advantage of all your rights under this law, contact the consumer reporting company and the information provider.
GovLoans.gov is your gateway to Federal loan information, brought to you through a partnership between Federal agencies and GovBenefits.gov; the official government benefits website.
myPay allows military personnel financial management of pay information, leave and earnings statements, W-2's and more.
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
DFAS provides information on military entitlements, as well as general information on pay rates, per diem, taxes, etc.
Per Diem Rates
A direct link to the Department of Defense Per Diem, Travel, and Transportation Allowance Committee website.
General Related Links to Pay and Benefit Issues
Other Pay Related Links for Multiple Issues.
Note: For Service Specific Pay Problems, Please Refer to Branch of Service Links Provided Separately Under Appropriate Service Category.
Overseas Housing Allowance Query
The Overseas Housing Allowance compensates members for the majority of housing expenses. Comprised of three components: rental ceiling, utility/recurring maintenance allowance, and move-in housing allowance (MIHA).
Wounded Warrior Entitlements Handbook
This publication is intended to serve as an explanation of pay and entitlements for members of the U.S. military who are injured while serving in a combat zone and receiving medical treatment at military facilities outside of the zone.
Wounded Warriors and their families are encouraged to contact their local military finance office for any updates to the information contained in this handbook.
2010 Military Pay Paydays
Active Duty Military Paydays for Fiscal Year 2010
'Active Duty'Alerts Help Protect Military Personnel from Identity Theft
The last thing you want to worry about while you're on deployment is someone assuming your identity to commit financial fraud. Now, you don't have to. Amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act allow you to place an "active duty alert" in your credit report. According to the Federal Trade Commission, one of the agencies that enforces the FCRA, the alert requires creditors to verify your identity before granting credit in your name. Visit this FTC website for more information and read the information carefully.
Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Rates
BAH is based on geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. The intent of BAH is to provide uniformed service members with permanent duty within the 50 United States accurate and equitable housing compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets, and is payable when government quarters are not provided. The 2008 BAH Rates ARE NOW available.
DFAS Cleveland processes all court ordered garnishment for child support, alimony and commercial debts for all military members and all civilian employees paid by DFAS, plus court ordered divisions of military retired pay under the Uniformed Services Former Spouses' Protection Act.
2010 Pay Tables
Rates & Allowances
CONUS Cost of Living Allowances (COLA)
As a requirement of their Service, members of the Uniformed Services move about the country. During their careers, members are likely to be assigned to a variety of low, moderate, and high-cost locations. Private sector pay scales tend to reflect local living costs in U.S. locations, but military pay tables do not.
In the FY 1995 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress approved the CONUS Cost-of-living Allowance (CONUS COLA), to provide compensation for variations in non-housing costs in the continental United States.
Overseas Cost of Living Allowances
The Overseas Cost of Living Allowance is a supplement designed to equalize purchasing power between members overseas and their CONUS-based counterparts.
The primary survivor benefit applicable to survivors of retirees (and, in some situations, active duty members) is the Uniformed Services Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP). The Reserves have a related plan called the Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan (RC-SBP). These are voluntary programs to ensure survivors continue to receive income throughout their lifetimes.
Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs under special circumstances. For more information on this program and others offered by the Departments of Veterans Affairs, see their website for more details. Social Security also provides survivor and retirement benefits, consult their website for more details.
The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008
The Post - 9/11 GI Bill is a new education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001.If, on August 1, 2009, you are eligible for one of these programs and you qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may make an irrevocable election to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Note: Once you elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you will no longer be eligible to receive benefits under the program from which you elected the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
"The Presidents Own" Marine Band
DACOWITS (Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service)
The Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) was established in 1951 by then Secretary of Defense, George C. Marshall. The Committee is composed of civilian women and men who are appointed by the Secretary of Defense to provide advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to the recruitment and retention, treatment, employment, integration, and well-being of highly qualified professional women in the Armed Forces.
Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC)
Armed Forces Recreation Center (AFRC) full-service resort hotels are Joint Service Facilities that provide quality, wholesome, affordable, family-oriented vacation recreation opportunities to servicemembers, their families, and other authorized patrons (including official travelers) of the the Total Defense Force.
The AFRCs are centrally-managed, U.S. Army FMWRC-operated facilities with a mission to provide rest, relaxation, recreation, and sustainment for Army personnel, their families, and other members of the total Defense Force.
Authorized users include active-duty military, retirees, currently employed and retired Department of Defense civilians, reservists, delayed entry recruits, and family members.
Float Plan Central (Boating Safety)
This website - http://www.floatplancentral.org/ -instructs on how to develop a boating Float Plan. Use this template to make your float plan. Do it for your safety. It's FREE and could save your life.
The World Factbook
Historical, Social, Political, Environmental and Economical information compiled on countries around the world.
