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Reconnecting After Deployment Takes Time

When the day for homecoming draws near, military couples are wise to prepare to reconnect after deployment as the service member re-enters life on the home front. Just as it takes time to learn...

Four Healthy Benefits of Journaling During Deployment

Self-care and self-expression are important for military spouses going through the stresses of deployment, and journaling during deployment provides both, says Rachel Robertson, author of the Deployment Journal for Spouses (3rd edition) Memories and...

Deployment Holiday Separations: Finding Reasons to Celebrate

Being apart during deployment is always a challenge, and holiday separations add another dimension. Fortunately, military families are resilient and resourceful. Rachel Robertson, educator, and author of Deployment Journal for Spouses (3rd edition) Memories and...

Deployment Goodbye: Preparation Eases Departure Sorrow

Preparing for deployment doesn't begin with saying goodbye. For a military family, this preparation begins days or even weeks before the deployment goodbye. When a family talks about being apart before the deployment begins,...

Supporting Deployed Sons and Daughters

Parenting has challenges at every stage of life. When a son or daughter is a member of the military, one of those challenges might include deployment. Even if you’ve had a deployed spouse, the...

Family Reunion: Reminders for a Smooth Transition

There are challenges throughout a military deployment—from the call to duty through the months of separation. However, it's important to recognize one of the greatest challenges of deployment: adjusting to being a family together...