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Focus on Family: Know Before You Go

July 19, 2010


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.”


Army Spouse Shares Deployment Tips, Describes Family Life

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. Story

‘Single’ Fathers Uphold Dual Obligations

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. Story

Deployed Air Force Couple to Share How They Cope

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. Story | Video

Fleet, Family Support Center Eases Individual Augmentee Deployments

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



Over the years I have sat down with many families who are preparing for a deployment. They come to me with questions and anxiety, whether it’s their first deployment or their fourteenth, and that’s understandable. I find that no two deployments are the same. That’s because life is constantly changing. In today’s world, that means the paper trail of our lives is also changing. Story


Check out the American Forces Press Service "Family Matters Blog." Elaine Wilson, editor and writer for American Forces Press Services, produces the “Family Matters” blog to provide resources and support to military families, as well as to encourage a dialogue on topics ranging from deployments and separations to the challenges of everyday life. Blog