Caring for a Deployed Service Member's Child

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Deployments can be challenging for children. Before the service member deploys, make sure you understand their wishes and some of the potential challenges awaiting you during this period. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Have a family care plan.
  • Use resources available through the Family Readiness System.
  • Reach out when you need help — it's available.

Designated caregivers need to know how to access military resources, especially if they're not familiar with military life. Resources and support are available through the Family Readiness System — a network of programs, support services, people and agencies. To find the nearest Military and Family Support Center visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS or call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647.

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