Military deployment is tough on families. Over the years, research has shown that deployment is linked to poor mental health, behavioral problems in children, increased divorced rates, and higher suicide rates. And while additional studies have shown that families are often able to rebound once the service member returns and becomes reintegrated into family life, it doesn’t negate the hardships that are experienced while they’re away. If you happen to know a military family and are wondering what you can do to help as the United States prepares to deploy some 3,000 troops to the Middle East, continue reading.
Offer to do school drop-offs or pick-ups Occasionally
Families rely upon systems and routines to keep the household afloat. When one parent is removed from the equation due to deployment, it can throw a family’s entire routine off, as it is now up to one parent to keep the entire household running smoothly. One way that you can help to take a load off their shoulders is by offering to occasionally drop the kids off to school in the morning or pick them up in the afternoons.