Center for Deployment Psych
Developed by the Department of Defense, the Center for Deployment Psychology was developed to increase the knowledge among psychologists and other behavioral health specialists about the issue of deployment for military members and their families.
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) serves veterans and service members suffering from brain injuries with specialized clinical care. Family members, primary care providers, and veterans or service members alike can find sections designed to meet their needs when dealing with a service member with a brain injury. DVBIC accepts referrals of veterans and service members from any source (self, health care professionals, family).
The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, provided by the Department of Defense, can be used by the general public and veterans as well as providers and researchers. For the public and veterans, this site helps to find PTSD programs close to a specific location. For providers and researchers, training and assessment material can be easily located.
Initiative developed by HealthPartners Institute for Medical Education (IME) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) to help meet the needs of returning U.S. troops, this website offers a video series designed for those who are responding to the health care needs of our returning military.
Health Quality VA
The Evidence-Based Practice Guideline Work Group was established to improve the health of veterans across the nation through clinical and epidemiological approaches. The website provides guidelines for chronic diseases, mental health, pain, rehabilitation and military-related health issues. Algorithms are included for each health issue in three areas: assessment and diagnosis (including screeners), treatment, and follow up.
Serving as a wellness resource for the military community, After Deployment provides service members, veterans, family members, and providers with information about common issues that they may each encounter as a result of their military background. Additionally, this site provides an online chat with a health resource consultant as well as numbers for the Outreach Center and the National Suicide Hotline.
Mental Health Screening
Part of the Department of Defense continuum of care, Military Pathways offers individual screening for PTSD, anxiety, depression, bi-polar disorder, and alcohol usage. Following the assessments, individuals are given referrals to the appropriate professionals.
A resource guide for behavioral health, this site supplies providers and veterans with resources specific to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
10 10 EZ Form
VA Form 10-10EZ-Application for Medical Benefits allows Veterans to apply for enrollment in the VA health care system, or dental benefits. The information provided on this form will be used by VA to determine your eligibility for medical benefits and will take 45 minutes on average to complete. This includes the time it will take to read instructions, gather necessary facts and fill out the form.
Specific to veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, the VA sponsors this website which has information ranging from benefits and coverage to counseling for family members.
Sponsored by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), Real Warriors promotes recovery and reintegration for returning veterans and their family members. For active duty members, this site goes through the process of pre and post deployment as well as providing personal screening tools for issues such as combat stress.
Children’s Web Sites
Our Military Kids
For children of deployed Guard and Reserve members (as well as severely injured service members). Our Military Kids works to maintain stability in the child’s life by providing grants to assure that the children have access to the proper education and extracurricular activities
This site, hosted by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), has focused on increasing education and awareness for military children and adolescents. The AAP has become a major contributor in a collaborative effort to oversee and coordinate research, training, youth support, and advocacy efforts.
A site provided by the Military Impacted Schools Association, MilitaryStudent aims to provide schools with a high concentration of military students with the proper funding required for this distinct group of students. This sites’ resources range from information on free ACT/SAT preparation material to a toolkit designed for parents dealing with moving their children frequently to different schools.
Joint Support Services
The Pennsylvania National Guard Family Program offers family members support through youth education programs, family readiness programs, household support, as well as many other services.
Military Home Front
MilitaryHOMEFRONT is sponsored by the Department of Defense and is the official site for Military Community and Family Policy. On this site, troops, families and service providers are each given their own personalized section with information that may pertain to their military status. From moving plans to insurance information, MilitaryHOMEFRONT can be used for a variety of resources.
National Military Family
The National Military Family Association whose staff and board are composed of military family members and servicemen, provides a voice to Congress on behalf of the military and their families. This site provides information on programs such as Military Spouse Scholarships and Operation Purple Program (for children and families of service members).
Formed by the Department of Defense, FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress) is a psychological health resiliency-building program for Navy and Marine Corps members and their families. At select locations, this program is also available to Air Force and Army members and their families. The FOCUS staff strives to help families and members understand how the stress or war may affect their family.