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Online connection and support

Children of military personnel
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Visit this Operation We Are Here link for a listing of local programs as well as online connection and support for military children and teens.


Christian - Christian Military Wives
www.christianmilitarywives.com - facebook
Staying strong through Christ. Includes Blog Central, Chat Room, Soldier Wall, daily devotions. Message Board allows you to connect with current and prior military wives. Pray for each other, share devotions, find someone who appreciates your jokes, stories, recipes and more...

Christian - Faith Deployed
www.faithdeployed.com - facebook
This web site was born out of the book, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives, a devotional book written by 15 military wives from every branch of service. The site is designed for Christian military wives who desire spiritual nourishment both during and between deployments. Through the Faith Deployed blog, the site offers resources, inspirational stories, practical advice, spiritual encouragement and a venue for open discussion.

Christian - Wives of Faith
www.wivesoffaith.org - facebook
As Wives of Faith, we seek to encourage spiritual growth in all military wives. We are a place of refuge and peace, a place where wives can find connections with others and grow in their walks with God as they face the challenges of military life.


Hispanic - Esposas Militares
www.esposasmilitares.webs.com
Esposas Militares Hispanas USA comenzó en Diciembre 2007. Hemos sido de gran ayuda para muchas familias militares, en diferentes aspectos. Cuando no encontramos una respuesta buscamos y trabajamos hasta encontrarla. 


Male military spouses - MANning the Homefront
facebook
Wherever you look on Facebook you can find a page that serves the women who serve in the "Silent Ranks". To my knowledge this is the only page that is looking to meet the needs of the minority, the men who are left behind while our spouses serve our great nation, the men who are MANning the Homefront.

Male military spouses - Macho Spouse
www.machospouse.com
Macho Spouse is an educational video series and online resource for male military spouses.
Our mission is to help male military spouses connect with one another and assure that we are not alone in this military family lifestyle. Macho Spouse includes interviews, information and life experiences from male military spouses, PhD. level military family researchers and counselors, military spouse career experts, and bloggers/authors on military family life.


Other - CinCHouse
www.cinchouse.com
An acronym for “Commander in Chief of the House,” CinCHouse is the internet’s largest community of military wives and women in uniform. Pronounced 'sink-house', we represent the "Commanders in Chief of the House', including girlfriends, fiancees, mom, sisters and all other women who live the military lifestyle.  CinCHouse's mission is to provide information, resources, and a community of friends to help you survive the toughest times and enjoy the adventures of military life.

Other - Her War Her Voice
www.herwarhervoice.com - facebook
Supporting our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, and Sailors by supporting their loved ones.

Other - Homefront United Network
www.homefrontunited.com - facebook
The Homefront United Network is here to provide all military spouses and family members a comfortable and positive environment. This is a place for you to gain resources, vent, support others and celebrate our lives as military spouses, family and friends.

Other - Military SOS
www.militarysos.com
Military Significant Others and Spouse Support provides information and support for all aspects of the military life, from basic and bootcamp to relocation and retirement. You'll find friends in your area, deployment support groups, people who understand this life and your feelings, ideas for care packages, support for post deployment reintegration, advice on helping kids cope with the military lifestyle and much more. 

Other - MilSpouse.com
www.milspouse.com
MilSpouse.com is the official website of Military Spouse magazine. Find military spouse related information and articles on deployment, relationships, sex, family, children, money, careers, education, decorating, mental and physical health.

Other - National Association of Military Moms and Spouses (NAMMAS)
www.nammas.org
NAMMAS is the "Support Bra" for military moms and spouses, the place to build lasting relationships, share, learn and grow...together!

Other - Not Alone (Find other warriors and families experiencing life after war)
www.nammas.org
Not Alone provides programs, resources and services to warriors and families impacted by combat stress and PTSD through a confidential and anonymous community.

Other - Semper Fi Sisters
www.semperfisisters.com
We are a group committed to supporting not only ALL branches of military and families (active, reserves, veterans, injured/wounded, the fallen families) but each other as women who have a desire & spirit of giving & sharing.



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Air Force - Air Force Wives
www.airforcewives.com
BJ 'n Cindy, a retired Marine couple, created this network and filled it with all kinds of resources to help you find whatever you may need... and to find one another.

Army - Army Wife Network
www.armywifenetwork.com - facebook
Army Wife Network is the internet’s leading website for army wives, by army wives. We boast the only internet talk radio show designed specifically for military spouses – Army Wife Talk Radio.

Army - Family Readiness Group (Virtual FRG)
www.armyfrg.org
ArmyFRG is your direct connection to Command information for your unit. Register today for your unit's Virtual FRG site and get connected to all of the pertinent information and resources you need to stay informed and connected.

Coast Guard - Coast Guard Wives
www.coastguardwives.com
BJ 'n Cindy, a retired Marine couple, created this network and filled it with all kinds of resources to help you find whatever you may need... and to find one another.

Coast Guard - Coastie Chicks
www.coastiechicks.net
Welcome to CoastieChicks.net, an un-official United States Coast Guard support group. This site is intended for Coast Guard Spouses, but anyone associated with the Coast Guard may participate.

