Tips for When They’re Back – #102

Finding & Getting Help – Tip #102

I have been writing tips for several years now and I am still amazed at how difficult it is to find out what resources are out there, available for us to use and what the cost of it all is.  I do weekly searches of information, studied and researched for years on military support and often go looking for myself and it is a jungle!  Who does what, who is free, what is covered by insurance, where you go to get information, who is trying to make money off you, when and where they can support, etc.  It is frustrating and exhausting – the last thing you need!

In the US – Military One Source is a government agency that provides information and resources  24/7 to active duty members, spouses and their families.  1-800-342-9647

In Canada – Mission Information Line is a telephone service for families of Canadian military personnel serving in operations outside Canada. The toll-free, 24-hour service features detailed reports about Canadian Forces missions and operations from around the world and provides the kind of assurance, information, resources and support family members can depend on.  1-800-866-4546

Remember that these are government organizations and part of their mandate is not to promote for profit organizations.  They exist to support military members and their families.  They will be able to direct you to local resources, your Military Family Resource Centres or Readiness centres.  They do not have alterior motives and continue to be the most effective and accurate source of information.

For more information about our tips, resources or books go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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