Military children are our nation's children. Living in either military or civilian communities, in urban, suburban, or rural settings, military children experience unique challenges related to military life and culture. These include deployment-related stressors such as parental separation, family reunification, and reintegration. Due to frequent moves, many military children experience disrupted relationships with friends, and must adapt to new schools and cultivate new community resources. Some children also experience the trauma of welcoming home a parent who returns with a combat injury or illness, or of facing a parent's death. Recent research reveals an increase in military child maltreatment and neglect since the start of combat operations and deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Research also indicates that although most military children are healthy and resilient, and may even have positive outcomes as a result of certain deployment stressors, some groups are more at risk. Among those are young children; some boys; children with preexisting health and mental health problems; children whose parents serve in the National Guard, are reserve personnel, or have had multiple deployments; children who do not live close to military communities; children who live in places with limited resources; children in single-parent families with the parent deployed; and children in dual-military parent families with one or both parents deployed.
Equipped with the right tools, military parents can serve as a buffer against the challenges their children face. Professionals in health care, family service, education, recreation, and faith-based services who work with military families can also help reduce the distress that military children experience, and can foster individual and family resilience. In part that means becoming familiar with the particular risks that can compromise a military child's health and development.
Care of our nation's military children helps sustain our fighting force, and helps strengthen the health, security, and safety of our nation's families and communities. Gathered here are resources about military families for caregivers, service providers, and children.
The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress  —an NCTSN member site—and FOCUS  (Families OverComing Under Stress)—a project co-sponsored by the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress—perform research on, develop resources about, and provide assistance to military families. Learn more by clicking here .
To find out more about traumatic grief and military children click here .
Military Families Knowledge Bank 
The Military Families Knowledge Bank (MFKB) is an online database of resources for and about members of the military, veterans, and their families. MFKB provides access to a wealth of web resources on family functioning and support, social and government services, PTSD and traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and other issues.
NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma 
The Learning Center offers free online trainings on issues of importance to military children and families and the mental health and medical professionals who serve them. Users can listen to podcasts, view multimedia presentations, and earn free CE credits after registering. 
Upcoming Military Families Seminar Series  (March-June 2012) (PDF)
Military Child Initiative
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
American Academy of Pediatrics
Association of the United States Army
Military Child Education Coalition
National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
National Military Family Association
Our Military Kids
SOFAR (Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists)
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS)
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Zero to Three
American Academy of Pediatrics
Center for Deployment Psychology
Defense Center of Excellence (DCOE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
New York University Child Study Center
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
United States Department of Defense - Military Health System