Marines - Marine Wives
www.marinewives.com
BJ 'n Cindy, a retired Marine couple, we created this network and filled it with all kinds of resources to help you find whatever you may need... and to find one another.

Marines - Marine Wives 101
www.marinewives101.com
Welcome friends, girlfriends, fiances, wives, and mothers! If you're one of the women behind a Marine - or any military member - this is the place for you. 

Navy - Navy Wives
www.navywives.com
BJ 'n Cindy, a retired Marine couple, created this network and filled it with all kinds of resources to help you find whatever you may need... and to find one another.

Navy - Navy Wives Club of America
www.navywivesclubsofamerica.org
NWCA is the Navy Wives Clubs of America, Inc., the country's only National Federation of Sea Services Spouses.

Navy - The Navy Fleet and Family Support Center
https://www.nffsp.org/skins/nffsp/home.aspx
Fleet and Family Support ProgramFleet and Family Support Programs (FFSP) support individual and family readiness and adaptation to life in the Navy. Programs include:
  • deployment support for Sailors and their families
  • personal and family wellness education and counseling
  • emergency preparedness and response
  • crisis intervention and response 
  • military and personal career development
  • financial education and counseling
  • spouse employment






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Local connection and support

Blue Star Family Chapters
www.bluestarfam.org - facebook
state facebook groups
Our Blue Star Family chapters get together for friendship and support, but they also connect to help fellow military families and/or the larger community AND to get cool stuff for their units or bases with the help of our national BSF programs and partnerships with groups like KIDS in Distress.


Cadence International Hospitality House - Located near military installations
www.cadence.org
At “a home away from home” servicemen and women find an open door, a comfortable couch, a home-cooked meal, and people who listen, encourage, love, and point them to the hope of Christ. Hospitality Houses offer different ministries depending on location. These may include Bible studies, singles groups, family-focused ministries, evangelistic outreach efforts, one-to-one discipleship, and coffee house ministries. Hospitality House missionaries strive to share the ups and downs of life with military personnel, encouraging them into deeper relationships with others and with Christ.


Churches - Military friendly
www.faithdeployed.com
I collected from military wives the names of churches that have supported their military families. Below are the churches to which they gave their stamps of approval, spanning from Florida to Alaska. Below you will find the list of those churches, along with their locations and Web sites where available. Leave comments to share other churches not already on the list- let’s grow it!

www.militarymissionsnetwork.com
Has directories of churches that minister to military members and their families.
Military friendly churches


CWOC - Catholic military wives Bible study at military installations
Catholic Women of the Chapel is a diverse group of Catholic Women who come together for fun, God talk, faith sharing, Bible study, prayer, and military life sharing. CWOC is many things. Above all, we are a group of women of the church who recognize the importance of a safe, caring environment of acceptance, tolerance, and concern for the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual well-being of our members. We are a circle of friends looking outward, ready to find ways to serve others and spread the good news.


Faith Deployed - Find local small group meetings
www.faithdeployed.com
Local small groups utilizing the book, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives or Faith Deployed...Again. It’s easy to start a six-week Faith Deployed small group using the Faith Deployed Group Guide! This link lists groups are already in place or groups getting ready to begin.


Just Moved - Find local classes using Moving On After Moving In material
www.justmoved.org
Whether your move was a welcome opportunity or a dreaded event, you face tremendous change and the daunting task of starting over in a new place. Studies reveal that moving is among the top stressors, especially among women. Attending a Moving On After Moving In group is the best way to make this time of transition go more smoothly. Use this link to find local Moving On After Moving In classes for mililtary spouses. Learn more about these groups on this LINK.


Military Faith
www.militaryfaith.com
Use this website to connect and grow with military Christians at or near your duty station or ship.


Mothers of Preschoolers - (Military MOPS) Has childcare while Moms meet in a structured environment
www.mops.org - facebook
MOPS International is dedicated to meeting the needs of every mother of preschoolers. In order to attain this vision for moms who are either in the military themselves, or have a spouse in the military, MOPS International has developed the Military MOPS program. A Military MOPS group is much like a Classic MOPS group, except that it is chartered, or sponsored, by a base chapel, either domestic or international. Because of the unique situations that Military MOPS groups face by being on a military base, MOPS International has designed this program with a great deal of flexibility. 

Military MOPS groups usually meet once or twice a month, and often provide childcare through the MOPPETS program. Much like our Classic MOPS groups, Military MOPS meetings vary in length, topics and meeting time, but typically include time for developing relationships through teaching, discussion groups, creative activities and fellowship time over a shared meal or snack. 


Mothers of Preschoolers - (non-military) Has childcare while Moms meet in a structured environment
www.mops.org
MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS International exists to meet the needs of every mom - urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms - moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be! MOPS recognizes that the years from infancy through kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs.

MOPS helps moms through relationships established in the context of local groups that provide a caring atmosphere for today's mother of young children. MOPS also encourages and supports moms through resources such as books, their web site and the MOPS International Membership.


