Ever been unsure of where to find resources for your family? Not sure where to start?
Good news. The National Guard offers many community resources specifically for National Guard families. Read on to learn more about some of the resources available.
National Guard Family Program
Explore the National Guard Family Program site for tips to help prepare your family for mobilization. You can customize the site to search for local services and programs.
Topics covered include:
- Emotional support
- Financial support
- Health benefits
- Household support
State Guard Family Programs
Many state guards also provide support programs for families. Visit your state’s Army National Guard website for family programs available in your area, which may include:
- Family Assistance Specialists can help connect you with local resources, home repairs, youth programs, and other day-to-day needs. The centers also can assist with TRICARE questions. You can locate your Family Support Staff or Family Assistance Center by going to the National Guard Family Program Contacts and Resources page. Select the “Family Support” topic, then filter the results by your state.
- Family Readiness Groups are command-sponsored support groups for spouses, partners, and family members. Your local readiness group can provide unit-specific information.
Sponsored by the Army Chaplain Corps, the Strong Bonds program leads retreats to help strengthen family relationships and connect Soldiers and families to community health and support resources. Specialized programs are geared toward single Soldiers, couples, and families.
National Guard Psychological Health Program
This National Guard Psychological Health Program provides information to help support the overall wellness of Army National Guard (and Air National Guard) families. Their Psychological Health Coordinators are available for you talk to in a safe, confidential environment about any challenge—from family stress to job trouble. If you feel stressed out or just need to talk with someone, search the drop down list on GuardYourHealth.com to find a coordinator in your state.
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program (YRRP)
YRRP is a Defense Department program that helps National Guard and reserve component members and families connect with support services in their community before, during, and after deployments.
YRRP events are required for Army National Guard Soldiers. Family members are strongly encouraged to attend, as well.
Events provide targeted information about benefits, family services, health care, and finances to help prepare your family for the challenges of the mobilization/demobilization cycle.
To find other resources in your area, check out the National Resource Directory. The website covers topics such as healthy living, family support, benefits, and more. The site allows you to search for national, state, and local resources by your state, territory, or zip code.