Resources

www.combatrecovery.com
As a psychologist, Dr. Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D, has specialized in trauma and in the past decade has particularly focused her work on combat veterans. She is offers her services in a 90-minute monthly live online “chat” to discuss PTSD and warrior-transitioning concerns of family members. This is sponsored by Marine Parents but participation is available to family members of all branches of service. Check this link periodically to find the details for the next “chat night.”

www.joiningforces.gov
Unveiled in April 2011, this national initiative, sponsored by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, seeks to encourage all sectors of American society to offer concrete support to military families. This might take the form of employment or educational partnerships to personal supportive efforts by individuals.

www.marineparents.com
Founded by Tracy Della Vecchia in 2003, the Web site is a fount of information regarding all aspects of the Marine experience. I found the Web site’s “recruitparents/bootcamp/trainingmatrix” link a particularly helpful reference regarding the boot camp training schedule. Much specific information about the training matrix in boot camp was obtained from the hyperlinks on this site. Just as importantly, the “message boards” are a vehicle of emotional support and allow family members of Marines the opportunity to meet and support each other across the miles.

www.militaryonesource.com
Offers confidential, branch-specific, free assistance regarding post-combat, parenting, stress, relocation adjustment issues. This service is available to active duty, Guard, and Reserve personnel and their families twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

www.ncptsd.va.gov
This Web site for the National Center for PTSD has a wealth of information for veterans and their families about PTSD, symptoms, treatments, where to find help, and more.