Military Family - Military Kids Resources


  
 Our Military and all of their family members made plenty of sacrifices while in service before returning to civilian life to become an integral part of our society that owns nearly 2.5M businesses in the United States, employ more than 5M people and generate more than $1T in sales and receipts annually. As a small thanks for their service we have compiled a list of organizations and initiatives resources that are dedicated to helping the whole military family.  We will continuously expand this glossary of valuable tools and organizations, so if you have recommendations for organizations, online communities, or tools that we should include, we welcome your ideas here
TOYS FOR KIDS 
https://toysfortots.org
Our Military Kids (OMK) have partnered together since 2012 to support resilient, strong children of post-9/11 wounded warriors in their pursuit of their passions and positive outlets during stressful periods of military life. OMK’s Severely Injured Program provides scholarships for children to participate in enrichment activities including athletics, fine arts, STEM, or tutoring programs. The scholarship provides a maximum of $300 to cover fees for one activity for a period of up to six months. They empower military kids by funding sports, arts and other enrichment activities when their parents are deployed overseas with the National Guard or Reserves, or recovering from severe injuries sustained in a post-9/11 overseas mission. Learn more here

ART

The Brat Art Institute (Norfolk, VA) is the first multidisciplinary art institute for Military Brats in the world. Currently based out of Virginia, which has one of the largest concentrations of military families in America. They offer Art camps & workshops for military kids & teens, guided by professional artists who were also raised in military families. Professional development for teachers and counselors who work with military youth. Community forums to share the resulting artwork and educational curriculum, and spark dialogue that will narrow the civilian-military cultural divide – one student and one teacher at a time. A library of Military Brat art, history, and research, in one place, for generations to come. Learn more here 

SUMMER CAMPS

National Military Family Association (NMFA)  offers Operation Purple Camp, where they embrace being “purple” and bring together military kids from all ranks and services, including National Guard and Reserve components, to a unique and memorable summer camp experience. Learn more here

EFMP Resources 

Special Needs Parent Toolkit, a comprehensive guide for parents on navigating medical and special education services, community support and benefits and entitlements. Get the kit here

The Education Directory for Children with Special Needs, a state-by-state guide to early intervention and special education services. Learn more here
Free, military department-provided legal support is available for military families with special needs. Learn more here
The EFMP Family Support Feedback Tool allows families to provide feedback about visits to the EFMP Family Support Office through a short, confidential questionnaire. Learn more here

Education benefits for children of veterans who have passed.

The way to determine if the dependent is eligible is to submit a VA Form 22-1990E along with all of the Veteran’s DD214s and the birth/adoption certificate of the dependent to the appropriate VA Education processing center indicated on the form. Your CVSO can help you do thiswww.nacvso.org

Children of veterans who have passed are entitled to Chapter 35 benefits through the VA which pays a set amount per month to the child. The child can apply for a grant that gives them post 911 benefits and they still have 1 year if chapter 35 benefits after that. https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/

Fold of Honor provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Learn more here: https://www.foldsofhonor.org

 

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? 

Did you know that VA offers same day services in Primary Care and Mental Health at 172 VA Medical Centers across the country? Make the Connection Resource Locator

Contact the Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and press 1, Chat, or Text 838255.)

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