Wednesday, November 5, 2014

For Military Family Month – Check Out Resources at MILITARY ONE SOURCE

For Military Family Month the DoD Bloggers Roundtable featured Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy.

While Ms. Williams shared numerous programs and resources, when I asked what was the best starting point for someone who needed help with PTSD or TBI, she replied Military One Source at

The Military One Source 24/7 phone consultants at 800-342-9647 are extremely well-trained to help, and, if you agree to a follow-up call, will follow up with you within three days of your call.

Click on the CONFIDENTIAL HELP link at the top of the site for this information:

Confidential services, including non-medical counseling and specialty consultations, are available through Military One Source. Eligible individuals may receive confidential services at no cost.

Non-medical Counseling
• Face-to-Face Counseling
• Online Counseling
• Telephonic Counseling

Specialty Consultations
• Adoption
• Adult Disability Care
• Education
• Elder Care
• Health and Wellness Coaching
• Special Needs
• Wounded Warrior

Other Services and Counseling
• Document Translation
• Financial Counseling
• Language Interpretation Services
• SECO Counseling
• Tax Services

Ms. Williams stressed the confidentiality of the non-medical counseling, including not sharing the information with chain of command even if requested. (The exception for confidentiality is where there is concern for the safety of the individual or others.)

I was also impressed with her focus on care tailored for a specific family member within a family-centric care approach.

If you need help for yourself or a family member, do call 800-342-9647 now.

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist MRS. LIEUTENANT and the co-author of the Navy thriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS. Phyllis is the co-founder of the marketing consulting company Miller Mosaic LLC, which works with clients to attract more business. Read her book-related posts at