Helping Children Cope During Deployment.

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This fact sheet contains useful informationfor parents and family caregivers to help children cope during a parents' deployment. Experts in military medicine and family trauma who understand the impact of deployment on families have written this fact sheet. It is in the form of commonly asked questions followed by their responses. It is important to remember that while deployments are stressful, they also provide opportunities for families to grow closer and stronger. The best way to help children cope is to 1) reassure them that the deployed parent is trained to do his/her job; 2) explain to children that they, too, have a job as part of the family at home who supports our troops and our nation; and, 3) communicate in ways that children can understand according to their age. (Author abstract)

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