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T hroughout the different stages of deployment a wide range of emotions are experienced, but did you know that most of these are normal?  Experts have created classes, programs, and other resources to help you understand and cope with those emotions.  This information is available to you through your Family Readiness Group (FRG),  Community Service Center and even online.  They key to surviving, and even thriving during a deployment is education through Family Readiness.




The Emotional Stages of Deployment and Resources:


* Stabilization of Marriage:

Relative tranquility. A partner to share the joys and responsibilities of life.


* Anticipation of Separation:

Detachment is beginning. Denial, shock, anger, frustration, rejection.


* Emotional disorganization:

Despair, irritability, confusion, loneliness, sleeplessness, overwhelmed by responsibility.


* Stabilization of Separation: 

Calm, confidence, detachment, self-assured, adjusting to being alone.


* Anticipation of Return:

Joy, hope, excitement, expectation, appreciation.


* Emotional Readjustment:

Reintegration of marriage and family. Disappointment, ecstasy, change, relief, guilt.


* Stabilization of Marriage:

Relative tranquility. A partner to share the joys and responsibilities of life.



Click here for more information,

self-assessments, videos and more for all stages of deployment.



Before you go:


Stop by the Fort Leonard Wood USO to learn about the programs available

for deploying Soldiers and their Families.




Not near a military installation?


The Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) can help!

JFSAP's primary focus of support is families who are geographically dispersed from military installations. Services are delivered in local communities through collaborative partnerships with Federal, State, and local resources.

Army Community Covenant

A program is designed to foster and sustain effective state and community partnerships with the Army to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their Families, both at their current duty stations and as they transfer to other states. It is a formal commitment of support by state and local communities to Soldiers and Families of the Army - Active, Guard and Reserve.


Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront (OH) provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
Through generous, widespread public support and a collaborative team of exceptional staff and volunteers, we aspire to become the provider of choice for emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Where there is a need we do not provide, we will partner with others for the benefit of our military families




Remember OPSEC!

Watch what you say, tweet, e-mail or blog and keep you and your Soldier safe!


Army Community Service (ACS) offers comprehensive and effective programs which promote self-reliance, resiliency, and stability.  Classes and resources are available on relationships, parenting, relocation, finances, deployment, volunteering, employment and more. 573-596-0212.

Your unit's Family Readiness Group (FRG) is usually your best resource and contact during a deployment. The volunteers of the FRG work closely with the Rear Detachment Commander to keep you informed.





Book CoverDesigned to address the full spectrum of emotions that accompany a military deployment.
Preview Here




OPREADY Book CoverDesigned to be used by Soldiers and Family Members in the Active, Guard and Reserve Components. This handbook helps Families gear up for the various stages within the deployment cycle providing tips, ideas and resources that can be used.
Download Here



"Your Soldier; Your Army": A Parents Guide

Mrs. Cody turns her own 30-year experience as the wife and mother of Soldiers into advice and consolation for other parents with deploying children.






DVD CoverA bi-lingual educational outreach initiative designed for military and their small children
View Online





Is your Soldier deploying as an Individual or in a small group?



In contrast to a Service member that deploys with a ship, squadron or unit, a Service member who leaves their assigned unit or command to deploy individually or with a small group is known as an Individual Augmentee (IA). Families of IAs face some unique challenges and can often feel like they are going through the deployment alone. If your Service member is deployed as an IA and you are in need of support or assistance, you are encouraged to contact your Rear Detachment and connect with your Unit's Family Readiness Group. If you are experiencing any issues or have concerns but are not sure where to turn please e-mail your Family Readiness Support Office for further assistance.



Social Groups and Counselors




Hearts Apart: A social support group through your local Army Community Service (ACS) for Family members who are separated from their Soldier due to deployment, TDY or PCS.  (Also called Waiting Families.) 573-596-0212

Military Family Life Consultants: Consultants can help people who are having trouble coping with concerns and issues of daily life. Flexible appointment times & meeting locations, *Confidential, No Records Kept

(573)934-5446 and (573)934-5328

*Duty to warn does apply in cases of threat to self, others, and any reportable abuse issues.





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