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The following publications provide additional information on deployment support to educate service providers.

Department of Defense

Coming Home: A Guide for Parents, Extended Family Members, or Friends of Service Members Returning from Mobilization/Deployment The Coming Home guide series provides information and tips for service members, spouses, and family and friends for the return of service members from deployment. The guide for friends and extended family members lists tips for what to expect during reunion with the service member and how to make the reunion easier.

Coming Home: A Guide for Service Members Returning from Mobilization/Deployment The Coming Home guide series provides information and tips for service members, spouses, and family and friends for the return of service members from deployment. The guide for service members lists tips for reuniting with his/her spouse, children, or family and friends.

Coming Home: A Guide for Spouses of Service Members Returning from Mobilization/Deployment The Coming Home guide series provides information and tips for service members, spouses, and family and friends for the return of service members from deployment. The guide for spouses lists tips on what to expect during reunion from both the service member and children.

Guard and Reserve Family Member Benefits Guide This guide, provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, lists military benefits and privileges for family members of Reserve Component service members and includes eligibility requirements as well as where family members can receive additional assistance.

Mobilization and Deployment Information and Resources Guide This guide, provided by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, provides National Guard and Reserve service members with information to assist them in performing their military duties.

Emotional Cycles of Deployment Published by the Deployment Health and Family Readiness Library, this resource defines the emotional stages family members go through during a deployment.

Personal and Family Readiness Toolkit, January 2006 Published by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, this guide provides a wealth of information for National Guard and Reserve service members to help prepare them and their families for potential deployments.

Army

Army Reserve Financial Readiness Program (FRP) This guide outlines the responsibilities of leaders and Soldiers and provides information on financial topics such as military pay and how it changes during mobilization and deployment, the mobilization/deployment process, travel pay information, and policies concerning the government travel charge card.

Mobilization and Deployment Support to Army Families Information Paper, August 15, 2002 This information paper provides background information on support provided to Soldiers and their families during mobilization and deployments.

Soldier/Family Deployment Survival Handbook Published by the Family Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Command (FMWRC) of the Army, this handbook provides details on deployment separation, a special section on topics unique to the Reserve Component, and an additional section on resources for Soldiers and family members.

Soldier/Spouse Pre-deployment Checklist This checklist notes various issues that Soldiers and spouses should cover prior to the deployment of a service member. Topics include automotive concerns, contact information, and financial, legal, medical, and security/safety measures.

Marine Corps

Return and Reunion Guides These publications are designed to assist Marine Corps families through the reintegration process.

Air Force

Air Force Readiness EDGE: A Guide to Support Commanders and Supervisors with the Services of the Air Force Integrated Delivery System This guide supports commanders and supervisors responsible for sponsors and family members involved in deployment and at the home front for the Air Force. The guide provides commanders and supervisors with checklists that identify deployment and operational stressors and explains specific behaviors and concerns related to deployment stress with tailored support to pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment.

Air Force Readiness EDGE: A Guide to Support Family Members with the Services of the Air Force Integrated Delivery System This guide is designed to support family members whose sponsors are involved in deployment and mobilization. This guide provides checklists that identify potential family stressors, explains specific behaviors and concerns related to deployment and post-deployment, and provides links to additional websites.

Other Guides

Coping with a Deployment Extension Developed by Military OneSource, Coping with a Deployment Extension is a guide designed to explain how family members may be feeling, how to cope as a family, how to handle practical matters, and how family members can support their service members.

When Your Son or Daughter Deploys Developed by Military OneSource, this tip sheet for parents of deployed service members provides information on preparing for deployment, managing emotions, remaining in contact with the service member, and preparing for the return of their child.


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A young child hugging her stuffed teddy bear. Deployments can be hard for our younger children to understand. This board book is designed to provide reassurance and comfort to a young child who is separated from a military parent because of deployment. Each book has an insert for a photo of the deployed parent. A Mommy or Daddy version can be ordered from Military OneSource.


Teacher helping a student in the classroom. It is important to communicate regularly with your child's teachers from kindergarten through high school. A deployment can make it hard to stay involved with your child's teachers. With the use of communication technologies and a little advanced planning, you can stay involved with your child's school life throughout your deployment.

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