Resources for Supporting Military Children and Families

Posted: Tue, 01/03/2012 - 10:59am Updated: Thu, 02/20/2014 - 1:59pm

The following links provide numerous resources to support the children and families who are impacted by the deployment of family members serving in the military.

Operation Military Kids

Operation: Military Kids (OMK) 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 to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.

In 2009, over 150,000 youth participated in experiences conducted by State OMK Teams in 49 states and the District of Columbia. Over 900 community members representing over 43 national, state and local organizations worked together utilizing core OMK program elements like those in the left menu to help school age children and youth through the deployment of a loved one. Through OMK, Military Youth:

  • Meet other youth who are also experiencing deployment;
  • Participate in a range of recreational, social and educational programs;
  • Gain leadership, organizational, and technical skills by participating in the Speak Out for Military Kids program or Mobile Technology Lab programs;
  • Receive assistance with school issues by connecting with Army Child, Youth & School Services School Liaisons -- More on School Transition Support; and
  • Attend single day, weekend or longer residential camps.

For more information, contact:

Anne Tedore
Lead State Youth Coordinator
Indiana National Guard Family Programs
711 N Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 247-3300 ext. 85441