FOCUS Information

As a service originally initiated by the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED), the FOCUS Project addresses concerns related to parental combat operational stress injuries and combat related physical injuries by providing state-of-the-art family resiliency services to military children and families. In 2009, FOCUS Family Resiliency Services were made available to Army and Air Force families at designated installations through support from the Defense Department’s Office of Family Policy.

Focus Info Sheet

Focus Flier

1512 Grand Avenue, Suite 115 ~ Glenwood Springs CO 81601 970-230-9644 ~ www.chicolorado.org

Program Benefits

For Service Members / Veterans

Service Members and Veterans learn skills to address many of the changes and challenges that Military families experience:

  • How to talk with kids about moves, departures and returns
  • How to build strong connections with their spouse/partner and/or children
  • How to establish effective family routines and come up with new ones when needed
  • How to reconnect with their spouse/partner and children, which can be difficult after long separations such as deployment
  • How to manage combat stress and deployment reminders
  • How to effectively address and solve problems as a family
  • How to discuss Military experiences with children and family members
  • How to maintain these skills after separation from the Military

For Kids

When a parent is in the Military, there may be times when they are away from the family and periods of adjustment following their return. For lots of kids and teens, this can be hard. FOCUS shows kids and teens some things that might make these times a little easier:

  • How kids and teens can let parents know when they’re having a hard time
  • How kids and teens can talk to their parents about the changes in the family
  • How kids and teens can build strong connections with their mom or dad
  • How to get used to having their mom or dad around again following active service
  • How kids can better understand why it is that their mom or dad might be acting differently since they returned from deployment
  • How kids and teens can talk to friends at school so their friends have a better idea of what
  • they’re going through

For Families

Spouses/Partners learn how to effectively deal with many of the changes and challenges faced by Military families:

  • How parents can take care of themselves, so they feel better prepared to support the kids
  • How to talk about any changes in family routines or responsibilities that might be necessary to keep the family and household on track during stressful times
  • How to talk to kids about their concerns, fears, or worries
  • How to manage kids’ behavior if they are acting out at home or in school
  • How to help kids feel connected to their parents
  • How to support their spouse/partner if they are dealing with combat stress reactions or
  • reminders
  • How to identify if someone in the family needs more assistance managing distress
  • How to reconnect with a Spouse/Partner and recreate a sense of family closeness
  • How to support a Spouse/Partner as they reintegrate into civilian life and changing roles and
  • responsibilities
  • How to effectively address and solve problems as a family following active duty