Deployment Resources

Deployment Resources

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Deployment Coping Strategies

Pre-Deployment Coping Strategies
  • Communicate openly, honestly and often
  • Encourage family discussion
  • Involve family in many aspects of preparation for separation
  • Begin journaling
  • Participate in pre-deployment briefings and information sessions
  • Take family pictures
  • Do low stress but special activities together
  • Set realistic goals for yourself during deployment
  • Accept your feelings as normal reactions
  • Practice patience with yourself and family members
  • Keep your last week together free of time consuming and stressful commitments
  • Create meaningful family time – quality versus quantity
Deployment Coping Strategies
  • Keep in touch about every day events – maintain journal or log
  • Begin and end phone calls or emails on a positive note
  • Assist in maintaining communication between family and deployed member through regular emails, letters, phone calls, etc.
  • Maintain healthy lifestyle – exercise and eat a balanced diet
  • Ignore rumors and rely on official sources of information
  • Enjoy new learned skills, freedom or independence
  • Celebrate accomplishments and positive growths in self and family
  • Offer empathy and support to others, when possible
  • Seek professional support if feelings of depression/anxiety are threatening to overwhelm
  • Share both negative and positive emotions and feelings
  • Express expectations and desires for homecoming
  • Reassure your partner of your love and commitment with what you say and do
Post Deployment Coping Strategies
  • Communicate often and honestly, accept feelings as normal and not a threat to the relationship
  • Try to be patient with your partner, yourself and your children
  • Renegotiate household roles and responsibilities
  • Seek professional support for stress management and be aware of the signs of PTSD
  • Follow through with promises made during deployment
  • Relax and enjoy your life and family
  • Share what you have learned with others
Identify what worked well in your planning and what could be improved