KEY ISSUE 3
Building Strong Communities for Military Families
Recommendation A: Develop formal relationships among local public, non-profit and business groups, organizations, professional organizations, state and local governmental entities, military community leaders, and other key stakeholders that support and sustain military families.
Coordinate with the department of labor and training, office of rehabilitative services, academic institutions, and the business community to identify and/or provide job training, educational services, and opportunities for career development for returning veterans and/or military spouses.
Develop a working relationship between local and state educational systems, community organizations, and military community leaders to address the unique needs of military children and families.
Recommendation B: Develop informal relationships among military families and non-military families, and military.
Create opportunities for community organizations and civic groups to work with military families group leaders to identify and undertake community-based initiatives for families during mobilization and deployment.
Establish a systemic research program to learn how best to promote relationships among military members living in the community, with a specific focus on the nature of formal and informal community connections relied on by families of National Guard and Reserve members in times of mobilization and deployment.
Recommendation C: Increase prevention and outreach efforts to promote and sustain resiliency in military families, especially families in known high-risk categories or situations.
1. Facilitate connections between high-risk families, including young, newly married enlisted couples; those with infants and small children; those with limited financial resources; and single parents, especially those in units that have a high probably of deployment or who maintain demanding, unpredictable duty schedules, to formal and informal systems of care.