MilTax is a quick, reliable way for service members and their families to file and prepare their taxes. It’s completely free and designed specifically for the military community, with support from tax experts who can answer questions at no cost.
April is the Month of the Military Child, during which the Department of Defense and communities around the world honor military children and youth. Children of service members display courage and resilience in the face of frequent moves and deployment, and the DoD is committed to supporting their health and well-being.
VITA offers free tax preparation and e-filing for eligible service members at sites both on and off base. Certified tax volunteers are trained in military life and provide in-person support to answer any questions.
The 5210 Healthy Military Children campaign encourages parents to help their children take simple steps toward lifetime wellness. This fact sheet explains how the 5210 principles can also be incorporated into adult lives, creating a family effort to reduce obesity and increase physical and nutritional health.
The "Guide to Healthy Caregiving" fact sheet explains ways caregivers can deal with stress and take proper care of themselves while caring for their loved ones with special needs.
The "Accessibility Through Assistive Technology" fact sheet details the most common of these technologies, like Braille displays, that help individuals with disabilities accomplish activities of daily living more independently, improving their quality of life.
The "Adaptive Equipment" fact sheet addresses the advantages of use and common types of devices that help people with disabilities accomplish activities of daily living with as little restriction as possible.
The "America the Beautiful Military Pass Program" fact sheet highlights military families' no-cost access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites.
The "Americans With Disabilities Act" fact sheet summarizes the major provisions of the act, which protects the civil rights of individuals with disabilities: employment, state and local government programs and services, public accommodations and telecommunications.
The "Armed Services YMCA Military Outreach Initiative Extension" fact sheet details the continuation of the Military Outreach Initiative, which supports geographically-dispersed military service members and their families.
The Family Advocacy Program works to strengthen military families, while promoting parenting skills and resilience. Find out about the resources available to help you have a healthy and happy family.
Understand the stages of development for your child so you can set realistic expectations for his or her behavior and minimize the day-to-day stresses of parenting.
Learn to recognize financial scams before becoming a victim with this quick-reference fact sheet.
Financial readiness starts with a plan. Start with this fact sheet, and create a spending plan that works.
The "Death Gratuity" fact sheet provides an overview of this critical financial resource, which is provided to survivors of service members who died while serving in the military.
Learn about information, services and programs available on installations, in communities and online to help you and your family members build healthy relationships.
The "Early Intervention Services" fact sheet explains the types of services for children birth to age 3 with a delay or disability and the criteria for getting them. These services are guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
The "Employee and Employer Rights and Responsibilities Under the Americans With Disabilities Act" fact sheet explains how employees with disabilities receive the accommodations they are entitled to and how their employers provide them.
The "Equal Opportunity for Individuals With Disabilities" fact sheet explains the purposes of the law establishing equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities and highlights the accommodations, such as job notices being posted in accessible formats.
The "Establishing the Permanent Dependency of an Incapacitated Child" fact sheet outlines how a child incapable of self-support who becomes incapacitated prior to age 21 can remain in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System and receive benefits.
The "Exceptional Family Member Program for All Ages" fact sheet describes what the program is, who it is for, how to enroll in it and how enrollment is mandatory for military families with members who have identified special medical or educational needs.
My Training Hub offers several financial readiness courses. See the course listings and descriptions in this fact sheet.
Education is priceless, but higher education can be pricey. See college financing options side by side to easily choose the right track.
Not all debt is bad debt. Learn the difference, discover how good debt can be beneficial and identify sources of additional information with this fact sheet.
The "Guardianship and Conservatorship" fact sheet explains these two court-appointed positions, granted after finding an individual incapacitated or unable to make or communicate decisions. The legal process is also outlined.
It takes a village to teach kids about finances. Set the stage for a bright financial future for military kids with the tools highlighted in this fact sheet.
The "Inclusive Customer Service — Morale, Welfare and Recreation" fact sheet explains how Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs work to ensure that benefits extend to every member of the military community.
The "Interactive Online Survivor Benefits Report" fact sheet outlines how survivors of service members who have died on active duty can access and use this report.
The Department of Defense strives to support the health and well-being of military service members and their families. Their participation in the White House's Task Force on Childhood Obesity augments these efforts, helping identify strategies to prevent and treat childhood obesity within the military community.
The "Letter of Intent" fact sheet explains how to write a non-legally binding letter that provides a family's instructions regarding the personal care of a member with a disability, in the event of a caregiver's absence, illness, incapacitation or death.
