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Resources for Active and Veteran

Military Service Members and their Families

Focus on the Military and their Families

By: James J. Messina, Ph.D.

Families with one or more members who are in the military, including state national guard or reserves, need support to help them handle the stressors which they will, are or have faced due to being deployed to Afghanistan, or some other foreign post.  

To assist these families to connect with the resources available to them we are presenting on this site the internet resources which are available to support them.


Most Current Tools to Help Military and their Families Cope with Deployment

Helpful Apps for IPhones, IPads and Androids available on National Center for Telehealth and Technology


1. Breath2Relax Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body's 'fight-or-flight' (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management. This app uses diaphragmatic breathing to help your clients reduce their stress. Read more at:


2. Tactical Breather This app can help your clients gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress. Read more about it at:


3. Mood Tracker This app enables your clients to self-monitor, track and reference their emotional experiences over a period of days, weeks, and months. Users can self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety. Read more about it at:


4. LifeArmor You can self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common deployment-related behavioral health issues like post-traumatic stress, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety. Read more about it at:


5. Goal Setting - Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: You can build your resilience through use of this goal setting program. Read more about it at:
6. Quitter This app is set up for you to monitor your efforts to quit any bad behavior(s) you choose to quit so as to increase your physical and mental health before, during and post deployment. Read more about it at:
7. White Noise HB Lite: provides ambient sounds of the environment to help you relax or sleep. Read more about it at:


8. PTSD Coach This app will assist your clients who are Veterans and Active Duty personnel (and civilians) who are experiencing symptoms of PTSD. It is intended to be used as an adjunct to psychological treatment but can also serve as a stand-alone education tool. Read more about it at:

Websites for Military Members and their Families During and Post Deployment


1. Real Warriors Campaign: Resources and tools for combat stress and other issues while deployed and post deployment:


2. Deployment Health Clinical Center-PDHealth: Pre- and Post- Deployment Health Clinical Center:


3. Military Pathways: Military Mental Health Screening Program for online self-evaluations:

4. Comprehensive Soldier Fitness: A structurre long term assessment and development program to build the resilience and enhance the performance of every soldier.
5. Human Performance Resource Center: A site for military and their families and all those who support them. The goal of the site is to help optimize the warfighters to carry out their mission as safely and effectively as possible:

6. After resource for both military members, their families and spouses and their providers:


7. inTransition-Mental Health Coaching and Support Program for Warriors in Transition:


8. America’s Heroes at Work- Success in the Workplace for Service Members Living with PTSD and TBI:


9. DoD/VA Suicide Outreach: resources for suicide prevention:

10. Addiction & Mental Health Resources for Veterans - NFA Behavioral Health of Granite Recovery Centers: and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - Overview of PTSD and successful treatment programmin at Granite Recovery Centers:

Website for Kids of Military members before, during and after Deployment

1. Military Kids Connect .org:

To begin using this site first watch the video available on the home page.

There are 5 specific sites based on the age of the users:

  1. Site for Kids 6-12:
  2. Site for Tweens 9-12:
  3. Site for Teens 13-17:
  4. Site for Parents and Caregivers:
  5. Site for Teachers and Educators:

On each of the three Kids’ sites there are:

  1. Activities
  2. Games
  3. Videos
  4. Tips to Kids given by professionals who monitor and site and answer requests and questions asked of them
  5. Resources: extensive set of links to other sites just for Military Kids:


2. Military Families Near and Far from Sesame Street:

This site provides aids for Families to utilize during and after deployment and to address a variety of other issues:

Family Resources

TRICARE: Tricare serving Florida is available below in the Florida Resources for Military Families


Military One Source:

National Military Family Association (NMFA)

Military Saves:

Surviving Deployments for Family Members:

Tragedy Assistance Peer Support (TAPS):

USA Cares:


Military Spouse Resource Center:

Spouse Employment Information:

Military Connection:

Operation Homefront:



Department of Defense Schools:

Deployment Kids-Activities for Kids during deployments:

Military Child Education Coalition:

Military Child Initiative:

National Association of Child Care Resources & Referrals (NACCRRA):

Operation Military Kids:

Sesame Workshop:
1. Talk, Listen, Connect -
Deployments, Homecomings, Changes - Videos for Kids and Parents Discussion Groups:


2. Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change (coverage of how families cope with physically injured, TBI, and PTSD of returning military):

Online Articles for Parents to Help their Children with Deployment:

1. Tips for Parents Supporting the Child Whose Military Parent is Deploying


2. How to Prepare our Children and Stay Involved in Their Education During Deployment


3. The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: A Military Family Perspective


Mental Health Self Assessment from U.S. Military Mental Health:

