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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.

Strategies:

  • 1.

    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.

  • 2.

    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.

Strategies:

  • 1.

    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.

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    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.

Strategies:

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.

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