The "Maintaining Personal Well-Being for Adults Diagnosed With Special Needs" fact sheet outlines actions a person newly diagnosed with a disability can take to cope with the disability and be healthy emotionally and physically.
Learn about the programs — on installations and online — that connect military families with the resources and information they need to stay strong and resilient.
The "Managing Family Life With Adult-Onset Chronic Disability" fact sheet describes how a family can cope when a member's chronic or recurring illness so greatly affects the person's everyday life that the illness is considered a disability.
The "Medicaid" fact sheet explains how a family member with special needs might qualify for Medicaid coverage and the types of coverage included, such as inpatient/outpatient hospital services.
The "Medicaid Waivers for Families With Special Needs" fact sheet explains how families with special needs might get a waiver to receive Medicaid services beyond what TRICARE covers when the service member separates or retires from the military.
The "Medicare" fact sheet explains Medicare eligibility requirements and coverage. This coverage is designed to help those age 65 or older and those with a disability receive reimbursement for some medical expenses.
The Military Academic Advancement Program offers premier graduate-level distance-education opportunities to military spouses, veterans, service members and civilian professionals serving the military community. The MAAP promotes the professional development of participants and helps the Department of Defense develop its workforce in the areas of child, youth and family programs.
Members of the military community are ideal candidates for financial scams. Learn how Military Consumer can protect military consumers and increase financial readiness.
November is Military Family Month. Use the information highlighted in this downloadable fact sheet to help you celebrate the strengths of military families and their contributions to the military community and our nation.
This guide introduces you to online training that increases youir understanding of the range of military family programs available to service members and their families.
Learn how Military Lending Act protects military service members and their families from predatory loans.
Get the facts and learn about all that the Military OneSource program has to offer.
Military OneSource specialty consultations give service members, their families and survivors the opportunity to talk with an expert — either online or over the phone — about a wide variety of topics, free of charge. Get more details by downloading this fact sheet.
Sometimes you just want to talk to someone who gets it. With peer-to-peer specialty consultations, you can do just that. Download this fact sheet to learn more.
Military spouses should never feel like they're in this alone. This fact sheet contains information about spouse relocation and transition specialty consultations, which are free and available through Military OneSource for eligible military spouses.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America have worked with the Department of Defense for more than two decades to provide nationally recognized, evidence-based programming for thousands of military youths around the world. The organization sponsors a Military Youth of the Year competition, in addition to the overall National Youth of the Year award.
Military families do not face financial challenges alone. See how the Department of Defense protects the finances of service members and their families.
The "Morale, Welfare and Recreation Customer Satisfaction Survey" fact sheet outlines results of military-wide surveys the Department of Defense conducts to assess customer satisfaction with Morale, Welfare and Recreation services, activities and facilities.
The "Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library" fact sheet provides an overview of the resources and benefits that the digital library provides.
For many military children, moving is a way of life. It means making new friends, changing schools and adjusting to new neighborhoods. This fact sheet helps make the transition a little easier for military children with resources designed specifically for them.
This information paper highlights My Training Hub, a web-based training site for easy, convenient learning. My Training Hub helps users gain understanding and valuable knowledge. From learning about consumer credit to MWR staff courses, this learning system delivers “anywhere, anytime” training to help improve quality of life for military families and useful information for the service providers who support them.
Learn about the New Parent Support Program, part of the Family Advocacy Program and the DoD's voluntary child abuse and neglect prevention program. The program promotes healthy parenting practices and aims to help new parents create safe and nurturing environments for their children.
Use this fact sheet to share program highlights and promote the non-medical counseling services provided by military and family life counselors and Military OneSource.
The “Part B of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act” fact sheet outlines the six core principles that guide the education of children and young people, ages 3 to 21, who have special needs.
New experiences are exciting — but that doesn't mean moving is easy. This PCS Season Fact Sheet describes how DoD-sponsored programs can support you during your next move.
Retirement planning shouldn't be something you "get to later." Adequately prepare for retirement by using the resources highlighted in this fact sheet.
The “Planning for the Transition to Adulthood” fact sheet helps families of students with special needs prepare for life after secondary school. The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act requires that children who have an individualized education program begin the transition process by age 16.
The “Preparing for Guardianship” fact sheet provides information about planning for future oversight of medical, educational and financial issues of children with special needs who will be unable to make decisions about these matters themselves.
The “Preparing for Your Move” fact sheet offers suggestions for parents of children with special needs to consider before, during and after a move to a new duty station. Planning ahead helps ensure a smooth transition of special education and early intervention services.
