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Supporting Military Families

Report: Strengthening Our Military Families

Report: Strengthening Our Military Families

“For their service and sacrifice, warm words of thanks from a grateful nation are more than warranted, but they aren't nearly enough. We also owe our veterans the care they were promised and the benefits that they have earned. We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America.” - President Barack Obama

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its operating divisions offer a variety of resources and programs specifically designed to support military families.

HHS Resources for Military Families and Those That Help Them

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Health:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health:

Rural Health:

  • Rural Assistance Center: The Rural Assistance Center helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available health and human services programs, funding, and research. The website includes a “Returning Soldier and Veteran Health” section with a Frequently Asked Questions segment.

Children and Families:

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network: This network improves access to care, treatment, and service for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. It includes the Military Family Resource Area and Knowledge Bank, an online database of information about the problems facing military families and children.
  • Military Families Considering Adoption: The Administration for Children and Families Child Welfare Information Gateway answers questions about adoption of children by military personnel and their families. It includes a listing of adoption agencies able to place U.S. citizens living abroad, information on the adoption reimbursement program for active duty members of the military services, and a bulletin explaining the benefits of adoption by military families.
  • Native American Veterans: Storytelling for Healing (ACF): Order a DVD with resources to help heal and contribute to the wellness of native communities.
  • Child Support Enforcement for the Military and Veterans: This program ensures that children can count on reliable support from their parents. Military families face unique challenges because of deployments or other lengthy separations. Now, state child support programs intervene earlier and respond quicker to parents’ changing circumstances so that support orders remain reasonable and fair.
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Content last reviewed on June 15, 2015