Since September 11, 2001, American military service personnel and their families have experienced a deployment cycle unlike any other time in history. The operational demands of recurring deployments to combat zones is challenging for the Service member, but that same deployment also affects each member of their family. Having a primary caretaker deployed to a war zone is among the more stressful events a child can experience. Adults dealing with their own distress are often anxious and uncertain about how to respond to their children’s emotional needs. The strain on the entire family unit can leads to complicated emotions at any stage of the deployment cycle.
Here you will find a variety of topics and resources to help before and during a deployment, as well as at homecoming.