Deployment & Family Readiness 

The following list of web resources provides links to various Department of the Army and Depertment of Defense programs and other resources specifically designed to help families prepare for deployment, learn how to handle the stresses of separation, and enjoy a happy and healthy reunion.

AfterDeployment.org
AfterDeployment.org is a congressionally mandated pilot program that is designed for active duty, veterans, National Guard and Reserve Soldiers and their families.  AfterDeployment.org addresses the post-deployment psychological health issues of warriors and their families.

Army Knowledge Online (AKO)
AKO is an online tool to help military families stay connected. Family members of Servicemembers can sign up for a guest user account to keep in touch with a deployed loved one.

Army National Guard G1, the Families Gateway
In the Families section, you will find pertinent information regarding benefits and programs as they relate to Families that include a Soldier, Veteran, or Retiree of the ARNG. The Gateway serves as a one-stop shop for current ARNG information.

Army Reserve Family Programs
Provides information on deployment, mobilization, child and youth services, financial readiness. The website also includes publications for download and a directory of regional Reserve Family Programs staff.

Resilience Training
Provides information on pre- and post-deployment and soldier support resources.  AKO login information required. 

The Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP)
JFSAP connects services to families who are geographically dispersed from a military installation and who might otherwise be unable to access much-needed support. JFSAP is a web-based community available 24/7.

Military HOMEFRONT
A Department of Defense website providing a wealth of information about military life and deployment.

Army OneSource
The online portal of the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command provides information about Army Community Service programs for families as well as articles and other resources. It has a special section for managing deployment.

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs
Reserve Component personnel and their families can find a wealth of resources on this website including information about employment rights, mobilization and health care. The site also offers guides to deployment, family readiness, and Reserve Component benefits for download.
 
"Returning Veterans" (VA)
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched its new "Returning Veterans" website, www.oefoif.va.gov, to welcome home veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Strong Bonds
Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led program that helps soldiers and their families build strong relationships. Strong Bonds will also connect soldiers and their families to community resources in their area to find other families going through similar hardships.

The Association of the United States Army Family Programs Directorate does not endorse any of the organizations listed nor the information about services provided on their websites.