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Family & Relationships

Family and relationships can be a great source of joy and support. Leaning on those you trust is a good way to cope with hard situations.

At times, however, families and relationships can also be a source of stress. Fortunately the Real Warriors Campaign can help you strengthen your relationships and keep your family healthy even while facing challenges. Use the following resources to learn more about how to develop and maintain strong relationships.

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Preparing for Deployment

Deployments can be challenging for service members, their families and friends. Fortunately, having a detailed plan helps you and your family during the transition.  

Whether it is your first deployment, or one of many, the following five tips can help you effectively cope with the challenges ahead.

Managing Anger in Your Relationship

Relationships can be very fulfilling and having the support of a loved one can help you navigate the challenges of military life. However, in any relationship there may be times when you and your partner will disagree. Whether it’s arguments about household chores or personal finances, it’s common to get angry sometimes. However, when emotions are running high, reactions driven by anger can damage your relationships and your health.

Support and Resources for Single Service Members

As a single service member, it is important to have a personal network of peers, friends and family members to help you cope with the challenges that you may experience throughout a deployment cycle. They can help you feel connected to life at home, cope with the stress of a combat environment and help you readjust when you return from deployment. Try using the tips and suggestions below to help you strengthen and expand your personal support network.