SpaceA - DoD Instruction 4515.13-R: Air Transportation Eligibility
CHAPTER 6 - SPACE-AVAILABLE TRAVEL 76
Space-available travel is the specific program of
travel authorized by this Chapter allowing authorized passengers to occupy DoD aircraft
seats that are surplus after all space-required passengers have been accommodated.
Space-available travel is allowed on a nonmission interference basis only. DoD aircraft
shall not be scheduled to accommodate space-available passengers. No (or negligible)
additional funds shall be expended and no additional flying hours shall be scheduled to
support this program. In order to maintain the equity and integrity of the
space-available system, seats may not be reserved or "blocked" for use at en route stops
along mission routes.
Space-available travel is a
privilege (not an entitlement) that accrues to Uniformed Services members as an avenue
of respite from the rigors of Uniformed Services duty. Retired Uniformed Services
members are given the privilege in recognition of a career of such rigorous duty and
because they are eligible for recall to active duty. The underlying criteria for extending
the privilege to other categories of passengers is their support to the mission being
performed by Uniformed Services members and to the enhancement of active duty
Service members' quality of life.
Armed Forces Sports
Transportation Security Administration: Military Severely Injured Program
Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions: To ensure our military severely injured have a smooth and uneventful screening experience, TSA has partnered with the Department of Defense and have developed a process for our wounded warriors. TSA watch standards are in the Military Severally Injured Center (MSIC) on a twenty four hour, seven days a week bases to coordinate and assist the military severely injured and their families traveling throughout our airport security checkpoints.
So You've Got Orders for Hawaii...
Information provided for newcomers to Hawaii by the U.S. Pacific Command. The site has some great resource links!
Military Housing Assistance Fund
A non profit organization helping military families with home ownership.
DoD Special Report – It’s Your Move
This special report provides information on servicemember entitlements and responsibilities concerning shipment of household goods, unaccompanied baggage, boats, pets, POV's, etc.
With links to two new helpful features from MilitaryHOMEFRONT, this site provides you with the tools to successfully plan your next move.
Families First : DOD’s Personal Property Program
The Families First Program intends to streamline
the process and bring the Personal Property Program
into alignment with on-going transportation
reengineering and business improvement initiatives to
include incorporating best-value procurements. This
pamphlet is to provide you with basic information about
the Families First program.
Families First is the new Personal Property
Program that will improve the quality of life for all Servicemembers involved in military mobilization and relocation.
PCS Season Matters
With PCS season fast approaching there are several matters with legal consequences to consider. Are you going to lease a house/apartment at your next duty station? What about buying/selling a house? Can you deduct moving expenses from your income taxes? What about changing your driver license or car registration? Is my spouse eligible for unemployment compensation if she leaves her job because of my military reassignment? Here are several items to consider.
Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC)
SDDC is the executive agent for DoDs Personal Property Program, managing expenditures of nearly $1.9 billion each year. SDDC is working to reengineer the way DoD selects, manages and works with transportation service providers that move household goods and vehicles.
SDDC: Full Replacement Value
Full Replacement Value (FRV) Protection is an important new benefit for the Military Service Members, Department of Defense Civilian Employees and DoD Families. Most personal property shipments are eligible for FRV protection starting in fall 2007. FRV protection is available at no additional cost to DoD members.
Resources and Links
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Area Code Listings (by number)
Operation Military Pride
Want some ideas on what to include in your service member's next care package?
This site features a glossary of terms relating to military quality of life programs as well as other links to additional glossaries that you may find helpful.
Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
The Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms sets forth standard US military and associated terminology to encompass
the joint activity of the Armed Forces of the United States in both US joint and allied joint
operations, as well as to encompass the Department of Defense (DOD) as a whole. These
military and associated terms, together with their definitions, constitute approved DOD
terminology for general use by all components of the Department of Defense.
NMFA Fact Sheets and Position Papers
Fact Sheets and Position Papers on a variety of matters that may be helpful.
ABA Family Law Section’s Military Committee: Operation Stand-By
FOR JAG OFFICERS ONLY!!!
Operation Stand-By is a project of the ABA Family Law Section’s Military Committee. The volunteers on this list have agreed to take calls, e-mail, or other correspondence from JAG Officers and answer questions about family law issues in their respective jurisdiction. If you are a military attorney and are in need of state specific legal information for your family law case, please use these volunteers as a reference. They have agreed to communicate with you, pro bono, about your family law case. Please do not refer your client directly to a volunteer or this list, as no client should contact the volunteers directly.
American Bar Association Consumers' Guide to Legal Help
Although the ABA cannot help you directly, there are many people out there who can. This site will guide you to a list of resources in your state. Most legal issues are regulated by the law in the state where you live, or where the problem occurred.
