Supporting the Health Needs of Military Family Members

Discover the healthcare resources and services dedicated to meeting the health needs of military family members.

Supporting the health needs of military family members is essential for the well-being of these individuals who often experience unique challenges due to their connection to the military. Here are ways to provide support for the health and wellness of military family members:

  1. Access to Healthcare:

    • Ensure that military family members have access to comprehensive healthcare services. This includes regular check-ups, preventive care, and necessary medical treatments. Coverage may be provided through military healthcare programs, private insurance, or a combination of both.
  2. Mental Health Services:

    • Recognize the importance of mental health services. Military families may face stress, anxiety, and other emotional challenges related to deployments, relocations, and the military lifestyle. Ensure access to counseling, therapy, and other mental health resources.
  3. Family Support Programs:

    • Military bases often offer family support programs and services, including support groups, counseling, and workshops. Encourage military family members to participate in these programs to address their unique needs.
  4. Community Resources:

    • Connect military families with local community resources such as schools, childcare facilities, and support organizations. Many communities have programs dedicated to assisting military families during transitions and deployments.
  5. Employment and Education Support:

    • Support initiatives that help military spouses and family members pursue education and employment opportunities, even during frequent relocations. This can include programs to help with job placement, career counseling, and access to educational resources.
  6. Childcare Services:

    • Access to reliable and affordable childcare is essential for military families, especially when service members are deployed or on duty. Supporting these services can relieve stress on family members and ensure their ability to maintain employment or pursue education.
  7. Financial Assistance:

    • Offer financial literacy programs and resources to help military family members manage their finances effectively. Deployments and frequent moves can create financial challenges, so financial education and assistance can be invaluable.
  8. Respite Care:

    • Provide respite care services to military families, allowing them a break from caregiving responsibilities. Respite care can support families with special needs members or those experiencing increased stress due to military-related issues.
  9. Educational Support:

    • Assist military children in their educational needs. Consider offering tutoring or special education resources for children with unique needs, as well as helping older children with college planning and scholarships.
  10. Legal Services:

    • Provide legal assistance or resources for military family members, especially in cases involving family law, wills, and power of attorney. Legal support can help families navigate complex legal issues that may arise during deployments or relocations.
  11. Community Involvement:

    • Encourage community organizations and businesses to actively support military families through discounts, recognition events, and volunteer opportunities.
  12. Advocacy and Awareness:

    • Advocate for policies and programs that support military families at the local, state, and national levels. Raising awareness of the unique needs of military family members can lead to positive change and increased support.

Supporting the health needs of military family members is a collective effort that involves government agencies, military organizations, communities, and individuals. By providing comprehensive healthcare, mental health services, educational opportunities, and community support, we can help military family members navigate the challenges they face and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.

Medical Care for Military Family Members.

Active duty service members and their families (spouses and children registered in DEERS) are eligible for medical care through the Military Health System (MHS). The MHS is a network of military hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that provide care to active-duty service members, retirees, and their families.

Service members can choose from a variety of health plans, including TRICARE Prime, TRICARE Select, and TRICARE Standard. TRICARE Prime is a managed care plan that provides comprehensive coverage with low out-of-pocket costs. TRICARE Select is a fee-for-service plan that allows service members to choose their own providers. TRICARE Standard is a catastrophic coverage plan that is designed to supplement other health insurance plans.

Service members who are injured or become ill while on active duty are treated by military healthcare providers. They receive care at no cost to them. Service members who are discharged from the military with a service-connected disability are eligible for lifetime medical care from the Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system.

In addition to the MHS and the VA healthcare system, service members are also eligible for a variety of other healthcare benefits, including:

  • Dental care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Preventive care
  • Maternity care
  • Pediatric care
  • Long-term care

Service members can learn more about their healthcare benefits by visiting the TRICARE website or by speaking with their military healthcare provider.

Here are some additional resources for service members seeking medical care:

  • The TRICARE website has a wealth of information about TRICARE health plans, benefits, and providers.
  • The Military OneSource website has a variety of resources for service members and their families, including information about healthcare benefits and providers.
  • The Veterans Affairs website has information about VA healthcare benefits and providers.

If you are a service member or a family member of a service member and have any questions about your healthcare benefits, please contact your military healthcare provider or TRICARE customer service.