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR):

American Legion:

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW):

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA):

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Centers:

The Recovery Village - Drug and Alcohol Rehab


The United States Army Website:

Army, Reserve & National Guard-The Battlemind Program: Deployment Center:

Army Reserve Family Programs:

U.S. Army HOOAH 4 HEALTH for Reservists:

Army Reserve - Warrior and Family Assistance Center:

Army National Guard:

National Guard Family Support:

Go Army Parents:

Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline:

Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2):

My Army Benefits:

Army Emergency Relief:

U.S. Navy Resources

Official Website of U.S. Navy:

Family Ombudsman: The Navy Program Description 


Navy Fleet and Family Support Center:

Navy Reserve Family Programs:

Navy Safe Harbor Program:

Navy's CREDO Program-Chaplain's Religious Enrichment Development Operation

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS):

Quick Assist Loan Program:

U.S. Marine Corps Resources

The Official Website of the United States Marine Corps:


Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS):

Marine Corps Combat Operational Stress Control (COSC) Branch:

Marine Corps Reserve Family Programs:

Marine Corps CREDO Program: Chaplains Religious Enrichment Development Operation

Marine Parents:

Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiments:

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS):
Quick Assist Loan Program:

U.S. Air Force Resources

The U.S. Air Force Website:

Air Force Crossroads

Air Force and Air National Guard Suicide Prevention Program:

AFSPP Resource: Landing Gear: For Airmen During the Deployment Cycle

Air Force Reserve Family Programs

Air National Guard:

AFW2 (Air Force Wounded Warrior Program):

Air Force Palace Helping Airmen Recover Together (HART) Program: 1.800.581.9437 Program Description:

Air Force Aid Society (AFAS):

U.S. Coast Guard Resources

U.S. Coast Guard Website:

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA):

PTSD Resources

Can PTSD Disqualify Me from Employment?

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Guidelines from DHCC:

PTSD Bibiliography:
Mesothelioma Support Services
Treat Mesothelioma-Mesothelioma Treatment Community: A resource to provide timely information on Mesothelioma at
This site states: that between the four types of mesothelioma, the three cell types, the four stages, the extensive treatment options, factors that affect a patient’s prognosis / life expectancy, and survival rates, there is a wide variety of questions; and they can handle them all. They are an interactive site to be used by patients, caregivers, loved ones and friends to help them cope with this condition.

Mesothelioma Group: A Mesothelioma Support Community:

Mesothelioma Guide for Veterans: Their mission is to spread awareness to veterans and their families and make sure they know that there are resources available to them and that they are not alone in fighting these illnesses or in filing for their VA benefits.  A support service for many veterans were exposed to asbestos in the past which could lead to Mesothelioma and other lung diseases 

Mesothelioma Veterans: offers free veteran specific resources and support. 1/3 of all mesothelioma patients are veterans. Since 2004 over 5,000 veterans have died from mesothelioma. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. A large part of their mission is to help spread awareness to veterans and their

Navy Veterans and Mesothelioma
Resources for Children with Special Needs

Department of Defense Toolkit for Parents of Children with Special Needs:
The DoD Special Needs Parent Toolkit

Zero to Three:

National Disseminaton Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY):

Easter Seals:

United Cerebral Palsy:

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD):

LD online:

Autism Speaks:

Autism Society of America:

First Signs (Could it be Autism?):

Other Family Related Resources

America Supports You

Deployment Health Care Center:

Disabled American Veterans:

Expertise Home Remodeling for People with Disabilities

Fisher House:

Medical Malpractice Center: a new group dedicated to providing vital information, tips, and resources to individuals and family members affected by medical negligence. 

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS):

Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFBD):

National Organization on Disability (NOD):

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -1.800.273.TALK:

Resources of Support for Florida Military Families

TRICARE South-Serving Florida: can be reached at 800.444.5445 or

Florida Chapters of the American Red Cross:

Broward County Chapter, Plantation, FL:


Capital Area Chapter, Tallahassee, FL:


Central Florida Chapter, Orlando, FL:


Central Panhandle Chapter, Panama City, FL:


Charlotte County Chapter, Port Charlotte, FL:


Collier County Chapter, Naples, FL:


Florida's Coast-to-Coast Chapter, Daytonna Beach, FL:


Greater Miami and The Keys Chapter, Miami, FL:


Greater Palm Beach Area Chapter, West Palm Beach, FL:


Lee County Chapter, Fort Myers, FL:


Manatee County Chapter, Bradenton, FL:

Martin County Chapter, Stuart, FL:


