Policy & Legislation

Military Community and Family Policy encompasses a variety of program areas from children, youth and teens to transition assistance, most of which have policy and legislation linked on the Military OneSource webpages featured here.

Casualty Assistance – The Casualty Assistance Program ensures that military families have support in their time of need, including understanding benefits and other forms of assistance.

Child Abuse and Domestic Abuse – The Department of Defense provides resources to help offenders, victims and family members get the support, intervention or treatment needed to promote military family safety and well-being.

Confidential Help – Confidential services, provided through Military OneSource for free to eligible individuals, include non-medical counseling and specialty consultations related to adoption, education, special needs and more.

Deployment – Military and Family Support Centers, Reserve Component Family Programs and Military OneSource provide support to service members and their families through every step of the deployment cycle, from the receipt of orders through the reintegration phase.

Exceptional Family Member Program – The Exceptional Family Member Program helps military families identify and enroll a family member with special medical or educational needs, coordinate the family’s assignment based on availability of services at a projected duty station, and identify and access programs and services.

K-12 and College Education – Education resources, reliable information and readiness programs help military parents provide the best education opportunities for their children amid the school transitions of the mobile military life.

Military Family Readiness Council – The Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council helps shape policy and plans supporting military family readiness, monitors requirements for the department’s support of such readiness and evaluates the effectiveness of military family readiness programs and activities.

Money Management – The Department of Defense promotes the financial readiness of service members and their families by providing programs, services and resources such as the Personal Financial Management Program and financial counseling.

Morale, Welfare and Recreation – Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs promote active living, increase resilience and improve the quality of life of service members, families and other eligible patrons.

Moving – The Department of Defense provides programs, services and resources such as the Relocation Assistance Program and the Plan My Move tool to help make permanent changes of station easier for service members and their families.

Parenting - The Department of Defense provides extensive assistance to help military parents build a strong and healthy family through services, resources and programs such as the Family Advocacy Program and the New Parent Support Program.

Personnel Accountability and Evacuation Operations – Military OneSource features policy and legislation, along with service regulations and orders and other key documents, to support the conduct of personnel accountability and evacuation operations. These tools ensure that Department of Defense-affiliated personnel are accounted for in the event of natural or man-made disasters.

Spouse Education and Career Opportunities – The Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program presents extensive resources related to education and employment, such as financial aid, career counseling and resume building, for military spouses.

Transition Assistance – The Department of Defense helps service members and their families make successful transitions to civilian life through resources, services and programs such as the Transition Assistance Program.

Wounded Warrior – The Department of Defense provides help and support for severely wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families, including service-specific programs to help with non-medical issues related to the transition back to duty or to civilian life.