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DOD Celebrates 'National Veterans and Military Families Month'

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month.

The Defense Department recognizes that military families have important roles to play in supporting a strong and ready force.

A woman stands next to a man wearing a military uniform, who's holding a child. Mountains and trees are in the background.
Military Family
Military families are important in maintaining a strong and ready force. May 24, 2021.
Photo By: Army
VIRIN: 210521-Z-DO489-001C

"Our nation's service members do not serve alone. Alongside them are the dedicated members of their families, whose commitment and resolve strengthen our nation. Your support and resilience help strengthen our force," said C. Eddy Mentzer, acting director of military community support programs. 

"The department recognizes that readiness depends on a strong and resilient home front, and we honor those who make it possible — our nation's nearly 3 million military family members," said Mentzer, whose spouse is an active-duty Air Force colonel. 

A woman sits on the grass holding a baby; two small children sit to her side.
Family Day
A family watches an M977 A4 fueler truck during the 1-3rd Attack Battalion, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade Family Day at the Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Sept. 18, 2021.
Photo By: Army Pfc. Jesus Menchaca
VIRIN: 210918-A-RS848-1004

Every military family is unique and could consist of not just immediate family members, but also partners, caregivers, extended family members and friends. "Each one of you is important."

Military life has its own unique challenges and rewards, and the department wants to ensure family members have support and access to resources they can use, said Mentzer. The entire suite of these resources is available on the Military OneSource website. 

A man wearing a military uniform stands next to a woman holding a child. A building is in the background.
Wang Family
Army Capt. Tim Wang, an officer candidate school instructor at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., poses with his family after an Officer Candidate School graduation ceremony in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 25, 2021.
Photo By: Army Sgt. Jesse Elbouab, Kentucky Army National Guard
VIRIN: 210925-Z-OX664-1416C

"Military OneSource should be the first stop for any military family when facing adversity," said Mentzer. "Service members and their families can visit the website, call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 to speak with a Military OneSource consultant, or start a live chat. Our team will listen to your needs and lead you to the resources you need.

"Military OneSource is not just for currently serving military families, but also for transitioning service members and their families. They have access to all Military OneSource has to offer up to 365 days post transition."

A man in uniform has his arms on the shoulders of two women in uniform.
Best Family
From left, Air Force Airman Cloetel Best, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Pierre Best and Air Force Airman Loreal Best -- all members of Task Force Liberty -- pose for a photo in Liberty Village at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 20, 2021.
Photo By: Army Spc. James Liker
VIRIN: 211020-A-HN868-9001C
A man and woman stand on a beach with two children; the ocean is in the background.
Family Vacation
Army 1st Lt. Daniel Truex, with the 617th Military Police Company, poses with his family while they vacation at the beach, June, 20, 2020.
Photo By: Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin Crane
VIRIN: 200620-A-DO489-789C

That website provides helpful information and guidance on topics, such as: 

  • Nurturing and growing friendships and relationships to help maintain important connections.
  • Navigating parenting and caregiving.
  • Planning for and working through different transitions in military life. 
  • Parenting, relationship support and child care help.
  • Programs for youths.
  • Spouse employment opportunities.
  • Permanent change of station and deployment assistance.

About Military OneSource

Military OneSource is a DOD-funded program that is both a call center and a website providing comprehensive information, resources and assistance on every aspect of military life. Service members and the families of active-duty military; National Guard and reserve (irrespective of activation status); Coast Guard members when activated for the Navy; DOD expeditionary civilians; and survivors are eligible for Military OneSource services. These services are available worldwide 24 hours a day, seven days a week; they are free to the user.

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