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Since 9/11, military families have been experiencing longer and more frequent deployments. Whether a family has been through several deployments or this is the first time they will be separated from a loved one, this experience can be intimidating and confusing.

Each military family is unique and different, and will customize a new every day routine to adjust to the deployment. Recognizing that no two families or deployments are the same, the Department of Defense and the Services have developed resources that adapt to different family situations.  Active duty families stationed at installations, National Guard and Reserve living far from a base or post, and parents and loved ones of service members all have resources tailored to their specific needs.

Preparing for a successful deployment starts with your own family. This section provides information on what to expect regarding communication with the service member during the deployment, who to go to for information, assistance when the service member is gone, and what support services are available. Also, there are helpful steps on how to prepare for a deployment, the ensuing reunion, and how to find additional daycare. This is a stressful time for a military family, and utilizing this section can help manage the challenges and make the best of the experience.

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