Military Family Support Program

Youth Service Bureau launched a new program in 2019.

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 with respect to mental health, chemical health, parenting, teen anxiety and depression, use of e-cigarettes, bullying, cyber-bullying, and so much more. 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. We conduct educational sessions at pre-deployment, mid-deployment, and post-deployment events all across Minnesota in partnership with the Guard.

“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

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.

What YSB Services Provide:

Our presentations may include 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, and we offer a sliding fee scale for families with no coverage, or coverage with high deductibles. We will work with families to find a payment option that meets their needs.

 

Guidebooks

Veteran family Toolkit
Family Guidebook to Deployment
Parent's Guide to the Military Child during Deployment and Reunion

Helpful Sites

Military OneSource

Info on Military Life Cycle, Family & Relationships, Moving & Housing, Financial & Legal and much more. Click here.

Frequently Asked Deployment Questions

Answers your questions on how to talk to your children about deployment as well as family preparations, exposure to media, children’s reactions to a parent’s deployment, reunion preparations, and the needs and feelings of family members after a deployment. Click here.

National Military Family Association
Child Care Aware

Provides army families with affordable childcare that suits their specific needs.

Sesame Street

Military Families Near and Far- Resources for kids before, during and after a parent’s deployment.

Education Tools & Articles

Deployment: Your Children and Separation

How to help a child prepare for a parent’s deployment, signs of distress and positive aspects of separation.

Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA)

“Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) is a national organization of school superintendents. Our mission is to serve school districts with a high concentration of military children. MISA is also part of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS).”

Educator's Guide to the Military Child During Deployment
Free Tutoring Online
SAT/ACT Prep Course
Our Military Kids

Offers a one time grant for up to $500 for National Guard and Reserve children ages 5-18 to support extracurricular activities during a loved one’s deployment.

Military Scholarship Programs
Military Higher Education

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 - Chaunte Teehan

-Audience: Family members

-Take away: Emotional changes, importance of caring support for family members, healthy coping

Resources from Presentation

 

Guiding Children Through Deployment Part 1 - Rebekah Windschitl

Deployment is challenging for everyone in the family – this presentation highlights the importance of a healthy family support (village concept) and how to support family members at home during deployment.

Resources from Presentation Parts 1,2,3

Guiding Children Through Deployment Part 2 - Rebekah Windschitl

Deployment is challenging for everyone in the family – this presentations supports children and family members emotions with coping skills and the brain’s role. This episode shares calming and rational coping skill techniques.

Guiding Children Through Deployment Part 3 - Rebekah Windschitl

Deployment is challenging for everyone in the family – this presentation focuses on BIG emotions and adults role in guiding their child’s emotional response. When to use the calming coping skill or the rational coping skill supported by caregiver.