PARENTING For Service Members and Veterans

Privacy Policy

Multi-generational family sitting on the ground
Navy mom taking her child's temperature
Veteran eating dinner with his children

The Parenting for Service Members and Veterans website provides military and veteran parents with information and strategies to improve their parenting skills. The website was created by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Mental Health Services and the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2). Please be advised of the following Privacy Policy information as required by law.

  1. Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied unless otherwise specified. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
  2. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) This website complies with all COPPA requirements. We do not collect personally identifiable information from users. We do not collect information for commercial marketing or give information to any private organizations.
  3. Privacy Act Statement - If you choose to provide us with personal information - like filling out a Contact Us form with an e-mail address - we only use that information to respond to your message or request. While you must provide an e-mail address for a response other than those generated automatically in response to questions or comments that you may submit, we request that you NOT include any other personal information, especially Social Security numbers. The Social Security Administration offers additional guidance on sharing your Social Security number.
  4. We use traffic or session "cookies" (tokens that remain active only until you close your browser) to make the website easier to use and analyze web traffic (see Cookie Disclaimer below). Active or persistent cookies (tokens that remain active after you close your browser) are used only to bookmark the last page visited by a user. These active cookies allow users to return to the place they left in the course and automatically expire within 7 days. Except for authorized law enforcement purposes, we make no attempt to identify individual users.
  5. When you browse, read or download information from our website, we automatically collect and store statistical usage information. We use this information only as anonymous aggregate data to determine the number of visitors to different sections of our site, to ensure the site is working properly, and to help us make the site more useful. We do not use it to track or record information about individual users. For each page you visit, we collect the following technical information:
    • Date and time of access,
    • URL of the Parenting for Service Members and Veterans page visited,
    • Internet address of the site from which our website was accessed,
    • The browser software and operating system used to access our site,
    • Domain and host names from which you access the internet and
    • Internet protocol (IP) address of the computer you are using.
  6. We also collect anonymous voluntary user information for the purpose of evaluating the usefulness of our site. The information gathered is aggregate in nature and is not tracked to individual users.
  7. We maintain a variety of physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect information on the site. For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, this government computer system employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage.
  8. Except for authorized law enforcement investigations, no other attempts are made to identify individual users or their usage habits. Raw data logs are used for no other purposes and are scheduled for regular destruction in accordance with National Archives and Records Administration guidelines.
  9. Unauthorized attempts to upload information or change information on this service are strictly prohibited and may be punishable under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act.
  10. If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, please forward them to us using our Contact Us page.


This website uses measurement and customization technology known as "cookies." A cookie is a small file that our site will request your browser to place on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyze web traffic or lets us know when you visit a particular page. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyze data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system. We use session cookies to customize your user experience based on the account settings that you provide to us. Session cookies are temporary files that are erased when you close your browsers. We use persistent cookies (files that last after your browser is closed) to bookmark that last page visited by a user. This cookie’s only purpose is to allow users to return to the same place where they left the course. The cookie automatically expires 7 days after the first time it gets created.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful, which you do not, and which you last visited. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. The Department of Defense does not use the information associated with cookies to track individual user activity on the Internet outside Defense Department websites, nor does it share the data obtained through such technologies, without the user's explicit consent, with other departments or agencies. The Department of Defense does not keep a database of information obtained from the use of cookies.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Use of Third-Party Tracking Service

This website uses the Google Analytics third-party tracking service to monitor site usage and trends. We use the information compiled by Google Analytics to help us make our site more useful to you. Through this service, we are able to monitor the number of visitors to the site, which features/pages are most popular, the general location (region/country/city) of site visitors, and visitors' web browser type and version. These metrics are not tied to any specific site visitor, but are instead used for aggregate visit analysis.

Google Analytics utilizes web browser "cookies" to track non-personally identifiable information about visitors. Read more about Google Analytics cookie usage on websites. You may decline Google's cookies by setting your web browser's preferences to disallow third-party cookies or follow Google's opt-out browser add-on instructions. If you choose to allow the usage of third-party cookies, Google will use them to collect general information about your visit (including your IP address, pages visited, and documents downloaded), which they will store on their servers in the United States.

Google's general privacy policy is available on the Google Privacy Policy page.