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. 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.
“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 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
Veteran family Toolkit
Family Guidebook to Deployment
Parent's Guide to the Military Child during Deployment and Reunion
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to share your topic suggestions.
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.
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.