Family Toolbox

Army Family Toolbox

Army National Guard Bureau Family Program
The Army National Guard's (ARNG) Family Program Web site is intended to be a "one-stop shop" for information on programs, benefits, resources and more for ARNG Families. Learn about Family Readiness, Program Services, and Plans and Operations by clicking on the links provided.

Army Reserve Family Programs Online
Linked by drop-down menus at MyArmyLifeToo.com, the Army Reserve Family Programs Web site introduces Soldiers, Families, friends, employers, and volunteers who support the Army Reserve to news about military life. Related links on this site provide information about Army Reserve Family Programs, MilitaryOneSource.com, myPay, TRICARE, Army Knowledge Online (AKO), Army Family Team Building (AFTB) programs, and a host of other resources.

SpouseBUZZ
Hosted by the Military.com Web site, SpouseBUZZ is a virtual spouse support group where users can instantly connect to thousands of other military spouses.
It is the largest online magazine and web-based community for military wives, girlfriends and women in uniform.It is also home to more than 150 Web sites for spouse clubs and Family support groups, including the USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and the NAS Officers' Spouses Organization. The Web sites and site-building tools found here are free to spouse leaders; additionally, it can also help to link sponsors with spouse groups to create high-profile, morale-building events.

USA4MilitaryFamilies.org
USA4MilitaryFamilies is Department of Defense (DoD) initiative that seeks to engage and educate state policymakers, not-for-profit associations, concerned business interests, and other state leaders about the needs of military members and their Families, particularly as those needs intersect with state public policy. Through state/military partnerships, DoD seeks to develop relationships with states, work with them to remove unnecessary barriers, and significantly improve the quality of life for military families.

Armed Services YMCA
The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) works with the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide support services to military service members and their Families for more than 140 years -- with a focus on junior enlisted men and women. A nonprofit social services agency with branches and affiliates at many major installations in the U.S. -- to include Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Forts Gordon and Stewart, Ga.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; and Fort Lee, Va. -- ASYMCA offers most of its services for free or for a nominal fee, with a valid military identification card. Some of those programs include childcare, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, computer training classes, health and wellness services, and holiday meals, among many others.

USA Cares
USA Cares is a civilian group based in Kentucky that helps military Families with the various problems that may arise during deployments and mobilizations, focusing on helping them through short-term financial crunches. The group also maintains a Call Center, staffed with trained and experienced Family Resource coordinators dedicated to assisting as many Families as they can.

Military Saves
Military Saves is a social marketing campaign that seeks to persuade, motivate, and encourage military Families to save money every month, and to convince leaders and organizations to be aggressive in promoting automatic savings. A part of two larger campaigns -- the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Readiness Campaign and the national America Saves campaign -- the Military Saves campaign is a growing network of organizations and individuals committed to helping and supporting military members and their loved ones in building personal savings arsenals that provide for their immediate and long-term financial needs.

U.S. Army Family Child Care (FCC) Program
The U.S. Army Family Child Care (FCC) Program is one childcare option provided to military Family members, Department of Defense civilians (DAC) and Department of Defense (DoD) contractors through the Army Child and Youth Services (CYS). Army FCC Online is an information and referral tool for parents considering using Army FCC as their childcare option. It is web-based and includes both a public section and a password-protected private section. Army FCC Online allows parents and potential patrons an opportunity to take a virtual tour of Army Family Child Care.

Operation Military Kids (OMK)
Operation Military Kids (OMK) is the Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support the children and youth impacted by deployment. This initiative was officially launched in April 2005, and, since that time, OMK has touched 65,000 military youth and provided information to 7,200 community members across the country. Through a network of these community partners, OMK provides youth program opportunities for school-aged, middle school and teenaged youth and connects them to support resources where they live.

Army Emergency Relief (AER)
Army Emergency Relief (AER) is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own." AER provides commanders with a valuable tool to assist them in their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of Soldiers and their dependants. AER funds are made available to commanders with AER sections to provide emergency financial assistance to Soldiers - Active and Reserve components, National Guard, and retired -- and their Family members when there is a valid need.

Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, worldwide organization that identifies the challenges that face the highly-mobile military child, increases awareness of these challenges in military and educational communities, and initiates and implements programs to meet those challenges. MCEC's goal is to level the educational playing field for military children wherever they are in the world and to serve as a model for all highly-mobile children.

Army MWR
The Army MWR Web site is the official Web site of the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC), a subordinate command of IMCOM.

MyArmyLifeToo.com
Sponsored by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command's (FMWRC) Family Programs Directorate, the MyArmyLifeToo Web site is the Web site of choice for Army Families. This online resource supports the FMWRC mission of maintaining the readiness of individuals, Families and communities within America's Army by developing, coordinating and delivering services that promote resiliency and stability during both war and peace.

Army Family Readiness Group (FRG)
The ArmyFRG Web site was created primarily for the Family members and friends of Soldiers. It provides a direct connection to command information for their Soldiers' units. Upon registration, the Family member or friend is provided access to their Soldier's unit's virtual FRG site that will connect them to all of the pertinent information and resources they need to stay informed. Online tools include forums, video e-mail, telephone trees and photo galleries.

Military OneSource
Whether it's help with childcare, personal finances, emotional support during deployments, relocation information or resources needed for special circumstances, Military OneSource is there for military personnel and their Families... 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week, 365 days-a-year. The Web site is provided by the Department of Defense (DoD) at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Soldiers and their Families.

Military Homefront
Military Homefront is the official Department of Defense (DoD) Web site for reliable quality-of-life information designed to help troops and their Families, military leadership and service providers.

MilSpouse.org
The Military Spouse Resource Center - MilSpouse.org - is designed to assist the spouses of the U.S. total force military personnel. The MilSpouse.org Web site is jointly sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Labor (DoL). The site's mission is to provide easy access to information, resources and opportunities related to education, training, and employment for military spouses. MilSpouse.org extends services to military spouses directly through the site, through partnerships with other organizations, installation family service centers and the DoL's local One-Stop Career Centers.

Military Family Network
Though not affiliated with the Department of Defense (DoD), the Military Family Network (MFN) works with community organizations, and local governments and businesses to network them together. An official team member of the Department of Defense's (DoD) America Supports You program, MFN is committed to supporting military Families and increasing their readiness and well-being by connecting them with their communities and the organizations that provide the best service and value.

National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association (NMFA) is dedicated to educating military Families concerning their rights, benefits and services available to them and to inform them regarding the issues that affect their lives, and to promoting and protecting the interests of military Families by influencing the development and implementation of legislation and policies affecting them.

American Military Family
While assisting in providing services to members of the U.S. military and their Families, the American Military Family Inc. (AMF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that strives to promote a positive campaign in direct support and appreciation to all those who serve to protect the citizenry of this great country. To accomplish this mission, American Military Family Inc. offers a number of programs focused on helping to reduce the burden on those that sacrifice for all of us.

MilitaryMoney
The lifestyle of the Military Family can prove both challenging and rewarding - especially to the Family finances. The InCharge(r) Education Foundation developed the Military Money(r) magazine to provide an authoritative financial resource for military Families and help ensure the fighting readiness of America's armed forces by enhancing their financial readiness to make informed decisions in their everyday lives. The magazine and its companion website, MilitaryMoney.com, explore such personal finance issues as money management, home and Family life for military Families, education and career advice, deployment and relocation, and transitioning to the civilian world.

Top sites for Families

http://www.armymwr.com/

IMCOM's Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation provides programs and services support Soldiers, Families, and Civilians of America's Army.

http://www.militaryonesource.mil/

Provides comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, and their families.

Portal for programs and services for Soldiers, their Families, veterans and survivors

Resiliency

http://csf2.army.mil/

Builds resilience and enhances performance of Soldiers, their Families, and Army Civilians by providing hands-on training and self development tools.

Communities

https://www.housing.army.mil/

Gateway to Family and unaccompanied housing information, both on-post and local community worldwide

Opportunities

More than 2,000 museums across America offer free admission to service members and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Employment

https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep/

A targeted recruitment and employment solution for spouses and companies