Resiliency Programs for Military Families

Balancing the demands of military service with family life can be hard. It is common for service members and their families to feel stress for many reasons. Frequent moves, deployments, or grief and loss can all negatively affect service members, spouses and their children.

Easing Holiday and Reintegration Stress

The holidays can be a great time to reconnect with your loved ones, but they may also be difficult. If you are returning home from a deployment, the holidays may seem more overwhelming than usual.

Helping Families Understand Combat Stress

Welcoming home a loved one after a separation is an emotional time for service members and their families.

Reintegrating into Family Life after Deployment

Returning home after deployment is often a time of happiness. The transition back to your life at home can also be difficult and stressful – for you and your loved ones. Here are some tips to help you reintegrate into family life.

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program: Support for Guard and Reserve

All service members and their families may face challenges throughout the deployment cycle, from pre-deployment to reintegration. But National Guard and Reserve members can face additional challenges, as they may not live near military facilities or have community supports in place.

Gain Work Experience with Operation Warfighter

Getting involved in meaningful work can aid in both the physical and psychological healing process for service members in recovery. Operation Warfighter is a federal internship program that places recovering active-duty service members and National Guard and reservists currently in a medical hold status in supportive work settings. By focusing on new opportunities and strengthening job skills, service members can bolster their recovery while gaining valuable work experience. This article highlights information about Operation Warfighter and offers tips and resources for service members who wish to apply.

Transitioning Through Reunion

A parent's return home after deployment is often a time of celebration. It can also be a time of stress as families adjust to being back together. During this transition period, it is common for family members to experience a range of emotions, including excitement and anxiety or concern about changing family roles. This article highlights common reactions that children may have after a parent returns home. It suggests how to respond to these behaviors and offers tools and resources that military families can use to build family resilience during the reunion phase of deployment.

Planning for Financial Health After Deployment

Homecoming is an exciting time as you reconnect with family and friends and reintegrate to life stateside. During this readjustment period, it’s important that you revisit your financial affairs since your income and monthly expenses will change now that you are no longer serving in a combat environment. Evaluating your financial health to make sure your obligations and needs are covered will help you prevent financial related stress that could eventually lead to debt, relationship challenges or psychological health concerns such as depression or substance misuse.1 Using the tips and tools in this article will help give you financial peace of mind as you reintegrate to life at home.

Building Resilience to Cope With Difficult Situations

Coming home from a deployment is an exciting time for you and your family. You probably looked forward to reuniting with loved ones, seeing long-lost friends and getting back into the swing of things at home while you were gone. But as you are settling back into your routine, you may find that certain situations are more challenging to cope with than others. You can put yourself in a better position to manage these situations by understanding the ways post-deployment stress affects your ability to respond to everyday life. By learning about the symptoms of post-deployment stress and taking steps to alleviate them, you can put yourself in a better position to experience the joys and manage the stresses of life back home.

How to Reconnect with Your Teen After Deployment

As deployments come to an end, Service members are often excited about coming home and seeing their families. But after the initial celebrations pass, readjusting to family life and reconnecting with teenagers can be challenging. Although deployments can be difficult on teenagers – who are already undergoing many changes – you can make your homecoming easier by following a few simple guidelines. Understanding what behaviors and reactions to expect from your teenager when you return home from a deployment will help you reconnect with your teen and establish a strong relationship after a long time apart.


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