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How to Talk to Your Children After Deployment

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Posted by Corina Notyce, DCoE Strategic Communications This blog post was written by Dr. Pam Murphy, a child psychologist at theNational Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), a Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury center. Before the deployment you talked with your kids about what they thought o... more

Friends and Family: Self-Care During a Deployment

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Honor Your Feelings Deployments can be especially hard on the parents of service members. Yet, despite the fear of losing one's child in wartime, much is expected of the parent. Your service member needs you to be strong for him. This can be emotionally exhausting. It's essential that you acknowledge your feelings and honor them. Create a space... more

Deployment: An Overview

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Strictly speaking, "deployment" refers to activities required to move military personnel and materials from a home installation to a specified destination. For servicemembers and families, it has come to mean much more: the preparations and personal needs that need to be taken care of at home before, during and after deployment. Deployment for ... more

8 Military Homecoming Tips

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1. "Semper Gumby" (be flexible). Be flexible about the plans you make surrounding homecoming; things can change at a moment’s notice. Expect change, and hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised when your service member arrives right on time or the homecoming happens just like you planned. 2. Communicate. Does your service member want a ... more

Talking to Children During a Deployment

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If your child is a teenager, you may want to engage him in a dialogue about some of the changes that the deployed parent may experience before she comes home. This conversation can be simple but should cover the possibility that the service member parent could be irritable, sad, short-tempered, or "different." Empower your teenager by enlisting ... more

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