Military deployment is hard for the whole family. While the military service member is the one most affected by the separation, the whole family feels the loss. As the service member prepares to move out and be separated from the family, anxiety can start to build up. You know that you will not see each other for a few months, sometimes a year. The prospect of a very long separation can make one feel very depressed.
You spouse or partner who will be left behind will have to bear the brunt of raising the family alone. Your kids will have to deal with the absence of a parent. And your parents, they will have to get used to the constant worry that comes with having a child in the middle of a battlefield.
The truth is, the sacrifice that comes with your deployment is not exclusive. Everyone who loves you will feel the pain, worry, and danger that you will have to face. This is why preparing for deployment should be a family affair.
Here are a few things you can look into to help you manage this difficult time in your life.