Families

Military life is a journey and, at times, challenging. We are here to support you with resources to help you understand the complexities of a military family’s financial needs.

MilLife Resources
Our mission is to educate and empower military spouses to elevate their families by making smart money moves. As the DoD’s official resource, MilSpouse Money Mission is made for military spouses with trusted information they can use to be more empowered and actively involved in making financial decisions for their families’ financial well-being and achievement of financial goals.

Visit MilCommunity for short, real-world financial tips from milspouses. Learn from others who have experiences to share from their military journey.

MilKids

Financial education is a life-long process for children and adults. As parents, we can help prepare our kids to make smart money decisions at every age. MilKids guides parents through ways to communicate with their children and assist in creating goals for a solid financial foundation.

Checklists & Handouts
Survivors

If you’re a surviving Family member, Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) offers you access to support, information, and services closest to where you live, when you need it and for as long as you need it.

 

Survivor Outreach Services is part of the Army Casualty Continuum of Care. It’s designed to provide long-term support to surviving Families of Fallen Soldiers. Our goal is to reassure Survivors that they remain valued members of the Army Family. Survivor Outreach Services is a “one” Army program. Regardless of your loved one’s Army component, duty status, location, or manner of death, SOS Coordinators and Financial Counselors are here to provide dedicated outreach and support. Army National Guard, US Army Reserve and Active Component Families are served by SOS offices located across the country. We know that there are no words or actions that can ever fully solace you in your loss, for there is no greater calling than to serve ones’ nation with honor and dignity.

Additional Resources

Navigating the Road to Secure Your Family’s Future was created by the Army Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) program to help educate and provide Army Families with tools to plan for the future. Talking about the possibility of facing the loss of a family member is one of the most difficult conversations a family can have, but estate planning can help to relieve families of some of the burden if a tragedy occurs. This interactive guide is an opportunity to learn a little more about the various estate planning documents in the military, the benefits and entitlements that a family may receive and how all the pieces fit together. While we hope that our Families never face the loss of their Soldier, it is our goal to help ease a little of the worry about finances and insurance if a loss does occur.

 

Who can use Navigating the Road to Secure Your Family’s Future? No matter where you are in along a military journey, this guide can help to explain some of the resources that are available.

  • Parents: did your son or daughter just join the Army? Use this guide to understand the estate planning documents and some of the terms that your new Soldier is using.
  • Spouses: do you understand all of the documents that your Soldier fills out before deployment? This guide helps to explain some of them and provides links to important benefits such as the Survivor Benefit Plan and Life Insurance.
  • National Guard or Reserve families: do you feel like there is no one around to help you understand the benefits for your family? Then this guide can help explain some of the benefits that are available when your Soldier is not on active duty or when he or she is activated.
Where to Go for Help

You are not alone! You have many layers of support to help you learn more and make positive financial decisions.