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American Red Cross Military Resource Center
Coping with Deployments: Psychological First Aid for Military Families
Area Agencies on Aging
Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) nation-wide respond to the needs of Americans 60 and over in every local community. By providing a range of options that allow older adults to choose the home and community-based services and living arrangements that suit them best, AAAs make it possible for older adults to “age in place” in their homes and communities.
Books for Children Dealing with Deployment
A listing of a number of books published for children.
Child Care Aware of Missouri
A free service to help you locate a child care program to meet your needs and to help you understand what to look for when choosing a child care program. Ask about Give Army Parents a Break, no cost child care for Army Families.
Chive Charities
Chive Charities is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to assisting our nation’s veterans in need of quality-of-life enhancements or medically necessary items due to a service related disability. Chive Charities purchases these items directly for the veteran and shares their story on our website to raise awareness about veterans issues.
Controlling Anger Before It Controls You
Many service members/veterans struggle with anger and irritability after a deployment. The American Association of Psychology offers a free, online resource to aid individuals in learning how to control their anger.
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
A multi-site medical care, clinical research, and educational center funded by the Department of Defense. This site is an excellent resource for service members and veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and their families.
Department of Veterans Affairs- Veterans Health Administration
Many resources are available for mental health services through the Department of Veterans Affairs. This website provides a good starting place to learn about what veteran services may be available in your area. Their mission statement is as follows: "The mission of the Veterans Healthcare System is to serve the needs of America's veterans by providing primary care, specialized care, and related medical and social support services."
Domestic Violence Hotline
Unfortunately, many military families encounter domestic violence in some capacity. This toll-free hotline provides information and resources for individuals experiencing violence and anger in the home. Toll free: 1-800-799-SAFE.
Helping Children Cope with Deployments
Children may find it very difficult to prepare for, and then adjust to the absence of a loved one who is called to duty.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the nation's first group dedicated explicitly to the troops and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their mission is as follows: "IAVA's mission is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families." Their website includes links to many resources that may be beneficial to those serving veterans and their families.
Mayo Clinic PTSD Resource Page
Getting treatment as soon as possible after post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms develop may prevent long-term post-traumatic stress disorder.
Military Significant Others and Spouse Support
This site is designed to be a source of information and support for military spouses and significant others. There are a number of virtual deployment support groups, where significant others can discuss practical and emotional challenges of deployment. This can be an especially helpful resource to spouses of reservists or National Guard members who may be far away from a base and feel as though no one else can relate to their experience of having their spouse deployed. A support group, whether online or in person can be a great source of community and healing during the deployment process.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Provides a resource center specific to commonly encountered veteran's mental health issues including: traumatic brain injury, PTSD, and suicide prevention.
National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is a non-profit organization designed to serve military families. Their goals are as follows:

"To educate military families concerning their rights, benefits and services available to them and to inform them regarding the issues that affect their lives and... To promote and protect the interests of military families by influencing the development and implementation of legislation and policies affecting them."

Their website contains information on a variety of topics that could be of interest to military families such as deployment, education, family life, health care and money. There is also information on a free summer camp program for children of deployed service members called "Operation Purple". More information on this and other programs sponsored by NMFA can be found at their website.
National Resource Directory
Provides a fairly comprehensive list of local and national resources for military personnel, their families, and veterans to aid in finding employment, understanding VA and DoD benefits, education, health, homelessness, transportation, and volunteer opportunities.
National Sleep Foundation
Many active duty service members and veterans suffer from sleep disturbances as a result of their military service. The National Sleep Foundation offers online information regarding how to achieve better, more restorative sleep through tips for sleep hygiene.
Operation Military Kids: Serving the Children of Our Guard and Reserve
Operation: Military Kids is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
The PVA works to ensure health care and benefits for veterans living with spinal cord injuries.
Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength
Provides active duty, Reservists/National Guardsmen, veterans, family members (including children), and health professionals with information regarding deployment and reintegration. Excellent resource for understanding the challenge of military service, building resilience, and coping with change in the family as a result of deployment.
Sittercity Childcare Program
Find a babysitter in your area! Free membership provided by the DoD!
Subsidized Child Care and Support for Military Families
KinderCare Learning Centers has partnered with National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Total Mortgage Services
Total Path: A financial guide to reintegration.
Tuck Sleep Foundation
Tuck Sleep Foundation is a non-profit community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Find specific information on health and sleep topics especially important to active service members and veterans alike.
VA National Center for PTSD
The Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.
Vet Centers
Supported by the Veteran's Health Administration, these local community centers offer veterans and their families free counseling. Many times services are provided by other veterans. There are 207 centers across the country. Call 1-800-905-4675 or access their website to locate a Vet Center near you.
St. Louis, MO
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