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MILITARY

Those who serve in the United States military have a proud and long-standing tradition of protecting our country. This mission continues today as our military spans the globe to protect America against ever-changing threats. With ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other military action around the world, military personnel and their families continue to face the stress of war on a daily basis. Recent history concerning multiple recalls to duty and elongated tours of duty add to the worry and concern of all persons with loved ones in the military. Handling the pressure and stress of military service requires on-going use of stress management strategies. Some suggested strategies from military personnel and families include:

  1. Stay connected with other military members and families as much as possible in order to share strength and support, as well as having a place to share concerns with those who are in similar circumstances and truly understand.
  2. Broaden your support network by joining community groups that will support you and your family in your times of need, and to whom you can lend your support.
  3. Utilize exercise, a healthy diet, and recreation to keep stress and worry from overwhelming you and your family.
  4. Don't hesitate to seek professional help if you feel you need more support. Contact your local VA Hospital or Ombudsman office for information on where to go for help.

To assist children and families in preparing for and coping with the deployment of a loved one to Iraq, Afghanistan or other venue, 7-Dippity created the Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of War and Terrorism material. For more information and to download the material, please click on the link below:

Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of War and Terrorism

Helping Children Cope with the Challenges of War and Terrorism

Recently, large-scale disasters such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina have forced many military personnel to act as responders for the civilian population. These added duties have brought about a set of stressors that some military personnel are not accustomed to. Advice on the best ways to prepare for and cope with such challenges is best offered by military personnel who have experienced similar events. Some of this advice is captured in the "Our Challenges, Our Responses" book developed by 7-Dippity for 9/11 responders to the Pentagon and their family members. Click below to download the book:

Our Challenges, Our Responses

Our Challenges, Our Responses