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Military Homecoming: Things to Consider as a Family Member or Friend

The anticipation of a homecoming may come with many different feelings. It is understandable that you may be feeling anxious, excited, even worried all at once. As a family member or friend, you can be a key supporter for your service member as they return home from deployment – no matter if you live nearby or far away.

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National Guard and Reserves Reintegration

You’re coming home after a deployment. It’s been a long time coming and you deserve to celebrate. But it’s important to know what other adjustments you might face post-deployment.

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Returning From Deployment: Helping Your Family Transition

Armed with the right information and understanding, reuniting with your family after a deployment can go more smoothly for everyone. Educate yourself on what to expect upon reintegration, and be patient with yourself, your spouse and your kids. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Follow these eight tips to ease your adjustment.

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Veterans Affairs Benefits Available After Deployment

The Department of Veterans Affairs provides a variety of benefits for veterans, dependents and survivors based on active military service. For National Guard members, that means being federally activated to serve, and being discharged under conditions other than dishonorable.

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Get Help Balancing Your Military and Civilian Jobs

National Guard members have plenty of responsibilities to think about. Worrying about civilian job security shouldn’t be one of them. Get vital information on how to handle both your civilian career and National Guard career.

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Managing Your Emotions When Your Spouse Is Deployed

Having your spouse deployed can bring up a wide range of emotions, starting when you first learn about the deployment and continuing until well after your spouse has returned home.

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Tools to Help you Save for the Future

In the military, you learn to prepare for the future by using the tools at your disposal. Saving money is one important aspect of this. The more money you save, the more prepared you will be for opportunities or unexpected events that come your way. Read about several savings tools to help you get the most out of your military pay.

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When A Son or Daughter Deploys

Parents can experience a wide range of emotions regarding their son or daughter’s service in the National Guard, from pride in their accomplishments to fear for their safety.

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The Savings Deposit Program

If a combat deployment is in your future, be sure to learn about the Department of Defense Savings Deposit Program, a savings account that earns you 10% interest, before you deploy.

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Ins and Outs of Tax Filing When You Are Deployed

Deployed service members are expected to file their taxes. Fortunately, the Internal Revenue Service realizes service members and their families face unique circumstances and offers tools — and some special extensions — to make tax filing easier.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About the New Tax Laws

The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic led to some temporary changes in tax laws. These come on the heels of major tax reform – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Learn how you can take steps now to maximize your benefits and protect against an unexpected tax bill or penalty next year.

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15 Tips for Helping Your Teenager Deal With Deployment

Patience, communication and extra care can go a long way in comforting a teenager who is dealing with deployment. Knowing how to respond as a parent to the feelings associated with deployment will ensure a successful transition for everyone.

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Caregiving When Your Spouse Has a Combat Stress Injury

When your spouse returns from a deployment with a combat stress injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, it can affect everyone in the household. To do your best for your spouse — and for you — learn more about combat stress, what resources are available, and most importantly, how to care for yourself.