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.
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
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emotionally withdrawn.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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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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