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Military OneSource’s resources during COVID

U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Chris Dickens, 327th Airlift Squadron chief pilot, hugs his daughter after returning from deployment at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 19, 2019.

U.S. Air Force Reserve Lt. Col. Chris Dickens, 327th Airlift Squadron chief pilot, hugs his daughter after returning from deployment at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, May 19, 2019. After converting to the classic association with the 19th Airlift Wing in 2017, the 913th Airlift Group became a combat-coded C-130J unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Marcus Taylor)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

Military OneSource remains a wealth of information, resources, and support for military members and their families regardless of status. The services are provided at no cost and are designed to help servicemembers and their families remain mission ready.

Joanna Murray is the Arkansas Military OneSource consultant who understands the unique challenges military members face. She previously worked 10 years with the Marines as a deployment readiness coordinator and force readiness officer.

“Now, my primary objective is to provide education, training and support to leaders, staff and service families of all branches and components assigned to commands located in the state of Arkansas,” said Murray.

A wide range of services include help with taxes, financial planning, health and wellness coaching, nonmedical counseling, career consultations, education, and much more.

“We are here to provide expert council and support to all servicemembers and their families, regardless of status, and their DEERS enrolled dependents,” said Murray. “I encourage folks to learn more about our Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, as well as, the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library.”

The education and career program offers access to a career coach, research for various career or educational paths, resume assistance, or scholarships. The state of Arkansas also has three Citizen Soldier for Life career readiness counselors available to perfect resumes and teach interviewing skills

Military OneSource also provides a digital library that consolidate more than 40 online services for free. After a login is set, members will have access to services ranging from legal forms, learning languages, investment reports and more. Access the MWR Digital Library at: www.militaryonesource.mil/recreation-travel-shopping/recreation/libraries/morale-welfare-and-recreation-digital-library

Military OneSource can put military parents in touch with childcare and parenting experts at no cost by contacting the call center at 800-342-9647. The experts can assist in locating childcare options, understanding normal childhood development for ages birth to 5-years, provide sleep and potty-training advice, and generally address non-medical concerns.

Military OneSource – Resources:

  • Parenting and Children: a dedicated area of the Military OneSource website with various information specifically pertaining to military children and youth. www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/parenting-and-children
  • THRIVE: free online parent education courses focused on positive parenting practices, parent and child stress management and physical health promotion for children ages 0 to 18. https://thrive.psu.edu/
  • HealthySteps: pediatric primary care program that promotes the health, well-being and school readiness of babies and toddlers, with emphasis on families living in low-income communities. www.healthysteps.org/
  • MilitaryKidConnect: provides resources to help kids thrive in their military life, and to make connections with other MilKids who share similar situations. https://health.mil/MKCHome