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Support Systems During Deployments

When my soldier deploys overseas to a war zone, support is definitely a necessity.

In my experience, those with the strongest support network are also the ones who survive the deployment experience the best and come out on the other end better for the experience.

Regardless of if you live on post or hundreds of miles away, building a support network is something that must be done. And contrary to popular belief, you do not have to live on post to get the support that you need.

Think about these possible support groups:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Other Army Spouses
  • Family Readiness Group (Virtual FRG for those who don’t live close to post)
  • Spouse Club
  • Groups at your local armory
  • Online groups: Facebook, message boards

For me, other Army spouses have always been the best source of support. While the ones I knew in person were often great, my online friends were the ones who also helped to get me through tough times.

Often, they didn’t even realize what they were doing since I wasn’t allowed to explicitly say online that my husband was deployed.

If you are used to in-person support, online support at first may not seem like a great alternative.

But I found it to be very refreshing and I was able to ask questions and share thoughts that I may not otherwise want to do when I was face to face with friends.

Not to mention, sometimes you just need to talk to someone who isn’t affiliated with your soldier’s unit.

Where have you gone for support? What avenues of support do you find best?

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Stacey Abler
Stacey's husband joined the Army in 2003 and was medically retired after four deployments. She enjoys sharing her experiences and expertise around Army life while continuing to support Army spouses and families in their military journey.

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  1. What are some tips about dealing with your love one deploying? I just got engaed to a military man, and Im only 18 and hes 19. Can you even surive it?

  2. Be very leary girl. Have you spoken to him in person? Has he asked you for money? I would be very careful to make sure you don’t get scammed in your desperation to be stable. Don’t leave to another country with someone you don’t know well is another thing you should be concerned with. So many things happen. Please be careful. And good luck!!

  3. As a veteran, I am just amazed at what is going on out there. I believed I was fairly knowledgeable on this issue, but I have learned about some new scams. One site I am dubious about is Berlson Consulting. Claims to be an Army brat, but refers to a Court Martial, as a court marshal. HMMMM? Maybe this guy needs to checked out. I found his site by searching for FAKE MILITARY.

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