As the U.S. continues to fight wars abroad and thousands of National Guardsman are called upon to guard areas across the country, children of military dads are living without their fathers for significant periods of time. From deployments to never being settled in one place, military families struggle with issues that other families do not face. And for fathers who are deployed, missing in-person time with their children is definitely a concern. The following resources can help military dads connect with their children and military children not lose critical time with their dads when they are away from home.
10 Tips for Deployed Dads
Resources from the National Fatherhood Initiative
Annual Military Fatherhood Award
Awarded by the National Fatherhood Initiative each year in celebration of military fathers and families.
Military Families from the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
Military families have a range of concerns and issues that many other families do not face. Deployments, moving from one location to another, non-traditional hours, and training demands can put extra stress on families no matter which parent is involved in the military. Families with children in the military also face similar struggles. The information at this link is meant to serve as a starting point for military families in accessing resources available to them to help strengthen their families.
National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is an organization with strong grassroots support balanced with professionalism that makes us a leader in the field. Not only do we support military families – we are military families. Spouses, parents, and family members make up our staff and board positions. We speak up on behalf of military families and empower husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits. Based on what we hear from our members, we meet the needs of service members and their families with insightful recommendations, innovative programs and grassroots efforts to improve the quality of life for military families.
Operation Military Kids
Operation Military Kids is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.
Training, Health, Resilience, Improving quality of life, Volunteer and Education (THRIVE) at Fort Carson
United Through Reading
United Through Reading’s mission is to unite families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. Separation from a parent is one of life’s most stressful events for children, affecting their sense of security, their relationships, and their ability to learn. More than one million American children are separated from one or both parents due to military deployment and nearly double that for children separated from their loved ones due to incarceration, drug treatment or social services.