Deployment

Yellow_ribbonIf you are lucky throughout your job as a military spouse you may avoid a deployment, but as luck has it majority of military spouses will go through a deployment.  In this section, we will highlight how to make deployments as bearable as possible with ideas on care packages, ways to keep yourself busy, ideas on how to make children have as positive experience and more!  One thing to remember is deployment is part of our spouses job.  They know what they signed up for but life changes with family members being added and so on.  Deployment is hard on everyone, the active duty member, the family members and the family afar.  One thing to remember is to stay positive and upbeat.  We will focus this section on how to make deployment as positive as possible with tips I have learned along the way.  My husband has completed 4 deployments over 6 months with one deployment only receiving a 2 week notice of the deployment which makes it very stressful.  Stay tune as we will be posting lots of tips and of course if you have anything you want to share please share away!! 

Preparing

Preparing for a deployment is difficult and time consuming but a must.  It is usually something we don’t want to do because as we complete one task we are a day closer to the inevitable deployment day.  First thing you should do is to sit with your spouse (active duty member) and discuss what needs to be done.  The active duty member will be told by their chain of command what steps needs to be done like updating a will with legal, physicals and more.  It is important as a spouse that you sit down and discuss these as you may need to update beneficiaries on policies and so forth.