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Deployment is on many people’s mind these days.  But troops are constantly deploying, which means we need to be ready for our loved ones to be deployed.  Typically, there is plenty of notice before a unit deploys, but not always.  I’m not saying that to panic you; I’m saying it so you will be prepared should that situation occur in your world.

What do you need to discuss?  How often do you need to discuss it?  Who is the “right person” to have the discussion?

My rule of thumb is:

    • Ask annually
    • Take what your loved one says seriously….meaning if they have someone local handling the details, just say “glad you have someone” instead of being hurt that it isn’t you.
      • If your loved one is married or headed to marriage, still check in but assume that their spouse will handle all of the details
    • Ask whenever your loved one changes units, locations or chain of command

Continue to scroll for downloadable information to prepare you for deployment, annual and/or long term training, and family emergencies needing Red Cross intervention.

If your loved one is already deployed, stop by our Family support section to find a local chapter.  You can request support in the form of cards or boxes by following this link.

If you aren’t part of our Facebook community, now is a great time to join!

Facebook page

Facebook group

Check out these helpful links:

DOD sponsored social media pages

DOD Resources for Families


And as always, you are stronger than you think, your loved one is trained and prepared for this moment and we are here if you need us.


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