Military Resource Center

Wars have brought unprecedented challenges to military families all over the world. Nearly 800,000 service members and their 2 million children have experienced the psychological drain of multiple, prolonged deployments.

In collaboration with the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Inc., TLC is working to improve the quality of life for military children and families.

Here we have collected practical, relevant resources at no cost to parents and caregivers, as well as for the professionals who work with them. These free online resources include:

  • Information on typical grief and trauma reactions, and the difference between the two.
  • Ways parents can help their child deal with specific concerns, such as deployment, grief, relocation, homecoming, family, etc.
  • Activities to engage children, adolescents and adults.
  • Downloadable PDF worksheets and activities.
  • Helpful links to other websites and resources.
  • A list of available specialists across the country.

When You Need More Than Resources

While this is primarily a web-based service, military families may also contact TLC's clinical consulting staff for support and guidance.

TLC staff members are available to:

  • Help parents evaluate where a child stands on the continuum of grief and trauma.
  • Offer parents support and guidance; provide information for additional resources.
  • Refer parents to a TLC Certified Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist in their area.

We've also compiled a list of military trauma specialists who can help you.

Articles and Research

Here we have compiled several of our articles and research to help you and your family deal with a parent’s deployment, relocation, homecoming and more.

Read all articles


Here we have activities for you to do at home with your child in order to help them understand and move through their worry, grief, fear and anger.

Browse the activities in our research database

Links to other activities


We recommend a number of books designed to help you and your family work through their feelings related to having a family member in the military.

Other Resources

We have also compiled a list of other sites, articles and more that provides beneficial information about having a parent or family member in the armed forces.

Social Networking Sites for Military Families

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