North Central Florida Chapter, Gainesville, FL:


North Treasure Coast Chapter, Vero Beach, FL:


Northeast Florida Red Cross, Jacksonville, FL:


Northwest Florida Chapter, Pensacola, FL:


Polk County Chapter, Winter Haven, FL: 


Southwest Florida Chapter, Sarasota, FL:


Space Coast Chapter, Rockledge, FL:


Tampa Bay Chapter, Tampa, FL:

VA Resources in Florida
St. Petersburg VA
Regional Office
9500 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL 33708 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1437, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 Telephone: 1-800-827-1000  

3A Southeast Regional Office

RCS, 10B/RC3A VA Medical Center, Bldg. T203, Bay Pines, FL 33744 Telephone: 727-398-9343  

VISN 8: VA Sunshine Healthcare Network
P.O. Box 406
, Bay Pines, FL 33744 VISN Office: Telephone: 727-319-1125

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
10000 Bay Pines Blvd, Bay Pines, FL 33744 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5005, Bay Pines, FL 33744 Telephone: 727-398-6661 or 888-820-0230  

James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital
13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612 Telephone: 813-972-2000 or 888-716-7787   

Lake City VAMC, North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
619 S. Marion Avenue, Lake City, FL 32025-5808 Telephone: 386-755-3016 or 800-308-8387  

Malcom Randall VAMC, NF/SGVHS
1601 S.W. Archer Road   Gainesville, FL 32608-1197 Telephone: 352-376-1611 or 800-324-8387  

Miami VA Healthcare System
1201 N.W. 16th Street   Miami, FL 33125 Telephone: 305-575-7000 or 888-276-1785  

Orlando VA Medical Center
5201 Raymond Street, Orlando, FL 32803 Telephone: 407-629-1599 or 800-922-7521  

West Palm Beach VAMC
7305 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33410-6400 Telephone: 561-422-8262 or 800-972-8262


VA Primary Care Clinic
1721 Main Street, Dunedin, FL 34698
Telephone: 727-734-5276  

VA Primary Care Clinic
4333 U.S. Highway 301 North   Ellenton, FL 34222 Telephone: 941-721-0649  

Naples VA Primary Care Clinic
2685 Horseshoe Drive - Suite 101, Naples, FL 34104 Telephone: 239-659-9188 
Port Charlotte VA Primary Care Clinic
4161 Tamiami Trail Suite 401, Port Charlotte, FL 33952 Telephone: 941-235-2710  

Saint Petersburg VA Primary Care Clinic
3420 8th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Telephone: 727-322-1304  

Sarasota VA Primary Care Clinic
5682 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 100, Sarasota, FL 34233
Telephone: 941-371-3349  

Sebring VA Primary Care Clinic
3760 U.S. Highway
27 South, Sebring, FL 33870 Telephone: 863-471-6227  


Boca Raton CBOC
901 Meadows Road, Boca Raton, FL 33433 Telephone: 561-416-8995  

Brooksville CBOC
14540 Cortez Blvd., Suite 200, Brooksville, FL 34613 Telephone: 352-597-8287  

Coral Springs CBOC
9900 West Sample Road, Suite 100, Coral Springs, FL 33065
Telephone: 954-575-4940  

Deerfield Beach CBOC
2100 S.W. 10th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Telephone: 954-570-5572  

Delray Beach CBOC
4800 Linton Blvd.
, Building E, Suite 300, Delray Beach, FL 33445 Telephone: 561-495-1973  

Eglin CBOC
100 Veterans Way
, Eglin AFB, FL 32542 Telephone: 1-850-609-2600

Fort Pierce CBOC
727 North US 1, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950 Telephone: 772-595-5150  

3702 Washington Street, Suite 201, Hollywood, FL 33021
Telephone: 954-986-1811  

Homestead CBOC
950 Krome Avenue, Suite 401, Homestead, FL 33030 Telephone: 305-248-0874  

Key Largo CBOC
105662 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037 Telephone: 305-451-0164  

Key West CBOC
1300 Douglas Circle, Building L-15, Key West, FL 33040 Telephone: 305-293-4609  

2285 North Central Avenue   Kissimmee, FL 34741
Telephone: 407-518-5004  

Lakeland CBOC
3240 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803 Telephone: 863-701-2470  

Lecanto CBOC
2804 W. Marc Knighton Ct., Suite A, Lecanto, FL 34461 Telephone: 352-746-8000  

Leesburg CBOC
711 W. Main Street   Leesburg, FL 34748 Telephone: 352-435-4000  

Marianna CBOC
4970 Highway 90, Marianna, FL 32446 Telephone: 850-718-5620 or 866-512-8387  

