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The resources here will help optimize family relationships before deployment—for families, couples, parents, and children.

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For Families

Deployment Checklist [PDF]
Useful for all service members, this checklist from the Navy’s Fleet and Family Support Centers covers potential legal issues, financial planning, emergency planning, and more.

Are You Ready? Guidelines for Navy Family Emergency Preparedness [PDF]
This booklet provides guidelines, checklists, protocols, tips, and resources to better prepare families for a variety of emergencies.

Family Emergency Plan
The Navy offers guidelines for families to protect themselves and be prepared for emergency situations.

Families with Children
This e-book explores children’s emotional responses across all phases of the deployment cycle and explains typical responses by age. It also discusses how parents can help their children cope

For Couples

Pre-Deployment Resilience Training for Spouses/Couples
The Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness program offers a 2-hour course highlighting what soldiers can expect and what families will experience at home, emphasizing skills that keep a family strong during separation. 

For Parents

Courage to Care for Me: Tips for Caring for Your Newborn and Yourself
From the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS), this brochure includes what military parents of newborns can expect, tips to help you and your baby settle in together, and tips to remember to take care of yourself.

Teens & Deployment: What to Expect and How to Help
This section of the Real Warriors website provides information about preparing your teen for a parent’s deployment, with typical teen responses. 

Talking to Your Kids About War
The Navy’s Combat and Operational Stress program has tips by age group about talking to your kids about war.

Preparing Children for Deployment
The Real Warriors website offers strategies to help spouses and children prepare for a deployment. 

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