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7 Tools to Reinforce Military Family Resilience

Were it not for the strength of our military families and their willingness to sacrifice, we couldn’t protect our nation and way of life like we do… No nation recognizes the importance of families more than the United States.

— Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

The Real Warriors Campaign understands the unique challenges military families face. Use the resources in this brochure to manage common military stressors like deployments, frequent relocations and psychological health concerns.

1. LEARN ABOUT BUILDING FAMILY RESILENCE

realwarriors.net/family

The Real Warriors Campaign website features articles and materials to help military families stay strong throughout all phases of military life. Know what to expect during reunions and goodbyes, how to identify adjustment challenges and when to ask for help and support.

The Real Warriors Campaign, for me, has been a great resource that I pass along to other military spouses, friends, and anyone I know that is in contact with a service member. I let them know about the website and other resources. It has been a great way for us to tell our story and hear about the stories of other great warriors. I always reinforce that you are not alone.”

— Mrs. Sheri Hall, RWC volunteer and Army wife

2. HEAR FROM REAL WARRIORS AND MILITARY FAMILIES

realwarriors.net/multimedia

Watch videos of service members and their families who share their experiences reintegrating with loved ones after deployment. Remember to check realwarriors.net/multimedia frequently for new videos of warriors who have sought and received care, and to hear from those who have supported them.

3. CONTACT THE PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER

866-966-1020

Reaching out for help is a sign of strength. Military families, friends, supporters and service members themselves can always contact trained health resource consultants at the Psychological Health Resource Center by phone or online through Real Warriors Campaign Live Chat at realwarriors.net/livechat.

Consultants are available 24/7, in English or Spanish, to provide confidential guidance, answer questions and help find resources for service members and military families.

4. EXPLORE OUR PARTNER NETWORK RESOURCES

realwarriors.net/partner

The campaign partners with organizations that help families with an array of resources. Visit realwarriors.net/partner for a complete list.

Sesame Street for Military Families
(sesamestreetformilitaryfamilies.org) offers resources to help children cope with the challenges of military family life.

The National Military Family Association
(militaryfamily.org) helps the whole family with spouse scholarships, children's camps, information on family issues and more.

Elizabeth Dole Foundation
(elizabethdolefoundation.org) supports military caregivers who help wounded veterans.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors,
or TAPS (taps.org) helps families cope with the loss of their service member through a peer-to-peer support network, seminars, retreats and more.

5. HELP YOUR CHILDREN NAVIGATE MILITARY LIFE

militarykidsconnect.dcoe.mil

The stresses of military life, like moves and military separations, can be especially hard on kids. Preparing them for daily challenges and big transitions can help your entire family stay strong.

For activities, resources and information on helping military kids cope, visit Military Kids Connect at militarykidsconnect.dcoe.mil.There you will find age-specific resources for young children ages 6-8, tweens ages 9-12 and teens ages 13-17.

6. GET YOUR WARRIOR SUPPORT DURING TRANSITIONS

health.mil/intransition

Are you or your warrior looking at an upcoming change in status, new orders, relocation or a return to civilian life? If the answer is yes, and your service member is currently receiving psychological health care, transferring to a new provider can be easier than you think.

The Defense Department’s inTransition program pairs service members with a personal coach to provide one-on-one support and help in finding a new provider. The program can also link your family to local support groups.

For inTransition coaching and tools:

800-424-7877 (toll-free inside the U.S.)

800-424-4685 (DSN, toll-free outside the U.S.)
health.mil/intransition.

7. GET HELP FROM THE MILITARY CRISIS LINE

800-273-8255 and press 1

The Military Crisis line connects service members and military families in crisis with confidential support 24/7. Those in need can access the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online by visiting militarycrisisline.net or send a text message to 838255 for immediate help.

Family members and loved ones are often the first to realize a service member may be in crisis and needs support. Responders are specially trained to help families and friends make sure their loved ones get connected to care. For more information, visit militarycrisisline.net

REACHING OUT IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH

Military families are not alone

Talk to a registered nurse 24/7: Call the TRICARE Nurse Advice Line at 800-874-2273 and press 1:

Connect with resources and other military families with the Real Warriors App:
realwarriors.net/mobileapp.php

Get support from a military family organization near you through a Real Warriors Campaign Partner:
realwarriors.net/partner

Engage with the Real Warriors Campaign community on social media:
twitter.com/realwarriors and facebook.com/realwarriors

To order additional resources visit realwarriors.net/materials/order.

 

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