Officers' Christian Fellowship (OCF)
www.ocfusa.org/find-ocf
OCF - Building Christian leaders, families, fellowships. Our purpose is to glorify God by uniting Christian officers for biblical fellowship and outreach, equipping and encouraging them to minister effectively in the military society.

OCF's directory will help you to locate Local Fellowships, primary contacts, and partnering chapels and churches.

As you travel TDY/TAD, deploy or move with PCS orders we hope that you will take advantage of this information and enjoy Christian fellowship.

There are local OCF organizations at almost every major military installation in the U.S., overseas, and on many Navy ships. If you are about to depart -- on a permanent change of station or on temporary duty -- we encourage you to contact us, and we will be glad to assist you in linking up with a local representative where you are going. Visit this LINK for a listing of OCF Fellowships and OCF Affiliated Churches and Chapels.


Operation R.O.S.E. - Reach Out, Support & Encourage
A ministry dedicated to the military wife.
www.operationrose.com
Operation R.O.S.E. Connect Groups are groups of (up to)12 military wives that meet together on a weekly basis to Reach Out, Support & Encourage one another.

Each Connect Group leader is committed to respecting & protecting her group as a confidential & nurturing environment. Our facilitators are equipped with resources to teach you biblical principles and strengthen you as you discover the beautiful blessing you are.  

Our groups are designed to meet the needs of military wives as they experience different struggles in their military life - and nurture her through the difficult times. Occasionally we will use a curriculum, usually drawn from the experiences of other military wives who understand our lifestyle and important roles we take on such as wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend (and military life, in general). If you are interested in starting a Connect Group in your area, please let us know and we will assist you with all necessary materials and general small group guidelines.


PWOC - Protestant military wives Bible study at military installations
www.pwoc.org
The Protestant Women of the Chapel International is a resource network that unites, trains and encourages women in the military chapel community in their spiritual growth.

PWOC is God empowered, Christ centered and Spirit led; exists as an extension of the chapel; encourages women to grow spiritually within the body of Christ through prayer, the study of God's Word, worship and service; is sponsored by the Army Chief of Chaplains and is recognized by the leadership of the Air Force, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard Chaplaincy.

The website also includes the Girlfriend's Guide to Deployments: Marriage Superglue, Maintaining Intimacy in a Long-Distance Marriage, 100 Things You can Do While Your Spouse is Deployed, Ideas for Keeping the Love Connection Alive Across the Miles (for women), Deployment Encouragment.


Tour of Duty, God Strong, or My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife Studies - Find local small group meetings
http://www.sarahorn.com/schedule/
Local small groups utilizing the books, Tour of Duty, God Strong or My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife by military spouse and author, Sara Horn.


Wives of Faith - Has local chapters in various locations
www.wivesoffaith.org
Connecting with other military wives who share your faith in Christ can offer hope and assurance that you can get through anything, even deployment. Local Wives of Faith groups meet this very important need.

If you are interested in connecting with a local group, please look through the groups listed under this tab of the website. If you don’t yet see a group in your area, consider praying and asking God for wisdom. He may be calling you to start a group and minister to military wives right where you are!






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Events

Field Exercise TM (Army Wife Network)
www.armywifenetwork.com
Army Wife Network delivers on-site workshops to Army posts and Guard/Reserve units world-wide. Workshops are geared toward informing families on how to capitalize on the DA and DOD services already provided for them–empowering individuals to make the right choices in their relationship, career, or personal lives and encouraging an outlet for relief and creativity in today’s hectic, over-stressed military lifestyle.

Field Exercise™ is a grassroots seminar series, which Crooks and Henderson created Field Exercises™ to empower and rejuvenate military families. They deserve a night of appreciation and pampering, and they NEED information and an opportunity to meet other families in order to succeed in military life.


Homefront Celebrations (Operation Homefront)
www.operationhomefront.net
The Homefront Celebrations are designed to give military spouses a lovely evening out experience with a catered meal, inspirational speaker, door prizes, and a fabulous goody bag! The night is designed to create a relaxing, luxurious event for military spouses to enjoy a night off from the pressures of life, kids, and service, and focus on themselves and making new friends. 

Each military spouse will feel welcomed and enveloped in appreciation and care from the time they walk through the door until the end of the evening.

Upcoming celebrations will be held in various locations throughout the United States.



Planting Roots
http://www.plantingroots.net/events/
Planting Roots is an independent ministry impacting military families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ for victorious living. Through Christ-centered, engaging events, world-class communicators and worship leaders speak into the lives of military families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ while challenging and encouraging believers to live out their faith in the place they are planted.

Coming May 2, 2015, Planting Roots will host their first live event at Grace EPC in Lawrence, KS.



Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast - Port St. Joe, FL
http://www.semperfisisters.com/beach_blast.html
The purpose of Semper Fi Sisters Beach Blast is to provide friendship, support, valuable resources and information to the female family members of our past and present Armed Forces in a safe, friendly, fun and peaceful environment while participating in the SFS annual "Boxes of Love from the Home Front" packing event for deployed service members.



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http://spousebuzz.com/spousebuzzlive
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