Deployment can be difficult for your family. Try to communicate with your family members any feelings and concerns you may have prior to, during, and after deployment and encourage them to do the same. Set aside time to discuss the deployment as a family. Communicating will help everyone to better cope.
Although you may be very busy while deployed, it is important for you and your family and friends to stay in touch. Try to set aside time on a regular basis to communicate with them.
It’s not uncommon to experience emotional difficulty during and after your deployment. Don’t be afraid to seek help if you do. There are support resources available to you and people who can help.
Deployment of a parent or family member can be particularly difficult for children. Here are some ways to help children cope.