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Sustainment Guides

Sustainment programs and services are available to family members for the duration of the deployment  


·        Other programs administered by A&FRCs aid in reducing stress during deployments include free oil change, limited free child care and respite care for families with special needs


·        Information is disseminated by the Readiness NCO and other A&FRC staff via newsletter, email and telephone contact; families have unfiltered access to staff


·        Partner with parents, local school authorities and teachers to assist their understanding of the unique stressors of the children of deployed military and distribute materials addressing deployment


·        Information and referral services, applicable to Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) programs such as “Give Parents a Break” and “Car Care Because We Care”


·        The Hearts Apart Program includes morale calls; free email/webcam access, peer support through coordinated dinners and the unit based Key Spouse Program


 TitleModified DateSizeClicks
AF Readiness Edge Guide for Commanders and Supervisors10/15/2009973.61 KB2801
AF Readiness Edge Guide for Familes10/15/2009862.79 KB2148
Video Phone Sites10/15/2009101.46 KB1685




10 Ways to Stay Involved with Your Children During Deployment – Fatherhood Online

Contains 10 tips that can help you and your family make it through deployment. From the National Fatherhood Initiative.

American Red Cross - Services for the Military

Provides emergency communications that link military members with their families back home, access to financial assistance, counseling and assistance to veterans.

Army Community Service Deployment Readiness

Site contains useful information to help answer questions and help make the deployment process as smooth as possible.

Children and Deployments

Provides some tried-and-true methods to help parents prepare their children for a deployment. From Ameriforce Publishing, Inc.

Dads at a Distance

Designed to help fathers maintain and strengthen the relationships they have with their children while they are away.

Deployment Health Library

Coping with a deployment extention.

Educators Guide to the Military Child During Deployment

Booklet designed to meet the needs expressed by teachers and other school personnel for background information and intervention strategies to support the military child during mobilization and deployment.

Effects of Deployment Extend Beyond Military

"Heart-wrenching photographs of military families parting are in the news. The pictorial reports are but one part of what American families currently are experiencing, said Chuck Smith, Kansas State University Research and Extension family life specialist. Deployment can stress parent, child, family and other relationships; friendships; living arrangements; family and business economics, work relationships – even community services. The list could go on and on, Smith said."


Supporting your spouse while he is on a military deployment can be difficult, especially when you're the one who is at home waiting and worrying. He needs your love and encouragement more than ever though through this hard time. Making an effort to support him will ultimately keep the two of you closer together no matter how far apart you may be at the moment.

ESGR - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

An agency within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, established to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.

Family Buzz.com

A free online family meeting place with features that include group calendar, message board, family photo album, phone book, free e-mail and real time chat.

Helping Children and Adolescents Through the Difficulties of Deployment in the Family

"Children of deployed members of the military experience a broad range of reactions to the experience of family deployment. Reactions of these children to parent or guardian deployment often include anger, sadness, fear, confusion, and feelings of abandonment, loss, anxiety, and depression."

How Families are Learning to Cope With Repeat Deployments

Provides ways for families to keep in touch with their soldiers while they are away from home. From Ameriforce Publishing, Inc.

How to prepare our children and stay involved in their education during deployment

Booklet from the Military Child Education Coalition created to help parents and educators, support children during this potentially stressful time. Also discuss ways that parents and educators can work together to ensure that the education process stays on track during a deployment.

Long Distance Couples

Designed to help couples who have to be away from each other to maintain and strengthen the relationship they have with each other while they are away.

Mom Know-How

Helping Little Ones Cope During Deployments

Moms Over Miles

Designed to help mothers maintain and strengthen the relationships they have with their children while they are away.

Operation Best Wishes

Operation Best Wishes is offered free to families by America's credit unions, through WesCorp Federal Credit Union and the Defense Credit Union Council. The program, currently in its 2006 national tour, is visiting credit unions and military families in Alaska, California, Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Utah, and Virginia. Operation Best Wishes sets up a mobile webcast studio at the credit union and gives families up to 10 minutes each to record and send special greetings. The deployed loved one can either watch the webcast message LIVE or access the archived recording over and over again.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit community of military wives and women that provides emergency support and morale to our military troops, the families they leave behind during deployment and wounded warriors when they return home.

Operation Special Delivery

Operation Special Delivery (or OSD) provides volunteer doulas for pregnant women whose husbands or partners are deployed at the time that they are due to give birth.

Operation Uplink

Operation Uplink is a unique program that keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with a free phone card. Using contributions from supporters like you, Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about.

Service Members online Mental Health Self-Assessment Screening

Servicemembers from all components and their families can obtain a mental health self-assessment or screening through a Web site co-sponsored by the Department of Defense and Screening for Mental Health Inc., a nonprofit organization

Smart Marriages

Serves as a clearinghouse to help couples locate and select marriage, family and couples courses.

Strengthen Relationships During Deployment, Separation

"Military and other separations affect spouses, partners, and extended family members, said Charlotte Shoup Olsen, K-State Research and Extension family systems specialist. Relationships are tested, and those that are strong before separation have an advantage. There’s no doubt about that."

Surviving Deployment.com

Information and resources for military families.

Taking Charge of Your Own Family Support

The goodbyes have been said, the first (of many) tears shed as you watched that bus, plane or ship move away, and there you are, wondering what you’ll do for the time your service member is activated or deployed. The responsibility for the family is on your shoulders, whether that family consists of you alone or you and your children or other family members who may live with you.

Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment

Free bilingual kits to help military families cope with feelings, challenges, and concerns experienced during various phases of deployment: pre-deployment, deployment and homecoming. The kits include a sesame street dvd, a parent/caregiver magazine, and children's activity poster.

The “So Far” Guide for Helping Children and Youth Cope with the Deployment of a Parent in the Military Reserves

This online brochure provides information to help parents understand and support children throughout the deployment experience.

The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: A Military Family Perspective

Guide describes the psychological, and event-related aspects of deployments experienced by military families for use as a tool in education, intervention and research.

United Through Reading

An underway quality-of-life program for military families, helps keep parents and children connected while separated during long deployments, through the medium of reading aloud on videotape. This program can be utilized by all deployed personnel as they may choose to read aloud to a younger brother or sister, grandchild, or even a child they are mentoring.

Virginia Tech - Research Magazine - Parent's Deployment

Magazine article: Parents’ deployment draws mixed emotions from teens

Why It's Smart to Buy a Car on Deployment

As a service member on deployment, you can take advantage of a program that makes the process easier, safer and more affordable than buying a car outside the military. The key is int he Exchange New Car Sales (ENCS) program. From Ameriforce Publishing, Inc.

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