The Partnership, together with the National Military Family Association (NMFA) and National Association of School Nurses (NASN), have created new online tools to assist military families and teens through difficult periods of transition, such as a deployment, major injury of a parent, and frequent moves to new neighborhoods and schools. The effort is the first collaboration among the three organizations to provide assistance with the complex, extraordinary circumstances often faced by military families.
The Partnership’s new military family support tools -- available for free at TimeToTalk.org/Military -- were recently introduced at a press event in Washington, D.C. sponsored by Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO). McCaskill has previously sponsored the SUPPORT Substance Use Disorders Act, which would make addiction treatment more readily available to members of the military and would provide privacy protections to those seeking help.
“While we’re living in difficult, unsettling times in general for many families, the added stress and constant state of change faced by military families and their teens can sometimes push kids towards risky and dangerous behavior,” said Steve Pasierb, President of the Partnership. “We’re coming together with the National Military Family Association and National Association of School Nurses to help these families safeguard their children at these times of increased risk and when they are more vulnerable to making the wrong choices.”