Health Net Federal Services Partners with Blue Star Families and Vulcan Productions on Deployment an

Health Net Federal Services Partners with Blue Star Families and Vulcan Productions on Deployment and Reintegration Handbook for Military Families

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Blue Star Families, the country's largest chapter-based military families support organization, Vulcan Productions and Health Net Federal Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Health Net, Inc., are proud to announce the launch today of a new, free e-book to assist military family members and friends in coping with the emotional toll of deployments and reintegration. Everyone Serves: A Handbook for Family and Friends of Service Members During Pre-deployment, Deployment and Reintegration is now available for online viewing at BlueStarFam.org/EveryoneServes, and for download from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo and Sony platforms.

"We value our relationship with Blue Star Families, and we applaud their efforts in support of military families. Health Net Federal Services is honored to partner with them on the development of the Everyone Serves handbook," said Thomas Carrato, president, Health Net Federal Services. "We look forward to working with Blue Star Families to help distribute this timely and useful tool to as many military families as possible."


This free resource is available to more than 3 million military family members and friends, including more than 2 million children, who have experienced a deployment or reintegration with their service member during the last 12 years of war. A unique handbook, Everyone Serves was developed by military family members to help the family, friends and support network of United States service members better understand what to expect from the deployment and reintegration life cycle and gain the tools to keep them and their families strong before, during and after separations. To help illustrate the unique challenges military families face before, during and after deployment, Blue Star Families will host an extended blog series featuring the personal stories of several military family members experiencing different stages of deployment.

"When your service member is deployed, you live for the day they come home," said Vivian Greentree, Ph.D., a military spouse and Director of Research and Policy for Blue Star Families. "Even through the joy of being reunited, both deployments and homecomings take an emotional toll on everyone and each presents unique challenges. The Everyone Serves handbook is the first comprehensive resource for military family members and friends to help guide them through the many stages of deployment and reintegration."

Helping to address the full spectrum of emotions that accompany a military deployment and reintegration, Everyone Serves features videos, interactive worksheets and an up-to-date resource section that highlights mobile apps aimed to help enhance the military lifestyle. The material is delivered in a user-friendly format, highlighting key topics and tips in each section covering relationships, communication and self-care, and offering information on the possible emotional effects of each stage of deployment and reintegration.

"Everyone Serves provides a great starting point for anyone who is or has been affected by a deployment or reintegration. As the wars come to an end, more service members and families are transitioning to civilian life or managing the long-term care of a family member. These are all areas addressed in Everyone Serves, making it an important resource for all military service members, families and friends," says Bonnie Benjamin-Phariss, Director, Vulcan Productions.

Everyone Serves also features sections on caregiving and transitioning to civilian life, both topics of growing importance to our nation's service members and their families. Military family members and friends can find themselves caring for wounded warriors who have sustained traumatic and life-altering injuries, and Everyone Serves offers information and a list of resources to turn to for help and support. Additionally, as the military services reduce the size of their forces, more veterans and their families are transitioning to civilian life. This type of reintegration brings its own set of hurdles for service members and their families and friends.

Available digitally, Everyone Serves will reach more people impacted by military life than ever before, using all aspects of e-publishing to deliver enriching and informative content to military family members and friends. Blue Star Families also will integrate Everyone Serves into its chapters nationwide, offering information about the resource at each of the hundreds of local events hosted annually.

Support for Everyone Serves was provided by Health Net Federal Services, Hunt Companies, Inc., Wounded Warrior Project®, and Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. NBC Publishing, a division of NBC Universal Media, provided the technical resources for the digital version of the handbook. The stakeholders collaborated with ProSocial, a social change agency leveraging media to create public engagement and sustainable impact, to oversee the content, design and development of the resource.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With its partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corp, Blue Star Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community advocates, and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Its worldwide membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians.

To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit http://www.bluestarfam.org. Join Blue Star Families on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About Vulcan Productions

Vulcan Productions is the award-winning media company created by philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. It produces compelling films, innovative digital programs, and outreach initiatives designed to explore critical issues and inspire people to take action. Its programs have won numerous broadcast and journalism awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award, the Emmy Award, the Grammy Award, and the Wildscreen Panda Award.

Vulcan Productions has developed social action campaigns that accompany its media projects, including an impact campaign for This Emotional Life, plus "Early Moments Matter" and "A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members" - outreach toolkits dedicated to early attachment and support of military families. Vulcan Productions also developed Success at the Core, a web-based education initiative that uses media to help leadership teams in middle schools enhance quality instruction in science, math, and literacy. For more information, visit http://www.vulcanproductions.com.

About Health Net Federal Services

Health Net Federal Services is the managed health care contractor for the U.S. Department of Defense's health care program, TRICARE, in the North Region, which includes Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky (except Fort Campbell), Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In addition, the TRICARE North Region covers a small portion of Missouri and Iowa.

This release contains information and links to other sites that are not owned or controlled by Health Net. Please be aware that Health Net is not responsible for such information or the contents linked or referred to from this release. Links to other websites are provided for the user's convenience. Health Net does not express an opinion on the content or the properties of such information or linked websites and disclaims any liability in connection therewith.

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Media Contact for Blue Star Families
Stephanie Himel-Nelson, 703-472-6292
Stephanie@BlueStarFam.org
@bluestarfamily
or
AnnaMaria White, 917-579-4716
AMWhite@BlueStarFam.org
@white_am
or
Media Contact for Vulcan Productions
Christina Siderius, 206-342-2526
ChristinaS@vulcan.com
or
Media Contact for Health Net Federal Services
Molly Tuttle, 916-351-5355
Molly.M.Tuttle@healthnet.com

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