The month of April is designated as the Month of the Military Child across the Department of Defense, recognizing the important role military children play in the armed forces community. It is an opportunity to recognize the sacrifices military children and youth have made and to acknowledge their character, courage and resilience.
In support of military children not only in April, but year-round, the DoD partners with outside organizations to address the needs of military families and children worldwide. Explore some of the initiatives and tools to learn more about the myriad of resources in support of military children.
One means of support for warriors and their families is the Joining Forces initiative which mobilizes all sectors of society to give servicemembers and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. Led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, Joining Forces strengthens connections between the American public and the military. A key issue is the wellness of warriors, their spouses and children. Joining Forces expands access to wellness programs and resources.
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Military Families Near and Far
Military Families Near and Far offers resources to help elementary school-aged children and families communicate during times of uncertainty. Provided in cooperation with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), these resources include a free bilingual website, a free mobile app, a special edition of The Electric Company Magazine for military families and the Electric Company Extended Learning Program.
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Family Resiliency Kit
The Family Resiliency Kit is available to military families, family readiness groups, assistance centers, chaplains and other groups that support military families throughout the deployment cycle. Available through Military Pathways, the kit offers materials designed to educate family members on how to cope with the stress of deployment, recognize signs and symptoms of mental health problems, build resiliency, reconnect with children and access behavioral health services provided by the DoD or Veterans Affairs (VA). The material can be ordered in packets or as a comprehensive kit.
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Other Resources Include:
Immunization at a young age against the human papilloma virus can protect those who are typically infected in the United States from a range of cancers as adults, an expert from the Defense Health Agency said today.
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Mental health of military children discussed at the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting in Washington
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There are two approved vaccines for use to avoid human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer and several other types of cancer.
Related Topics: Women's Health Month, Women's Health, Public Health, Immunization, Men's Health, Military Children
TRICARE covers two forms of the flu vaccination, the flu shot and the flu mist. Beneficiaries can get the flu vaccine at no cost from military hospitals and clinics, or any TRICARE-authorized provider and participating network pharmacies.
Related Topics: Immunization, Men's Health, Military Children, Women's Health