deployment

Stay Connected with Deployed Parents

It can be difficult for families to stay in touch or feel connected when a parent is deployed. Using online programs, such as the ones highlighted in this article, can help families maintain regular communication, reassure children about their parent’s deployment and reinforce parents’ bonds with their children.

Working With Your Child’s Educators During Deployment

Throughout the deployment cycle, service members and their families experience many changes, including shifting roles and responsibilities as well as new routines. Children may experience stress as a result, but parents and guardians can help them build resilience by actively engaging with their child’s educators – including school administrators, counselors and teachers. During this time of change, the stability and predictability of school can be a source of support for your child.

Maintaining Relationships with Loved Ones During Deployment

Military spouses and significant others provide an invaluable source of support to today’s service members. Loved ones can play a vital role in offering encouragement during a military career – especially during deployments when separation often goes hand-in-hand with concern for the safety of service members, coping as a single parent at home or worries about money or legal troubles.

Building Resilience as an Individual Augmentee

Deploying with a unit or component that is not your own — known as serving as an individual augmentee (IA) — offers exciting opportunities to gain new experiences and work with different teams. While IAs bring unique expertise and knowledge that greatly supports the overall unit, their deployment also presents unique challenges. This article outlines tips for IAs to build resilience before, during and after deployment.

Prepare for the Challenges of Multiple Deployments

The frequency of military service member deployment has increased in the past 10 years, with a growing number of American troops serving more than one tour in a combat zone.1 Many units return from combat zones only to immediately begin the process to deploy again.

Preparing for Deployment

Pre-deployment can be a stressful time for service members and their families. Whether you are a parent, a spouse or are single, making a plan prior to deployment is a great way to prepare for the road ahead. These preparations will ensure you are ready “to part” instead of simply ready “to go."

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