This guide was created for parents, relatives, teachers, service members, and community members to help children and youth cope with separation from a parent due to military deployment. Because children can be seriously affected by the absence of a parent orboth parents, it is important for those adults closest to the child to be educated and informed about separations and deployment and how to help childrenadapt to these changes. This guide was written with children ages 7-18 in mind. (Author abstract modified)
This book highlights the experiences of six women living on an Army post in Baumholder, Germany whose husbands are deployed to Iraq. The women were interviewed biweekly between April 2003 and August 2004. They describe the pressures of single-parenthood, battles with alcoholism and depression, marital strife, the strength and comfort that come with the support of close friends, and their fear of death during the 15 months of deployment. Their relationships with their husbands and with the community are discussed, as well as their own quest to cope with the deployment. 27 references.
Designed for children in military families, this journal encourages children to express their feelings about deployment. Writing prompts guide children to discuss their feelings about the deployed person, their feelings about the deployment, where the person is deployed, daily life for the service member, saying goodbye, planning activities during the deployment, their loneliness and fears, and planning for the homecoming. Information sheets are included for countries where the service member might be deployed. The journal also lists ideas for helping at home, ideas for letters and packages,…