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.