Welcome to the official website of the

U.S. Army
John F. Kennedy
Special Warfare Center and School
Family Programs

Fort Bragg, N.C.


USAJFKSWCS Family Programs Mission

The USAJFKSWCS Family Readiness Group empowers and unites the Soldiers and Families of the US Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) by providing knowledge, information, and resource referrals to assist in the comfortable transition, morale and welfare, and emergency preparedness of those assigned to the Special Operations Center of Excellence.

USAJFKSWCS Family Programs Assistants

Family Programs Assistant: Mrs. Barbara Robertson
Family Programs Assistant: Ms. Kristy Priest
(910) 396-4559.

Upcoming Events

ONE Team
Stakeholders Meeting
Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

SWCS Resources

USSOCOM Warrior Care Program (Care Coalition)
www.socom.mil/care-coalition
(877) 672-3039
Provides Special Operations Forces (SOF) Wounded, Ill and Injured (WII) Service Members and their families advocacy after life-changing events to enhance their quality of life and strengthen SOF readiness.

SWCS MFLC
(910) 723-3815
Provides free short-term (12 sessions) confidential counseling for individuals, couples, and families.

ACS SOF Division
cynthia.m.mercado-mack.civ@mail.mil
Facilitates commander's ability to provide comprehensive, coordinated, and responsive services that support readiness of Soldiers, civilian employees and their families.

SWCS Family Programs
(910) 396-4559
Empowers and unites the Soldiers and Families of the US Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School (SWCS) by providing knowledge, information, and resource referrals to assist in the comfortable transition, morale and welfare, and emergency preparedness of those assigned to the Special Operations Center of Excellence.

External Resources

Special Operations Xcursions
www.specialopsxcursions.org
Provides active-duty SOF members and their families an outlet to our private volunteer network, in order to enable a safe, relaxing, and educational experience in the outdoors at no cost to the service members.

Operation Healing Forces
www.operationhealingforces.org
Provides active-duty SOF members and their families an outlet to our private volunteer network, in order to enable a safe, relaxing, and educational experience in the outdoors at no cost to the service members.

Operation Resolute
joel@operationresolute.org
Sustains and strengthens families within the US Armed Forces by serving with and working through military chaplains

The Fallen Outdoors
thefallenoutdoors.com
Organizes outdoor adventures for veterans past and present, from every generation and from all branches of the military. Our aim is to connect Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines with like-minded individuals along with teaching them a skill and passion they can continue for a lifetime.

Fore Country
www.facebook.com/forecountry
Bridging the civilian/military divide by providing golf experiences between SOF service members and members of the local community.

The Station Foundation
thestationfoundation.org
Helps participants navigate the rough terrain of transition and reintegration back to civilian life. Offering experience, strength and hope to individuals as they identify and translate strengths to new arenas.

American Mustang School
www.justindunnhorsemanship.com
Promotes mental health and wellness through the preservation of the American Mustang. Provides equine-assisted learning therapy to veterans, military, first responders and others who keep our country safe at great risk to themselves.

The Rick Herrema Foundation
rhfnow.org
Strengthening the military family and building community through fun, quality activities.

NAMI Homefront
www.nami.org
703-524-7600
NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions.

Operation Homefront
www.operationhomefront.org
Provides programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems.

COVID-19 Resources (Assistance Programs)

Army Emergency Relief
www.armyemergencyrelief.org
Has a robust remote learning assistance program available to families that helps all school age children and undergraduate students.

Sittercity
www.military.com/discounts/sittercity
FREE Membership to help in the search for care givers - please note this option is not subsidized

Childcare Aware
www.childcareaware.org/fee-assistancerespite/military-families
FBNC CYS will provide a statement of non-availability to help facilitate the process for families to sign up for outside care.

Blue Star Families / USAA
bluestarfam.org/usaa
Military Family Relief Initiative - will provide zero-interest loans and emergency grants to eligible service members and their families to go towards financial emergencies, virtual schooling costs, and college educational expenses

COVID-19 Resources (Education)

Science Buddies
www.sciencebuddies.org
Access to free science ideas and resources as well as the ability to purchase science kits.

Tutor.com
tutor.com
Tutor.com for US Military Families is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring AND homework help at NO COST to eligible Military dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7

Amazing Educational Resources
www.amazingeducationalresources.com
Large site with listings of all the education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings. Currently being updated regularly

CoolMath4Kids & Prodigy
www.coolmath4kids.com
www.prodigygame.com
Both sites offer games that help make learning math fun!

Khan Academy
www.khanacademy.org
Non-profit aiming to provide free education for anyone, anywhere. Offers a full range of courses from preschool through high school and even offers test prep and resources for college admissions.

Coding with Kids
www.codingwithkids.com
Coding with Kids' mission has always been bringing instructor-guided coding education to students worldwide. Originally introduced in 2018 to reach students in remote areas, our Online Programs have become popular with families near and far. We have pioneered a unique approach to teaching by conducting our online programs LIVE and in small, interactive groups of students.

The New York Times Learning
www.nytimes.com/section/learning
Daily writing prompts for students. *For students to leave an opinion they must have a login to the Times - however the prompts are available with no registration*

Epic Reading App
www.getepic.com
App is now free with a participating class code through June 2021! App includes remote access to over 40,000 books, learning videos and more.

