Resources for the Army Reservist & their Family

Resources for the Army Reservist & their Family

These resources are available for you; do not be afraid to use them!

It can’t possibly hurt to try. No issue is too small to ask for guidance.













Red Cross

Sexual Assault

Special Needs

Spiritual Communities

Suicide Prevention


Wounded Warriors

Various Good Resources:

Resource Links covering multiple and varying needs (valuable and exhaustive)


Addiction Recovery

Childcare for Reservist families: (800-424-2246)


Counseling: 800-342-9647 (Call anytime day or night, you are entitled to 12 free counseling sessions per issue for Soldier or family member, this counseling does not get reported to your commander, it is just between you and military one source) (Free non-profit veteran counseling) (Comprehensive Mental Health and Mental Illness information on topics like Depression, Bipolar, Suicide, Anxiety, Addiction, Schizophrenia, and more.)


Credit & ID Theft prevention: (Free copy available every 12 months)




Survivor Outreach Services (Embrace, support, and advise survivors after their loved one passes away). , ‘family programs’ tab, survivor services



814-533-2481 o

814-270-3406 c

554 Airport Rd.

Johnstown PA 15904


99th Ft. Dix SOS-

609-562-7892 o

404-903-7772 c


(Army long term family case management)




Operation Purple camp for children with a deployed parent- operation-purple camps


‘These Boots: A Spouse’s Guide to Stepping Up and Standing Tall During Deployment’ CD

(order through Military One Source)


Child of any age ‘Double Duty CD’- Shares tips for staying close to your child of any age around deployments (order through Military One Source).


Ages 0-3 ‘Young Children on the Homefront: Family Stories, Family Strengths’ DVD

(order through Military One Source).


Ages 2-5 ‘Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes’ DVD set- Help young children manage feelings during deployment

(order through Military One Source).


Ages 6-10 ‘Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Family Reunion After Deployment’ DVD- Helping kids to not feel alone during deployment (order through Military One Source).


Ages 6-10 ‘With You All the Way: Dealing with Deployment’ DVD- Strategies for children with deployed parent (order through Military One Source).


Ages 11-18 ‘Military Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy’ DVD- Preteen and teenagers are good at adaptation, but should also feel support can benefit

(order through Military One Source). (Free new wedding gowns if you or your spouse has deployed within the last 5 years and will have a wedding in the next 18 months) (Deployment health and readiness info) (Interest-free loans and grants if you are a family facing tough financial hardship during deployment)


Education: (Educational fund for children of fallen heroes) Distance learning, college credit for troop training, etc. (Scholarships for military children) (Scholarships for military children whose parent died in battle) (Scholarships for military spouses)


Google YMCA Operation Hero (for Generates official transcript from your military training for free to give to prospective colleges for credit consideration Scholarships and student loan info Find a new school With a Reserve Officer Association membership, you can receive eknowledge’s SAT/ACT PowerPrep Programs for military service members and their families for free when you pay s&h. Standard PowerPrep™ – retail is $199.95


Ask military one source if there is a ‘military family life consultant’ in your area. MFLCs offer 12 free sessions of counseling to reservists for non-medical issues like stress, school concerns, readjustment issues, anger, couple issues, grief and loss…etc.

Fort Family Outreach center 24/7 support for Reservists and their families at 866-345-8248 (Military pays you to attend 1 single or married Soldier retreat each FY) (Search Army Reserve Enrichment Camps- for kids) (ARFP Teen Virtual World for teens- just go to, click on the “ARFP Teen Virtual World” link, fill out the registration form to validate your AKO email address and send an invitation to your Teen to join. ARFP provides a virtual Army Reserve installation where geographically dispersed teens can meet to collaborate, learn, and create a community through social networking) (Single-day complimentary admissions to certain theme parks) (Grants to pay for children’s sports while parent is deployed)

Pennsylvania National Guard Family Assistance Centers

New Jersey National Guard Family Assistance Centers

New York National Guard Family Assistance Centers

Virginia National Guard Family Assistance Centers Guard and Reserve Family Support Services

Finances: (“Assistance that keeps the lights on, the home warm and the primary family car in the driveway.”) (Financial grants to families of KIA/seriously wounded OIF vets) (Help for financial emergencies while Soldier is deployed) (Case-by-case help for low-income families)

American Legion Family Support Network (800-504-4098)


Dave Ramsey – The Truth About Budgeting


Crown Financial Ministries (Investment info) (If you are an OIF/OEF vet., they may be able to offer help for mortgage payments, etc. to families with financial hardship)


