A Complete List of Deployment Resources

Deployment sucks. Period.

While it sucks, there are still SO many resources available to you as a loved one, official and unofficial.

I truly hope that these resources can help you find some peace, support, and hope through military deployment!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions or need additional support.

All Branches

Military & Family Life Counselors (MFLC) – Counselors who support service members and their families with confidential non-medical counseling.

Specific Branch Support

Air & Space Force

Military & Family Readiness Center (MFRC) – They provide pre-deployment readiness briefings, deployment education, and support to Airmen, Guardians, and their families through all stages of deployment.

Financial Readiness Support – They provide positive financial foundations at different points of life (such as marriage, deployment, and PCS) for Airmen, Guardians, and their families.

Key Spouse Program – This group establishes contact between spouses and unit leadership, and provides support to families.

Personal and Work-Life Program – Educating military members and their families in learning to cope with life events, such as deployment, and increasing their quality of life.


Financial Readiness Support – They provide positive financial foundations at different points of life (such as marriage, deployment, and PCS) for Soliders and their families.

Mobilization and Deployment – Helping Soldiers and Families navigate the challenges of mobilization and deployment.

Soldier Family Readiness Group (SFRG) – A command sponsored organization that provides mutual support and assistance among Soldiers and their families. Find your SFRG group here.

Coast Guard

Ombudsman Program – This group establishes contact between the command and Coast Guard families.

Personal Financial Management Program – Ensuring that necessary financial resources are available to Coast Guard members and their families.

Deployment Support Handbook – This handbook contains resources and information that will help you prepare for deployment, handle the challenges that arise during deployment and successfully adjust during the return-and-reintegration phase at the end of the deployment.

Marine Corps

Unit, Personal, and Family Readiness Program (UPFRP) – This program provides opportunities to not just survive but to thrive while taking on the challenges of the military lifestyle, such as deployment.

Readiness and Deployment Support – A collection of trainings and briefs to help families cope with each stage of deployment.

Personal Financial Management – Providing personal financial education, counseling, and training to Marines and their families.


Deployment Readiness Support – Offering a variety of deployment support programs to assist commands, sailors and their families.

Individual Augmentees Support Program – Supporting family members of Individual Augmentees through the process.

Ombudsman Program – This program provides & improves communication between the command and Navy family members.

Personal Financial Management (PFM) – Offering information, education, and training, as well as financial counseling, to address the financial education needs of Sailors and their families.

National Guard, Air National Guard, and Reserves

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program – Connecting Guard and Reserve family members with resources throughout the deployment cycle.

National Guard Family Program – Supporting and educating families along the path of their National Guard life.

Army Reserve Family Programs (ARFP) – A blend of quality-of-life programs and Family Crisis Assistance.

Air Force Reserve Military and Family Readiness Program – This website provides resources geared specifically towards Air Force Reserve members and their families.

Marine Corps Family Programs – This website provides resources geared specifically towards Marine Corps Reserve members and their families.

Overall Deployment Resources

Sitting in the Unknown: A Collection of Poems for Military Loved Ones – Sarah Curtis, yours truly!

Staying Connected During Military Separation eBook – Michelle Bowler from The Waiting Warriors

Pre-Deployment Legal Paperwork Checklist – Article from Military OneSource

Five & Thrive – Website with lots of resources for all branches

Bloom & Brew: A Deployment Coloring Book – Coloring Book by Aubrey Boyer

5 Love Languages (Military Edition) – Book by Gary Chapman

Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul – Book by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Charles Preston

Mission Reconnect: Reintegration Questions – Michelle Bowler from The Waiting Warriors

Vet Tix – An organization that provides tickets to events for service members and veterans.

Pillar Deployment Retreat – A free, digital retreat for military spouses that focuses on deployment.

More Blog Posts

A Beginners Guide to the Stages of Deployment

How to Create a Deployment Wall

A Large List of Official Military Programs

Military Care Package Ideas

Long-Distance Date Ideas

Supporting Other Lonely Milso’s Over Holidays

For the kids

Slumberkins – An emotional learning brand on a mission to empower children to be caring, confident, and resilient. (They do a 10% off military discount, or you can get a 15% discount with code amwl)

Thrive – This website provides ideas for parents of military children ages 0-18 through deployment, reintegration, and moving.

Sesame Street for Military Families – This website provides resources for military children on topics such as deployment and relocation.

Child Care Resources – Article from Military OneSource

Make Momentos – Record your voice reading a book to your kids!

When We Are Apart – Book by Becca Johnsey

19 Must-Have Books for Military Kids During Deployment – Blog post from The Military Wife and Mom

Daddy Dolls – Custom dolls from Hug-A-Hero

I wish you so much peace, love, and comfort during this time of life.

If you have another resource not listed that you would like to include, please let me know!

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