Tips on Coping While Your Son or Daughter is Deployed to a War Zone
You’re not alone
When a loved one is deployed, fluctuating emotions such as pride, anger, fear, and bitterness can add to the distress of uncertainty. Some people will try to get back into the routine of life as soon as possible to regain a sense of control, but others will have difficulty focusing for some time.
Both reactions are common responses to crisis and/or stress. The intensity of your feelings will decrease as time passes and you focus attention on day-to-day activities. Because everybody experiences stress differently, don’t compare your “progress” with others around you or judge other people’s reactions and emotions.
You or someone you know may already be experiencing some of the following signs of the emotional impact of this stress, or these symptoms may arise over the coming weeks and months. Many of these feelings are “normal” during times of stress:
Suggestions for Families of Those Going to War
Coping When a Family Member Has Been Called to War. A National Center for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Fact Sheet by Julia Whealin, Ph.D. & Ilona Pivar, Ph.D.
Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Mom’s Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Home Front by Elaine Lowry Brye
Battles Of The Heart: Boot Camp For Military Moms by Tracie Ciambotti
Mom’s Field Guide: What You Need to Know to Make It Through Your Loved One’s Military Deployment by Sandy Doell
Psalm 91 Military Edition: God’s Shield of Protection by Peggy Joyce Ruth
While My Solider Serves: Prayers for Those with Loved Ones in the Military by Edie Melson
The Heart of a Military Mom by Army Mom Strong
Rise Up Military Moms: A Journal for Living Life with Strength and Purpose by Army Mom Strong
Military Mom Prayer Journal by Army Mom Strong