5 Online Resources for Members of the Army and Their Families

Whether you need support for children affected by family separation and transition, or assistance for survivors grieving the death of a loved one that served in the Armed Forces, there are several online resource available. Here are few online resources available for active duty members of the Army and their families:

1. Army Federal Readiness Group (FRG) — Is available to soldiers, civilians and their family members. The secure site provides family members with a valuable tool to access documents, view photos/videos, participate in forums, and gain important information about the Army Unit that their Soldier/DA Civilian belongs to 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

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2. Army Reserve Family Programs — Is focused on connecting services, families and communities. AFRP is a combination of quality of life programs in support of Department of Defense activities. Family programs staff serve as the coordinating resource, which provides a multitude of unit and community-based services that foster the growth, development, and readiness of Soldiers and Families assigned to the Command.

3. The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Family Readiness — Provides families the assistance they need to help them manage the challenges of military life. Through four pillars of support, Education, Information, Advocacy, and Outreach, AUSA Family Readiness provides a platform from which Army families can voice their issues and concerns.

4. Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) — According to Army.mil, “While most military children are doing well and are incredibly resilient, experts say about 30 percent start to show signs of distress after multiple, back-to-back parental deployments. Common problems include anxiety, depression, poor grades and risk-taking behavior.”

MCEC is a non-profit organization, focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.

The MCEC performs research and develops information to support the transitioning military students. It also maintains an alliance of school districts to network and maintain an open line of communication.

5. Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAP) — Having assisted over 50,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers, TAP offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in the Armed Forces.  The program provides 24 hours a day, seven days a week hope and comfort through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.

Do you know of any resources for members of the Army? If so, leave the name of the organization and the website below.