For families with young children, deployments can be especially difficult. However, there are ways for parents to stay connected to their children while they are apart. In addition, there are ways in which the public can get involved and offer support for these families.
For Families Facing Deployment
Families who have previously gone through a deployment offer these suggestions to help young families:
- Military One Source provides free books, DVDs, CDs, and other resources for military children who may struggle while a family member is deployed. Families can order these materials by clicking here, or by calling 1-800-342-9647.
- Web Cams: These allow children to continue special rituals with their deployed loved one, such as blowing kisses or singing songs.
How the Public Can Help
Many families do not live on a base, so they have few support services available to them. Caring friends and neighbors can assist these families by offering the following skills, talents and free time:
- Repair skills
- Babysitting ability
- Grocery delivery
- Lawn/garden care
- General household tasks (taking the trash out, walking the dog)
For more information and/or services to support families, contact the Child Guidance Program at 918-594-4720