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Partner Spotlight

Armed Services YMCA

The Armed Services YMCA provides specialized programs and support services for service members, veterans and their families. ASYMCA focuses on three main areas: healthy living, social responsibility and youth development. The youth development programs offer psychological support as well as fun and recreational activities for military children during transition periods and other challenging times. Find a branch near you to tap into ASYMCA’s tools and resources!

Military Child Education Coalition

The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) provides accessible education resources and community support for all military children. Recognizing that military children often cope with multiple moves, separation from a parent or caregiver and other life transitions, MCEC provides a variety of programs for care providers and health care professionals to help maintain a strong support network. Access MCEC’s Month of the Military Child Tool Kit for resources to promote awareness and celebrate the strength of military children.

Sierra Club Military Families and Veterans Initiative

The Sierra Club Military Families and Veterans Initiative (Military Outdoors) provides service members, veterans and their families with access to the outdoors through fun and therapeutic adventures and expeditions. The Sierra Club encourages veterans and military families to enjoy the outdoors as a way to support their psychological health and build social and resiliency skills. Read from Military Outdoors’ blog for information and testimonials about the impact that Sierra Club has had on our military and their families.

Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop uses Sesame Street’s characters to help educate and support children during deployments, combat-related challenges. Through the workshop’s “Talk, Listen, Connect” initiative, military children have access to creative resources, like stories and videos, that show them how Elmo and friends cope when they go through similar situations. View the “Talk, Listen, Connect” Toolkit for fun activities about military life.

Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness

The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness provides health care professionals with tools and information to help military families stay resilient. The Clearinghouse uses evidence-based research to assist health care professionals in finding the right program for common concerns faced by military families. Stay up-to-date on common military family challenges and new resources by reading the Clearinghouse blog.


FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) provides training in resiliency skills to military families and children in coping with common military life challenges. FOCUS’s communication, emotional support and goal-setting skills help military kids cope with long separations, manage changes in family routines and reintegrating in local communities. Connect with a FOCUS Site near you, or register for the new FOCUS World to access online program resources anywhere.

Home Front Hearts

Home Front Hearts (HFH) provides advocacy, resources and support for all military families, regardless of branch or time of service. By connecting families to resources in their local communities, HFH supports psychological health concerns, financial assistance challenges, military child education struggles and other common stressors of military life. Contact HFH today to access assistance resources.

National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association (NMFA) provides support programs and resources that strengthen the well-being of military families. NMFA‘s Operation Purple programs for military children and their families celebrate military children and encourage family resilience through recreational activities on military bases. Programs include a free week of Operation Purple Camp for military children, a free three-day Operation Purple Healing Adventure for families coping with an injury and outdoor adventures during Operation Purple Family Retreats. Connect to NMFA’s Branching Out blog for stories, resources and information about military life.

Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families (BSF) strengthens military families by connecting them and their communities with resources to support military family readiness. Through 46 chapters across the nation, BSF provides military families with support programs and resources to cope with common concerns of military life, such as spousal unemployment and child education. During Month of the Military Child, find BSF programs for military kids.

Zero To Three

Zero to Three provides information and resources to support early childhood development. The organization provides military family specific resources for health professionals, parents and caregivers so that they can better and understand and care for military children. Download the available military family materials and the “Babies on the Homefront” mobile app for tips and suggestions for caring for a young military child.

The Real Warriors Campaign collaborates with a variety of not-for-profit organizations that share our mission and can help us reach out to service members, families and health care providers. Our network of partners and affiliates includes military organizations and programs, nonprofit organizations, advocacy organizations and local groups. Through communication and collaboration with these organizations, the campaign can offer the most relevant and up-to-date resources and provide partners with easy and effective outreach mechanisms.

Explore the categories below to learn more about our affiliates and partners, or see a complete list. 

To learn more about the Real Warriors Partnership Program and how to become a partner or affiliate, view or download the Partnership Program Informational Sheet or contact us.


Partners and affiliates are not-for-profit organizations who support the mission of the Real Warriors Campaign. The appearance of organizations does not constitute endorsement by the United States Department of Defense of the organizations, linked websites, or the information, products or services contained therein. All partnerships are informal and do not involve any financial support.  The Real Warriors Campaign reserves the right to refuse any partnership/affiliate request that is not deemed appropriate or to terminate any partner relationship at any point.

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Last Reviewed: 07/12/13
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