Resources: Informational Links

Massachusetts Department of Veterans Services

Read more » March 06, 2008
If you're a Massachusetts veteran or the family member of a Guard or Reserve member recently called to active duty, and you are wondering about the benefits for which you are eligible, this is your first stop. The Mass Department of Veterans Services website has information on both state and federal benefits, as well as instructions on how to apply. The site has information in categories such as: Benefits, Employment and Training, Honors and Records, Housing, Outreach and Counseling, Women Veterans, and more.

National Military Families Organization

Read more » March 06, 2008
If you're looking for information to help you as a military family member, the National Military Families Organization (NMFA) may have what you need. Their "Family Topics" section has a wealth of resources on deployment (preparing your family, handling issues like childcare, etc.), health care, family life, family member benefits, and more. If you're interested in advocacy, NMFA regularly contacts legislators to lobby on behalf of military families, and they provide templates you can use to contact your legislators as well. They also have a very comprehensive "links" section--if you can't find what you're looking for here, they might be able to point you in the right direction.

Transition Assistance Program

Read more » March 06, 2008
Leaving active duty is a difficult transition for military personnel and their family members alike. The Department of Defense, Department of Labor, and Department of Veterans Affairs came together to create the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to smooth that transition. A comprehensive guide (123 pages!) specifically for Guard/Reserve members is available for download. It has sections on Employment Assistance, Entrepreneurship, and Career Change, and even goes into such things as the dos and don'ts of wearing your uniform. You can also create your own transition plan (ITP) online, to help you think through things like, "What are my goals on leaving military service?" "Will my spouse and family goals be met at my new location?" "Am I financially prepared for this transition?"

National Guard Family Program

Read more » March 10, 2008
This is the official website of the National Guard Family Program. The website provides comprehensive information on all of the Guard's education, outreach services, and partnerships to equip families for military life.

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Guard Support provides immediate financial support to families and Farmily Readiness Groups. But we are also part of a larger network of organizations seeking to serve Guard veterans and their families.

We've compiled a list of some promising resources available from other organizations. We have done some basic research on them but cannot attest to the ultimate quality of their services, so we encourage you to check them out on your own. And contact us to give us feedback or to suggest other resources we should add to this list.