Ready, Set, Back to School!

TeensIt’s that time of year again... Time to transition out of summer and back into the swing of the school year! Check out these tips from FOCUS to help make your child’s transition a smooth one!


Bringing your Family Close Together

Looking for a fun way to encourage your family to spend time together? FOCUS has a great family puzzle project that lets your family get creative and showcase your strong bond. You can find the instructions for making your own family puzzles in this article published in Military Press!

Understanding Teenage Feelings with FOCUS

This special blog post was written by Ingre Sampson a Military spouse and mother whose experience with the FOCUS program helped her family overcome challenges related to her husband’s recent deployment.

Program Spotlight

National Military Family Association Operation Purple® Camps & Family Retreats

Military families are incredibly resilient. Operation Purple® Camps and Family Retreats build on this resilience by engaging kids and families in activities that help them reconnect and build skills that encourage family closeness. You can learn more and sign up for an upcoming camp or retreat here!


FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress) is a resiliency-building program of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). It is designed for Military families and children facing the multiple challenges of combat operational stress during wartime. FOCUS promotes family strengths and supports parents to help manage the challenges of military life.

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