The “Preparing to Succeed at Positive Advocacy” fact sheet outlines approaches — including seeking assistance, mastering terminology and practicing self-care — that advocates of loved ones with special needs can use to boost effectiveness.
The “Public Benefits Resources: Medicaid and Medicare” fact sheet outlines provisions and eligibility for the Medicaid and Medicare programs and provides additional information through tools, guides and answers to frequently-asked questions.
The “Public Benefits Resources: Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance” fact sheet provides overviews of these benefits. It outlines who is eligible to receive them and how they can apply.
The Assistive Technology Act provides individuals with disabilities access to technologies and services that allow them to make contributions in their communities. Check out this fact sheet to learn more about these services.
Debt can quickly snowball into an overwhelming amount. Whatever your number is right now, you can use these tools to reduce your dependency on debt.
The “Resolving Concerns With a Child’s Special Education Services” fact sheet outlines the steps parents and guardians can take if they disagree with their children’s school on any issue involving the special education program.
Get to know the Roth Thrift Savings Plan in this easy-to-follow overview.
Have a savings goal in mind — it gives you motivation to it. Find tips and resources in this fact sheet to keep you on track, whether it’s a long road or a short one.
The “Section 504: Eligibility and Employment Provisions” fact sheet provides an overview of the national law. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 protects individuals with special needs from discrimination in areas such as job recruitment, admission to educational institutions and treatment for medical issues.
This fact sheet provides information about the Sesame Workshop book and DVD "Little Children, Big Challenges," part of the Child Resilience Initiative. The softcover book and DVD are available at no cost to military families through Military OneSource.
Sesame Workshop brings important life lessons to children across the world, such as how to cope with a deployed parent. This fact sheet showcases the results of this collaboration with the Department of Defense, which has produced no cost multimedia resources through Military OneSource for military families since 2006.
The “Special Education” fact sheet outlines the steps involved in determining children’s eligibility for special education and related services, developing an individualized education program, and conducting annual and triennial reviews.
The “Special-Needs Trusts for Long-Term Financial Planning” fact sheet explains the importance of special-needs trusts, which provide for children who have special needs without jeopardizing access to current or future state or federal benefits. The fact sheet outlines how and when to establish these trusts — and where families can turn for additional assistance.
The Defense-State Liaison Office works with states to educate policymakers about licensing and employment barriers facing military spouses.
The “Standardizing the Exceptional Family Member Program” fact sheet details Department of Defense efforts to standardize the three components of the Exceptional Family Member Program — identification/enrollment, assignment coordination and family support — across the military services.
The "Summer Fun and Fitness " fact sheet highlights the unique opportunities the Department of Defense provides for service members and military families to safely enjoy their summer months with little or no expense.
The “Support Services for Adults With Special Needs” fact sheet provides an overview of community-based programs and services, including social and vocational services and mental health, substance abuse and behavioral services. The Department of Defense also offers a complete network of quality-of-life support programs and services.
The “Survivor Benefit Plan and Special Needs” fact sheet provides information for those who may want to elect payments for a child with a disability. The fact sheet outlines the plan, who is eligible and how it works in relation to other benefits.
The "Survivor's Guide to Benefits: Taking Care of Our Families" fact sheet explains how the guide helps to address the needs of families as they work through the death of a loved one who was serving in the military.
Military kids are never too young to learn the value of a dollar. Parents, learn effective ways to teach finances to budding minds and keep the resources highlighted in this fact sheet in your back pocket.
Help your teen develop healthy relationship skills to prevent teen dating violence.
The "Education Directory for Children With Special Needs" fact sheet highlights the benefits of the directory, which provides listings of local and national resources for early intervention and special education services for children with special needs, birth to age 21.
The Defense-State Liaison Office works with states to resolve the issue of unemployment compensation for military spouses.
The “Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards” fact sheet outlines the standards that ensure that buildings and facilities designed, built, altered or leased with federal funds are safe, accessible and usable by people of all ages and abilities. The fact sheet provides examples of mandatory modifications.
Learn about the selection process used to identify new key issues for the USA4 Military Families Initiative.
Starting this Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017, honorably discharged veterans will have access to tax-free online shopping privileges at military exchanges. Learn about eligibility, products and more in this fact sheet.
The “Vocational Rehabilitation and Other Rehabilitation” fact sheet provides an overview of programs that assist individuals with disabilities with employment opportunities and job placement. The fact sheet provides examples of services, eligibility and application information, and additional resources.
The "Wellness" fact sheet outlines ways the Department of Defense supports efforts of service members and military family members to improve and maintain their overall wellness.