Supporting Military Families

The Extension Military Families Program began in 2008 by UK Family and Consumer Sciences through a small grant partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD) and the USDA. Since then, partnerships have been formed with military and non-military entities across the state and country to develop programs and grounded in research to improve the lives of military families.

Two collaborative programs developed through the partnerships that have been recognized nationally for their focus on the military family: Military Teen Adventure Camps (MTAC) and Operation Military Kids (OMK).

The goals of the Extension Military Families program are to assist Active Duty, Guard, Reserve and Veteran families by: 1) connecting military families to needed resources and supports; 2) helping service members more effectively reconnect with their children before, during and after deployments; 3) improving healthy parent/child relationships and family communication skills by providing programs that involve the entire family; and 4) improving the sense of connectedness for geographically dispersed military families by providing opportunities for interaction, community resources, activities involving multiple local/regional/state organizations, and introducing military families to Extension programs.

For more information contact:

Tyrone Atkinson
Program Coordinator
859-218-1546
tcatki2@uky.edu  

Kerri Ashurst
Senior Extension Specialist for Family and Relationship Development
kgoodman@uky.edu
859-257-3032

115 Huguelet Drive
233 Scovell Hall
Lexington, KY 40546-0064