Art lessons with Mo Willems
www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems
Author, illustrator and Kennedy Center resident artist will upload a new episode every day at 1pm ET to explore ways of writing and making.

Art lessons with Wild, Free and Crafty
wildfreeandcrafty.com
Ease some anxiety with art therapy, learn how to create awesome projects, and enjoy getting creative

Crayola
crayola.com
Every type of coloring page imaginable available for download!

You Can Draw
www.jarrettlerner.com
Blank comic book pages and drawing / writing prompts get kids brains moving creatively!

Nature Conservancy
nature.org/en-us
Virtual field trips and downloadable study guides for kids.

Smithsonian Learning Lab
learninglab.si.edu
Smithsonian Learning Lab (FREE!) where you can discover millions of the world's treasures through authentic digital resources.

CircleTime
circletimefun.com
Great for younger kids this site lets you and your kids participate in classes like story time yoga, sing-alongs, playing with colors and even baby and me yoga classes!

Scholastic
www.classroommagazines.com
For grades PreK-9th Scholastic is offering the Learn at Home Program. See what else they have to offer during COVID at www.scholastic.com/content/corp-home/covid-19statement.html

PBS For Kids
pbs.org
Great for kids ages 2-8 the site offers lessons / games on emotions, literacy, social skills, math, science and the arts.

Mystery Science
mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning
K-5 science lessons are now free for students to access.

NCPacks4Patriots
ncpacks4patriots.wordpress.com
Supports troops and their family members by providing care and comfort items and expressions of appreciation for their service and sacrifices.

COVID-19 Resources (Parenting)

Emotional ABC's
emotionalabcs.com
Research-based curriculum for children ages 4-11 that empowers children with the tools they need for social and academic success. *Free parent program gives access to video, printables, and more.*

Tutor.com
tutor.com
Tutor.com for US Military Families is a program that provides on-demand, online tutoring AND homework help at NO COST to eligible Military dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7

Amazing Educational Resources
www.amazingeducationalresources.com
Large site with listings of all the education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings. Currently being updated regularly

Wise-Minded Parenting by Dr. Laura S Kastner
Available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores
From Amazon: "Parenting adolescents requires all sorts of skills that most of us don't naturally possess. … You'll learn how to preserve your loving relationship while encouraging progress towards the 7 essentials of happy, healthy teens."

Aha! Parenting
www.ahaparenting.com
Founded by Dr. Laura Markham is based on the positive or peaceful parenting approach. Her site and books aim to help parents create more peace in their households.

Positive Parenting Solutions
www.positiveparentingsolutions.com
Some free information and some paid this site is essentially an online parenting course that helps parents end power struggles with their children.

GoZen!
gozen.com
GoZen is a paid program but one that is a very effective tool in helping to relieve anxiety in children.

COVID-19 Resources (Schools)

Fort Bragg Schools
www.dodea.edu/Americas/midAtlantic/FortBragg/index.cfm
(910) 907-0200

Cumberland County Schools
www.ccs.k12.nc.us
(910) 678-2300

Harnett County Schools
www.harnett.k12.nc.us
(910) 893-8151

Hoke County Schools
www.hcs.k12.nc.us
(910) 875-4106

Moore County Schools
www.ncmcs.org
(910) 947-2976

Lee County Schools
www.lee.k12.nc.us
(919) 774-6226

Suicide Prevention Resources (mobile applications)

Battle Buddy Battle Buddy
Contains quick links and tips to use if you must act or intervene in a crisis regarding suicide prevention and sexual assault/harassment.

T2 Mood Tracker T2 Mood Tracker
A mobile application that allows users to monitor and track emotional health.

LifeArmor LifeArmor
Touch-screen technology to browse 17 topics, including sleep, depression, relationship issues, and PTSD. Brief self-assessments help the user measure and track their symptoms and assist with managing specific problems.

Military Traveler Military Traveler
Contains information on military bases world-wide. This APP will tell you the hours of operations of base offices, locations, emergency contacts, and even movie times of on-post theaters.

PTSD Coach PTSD Coach
PTSD Coach helps you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. The APP has screening tools, links, and information on available treatments.

POSITION REPORT POS REP
Position Report: This APP is a social networking tool designed to give users contact with other veterans within their local area

Breathe 2 Relax Breathe 2 Relax
Contains relaxation tips and deep breathing techniques for stress relief.

BetterHelp BetterHelp
A monthly subscription on-line counseling app that matches people with licensed mental health professionals and gives them unlimited access to these therapists.

My3App My3App
A safety plan tool that helps people who are at high risk for suicide. It helps people develop a written list of coping strategies and sources of support.

MyVAApps- Safety Plan for Veterans MyVAApps- Safety Plan for Veterans
Part of the MyVAApps suite of apps, the Safety Plan app helps users create or co-create with their therapist a safety plan that outlines specific steps to take when they face crises including connecting to Veterans Crisis Line.

Positive Activity Jackpot Positive Activity Jackpot
Developed by t2health, this app uses the phone’s GPS system to find nearby enjoyable distractions. It comes with a clinician’s guide: http://t2health.dcoe.mil/apps/positiveactivityjackpot

Positive Activity Jackpot Suicide Prevention Training
For additional training or support: www.kf-suicideprevention.com

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