Building Bridges & Connecting Lives – a Trauma Conference for Military & Veteran Populations
Military One Source – Service members, family members, service providers, and command-welcome to Military OneSource. Policies, procedures, timely articles, cutting-edge social media tools, and support. All in one place, empowering our military community. www.militaryonesource.mil
National Military Family Association – Founded in 1969, the National Military Family Association is the leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families. We believe that all military families deserve comprehensive child care, accessible health care, spouse employment options, great schools, caring communities, a secure retirement, and support for widows and widowers. www.militaryfamily.org
Operation Homefront was formed in February 2002. It was developed to support the families of deployed service members immediately following 9/11. Operation Homefront is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and has evolved into a major nonprofit. The organization currently provides services to military families across the nation with 23 locations serving 43 states. The national office handles cases in states that do not have their own local offices. The majority of our clients are the lowest-paid service members, the E-1 through E-6 enlisted ranks. www.operationhomefront.net
Operation: Military Kids is the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether Families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being. www.operationmilitarykids.org
Military Kids Connect (MKC) is an online community for military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life. MKC offers informative activities, fun games, helpful videos, and an online community that can build and reinforce understanding, resilience, and coping skills in military children and their peers.
Today’s military kids grow up in a world where they may experience many challenges of military life, including multiple deployments of important family members and frequent moves to new schools and neighborhoods. They need a unique set of skills to draw on in order to get through long and often difficult separations and situations. MKC helps children prepare for the challenges faced during these significant family transitions. www.militarykidsconnect.dcoe.mil
National Guard – We are here to support you—the Airman, Soldier, Sailor and Marine. We are here to support you, your families, veterans and friends twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. With the ever changing face and duties of the National Guard, it is imperative to look to the future of Family Programs while remaining flexible in the present. Our goal is to support you along your journey, especially as a family member of the National Guard in any and every way. www.jointservicessupport.org/fp
ESGR, a Department of Defense office, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,900 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve. www.esgr.mil
Transition Assistance Advisors – Have you just returned from deployment? Do you have a service-related injury or healthcare issue? Perhaps you’re about to retire from service and you’re looking for someone to show you how to get back into the swing of civilian life. Getting to know your local Transition Assistance Advisor means you’ll have reliable, professional support whenever you need it, whatever the circumstance.
Our Transition Assistance Advisors are in every State, Territory, and the District to ensure you have a hand to help you receive the benefits you’ve earned as a result of your service in the National Guard. www.taapmo.com
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) is responsible for oversight of the Department’s sexual assault policy. SAPRO works hand-in-hand with the Services and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs.
Users have multiple ways to get confidential support.
• CLICK: Logging on to www.SafeHelpline.org allows users to receive live, one-on-one confidential help with a trained professional through a secure instant-messaging format.
• CALL: Calling 877-995-5247 allows users to speak with trained Safe Helpline staff for personalized advice and support.
• TEXT: Texting a location or zip code to 55-247 in the U.S. and (001) 202-470-5546 outside the U.S. allows users to receive contact information for vital resources.
• Transitioning Service Member Resources: Information and resources tailored to the needs of Transitioning Service Members (TSMs) are available on SafeHelpline.org.
• Mobile App: The Safe Helpline Mobile Application (App) is designed specifically for military sexual assault survivors. It enables users to connect with live sexual assault response professionals via phone or anonymous online chat from their mobile devices.
• SafeHelpline.org: Visitors may access the Safe Helpline website and search for their nearest resource as well as access valuable information about understanding the effects of sexual assault.
• Safe HelpRoom: DoD SAPRO’s ground-breaking online service called the “Safe HelpRoom” allows military sexual assault survivors to connect with one another in a moderated and secure online environment at SafeHelpline.org.
• Complaint Feature: Visitors may choose to provide feedback to SAPRO directly through a confidential and anonymous feedback form on SafeHelpline.org.
Additional details on Safe Helpline services can be found in our Information Paper.
Military Funeral Honors – The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, free of charge, is mandated by law. An honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran shall consist of not less than two members of the Armed Forces. One member of the detail shall be a representative of the parent Service of the deceased veteran. The honor detail will, at a minimum, perform a ceremony that includes the folding and presenting of the American flag to the next of kin and the playing of Taps. www.military.com
Survivor Outreach Services is the official Army program designed to provide long term support to surviving Families of Fallen Soldiers. This is your program! Conceived of and developed by Survivors, this program is continually refined based on Survivor feedback and involvement by senior Army leaders.
Survivor Outreach Services is a “one” Army program. Regardless of your loved one’s Army component, duty status, location, or manner of death, Survivor Outreach Services Support Coordinators and Financial Counselors are here to provide dedicated outreach and support when, and for as long as you desire.
We are here for you. Army National Guard, US Army Reserve and Active Component Families are served by the closest Survivor Outreach Services support office. www.sos.army.mil
American Red Cross – The American Red Cross’ and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today, the Red Cross is meeting the needs of a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways. www.redcross.org; 800-733-2767
Camp Hometown Heroes is specifically designed to provide the children of fallen U.S. service members ages 7-17 with opportunities for friendship, fun, acceptance, and personal growth. Through the support of pediatric grief specialists from Kyle’s Korner, the children and teenagers are provided the chance to grieve and heal. At long last, children of the fallen are given the chance to grow and move forward. www.hometownheroes.org
Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars. www.veteransforpeace.org