Guard & Reserve 

4/27/2011 12:00 AM 

A list of Department of Defense and Department of the Army websites helpful to members of the Reserve Component, as well as information about programs and services provided by non-government organizations for Reserve and Guard personnel and their families.

Guard & Reserve Resources

Army Reserve Family Programs Web Site
Provides information on deployment, mobilization, Child and Youth Services, financial readiness, access to publications and other materials and forms.  There is also the Army Reserve Family Programs Outreach and Support Office, which can be contacted 24/7 at 866-345-8248.

Army Reserve Online
Home page of the Army Reserve

Compass Retreat Center
Compass Retreat Center provides a supportive setting for National Guard Members, Reservists and their families following deployment with emphasis on renewing relationships and strengthening family bonds. (Federal and State Resources for Individuals with Disabilities)
This website is a collaborative effort between 22 federal agencies to provide a one-stop information and referral service for individuals with disabilities. The website has also has state map feature to make it easier to find disability-related information in your community. To browse through state information, just select one of the nine subject tabs — benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, health, housing, technology or transportation — at the top of any page. Then click on the State and Local Resources map on the right-hand side bar to find information on that subject in your state.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Employment rights Information for employers and Guard and Reserve personnel

Family Assistance Network for California
The California National Guard established a Family Assistance Network as a resource to Guard and other military families - especially those involved in current deployments.

Frequently Asked Questions for Reservists Being Called to Active Duty
Guidance for Reservists from the U.S. Department of Labor.

National Guard Mobilization Reference Page
This web page is designed to assist Service members, family members and employers during the periods of pre-mobilization, mobilization, and post-mobilization by providing an informative reference site.

National Guard Bureau Guide for Parents
This guide for parents contains information about the history of the National Guard, the deployment cycle and deployment support. (PDF Format)

National Guard Family Programs
Official site for Army and Air Force Guard families with links to state Family Programs Coordinators, news and information on deployment, demobilization, education, health care and many other topics.

National Guard Child and Youth Programs
Provides information for children (ages 2-18) of National Guard families, such as how to cope with having a parent deployed, how to manage stress and much more.

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.

Operation Military Kids (OMK)
OMK is a partnership between the US Army and local communities to provide support to the children of National Guard and Reserve personnel.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA is a federal agency supporting small business owners. It has a number of programs to assist veterans start and maintain a business including the Patriot Express Loan.

Small Business Administration Assistance for National Guard and Reserve Members
Resources for small business owners in the Guard and Reserve and/or that employ Guard and Reserve Members.

Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR)
SOFAR is a pro-bono program run by mental health professionals to provide support and counseling and educational services to the families of National Guard and Reserve Service members returning from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait.

TRICARE Reserve Select
Information about TRICARE benefits available to the Reserve Component.

One-stop Information Portal for Guard & Reserves

Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The VA's hot line is staffed by mental health professionals who take toll-free calls, from across the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week and work closely with local VA mental-health providers to help callers.

Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA)
Guide to employment protections for mobilized National Guard and Reserve personnel from the US Office of Special Counsel.

U.S. Army Education
An online guide to education benefits and opportunities available to Active Duty, Guard and Reserve personnel.

US Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration
Information about benefits and employment protections available to Reserve component personnel who are called to active duty.