Stay Connected with Deployed Parents

It can be difficult for families to stay in touch or feel connected when a parent is deployed. Using online programs, such as the ones highlighted in this article, can help families maintain regular communication, reassure children about their parent’s deployment and reinforce parents’ bonds with their children.

Sesame Workshop’s Military Families Initiatives

With more than 700,000 children who have experienced a parent’s deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan, the Sesame Workshop developed tools and resources to help military families cope with common stressors of deployment.

Alternative Resources to TRICARE’S Assistance Program

The web-based TRICARE Assistance Program (TRIAP) demonstration ended on March 31, 2012. Although TRIAP no longer provides information, counseling and referral services, other resources are available to support warriors and families experiencing psychological health concerns. For example, service members, veterans and families can access 24/7 support through the Real Warriors Campaign live chat available through the Psychological Health Resource Center.

Finding Support Resources in Your Community

When a service member, veteran or family is ready to reach out for support services for reintegration challenges, it is easiest to start in your own community. We have highlighted several resources and services that are available nationally and locally to help you with employment, housing, counseling, education assistance and much more.

What VSOs Can Do For You

As service members transition to veteran status, they will begin to explore the services and benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Resources for Transitioning Back to School

Many members of the National Guard and reserve choose to enroll in a higher education or a vocational program while continuing to serve their country. National Guardsmen and reservists share a common bond and unique experiences that often differ from the experiences of other students at their school or university. Some individuals may experience challenges adjusting to student life, relating to their fellow classmates and navigating benefits options. Many of the benefits, resources and services available to active-duty service members are available to National Guardsmen and reservists as well.

Understanding Posttraumatic Stress with PTSD Coach

Combat deployments can sometimes result in exposure to traumatic events, such as losing a close friend, bodily harm, violent experiences or even extended separation from loved ones. Ongoing stress reactions to these situations may eventually, but not always, lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Monitor Psychological Health with the T2 MoodTracker App

Whether you are deployed or transitioning, self-monitoring your psychological health is just one way you can gauge how stress may be affecting you (or a loved one). Self-monitoring with pen and paper has been used for decades to understand symptoms over time. As mobile phones have evolved to replace pen and paper, their applications (apps) have evolved to complement traditional health care too. The free T2 MoodTracker app can be your pen and paper – for your own awareness or for sharing with your health care provider. The app is currently available for Android phones and, in coming months, will be available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Free Support Program for Warriors in Transition

The men and women of the armed forces serve our nation around the globe. When transitions including deployment or permanent change of station (PCS) occur, it’s important to ensure that our nation’s warriors have the right support systems in place. For warriors who are receiving treatment for psychological health concerns, the inTransition Coaching and Support Program offers support as they move between health care systems or providers. This support helps warriors to effectively navigate changes and maintain mission readiness.

Sesame Workshop Helps Children Cope With Grief

The death of a parent can impact every aspect of a child's life — grief can affect a child emotionally, socially, cognitively and behaviorally. But it may be hard for children to label and express their emotions, and they may exhibit behavioral symptoms, anxiety or depression.


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