Family Assistance Center
FACs have an important one-stop assistance and referral role for individual families. They are usually formed for major deployments. FACs provide linkages to Rear Detachment Command and the State Family Programs Office.
Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pets
Supporting our Military, Veterans, and their beloved Pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment (combat or peace-keeping mission) in harm's way to fight the global war on terrorism or unforseen emergency hardship impacting their ability to retain their pet's ownership rights.
Military Family Care Initiative
Provides military families with organizations volunteering services while their Servicemember is on deployment.
The Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers.
Education, relocation, parenting, stress - you name it - Military OneSource is here to help you with just about any need. Available by phone or online, our free service is provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families. The service is completely private and confidential, with few exceptions
MN Dept. of Veterans Affairs
The MN Dept of Veterans Affairs assists Minnesota’s 410,000 veterans and their dependents to obtain the benefits and services provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, formerly called the Veterans Administration.
Contact Jim Miller for information on unintentional injury and saftey, at
or (612) 970-5662.
National Military Family Association
They work with—and testify before—Congress to fight for legislation important to military families, but more importantly, help military families recognize their potential to be their own advocates.
State of MN Health Care
Minnesota offers two health care programs for families: MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistence (MA). This healthcare option was created by the Minnesota Legislature for military members who recently completed or are completing an active tour of duty. This option allows them to exempt qualified military members who are enrolled in MinnesotaCare from paying premiums for coverage. For more information visit their website and click the Veterans information tab.
Taking care of America’s Armed Force Families
A benefits guide for National Guard and Reserve families.
Transitional Assistance for TRICARE Beneficiaries
The Transitional Assistance Management Program (TAMP) is temporary TRICARE coverage for certain separating active duty Servicemembers and their eligible family members. It provides 180 days of transitional health care benefits to help Servicemembers’ and their families’ transition to civilian life.
TRICARE is the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) health care entitlement for active duty, Guard and Reserve and retired members of the military, and their eligible family members and survivors. TRICARE's objectives are to optimize the delivery of health care services at military treatment facilities and supplement that with access to civilian health care networks where necessary.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance is a privately held, Phoenix-based corporation that contracts with the DoD to administer TRICARE in the 21-state TRICARE West Region.
Provide individual, group and family counseling to all Veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for their family members. Veterans have earned these benefits through their combat service and all are provided at no cost to the Veteran or family. Troop and Family Counseling Services for National Guard and Reserves: 1-888-755-9355 is another free, 24/7 service for military families. The phone number is answered 24/7 by a professional who can help you. Search the VA's site to find the Veteran Center nearest to you.