Deployment Support Programs and Agencies for Kids

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Operation Bigs is a program that assigns mentors to children of military families through a Big Brothers Big Sisters school-based program. Volunteers meet with children at their schools on base and provide quality one-to-one friendship time that is so important to a child whose parent is deployed, will deploy or is just returning from a deployment. Check with your school to find out if Operation Bigs is offered on campus. For more information, visit

Command Ombudsmen are volunteers appointed by the commanding officer to serve as an information link between command leadership and Navy families. While they are not professional counselors, they are trained to listen to questions or problems and to refer to professionals who can help. Please visit to gain further information regarding command ombudsmen.

Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) is an organization that offers many types of programs for military children, including camps, special events and support groups. For more information, call 858-751-5755 or visit

Military OneSource provides counseling, parenting, financial and other types of information available online and by telephone. For further information, please go to


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