Virginia Military Family Resources

Virginia libraries are grateful for the sacrifice of our soldiers and their families. We hope to return the favor in some small part by providing resources and access. Please find below resources from Military One Source, the USO, the Red Cross and the Virginia Veterans and Family Service. In addition to these resources, the Library of Virginia also provides access to VetNow, with access to  a LIVE military benefits navigator to help identify eligibility for support services, connecting with support services and identifying needs M-F from 2-11 p.m. If you can’t find what you need, please contact your local library for assistance!

Books

Service members, spouses, service providers, military kids have all written about their experiences and there are beautiful, moving stories shared. Below is a list of some tried and true books shared over the years. 

  • Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul: Stories to Touch the Heart and Rekindle the Spirit by Jack Canfield 
  • Confessions of a Military Wife by Mollie Gross 
  • Deployment: Strategies for Working with Kids in Military Families by Karen Petty 
  • H is for Honor:  Military Family Alphabet by Devin Scillian and Victor Juhasz 
  • Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America’s Military Families by Ellie Kay
  • Homefront Club: The Hardheaded Woman’s Guide to Raising a Military Family by Jacey Eckhart
  • I’m Already Home by Elaine Gray Dumler
  • I’m Already Home…Again-Keeping your family close while on assignment or deployment by Elaine Gray Dumler
  • Life After Deployment: Military Families Share Reunion Stories and Advice by Karen Pavlicin
  • Married to the Military: A Survival Guide for Military Wives, Girlfriends, and Women in Uniform by Meredith Leyva
  • Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families by Karen Pavlicin
  • Special Needs Families in the Military: A Resource Guide by Janelle Hill and Don Philpott
  • Voices from the Front: Letters Home from America’s Military Family by Frank Schaeffer

Visit Operation We are Here for a comprehensive, categorized list of reading for the military community and those who support them.

Military OneSource Comprehensive Services Booklet

This booklet outlines all of the medical, mental health, insurance, financial planning and educational resources provided by Military OneSource. Download the booklet.

Visit Military OneSource

Military OneSource is your connection to information, answers and support when MilLife happens. They can help you overcome challenges, reach your goals and thrive. As a member of our military family, you are eligible to use this Department of Defense-funded program anytime, anywhere. If we can’t get you the answers you need, we’ll connect you to someone who can. Enter Military OneSource.

The USO

The United Service Organization (not related to nor endorsed by the Department of Defense) pursues the mission of strengthening America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. The USO provides support, programming and entertainment to service members in their family internationally. Connect with the USO.

The Red Cross

The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service. From information referral sources, support programs (including mental and physical health) to global services, find more information.

Virginia Veterans and Family Services

The Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) is operated statewide by the Virginia Department  of Veterans Services and provides outreach, connection and support to veterans and their families as they address the challenges of military service, transition, deployments, post traumatic stress or other behavioral health concerns as well as traumatic brain injuries and physical injuries. Connect with the VVFS.