Resources for Seniors
FirstGov for Seniors
FirstGov for Seniors covers a variety of topics of interest to older Americans, including education, jobs, volunteerism, health, consumer protection, laws and regulations, retirement and money, taxes, travel, and leisure. Numerous tools are available, such as the eldercare locator, comparison calculators for Medicare plans and nursing homes, and prescription drug assistance.
Providing care for our aging parents can often be very frustrating, with new surprises almost every day. Whether you care for aging parents in your home, or manage elder care plans from a distance, most of us don't know where to go for reliable answers ... or even what questions to ask.
U.S. Administration on Aging
Agenet: Solutions for Better Aging
Seniors and their caregivers will find a wealth of information at Agenet. The site offers informative articles about senior healthcare, medication, insurance, legal and financial issues, and useful tools, such as medication and geriatric health assessments.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people age 50 and over.
AARP is dedicated to enhancing quality of life for all as we age. We lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.
AARP also provides a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members.
Because We Care: A Guide for People Who Care
The U.S. Administration on Aging provides an online resource guide for those who are caring for an older family member, adult child with disabilities, or older friend. This Guide provides information and a range of suggestions to make caregiving easier and more successful--whether you are the caregiver or the person who ensures that your family member or friend receives the best possible care from others. Since this Guide contains many links to outside references, the online html version is recommended; for better printing, a PDF version is available also.
National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging provides a simple questionnaire that can assist you in finding programs for seniors that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services. Searchable by zip code. Names or identifying information are not required to search for services.
Housing Options for Older Adults
One of the most important decisions older adults make is their choice of housing. Their
future contentment, comfort and even safety may depend on careful consideration of all
the housing options available to them. Fortunately, an array of housing options and living
arrangements can meet the needs of those who are aging. Understanding what the options are
and the needs they fill is the first step in making a wise choice.This booklet provides an overview of the many housing options now available.
Overview of VA Pension and Health Care Benefits
An Overview of VA Pension and Health Care Benefits - This Elderweb article discusses veterans benefits often overlooked by veterans and their surviving spouses. These benefits include pensions, payments for nursing home or home care, prescription drugs, reimbursement for the cost of adapting a home or car for a disability, and more.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides home delivered meals primarily to older people (i.e., people age 60 or older) with the greatest economic or social need, with special attention given to low-income minorities. Particular consideration is also given to elders residing in rural areas.
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging is committed to advancing the vision of healthy, affordable, ethical long-term care for America.
Geriatric Care Management Journal
Geriatric Care Management Journal contains numerous articles relevant to military families caring for elderly loved ones. (Copyright, National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. Reprinted by permission.)
Medicare is an insurance program. Medical bills are paid from trust funds which those covered have paid into. It serves people over 65 primarily, whatever their income; and serves younger disabled people and dialysis patients. Patients pay part of costs through deductibles for hospital and other costs. Small monthly premiums are required for non-hospital coverage. Medicare is a federal program. It is basically the same everywhere in the United States and is run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, an agency of the federal government.
Medicaid is an assistance program. Medical bills are paid from federal, state and local tax funds. It serves low-income people of every age. Patients usually pay no part of costs for covered medical expenses. A small co-payment is sometimes required. Medicaid is a federal-state program. It varies from state to state. It is run by state and local governments within federal guidelines.
U.S. Social Security Administration
TRICARE for Life
TRICARE For Life (TFL) is Medicare-wraparound coverage available to:
- Medicare-eligible uniformed service retirees, including retired guard members and reservists,
- Medicare-eligible family members and widows/widowers (dependent parents and parents-in-law are excluded),
- Medicare-eligible Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and their family members
- Certain Medicare-eligible unremarried former spouses.
How Will I Know Mom and Dad Are Okay?
This brochure outlines how families can stay in touch with older loved ones and be prepared when a crisis situation occurs. It includes a tear-off sheet for personal planning.
Financial Steps for Caregivers:What You Need to Know About Money and Retirement
The information in this booklet is designed to help you identify financial decisions you
may face as a caregiver. These decisions can affect both your short and long-term
financial security, including your own retirement.
National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) Resource Room
Helpful resources on a variety of issues affecting caregivers.
Welcome to the Eldercare Locator, a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. The Eldercare Locator is the first step to finding resources for older adults in any U.S. community. Just one phone call or Website visit provides an instant connection to resources that enable older persons to live independently in their communities. The service links those who need assistance with state and local area agencies on aging and community-based organizations that serve older adults and their caregivers.
Retired and Annuitant Pay: Cost of Living Allowance (COLA)
The Cost-of-Living Adjustment or COLA is a pay adjustment provided to military retirees and annuitants that helps maintain purchasing power. The adjustment is based on a 12 months average increase in the cost of a market basket of non-discretionary Goods and Services, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage and Clerical Workers.
