Children and Family Futures works with states, localities, and community providers who respond to the needs of the children of veterans whose parents are in Veterans Treatment Courts or other substance use disorder treatment programs. Many veterans’ programs may not be serving children affected by their veteran parents’ trauma and substance use disorders, and we work to help agencies provide those services.
Military families is a term that can encompass the families of separated veterans as well as those on active duty, in the National Guard, and in the Reserve. But the children of veterans are far less visible than those living in families whose parents are on active duty, because the children of veterans are not eligible for most of the services provided to military families on active duty. Children and Family Futures staff have been involved in program development, research, and planning activities that are focused on the children and families of veterans who are no longer on active duty and who have been affected by their parents’ services. This work is led by President, Sid Gardner, and Director of Veterans’ and Special Projects, Larisa Owen. Mr. Gardner is a Vietnam veteran, and Dr. Owen is the spouse of a Gulf War Marine veteran and is herself a member of the California State Military Reserve.