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Maintain Family Strength When Both Parents Deploy

Deployments can take an emotional toll on any family. However, for families with young children and two parents who serve, deployments can pose unique challenges.

Psychological Health Concerns Related to Female Integration in the Military

Making up 15 percent of the U.S. military, female service members have seen significant changes in the roles they play while serving. As of January 2016, all military jobs are now open to women.

Maintaining Psychological Strength While Deployed

Warriors in the field depend on each other to get the job done right. Maintaining both physical and psychological strength is crucial to mission readiness.

Using Social Media to Stay Connected

Social media provides great ways to connect, interact and communicate with friends and family while separated.

Coping with Separation

Any military-related separation can be tough for the entire family and may be especially hard on children. The good news is that you and your family can work together to help your children cope during each stage of the separation in a positive way.

How to Stay Connected While Miles Apart

Deployments or other separations can be tough for military families, including new parents.

Resiliency Programs for Military Families

Balancing the demands of a military career with family responsibilities can be challenging for many warriors. One of the helpful resources provided by the Department of Defense is the Military Family Life Consultant (MFLC) program, which offers trained, professional counselors for service members and their families to speak with *and all conversations are confidential* and free of charge.

Preparing Children for Deployment

Deployment can be emotionally challenging for the entire military family and it can be especially confusing and stressful for children. Parents can also experience stress, as they wonder how the transition will affect their children and parenting responsibilities. This article focuses on pre-deployment tips that can help prepare military families for the absence of one or both parents. The tips and resources below are designed to boost family resilience and readiness by building trust and cooperation within a family before one or both parents deploy.

Teens & Deployment: What to Expect and How to Help

Teens may be anxious, proud, sad or even confused about their parent’s upcoming deployment. Since your teen is already undergoing so many physical, emotional and social changes, taking steps to prepare him or her before you leave can be a helpful way to maintain stability in your family. Take some proactive steps to prepare your teen for your departure by trying to understand his or her reactions, offering your support and helping to establish healthy coping skills and behaviors. These steps can better equip your family to handle your extended absence and help things run more smoothly while you’re gone.

Managing Financial Challenges During Deployment

Balancing the demands of deployment with financial obligations can be stressful and challenging. Using the following money management tips and resources while you are deployed can help you keep your financial health in check and prevent financial-related stress that could eventually lead to debt, relationship challenges or psychological health concerns such as depression or substance misuse.

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