Resources for Caregiving Veteran Families: Federal Resources

Resources for Caregiving Veteran Families: Federal Resources

These are federal resources that have been compiled to assist educators at all levels in better understanding and supporting the approximately 2.3 million children under the age of 18 living with a disabled Veteran and whose personal needs may compete with the caregiving tasks they perform for their Veteran parent or guardian. The resources may also be beneficial to other children, both in military and Veteran families without a disabled Veteran and in civilian caregiving homes. The resources offer information for educators, parents, and family members that focus on the academic, non-academic, and mental health needs of children living in military households, particularly Veteran caregiving households.

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  • The Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State is an applied research center located at The Pennsylvania State University. The Schools Empowering At-Risk Students team conducts research and creates learning modules along with other resources.
  • Military OneSource (MOS) article – How to Talk to a Child About a Parent's Severe Injury: Talking with children about a parent's severe injury is a delicate subject that requires preparation and guidance. This article provides tips to guide the conversation.  
  • OneOp is a Department of Defense (DoD)-funded collaboration between the DoD and the Department of Agriculture Land Grant University System and provides free and open-access learning to military and community family support providers, including educators.
  • Universal Service Administrative Company Affordable Connectivity Program: The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal program that helps many low-income households pay for broadband service and internet connected devices.
  • The Department of Defense School Liaison Program offers an array of services and resources to support children, parents, schools, and the surrounding community. 
    • School liaisons, as the primary contact for military families and educators, are experienced professionals who support, advise, and build partnerships to address common education challenges and provide the best possible education for military-connected students.
    • School liaison support is available at no cost and open to all DoD identification card holders, educators who serve military students, and community partners involved with pre-K-12 education.
    • Military families, educators, and other stakeholders can find their school liaison and/or services via MOS.
  • Wounded Warrior Consultation the Essentials article: MOS provides wounded warrior specialty consultation services to help eligible wounded, ill, or injured service members, veterans, and caregivers get immediate assistance for issues related to health care, resources, facilities, and benefits.
  • Parenting and Teen Stress article: Military-connected teens juggle frequent moves and parental deployments, fitting in at school, managing classwork and clubs, the daily tidal wave of hormones, and the ups and downs of high school romances. Here are some tips for recognizing stress and ways to help teens handle it effectively.
  • Honoring Our Babies and Toddlers: Supporting Young Children Affected by a Military Parent's Injury Guide: A free resource from Military OneSource explores the issues of stress, trauma, grief, and loss as it relates to reunion with an injured parent.
  • Time to Connect with Family Around Injuries, Illness and Recovery: A webinar offered through FOCUS that looks at the impact of a service member's injury or illness on the family. The webinar offers strategies for talking with children about their parent's injury or illness and describes the TeleFOCUS program, which offers resilience training by video for military families.
  • The National Resource Directory (NRD): A resource website that connects wounded warriors, service members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that provide support. The NRD is developed, hosted, and managed by the Defense Health Agency's Recovery Coordination Program. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state, and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation, and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics that supply vetted resources.
  • Deployment Related Resources for Military-Connected Children: Department of Defense Education Activity counselors work with classes, small groups, and individual students to develop resiliency through character education, teaching positive coping strategies, and helping children experience the competence that leads to personal confidence. This link includes deployment related resources that parents, students, and educators may find helpful during the deployment process.