Pick Up The Pace: Retirement Planning for Boomers and Beyond
You’ve reached age 60, but are you financially ready
to retire in the next 2 to 6 years? If not, you are not alone. A growing number of people will work well beyond retirement age, not because they want to, but because they have to in order to meet living expenses. Even though most people are saving, they are not saving enough. If you are discouraged about what you have not done to prepare for retirement, there are still things that you can do now to secure your financial outlook for the future.
Reunions and Locator
Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program
The Department of Defense (DoD) established the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) in 1990 to improve accessibility for people with disabilities throughout the DoD and remove the cost of accommodations. The TRICARE Management Activity, a field activity in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs), serves as the executive agent for CAP.
DoD and States Partnering in Support of Military Families
States have recognized the difficulties that Service members and their families endure in order to fulfill mission requirements. Since September 2001, States have enhanced their support to Service members, providing military families special support that recognizes their circumstances and addresses many of their critical quality of life needs.
Students.gov is an official U.S. government web site designed for college students and their families. Our mission is to provide you with easy access to information and resources from the U.S. government – all the info you need, in one place, from all parts of the government.
Check out our topic areas! You might be surprised at what you find. Through students.gov, you can link to government (and selected non-government) web sites to help you:
- Choose the right college
- Apply online for financial aid and scholarships
- Find summer internships or jobs
- Learn about careers that interest you
- Tap into government research databases
- Get a passport
- Find rewarding volunteer opportunities
- And much more!
Students.gov makes it faster and easier to find the answers to your questions by eliminating the need to search the entire web. The links on students.gov come from suggestions made by students, parents, teachers, and others who know first-hand what information will be most helpful during the transition to life beyond high school.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) provides college scholarship grants, based on need, along with financial aid and educational counseling to the children of Special Operations personnel who were killed in an operational mission or training accident.
Scholarships for Military Children
The Scholarships for Military Children Program was created to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military family community.
If your mother or father is active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military personnel or you are the survivor of a deceased member, and you have a military dependent I.D. card you can apply! You must be planning to attend a college or university on a full-time basis.
The Department of Defense has developed a comprehensive plan that provides military families with the tools and information needed to make informed choices regarding the appropriate educational setting for each child. Through the publications, resources and websites listed here, parents can access information necessary to compare options, make sound education decisions, and become involved and informed advocated of quality educaiton.
Military HOMEFRONT: Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The importance of continuing education cannot be stressed enough. From playing a role in a Service member's advancement potential to being a determining factor in many civilian job placements, the time to pursue your educational goals is now!
Department of Veterans Affairs: Burial & Memorials
The National Cemetery Administration honors veterans with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service to our nation.
Disabled American Veterans
Disabled American Veterans is an organization of disabled veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled veterans and their families.
The organization accomplishes this goal by providing free assistance to veterans in obtaining benefits and services earned through their military service. It is fully funded through its membership dues and public contributions. It is not a government agency and receives no government funds.
Center for Veteran Enterprise (Veteran Business Opportunities)
Vetbiz.gov is a Veteran Resource Information web site designed to assist veteran entrepreneurs who want to start and expand their businesses in the Federal and private marketplace. This site provides up to the minute information from the Federal Government as it pertains to Service Disabled and Veteran Owned Small Businesses.
The Center for Women Veterans
The Center for Women Veterans assures that women veterans receive benefits and services on a par with male veterans, encounter no discrimination in their attempt to access these services, are treated with respect and dignity by VA service providers, and to act as the primary advisor to the Secretary for Veterans Affairs on all matters related to programs, issues, and initiatives for and affecting women veterans.
The e-VETS Resource Advisor assists veterans preparing to enter the job market. It includes information on a broad range of topics, such as job search tools and tips, employment openings, career assessment, education and training, and benefits and special services available to veterans.
The e-VETS Resource Advisor was created to help veterans and their family members sort through the vast amount of information available on the Internet. Based on your personal profile and/or the various services you select, the e-VETS Resource Advisor will provide a list of Web site links most relevant to your specific needs and interests.
DisabilityInfo.gov is a federal government-sponsored website that provides a direct connection to information and resources on a wide range of disability-related topics.
The veterans of the United States military branches, including the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and others have served their country in times of war and peace, giving their time, effort, and sometimes their lives as part of their service. They have the same right to the best in medical care that is afforded to all in our country. Mesothelioma cancer, a disease with no known cure, has felled many U.S. veterans, and the rights of these veterans to receive compensation for this work-related disease should be upheld. Learn more at
Your State's Military Support
State & Territorial Support for the National Guard, Reserves and Families
An excellent resource provided by The National Governors Association listing state-by-state programs and benefits on matters dealing with education, taxes, family support, finances,licensing,registrations and protections, recognitions and employment support, etc. A must see!