Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Resources for Deployed Families



I'm making a list of resources that will make my families lives easier while our husband/father is deployed. Please tell me about anything you know of or did to help with the time away so I can add it to this page!

For the Family:

Books for children
https://www.weservetoo.com/

Online Resource for children
http://www.deploymentkids.com/index.html
http://createmygift.com/

Operation Kid Comfort - free quilt with photos
http://www.asymca.org/what-we-do-3/national-programs-services/operation-kid-comfort/

United Through Reading - free dvd of member reading to child
http://www.unitedthroughreading.org/military-program/

Dog Tags for Kids
http://DogTagsForKids.com/

Daddy Dolls
https://www.daddydolls.com/

Hugs to Go Dolls
http://www.huggeemissyou.com/Articles.asp?ID=144

Deployment Dolls
https://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Deployment-Dolls/315366465162279

Flat Daddies
http://flatdaddies.com/

I made my own version of flat daddy to play on flat stanley http://www.flatstanley.com/about and we take him everywhere with us and take pics of him and then upload them into an Adventures of Flat Daddy album.  To make them I develop a 5x7 photo of him and then cut it out and laminate it.  I also did this with a photo of our kids and gave it to him so he could take pics with them while he was in port.


Free welcome home banners
http://www.buildasign.com/troops

Free phone cards for deployed members
http://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/request_calling_card.php

Build a Bear - military clothing, they also have recordable boxes for inside the bear
http://www.buildabear.com/shopping/productBrowse.jsp?categoryId=cat110387&selectedParentCategoryId=cat110199&selectedSubCategoryId=cat110387&_requestid=114560

Sesame Street - videos about deployment
http://www.sesameworkshop.org/initiatives/emotion/tlc
*a free copy of the dvd can be ordered off of militaryonesource.com

Operation Love Reunited - free photo sessions
http://www.oplove.org/

Yellow Ribbon Photographers - free photography
http://YellowRibbonPhotographers.org/

Military T-shirts (use tabs on left to view several different types)
http://www.cafepress.com/+military+t-shirts

Project Evergreen - free lawn care
http://www.projectevergreen.com/gcft/

Birthday Cake to deployed members
http://www.bakemeawish.com/operation-birthday-cakes.php

Deployment Jar / Kiss from Daddy Jar
Fill a jar with hershey kisses for each day member will be gone. Eat a kiss each day and watch the amount of kisses get lower and lower.


Deployment paper chain
Make a paper chain, add a chain for every day the member is gone, or a chain for every week. Cut one off each day/week.

We also made our sailor a chain so he could countdown the weeks with us.  I made his out of yarn and crocheted the links but if you can't crochet you can easily just tie pieces of yarn together.  I used yarn because it doesn't take up much room and can be folded and tucked away without getting ruined, unlike the paper chain.



k7.net - a web based voicemail service FREE! Sign up and call your hubby and leave him voicemails several times a day. He can check these voicemails through his email or the k7 website.

Track where the member is on a map hung up on your wall. Add a counter with it with a count down of how many days/weeks/months until they come home.

Keep a blog. Update it daily with photos and daily events.

Free package supplies:

Military Care Package Mailing Kit

Since Priority Mail service supplies are the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the USPS has created a "Mili-kit" based on the items most frequently requested by the military.

The kit contains:
Three (3) each of flat rate boxes O-FRB1 and O-FRB2
Two (2) each of Cube boxes OBOX7
Address labels - Label # 228 8 each
Address labels - Label # 106-A 1 each
Customs FORM 2976-A 8 EA.
Customs FORM 2976-E 8 EA.

The kit may be requested by calling 1-800-610-8734 (Packing Supply) and:
Choose your language (“1” is English, “2” is Spanish).
Choose option 1 (it states it is for Express Mail service, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed).
When you reach a live agent, request “CAREKIT04.”
Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.

Note: These are free supplies, postage must be affixed.

Additionally, you can find guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops athttps://www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-guidelines.htm

You can also order flat rate boxes online to be shipped to your house for free (I always get the 10 pack of large flat rate boxes)
https://store.usps.com/store/browse/subcategory.jsp?categoryId=subcatMSS_FlatRate&categoryNavIds=catGetMailingShippingSupplies%3AsubcatMSS_FlatRate

Visual for filling out Customs Form:
http://alyssamarieaarhaus.com/2010/07/07/how-to-send-a-military-care-package/

Treat the Troops - free cookies to troops
http://www.treatthetroops.org/

Operation Military Pride - free care packages
http://operationmilitarypride.org/smsignup.html

Coloring pages for children of deployed parents
http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/handouts-pdf/coloring_book_militarychild.pdf
http://createmygift.com/free-coloring-pages/

Article about preschoolers and deployment
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/MOS/f?p=MOS%3ACONTENT%3A0%3A%3A%3A%3ASV%2CUT%2CLG%2CCID%2CTID%2CSID%2CXID%2CCOHE%2CMTYPE%3AArmyActive%2CMember%2CEN%2C%2C23.50.10.10.0.0.0.0.0%2C23.50.10.10.50.10.20.0.0%2C23.50.10.10.50.10.0.0.0%2C262086%2CArticles#

Scion Military Care Package
http://www.scion.com/militarycarepackage/

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