Ask military one source if there is a ‘personal financial consultant’ in your area. PFCs offer free consultation and unbiased advice for virtually any financial matter. (Vet loans are exempt from down payments)


American Red Cross may offer emergency financial assistance to a family about to have gas shut-off, or needing to travel to bury their loved service member (casualty travel assistance program) children (Provides financial gifts to minor children of KIA Soldiers) (Foreclosure prevention assistance)


Food Assistance/Food Pantries in Hampton Roads area (Foreclosure prevention assistance)



877-424-3838 National call center for homeless vets


888-725-3000 Homeless vet substance abuse treatment program substance-abuse (Alcohol and Drug Rehab Center Review and Rating Search) (Homes for handicapped warriors) Vets 800-998-9999 Housing for homeless, disabled, and low income vets


Work Search/Job Search

Legal: (Free legal help for Soldiers on active status, ex. custody)


Army One Source (live chat option) at



USPS free shipping materials kit for Soldiers and their families, call (800) 610-8734 and press Option 1, Priority Mail Supplies (request Care Kit). The hours of operation are M-F 0600-2000
EST or Sat. 0600-1700 EST (Without Daylight savings time 0500-1900 or Sat 0500-1600).


Moving: Scroll down and choose ‘plan my move’ from the left screen links.


Naturalization: (Military link in the bottom right hand corner)


800-375-5283 (National Customer Service Center)



Free confidential mental evaluation for vets Duquesne 412-396-6562

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) provide info about psychological health, PTSD, and TBI: 1-866-966-1020, staffed 24/7 by consultants for psychological health and TBI

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (Very good counseling and caring work with TBI/PTSD, even a residence program offered absolutely free)


Red Cross:

800-696-3873, 877-272-7337, or find number for local American Red Cross at


To send emergency message to service member, call local number and provide them you’re your Soldier’s full name, rank, branch, SSN, military address, and if deployed, have any additional info on the deployed and home base unit available that you can to help the process


Sexual Assault :


Special Needs:

DOD Special Needs Parent Toolkit- Shares Military support, services, and tools for parents of a child with special needs (order through Military One Source).


Special Care Organization Records for Children with Special Health Care Needs- Central repository for tracking ongoing health needs (order hard copy binder through Military One Source). .


Special Care Organization Records for Adults with Special Health Care Needs-


Spiritual Communities: (Club Beyond for youth)


South Jersey Church directory


Hampton Roads/Tidewater Area Church directory


Church Angel church directory


Resource Links covering multiple and varying needs (valuable and exhaustive): Giving to Military Charity Associations


Give Back: Military-Focused Charities


Suicide Prevention:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Army Reserve Family Programs

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center


Healthy Mind and Healthy Body: Suicide Prevention Guide from White Sands Treatment Center




tricare dental program



Recovery Care Coordinator (RCCs) 866-345-8248 (Works with Soldiers and family to file VA claims, employment, referrals for injured or wounded) [email protected] (Offers vets in need food, Shelter, Clothing, Medical & Education) (Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of America)


Woman Veterans

If you are a woman vet, you should call and see all that this program offers!

Program manager- 877-928-2621×7517

1111 East End Blvd. Wilkes-Barre PA 18711

Women Veterans Health Care


Recovery Village Personalized Addiction Treatment


Wounded Warriors: (Activities, mentoring and care for injured service members) (Trained Specialists 24hrs a day for wounded warrior questions and family concerns) (Like a craigslist for wounded warriors) and (Learn and participate in new sports after your combat injury) (Warriors transition to work project) (Disabled American Veterans) (Builds & adapts vets’ home for handicapped accessibility)


Operation Purple Healing Adventures for children of wounded warriors operation purple (Heroes to Hometowns program) Mesothelioma Veterans Center


Various Good Resources: to find local services and get help today with help from the United Way.

American Legion –

Army Reserve Family Programs

Armed Services YMCA

Disabled American veterans –

Hamptons Roads assistance from Christian charities (Select ‘troops and families’) Guard and Reserve Family Support Services

Veterans of Foreign Wars – 855-838-8255, 24/7/365 including holidays and weekends for service members and their families. There is no “press one” or being on hold for an extended period of time. An actual veteran will answer the phone call.

Virginia National Guard Family Assistance Centers

Soldiers or military family members can call military one source anytime day or night for any issue whatsoever at 800-342-9647 or visit

Childcare for Reservist families


Credit & ID Theft prevention













Red Cross

Sexual Assault

Special Needs

Spiritual Communities

Suicide Prevention


Wounded Warriors

Various Good Resources:

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