Being the parent of a son or daughter who has decided to serve our nation can be overwhelming. Often times, these young adults are sent off to basic combat training (BCT) or one station unit training (OSUT) just weeks after they’ve attended their senior prom or high school graduation. To say this tugs at a parents’ heart strings would be an understatement.
Reaching out to others and building relationships with parents who are experiencing the same feelings can be helpful and reassuring. But where do you start? We’ve compiled a list of some of the best resources for military parents and we hope it helps you find a group to connect with as your child or children continue their service to our nation!
AUSA Family Readiness - AUSA is a very large Army support organization and their Family Readiness section does an impressive job with providing their members with regular community. Their quarterly e-Newsletter even includes articles written specifically for Army parents. They also have local chapters around the nation and as a member, you can attend local chapter events and plug yourself into the military community in that way.
ArmyMomStrong.com - This official U.S. Army website provides blog posts written specifically for military parents. There are also options to sign up for a regular newsletter and Army Mom care packages.
OperationMom.org - This private, nonprofit organization has an incredibly robust website that takes mothers of service members through BCT/OSUT to first duty stations, deployments, and redeployment challenges. The site does a great job addressing unique and special challenges faced by military moms, and parents, in general.
MomsofMilitary.com - This Christian-based prayer/support group is open to mothers and wives of U.S. service members. This like-minded community addresses the challenges of basic training, graduation, deployment, etc. You can find specific chapters around the United States or if there isn’t one near you, you can start your own chapter.
OperationWeAreHere.com - This site was created by a U.S. Army Chaplain’s spouse who provides an extensive list of resources for military parents, including a great book list on a variety of topics. The site is an extension of a Christian ministry.
If you’re looking for a great group to check out on Facebook, we strongly recommend Blue Star Mothers! They have a large following and they’re a great group to plug into.
As a bonus, we encourage military parents who are interested in displaying a service flag in their homes to learn more about them here. These flags are close to 100 years old, as they were created during World War I by Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. These are a great addition to any military home and help show your pride of your child’s service.