For Veterans' Families
Gold Star Wives of America
The Gold Star Wives of America is a service organization comprised of:
The widows/widowers whose spouses died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, or as result of service-connected disabilities.
The widows/widowers of service personnel of all armed conflicts involving the United States of America.
The mothers and fathers of children whose parents gave their life in the service of the country.
The widows/widowers of service personnel of all ranks, races, and creeds.
Find a Chapter: https://www.goldstarwives.org/Regions-&-Chapters
Blue Star Mothers of America
The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian organization. We do not support any political candidate nor do we endorse any religious organization. The military represents all aspects of America as does our organization. Links to our website do not represent an endorsement. We are a 501(c)3 Organization.
We are mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans. We support each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never, ever, forsake our troops, our veterans or the families of our Fallen Heroes.
Locate a Chapter: https://www.bluestarmothers.org/locate-a-chapter-2
Army Community Services
Army Community Service (ACS) equips people with the skills and education they need to face the challenges of military life today and tomorrow. Think of ACS when deploying or relocating, needing information and referrals, needing financial assistance, employment services, or for crisis and family assistance.
ACS programs offers real-life solutions for soldiers and their families. Your ACS equips people with the skills and education they need to face the challenges of military life today and tomorrow. Think of ACS when deploying or relocating, needing information and referrals, needing financial assistance, employment services, or for crisis and family assistance.
Website: Check your local base directory.
Airman and Family Readiness Centers
Taking care of families is an important part of quality of life for Airmen. The programs highlighted below are intended to enhance morale and quality of life for Airmen and their families. On these web pages spouses will find information on resources to help them adapt to Air Force Life.
Website: Service-wide and Check your local base directory.
Fleet and Family Support Centers
The Navy's Family Readiness programs have been afforded the highest visibility, advocacy and priority. In practical terms, this has resulted in increased services to family members, increased individual assistance and consultation, more varied educational programs, more proactive outreach, and delivery of family support services in locations most conducive to family member engagement. Navy Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP) is organized into three functional areas critical to mission success:
Core Family Success
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program
Navy Gold Star Program
Website: Fleet and Family Support Program and Check your local base directory.
Coast Guard Work Life Programs
The Coast Guard's Work-Life Program is managed by the Office of Work-Life, a Headquarters program manager staff within the Health, Safety and Work-Life Directorate, reporting to the Assistant Commandant for Human Resources. This staff is responsible for establishing, developing and promulgating Work-Life policy and interpreting program standards for Coast Guard-wide implementation. The overall objective is to support the well-being of active duty, reserve and civilian employees and family members.
Website: USCG Office of Work-Life Programs and Check your local base directory.
Marine Corps Readiness Centers
The Unit, Personal and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) is a unit centric program, guided by a Command Team that reinforces the relationship between the unit and the services relevant to the unit, the unit members, and their families. The primary goal of UPFRP is to empower Marines and family members, providing them the opportunities to not just survive but to thrive while taking on the challenges of the military lifestyle. The Family Readiness Officer (FRO) is responsible for implementing the Commander’s family readiness vision, managing the UPFRP, and providing the necessary support to the unit Marines, Sailors and families to maintain a constant state of family readiness.
Website: Marine Corps UPFRP site and Check your local base directory.
National Guard Family Assistance Centers
Family Assistance Centers provide a variety of referral based services to geographically-dispersed families and retirees from all military components. Services include, but are not limited to, ID cards and Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) enrollment, TRICARE and military medical benefits education, emergency financial services, legal information & referral, crisis intervention and referral, and community information and referral.
Website: National Guard Family Program site and Check your local base directory.
Find a Family Assistance Center near you: https://www.jointservicessupport.org/spn
Operation We are Here
If you are visiting this site to find ideas to encourage a neighbor, a friend, a family member, co-worker or someone at your church who is going through the hardship of a deployed spouse, thank you for caring.
There are other factors that make each deployment unique. The Soldier may leave behind a girlfriend, a fiance, a spouse, younger children, older children, grandchildren, parents. Sometimes the spouse left behind is the husband, and sometimes both spouses are deployed. The family may have health issues to deal with in addition to coping with the deployment. That's why at Operation We are Here I have done my best to include a variety of stories.
NOTE: This page has resource links.
Veterans Home-Buying Guide
Our Veterans Guide to Saving on Housing Costs walks readers through the many ways they can save throughout homebuying process (not just through the VA loan). I thought this would be a perfect companion to the other article on your page to further support veterans in civilian life.