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FAMILY READINESS GROUP (MEDDAC)

Army life is a rewarding life, filled with unique challenges and opportunities for soldiers and their families. The military world is much different from the civilian sector. Besides learning the military language of acronyms, new families must learn to adapt to new environments whether it be a in a different state or halfway around the world. The IACH Family Readiness Group understands that having a support team makes all the difference when families are preparing for a PCS, deployment or retirement. We are standing by to assist you through all the stages of your military career.

Our Mission

To ease the strain and stress associated with military-related separation for both family and deployed personnel and to enable our unit's family members to establish and operate a system through which they can effectively gather information, solve problems and maintain a system of mutual support.

Coping With Deployment

If you’re like many military families, you probably have mixed feelings when you learn that your loved one will be deployed. Deployment and the resulting separation can be a traumatic situation for the entire family.

Deployment can be broken down into three phases, pre-deployment, deployment and reunion, all of which bring different emotions and concerns. During the pre-deployment time, family members being left behind may experience feelings of resentment, anger, fear, and guilt, or become emotionally withdrawn. It’s also common for children to exhibit behavioral problems as a way to deal with their feelings. Once deployed, those at home may experience a sense of loss, loneliness and abandonment, or they may begin to worry more or struggle with anxiety. Even when the deployed family member is reunited with their family, problems can arise when re-connecting with each other and re-establishing individual role.

Although any phase can be a difficult time, it’s important to stay connected to your family. Before deployment, participate in as many activities you can as a family. During deployment, join a support group and have the whole family communicate as much as possible with the deployed family member. When your loved one returns home, give him or her enough space to make the necessary transition back to “home life” and to get reacquainted with everyone.

Coping techniques and realistic expectations during each phase of deployment can provide comfort, strengthen family relationships and make each transition easier for everyone. Your Family Support Center can provide you with more deployment information and resources.

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We are in constant need of volunteers. Whether you can volunteer 30 hours a month or 1 hour a month, we can use your help. We always need volunteers!

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502-624-8200
Ireland Army Community Hospital