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Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide Now Available

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A new children’s resource is available for parents, other family members and health care providers. Developed by DCoE, the “Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide” is a quick-reference tool that addresses the mental and emotional well-being of military children. Whether concerns are associated with deployment, rehabilitation or reintegration – aspects that are common with military service – they can be challenging for the entire family unit, especially children. The resource guide is one way to help recognize and respond to the psychological and emotional health needs of children of military families.

Age-appropriate resources listed in the guide include books, films, websites and social media support groups on topics such as:

  • Deployment
  • Homecoming
  • Grief
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Moving

One of the resources listed under mental/emotional health featured in the children’s guide is the Sesame Workshop’s Talk, Listen, Connect initiative, intended for preschool-age children. This multiphase, bilingual, multimedia initiative guides families through multiple challenges, such as deployments, homecomings and changes that occur when a parent comes home. Click on the links below to learn more about each one:

And these are just a few of the many resources identified in the guide, so please download a copy today. If you can’t find what you need or are looking for other types or resources related to psychological health or traumatic brain injury, contact the DCoE Outreach Center and speak with a trained, professional health resource consultant. Call 866-966-1020, email or live chat through the DCoE website.

Don’t miss out on this month’s DCoE Monthly Webinar, “Supporting Military Children in School Settings” April 28, 2011. More information about the resource guide and intended uses will be presented. To register for the webinar, email It’s not too late!

Comments (2)

  • Shirley P. Strong 05 Sep

    Please contact me with Family and Children/Youth information regarding "free" resource guides/ supplies/ materials that may be used by the Mobilization & Deployment Program. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you for your assistance and support with this request.
  • DCoE Blog Editor 05 Sep

    Thanks for reaching out to us. Our Outreach Center will provide you with a comprehensive list of information/resources that we hope you’ll find useful. I’ve also highlighted a few family and children resources below: DCoE’s “Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide” is a great start to locating age-appropriate resources for military children on a variety of topics: mental and emotional health, deployment, homecoming and grief. You can download a copy here: In addition, the “Handbook for Military Families and Friends Before, During and After Deployment” provides tools and resources to help members of the military community better understand and cope with the range of emotions and stress that often accompany deployment. You can order the FREE manual and DVD at: DCoE provides a list of psychological health programs and services for military children and families here: Also, articles and resources can be accessed on the DCoE website at: under the “For Families” tab. The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress provides a variety of information for families: and children on their website. The DCoE Outreach center is available 24/7: call 866-966-1020, email or online chat at

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