Military Family Support Program

Helping and supporting military families of deployed service members.

This program is a direct response to the needs of military families.

Our Military Family Support Program is a direct response to needs identified by the Minnesota Army National Guard to assist the families of deployed service members. These military families are confronting all of the obstacles faced by every family, plus all of the stresses and difficulties around extended and frequent deployments. Our Military Family Support Program provides education, resources, and practical tools that parents and caregivers can use during deployments, and afterward.

A deployment can elicit strong emotions in family members, especially children. Stress and anxiety are common. Reunion after a deployment can be just as difficult for children. Excitement and stress often mix together, for the families and for the returning soldiers. Our Military Family Support Program provides education, resources, and practical tools that parents and caregivers can use during deployments, and afterward.

“When I was deployed, I didn’t worry about myself. I had a team, I had resources, I’m good. What worried me is not knowing how my family is doing back home. Do they have what they need?”
Eric Ahlgren, USA (Ret), Cargill employee

What YSB Services Provide

Our presentations may include an educational session focusing on helping parents learn what changes they may see in their children during the deployment, as well as teaching parents how to help their children manage difficult emotions that arise as a result of the deployment experience.

We also may show a screening of a documentary film, followed by an expert panel discussion, and an interactive question and answer session with families in the audience. The better parents understand how deployments can affect their children, the more prepared they can be to handle the challenges.

As a result of participating in our program, parents may choose to seek more specific help for their children. Youth Service Bureau provides outpatient, family-based mental health therapy at our locations in Stillwater, Woodbury, and Cottage Grove, MN. We receive payment from clients’ medical insurers, including TriCare. We will work with families to find a payment option that meets their needs and makes sure they can receive care at no cost to them.

“YSB offers a wide range of services and resources that can benefit military families in varying circumstances including day to day stressors or during pre/post deployment. There is a real need for mental health support at all ages. We are grateful for YSB’s support & community partnership!”
Soldier & Family Readiness Specialist, Minnesota ARNG

Partner in Parenting Podcast On-Demand Training

YSB has been finding new ways to support youth and families during the safer-at-home stage.  We invite you to view and share YSB’s Partner in Parenting podcast messages and consider subscribing to our channel as we are loading new messages each week. We look forward to meeting in person – but until then, you will find new messages here.  If a topic you are seeking isn’t found here, please email: merri.guggisberg@ysb.net to share your topic suggestions.

Managing Difficult Emotions with Chaunte Teehan
Guiding Children Through Deployment Part 1 with Rebekah Windschitl
Guiding Children Through Deployment Part 2 with Rebekah Windschitl
Guiding Children Through Deployment Part 3 with Rebekah Windschitl