A servicemember’s experience from one deployment to another is never the same. Neither is that of a military family. We reached out to servicemembers to share how they prepare with their military family for time apart. Whether you are a servicemember in a dual-military household with a spouse deploying or two spouses getting ready to deploy, it’s important to be prepared and to, “know before you go.”
WASHINGTON, July 15, 2010 – Sheet protectors, a frank discussion ahead of time and an 8x10 photo taped to the car seat -- these are a few of the tips Army spouse and mother Rebekah Sanderlin has come up with to help cope with family separations after more than a half-dozen deployments.
ARLINGTON, June 23, 2010 — His routine sets in like clockwork when his alarm sounds at 5 a.m. With an hour and forty-five minutes to get to work, he showers, gets his daughter ready for daycare, drops her off and heads to base.
SAN ANTONIO, June 22, 2010 – The first time Tech. Sgt. Christina Gamez's husband deployed, she wanted to do everything herself, frustrating friends who wanted to help her. This time, she knows she will need her support network. She too is scheduled to deploy soon after her husband leaves this fall.
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WASHINGTON, June 17, 2010 – Fleet and Family Support Center's Individual Deployment Support Specialist program provides assistance to individual augmentee sailors and their families. Story | Video