Deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom are very stressful times for citizen-soldiers and their families. At each stage of the deployment cycle there is a mix of emotional and physical reactions.
The heightened anxiety prior to deployment, stress effects during the many months of deployment and problems re-integrating with the family and work following deployment can present challenges to the soldier and family never before confronted.
Recognizing the changes that occur, and having a plan to cope with the stressors, are important to successfully deal with deployments.
There are many resources available to citizen-soldiers and their loved ones. Families are encouraged to link with a Family Readiness Group (FRG) for support and information during the deployment cycle.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) released two guidebooks in 2010.
One is directed at Police Officers returning from deployment and another is a “Leaders” guidebook for administrators of public safety agencies.
The family guidebook (PDF) focuses on the families of military veterans in law enforcement. The guide will not only help families understand their obligations and expectations through the deployment cycle, but will detail the interaction that their spouses will experience between the military and law enforcement communities. Information on what law enforcement agencies can do to support the families of their deployed officers is also included. It is encouraged that law enforcement leaders provide this guide to the families of Guard and Reserve service members in their agency.
Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP)
The Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high-quality deployment-related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families.
Additionally, the following two links may be helpful: