Military Family Assistance Websites
The official website of the U.S. Department of Defense, DefenseLINK, has a family section (http://www.defenselink.mil/sites/f.html#family) that links to all of the family websites for the service branches of the military. These websites have valuable advice concerning the effects of deployment on families and how to find help. Many of these websites also link to state and local government and community non-profit assistance sites. The websites listed on DefenseLINK include:
http://www.afcrossroads.com - The Air Force family website
http://www.hqda.army.mil/acsimweb/family/family.htm - The Army Family Liaison Office, “FLO”
http://www.lifelines2000.org/home.asp - Navy Lifelines Services Network – Navy family support
http://www.usmc-mccs.org - Marine Corps Community Services – providing support to Marines and their families worldwide.
http://military-childrenandyouth.calib.com - Military Family Resource Center
http://mfrc.calib.com/snn - Special Needs Network - Offers support for Department of Defense and military families who have members with special health or education needs
http://www.tricare.osd.mil - Tricare – Military Health System
http://www.militaryacclimate.com - Provides assistance in the logistics of relocating.
http://dticaw.dtic.mil/mapsite - Military Assistance Program – provides information and interactive resources to assist military families in relocating, money management and job search at a new location.
http://dticaw.dtic.mil/mtom - Military Teens on the Move – assists teens with relocating
http://www.defenselink.mil/sites/c.html#civjobs - Links to 16 websites with civilian job opportunities in the military and federal government, including http://dticaw.dtic.mil/mapsite/jobs.html especially for military family members
http://www.commissaries.com - Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) website provides assistance in making the most out of the military commissary benefit
http://dticaw.dtic.mil/prhome/das_mcfp.html - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy
http://www.defenselink.mil/other_info/education.html - Provides links to education websites for military families, including http://www.voled.doded.mil, a popular voluntary education program from the Department of Defense, and http://188.8.131.52/edugate (EDUGATE), a gateway to science, mathematics and engineering educational opportunities sponsored by the Department of Defense.
http://www.defenselink.mil/sites/t.html#transition - Links to sites that can assist military families in transition.
http://fcs.tamu.edu/fcshighlights/military/2000/military.htm - Texas A&M University, Texas Cooperative Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences Military Program at Ft. Bliss and Ft. Hood
http://www.tvc.state.tx.us - Texas Veteran’s Commission – links to military sites that can assist families
http://www.redcross.org - American Red Cross – provides emergency communications and assistance to military families
http://www.uwtexas.org - United Ways of Texas – local United Ways of Texas provide assistance to families through community organizations