By Vernessa Neu, Founder, The Military Teen Network

The Military Teen Network recently launched, an interactive website specifically designed for military teens.

Many of the approximately 1.4 million active duty members in the U.S. military and an additional 848,000 members of the reserve have teenagers in their household. These teens not only face the pressures of everyday life of adolescence but they face additional stress factors such as deployments, family separation, and new schools. is an excellent way to connect these teens to other teens in the same or similar situations.

[caption id=“attachment_3998” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“The Military Teen Network founder Vernessa Neu, 2nd from left, worked directly with Yokosuka-based teens (l-r) Dusty-Lynn Keolanui, Kennethia Smith, and Meghan Pomeroy to create (Photo courtesy of Vernessa Neu)”][/caption] is an easily accessible resource that provides a variety of opportunities for teens to connect, chat, blog, and share their experiences. Other features on the site include a Military Teen’s Guide to Deployment, moving tips, forums, and duty station ratings from a teen’s perspective.

All teens, including those with parents who are active duty, reserve, and guard members are invited to become a part of the network.  You can follow us on and

Join The Military Teen Network for our first virtual roundtable discussion! Date: Tue, Sept 14, 2010 - 8:00pm-8:45pm EST Topics: Fast & Fatty (in honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month) and Base Teen Programs Where: Meet in the chat room at 8pm. Please join us & help the community learn more about military teens’ needs.  One participant will walk away with a sponsored gift.

Vernessa Neu, is a Navy Veteran, military spouse, mother, and former military teen. She and her family currently reside in Yokosuka, Japan where Vernessa volunteers her time working with youth in the community.  The opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of Vernessa Neu and do not necessarily reflect those of the USO.