|November is Military Family Month|
November is the month of the Military Family, and April is Month of the Military Child. The South Carolina State Library acknowledges the many families who are connected to military service, and we provide these resources to assist their transition and their service.
"More than 2.2 million service members proudly serve in America's U.S. all-volunteer force in the active duty, National Guard, and Reserve components. There are 1.9 million children, from newborn to 18, who are sons and daughters of our military. In their steadfast support of those in harm's way coupled with their dedication to America, military families show us what words like 'service,' 'strength,' and 'sacrifice' really mean." - Jill Biden
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Resources from SC LENDS
Military Family Support Websites
National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is an organization with strong grassroots support balanced with professionalism that makes us a leader in the field. Not only do we support military families – we are military families. Spouses, parents, and family members make up our staff and board positions. We speak up on behalf of military families and empower husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits. Based on what we hear from our members, we meet the needs of service members and their families with insightful recommendations, innovative programs, and grassroots efforts to better the quality of life for military families. This non-profit organization focuses on issues important to military families. The site has helpful links and resources for educators, civic leaders, neighbors, employers, and others.
2500 North Van Dorn Street., Suite 102
Military Kids Connect
MilitaryKidsConnect (MKC) is an online community of military children (ages 6-17 years old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from pre-deployment, through a parent's or caregiver's return.
The National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2), has developed a website for age-targeted information for children elementary through high school. The site consolidates scattered information from different programs that seek to assist children of deployed members. The Teachers and Parents & Caregivers pages are great places to start.
Family & Caregiver Support Resources In South Carolina Resource Directory
National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers with those who support them. Some counties and cities within this South Carolina may have resources specific to that area.
Operation Military Kids: The American Legion's Family Support Network
The South Carolina Operation Military Kids (OMK) is part of the National OMK initiative designated to provide support to the children and youth of families that are impacted by global contingency operations. This includes those served by Army installations, Air Force, Navy, and Marine bases, and those families, children, and youth who are geographically dispersed. Building upon their past collaboration to support youth development programs, 4-H and its military partners are now placing special emphasis on the children and youth of National Guard and Reserve Solders.
Many National Guard and Reserves children do not view themselves as 'military' until their parent's deployment. Their parent has a civilian job and is a citizen soldier with a commitment to the military and our country. The situation created by a deployment places unique stress on the youth and their families.
Please contact Sharon Lone, OMK Coordinator
Special Libraries Association/Military Library Division
The Military Libraries Division brings together those interested in the betterment of military library service. Each military site has a library or resource center so please visit the individual military bases for additional information about their specific programs and resources.
Washington State Extension
South Carolina's Public Libraries
In South Carolina, each county has a public library system. Public Libraries provide services that meet the needs of their community. They provide access to materials in a variety of formats including print, online, audio and video. Libraries offer public access computers with connection to the internet as well as assistance with using technology. Many libraries have ongoing programs for youth and young adults including storytimes, book clubs, teen areas, homework help, and outreach efforts. The State Library provides a list of public libraries by county, and an interactive map can be found on the Day By Day Family Literacy Calendar.
South Carolina State Library Grandfamily Resource Centers
The strategic intent of the GrandFamily Resource Centers, created by the South Carolina State Library in partnership with public libraries in South Carolina, is to create one location in a community where resources for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren can be housed.
Military Bases In South Carolina
For more information, please contact the South Carolina State Library at 803-734-8666.