Whether you’re new to the military or you’ve been in for several years, it’s nice to know about resources available that are tailored just for you! There are so many resources available to military families that sometimes it can be hard to find them all! Here is a list of just some of the resources that may be helpful to you in your journey through military life:

Family Resources

Army Community Services (ACS)

Army Community Services have offices on nearly every military base. They are a great place to get information about your local community and volunteer and job opportunities for military spouses and families. To apply for volunteer opportunities at your new base, visit their website and click on the Volunteer Tools link to start your application and get involved in your new community through volunteer work!

Blue Star Families

Offers many resources for Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Wounded, Transitioning Service Members, and Veterans. Resources include information about PCS, job and career training, deployments and more.

Military One Source

A one-stop-shop for everything military life. They provide information on everything from family, moving, financial and legal assistance, health, travel and more!

National Military Family Association

Provides scholarships, children’s camps, and information and education for military families regarding adoption, special needs, marriage, deployment, transitioning processes, and more!

Military One Click

Provides information on military life around the world.

Military.com

Military-related news and information regarding life in the military.

Operation We Are Here

List of resources for anyone looking to support a military family or another military service members, as well as a all-inclusive list resources for military and veteran families.

Surviving Deployment

Articles, books, and tips for surviving a deployment as a spouse and family.

Your Soldier Your Army A Family Guide 

A free e-book to help you understand the Army and military life.

Real Warriors 

Offers support for services members and families pre-deployment and post-deployment

Armed Forces Vacation Club

Offers discounted vacation packages at destinations around the world to active duty, reserve, guard, and retired military service members and their families.

MWR 

Offers everything from child education services, fitness centers, concerts, equipment rentals, outdoor recreation centers, libraries and more, at little to no cost for soldiers and families.

PX (Army and Air Force Exchange) 

Shop online or in military base exchanges for great savings on your purchases.

Commissary 

Shop your military base commissary for great savings on your grocery purchases.

Everyone Serves 

A free handbook for family and friends of service members during pre-deployment, deployment, and reintegration.

Armed Services Ministry

A service dedicated to providing military service members, veterans, and their family Scripture resources, ranging from Bibles to devotionals.

USO

The USO is dedicated to providing programs and services in support of military members and their families.

The Rosie Network

The Rosie Network allows you to search for verified veteran and military-spouse owned businesses in your area to support them with your business.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) 

Offers compassionate care to those grieving the loss of a military loved one.

Military Officers Association of America 

Offers information and resources for current, former, and retired military officers and their families.

TREA: The Enlisted Association 

Works to enhance the quality of life and offers information and resources for uniformed services enlisted personnel, their families and survivors.

Army Reserve Family Programs

Resources, programs and services for Army Reserve Families

Army Family Readiness Group (FRG) 

Connect with your service member’s FRG and gain information about the Army unit your service member belongs to.

 

Housing Resources

Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN) 

Connects military families with vetted available housing listings at over 500 military bases around the world.

Military By Owner 

Provides a place for military families to advertise their homes for sale or rent. Also allows families to search listings to find a new home.

PCSGrades 

An online community focused on sharing reviews of base housing, neighborhoods, realtors, schools and more for military families moving to a new duty station.

 

Healthcare Resources

MilConnect Benefits and Records

MilConnect allows you to change your view and manage your TriCare Primary Care Manager, update family members and names in DEERS, obtain proof of health care coverage, transfer education benefits, and check your service history.

TriCare 

Tricare is the health insurance provider of the military, and provides information on the health care plans, coverage, and providers in the Tricare network.

TriCare Dental

Learn about the different dental plans and coverage offered by the military’s dental insurance provider.

TriCareOnline

Your patient portal to view your medical records, immunizations, lab results, see your assigned Primary Care Manager, request prescription refills and schedule appointments with your doctor.

 

Spouse Resources

Army Wife Network 

Great source of information and resources for new and veteran Army wives.

Army Wife 101 

Military lifestyle and community site for spouses.

Military Spouse Advocacy Network 

Offers education, career, financial, health, and deployment resources for new military spouses.

Macho Spouse

An online community focusing on providing information and resources for our under-appreciated and often overlooked male military spouses.

Military Spouse

An online community and magazine for military spouses.

 NextGen Military Spouse

Online magazine, weekly newsletter and podcast focusing on the life of military spouses across the world.

SpouseLink 

Connecting military spouses around the world through personal stories and news.

MYCAA 

Provides tuition assistance to eligible military spouses to help them pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or college degrees.

Military Spouse Employment Partnership 

Connecting talented military spouses with employers committed to hiring military spouses.

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. 

Supporting and aiding the widows, widowers, mothers and fathers of service personnel who gave their lives in the service of the county.

 

Military Child Resources

Daddy Dolls 

Daddy Dolls makes children’s dolls with a deployed service member’s photo printed on it to help comfort children during deployments or separations.

Military Child Education Coalition 

Military Child Education Coalition helps the children of military families as they transition to and from different schools around the world to ensure they are ready for college, the work force and life.

Child Care Aware of America 

Offers fee assistance for military families for child care services

Deployment Kids 

Activities and free downloads for children with deployed parents

Dog Tags for Kids 

Provides custom engraved dog tags for deployed service members to send to their children back home.

Military Kids Connect 

A DOD website that helps military children overcome obstacles through watching videos, playing games, and connecting with other military children.

Military Family Books 

An online bookstore dedicated to children’s books all about military life.

Sesame Street Workshop 

A program designed to help kids through deployments, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one. Videos, storybooks and workbooks guide families through these tough transitions.

Tutor.com for Military Families 

Professional tutoring services for military families and children.

Camp Corral

A free children’s camp for the children of wounded, injured, ill or fallen military service members.

Military Teen Adventure Camps 

Military teens can participate in adventure camps across the U.S. for little to no cost, participating in activities such as whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hiking, and more.

 

Transitioning Resources

Hiring Our Heroes

Helps transitioning service members and spouses connect with military and veteran-friendly employers, build resumes, network, receive career advice, and apply for jobs.

Military Transition.org 

Offers tools, training, and employment assistance to transitioning service members.

VA  

Health care, disability, education benefits, housing assistance, insurance, employment assistance and more available to veterans and retirees.

TAO 

Offers transition guidance, information on job fairs, military friendly companies, job search assistance, military skills translators and more.

 

Financial Resources

Military Spouse Finance Guide 

This free e-book is available for download for computers, smartphones, or tablets.

 American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA)

Non-profit organization offering life insurance and survivor services to the military community.

Army Emergency Relief

AER offers interest-free loans, grants and scholarships for soldiers, retirees, and military families.

Armed Forces Benefit Association (AFBA) 

Offers insurance coverage to active and retired military service members.

 USAA

Military-friendly bank offering banking, insurance, retirement and investment services for active duty, National Guard, Reserves, veterans, retirees, cadets, and their families.

Navy Federal Credit Union

Military-friendly bank offering banking, insurance, retirement and investment services for active duty, National Guard, Reserves, veterans, retirees, cadets, and their families.

Do you know of a great military family resource that’s not listed? Share it below!

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