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    What to Send Someone Who is Deployed
    Receiving a care package from home can be a real morale booster for a deployed service member. Choosing and packing the content...
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    Deployment: An Overview
    Strictly speaking, "deployment" refers to activities required to move military personnel and materials from a home installation...
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    Guard and Reserve Deployment: Pay Benefits
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    Maintaining Operational Security With Social Media|
    It's as easy as a click of a mouse or a tap on a smartphone, and in a few seconds sensitive Army information might be shared th...
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    How Deployment Stress Affects Families
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    What are the effects of deployment on families? Even when we are not at war, military families often deal with stresses such a...
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    Deployment: Medical Benefits|
    Active Duty Medical Benefits As you prepare for deployment, be sure to review your current medical coverage, and decide whethe...
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    Freeze Your Credit While You're Deployed|
    When you receive orders to deploy, you need to be able to focus on the upcoming mission. To do this, you'll want to ensure your...
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    Husband, Wife Go Through Deployment Together
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    CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan  — During a deployment, most Marines are separated from their families, but for one married coupl...

Deployment and Job Security

One of the biggest stresses of being called up to active duty is wondering whether your job will be waiting for you when you return. What can you do to ensure that you pick up your life smoothly after you serve your country? Remember these tips:

1. Know Your Rights: There are many federal (and also state) laws in place to protect you, first and foremost being the Uniformed Services Employment And Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Be sure to familiarize yourself with this Act, and check with state offices to see what other benefits and protection you qualify for.

2. Avoid Job Conflicts: Don't take your employer's support for granted, and be sure to work with him or her to make your transition in and out of the military as smooth as possible. Our Guide to Avoiding Job Conflicts should help.

3. Use Your Support Services: Be sure to check out the National Committee For Employer Support Of The Guard And Reserve (ESGR), which will help both you and your employer. Visit the official ESGR Website, and you will find resources, guides, useful services and much more.

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