Ocala CBOC
1515 Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470
Telephone: 352-369-3320  

Okeechobee CBOC
1201 N. Parrot Avenue   Okeechobee, FL 34972 Telephone: 863-824-3232  

Orange City CBOC
2583 South Volusia Ave (17-92), Suite 300, Orange City, FL 32763 Telephone: 386-456-2080  

Pembroke Pines/Hollywood CBOC
7369 W. Sheridan Street, Suite 102, Hollywood, FL 33024 Telephone: 954-894-1668  

Saint Augustine CBOC
1955 U.S. 1 South, Suite 200, St. Augustine, FL 32086 Telephone: 904-829-0814 or 866-401-8387  

Stuart CBOC
3501 S E Willoughby Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34997
Telephone: 772-288-0304  

The Villages CBOC
Laurel Lake Professional Park
, 1950 Laurel Manor Drive, Building 240, The Villages, FL 32162
Telephone: 352-205-8900

Vero Beach CBOC
372 17th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Telephone: 772-299-4623

Zephyrhills CBOC
6937 Medical View Ln, Zephyrhills, FL 33541
Telephone: 813-780-2550  


Fort Myers OPC
3033 Winkler Extension, Fort Myers, FL 33916 Telephone: 239-939-3939  

1833 Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32206 Telephone: 904-232-2751 or 877-870-5048  

Miami Outpatient Substance Abuse Clinic (OSAC)
1492 West Flagler Street, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33135 Telephone: 305-541-8435  

New Port Richey OPC
9912 Little Road, New Port Richey, FL 34654 Telephone: 727-869-4100

Oakland Park OPC (Ft Lauderdale)
5599 North Dixie Highway, Oakland Park, FL 33334-3496
Telephone: 954-771-2101  

Pensacola Outpatient Clinic
790 Veterans Way, Pensacola, FL 32507
Telephone: 850-912-2000  

St Lucie PTSD Clinic
126 SW Chambers Court
, Port St Lucie, FL 34986 Telephone: 772-878-7876  

Tallahassee OPC
1607 St. James Ct., Tallahassee, FL 32308
Telephone: 850-878-0191 or 800-541-8387  

Viera OPC
2900 Veterans Way, Viera, FL 32940
Telephone: 321-637-3788 or 1-877-878-8387  

William V. Chappell, Jr., VA OPC
551 National Health Care Drive   Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Telephone: 386-323-7500  

VA Gulf Coast Health Care System - Panama Outpatient Clinic
Naval Support Activity, Bldg 387 101 Vernon Avenue, Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Telephone: 850-636-7000  

VA Gulf Coast Health Care System - Pensacola Outpatient Clinic
790 Veterans Way, Pensacola, FL 32507
Telephone: 850-912-2000  


Lauderdale Vet Center
713 NE 3rd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304 Telephone: 954-356-7926  

Ft. Myers Vet Center
4110 Center Pointe Drive, Unit 204, Ft. Myers, FL 33916 Telephone: 239-479-4401  

Gainesville Vet Center
105 NW 75th Street, Suite #2, Gainesville, FL 32607 Telephone: 352-331-1408  

Jacksonville Vet Center
300 East State St., Suite J, Jacksonville, FL 32202 Telephone: 904-232-3621  

Key Largo Vet Station Outstation

105662 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL 33037 Telephone: 305-451-0164  

Melbourne Vet Center
2098 Sarno Road, Melbourne, FL 32935 Telephone: 321-254-3410  

Miami Vet Center
8280 NW 27th St Suite 511, Miami, FL 33122
Telephone: 305-718-3712 
Orlando Vet Center
5575 S. Semoran Blvd. #36, Orlando, FL 32822
Telephone: 407-857-2800  

Palm Beach Vet Center
Spectrum Center
2311 10th Ave., N. #13, Lake Worth, FL 33461 Telephone: 561-585-0441  

Pensacola Vet Center
4501 Twin Oaks Drive, Suite 104, Pensacola, FL 32506 Telephone: 850-456-5886  

Sarasota Vet Center
4801 Swift Rd.
Suite A   Sarasota, FL 34231 Telephone: 941-927-8285  

St. Petersburg Vet Center
2880 1st Ave. North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Telephone: 727-893-3791  

Tallahassee Vet Center
548 Bradford Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303
Telephone: 850-942-8810  

Tampa Vet Center
8900 N Armenia Ave. #312, Tampa, FL 33604 Telephone: 813-228-2621 

Military One Source: 

American Red Cross: 
Florida Chapters of the American Red Cross are listed above in the Section on Resources in Florida