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What can I do to prepare my child for my spouse's deployment?  
Deployments can be very difficult on families, particularly on children. Depending on the age of a child, it is important for the child to have some understanding of what a deployment is why his/her parent must go away. It is also important for the child to maintain some form of normalcy in his/her daily routine as well as to maintain contact with his/her parent during the time the parent is deployed whether it be via the phone, Internet or mail. Some parents record audio and/or videotapes of themselves reading bedtime stories before they deploy so the young child can hear his/her parent's voice while they are separated. Your Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader may have other suggestions, as might your military community's Deployment Readiness Coordinator. There are also many deployment resources available online to assist you with activities and advice for helping children cope before, during and after a parent's deployment.
Keywords: separation anxiety, TDY, Deploy, children

Question & Answer Service Providers  
Service ProviderReferenceMeans of Delivery
Army Community Service Deployment Readiness Installation Operation Ready Handbook; Classes Publication
Family Program Coordinator US Army National Guard Verbal
Family Readiness Group Verbal
Soldier and Family Assistance Program Manager US ARMY RECRUITING COMMAND (USAREC) Pamphlet 608-5 A Guide for Soldier and Family Assistance Programs Verbal
U.S. Army Reserve Family Program Director Verbal

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