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Red Cross Helps Military Families Reconnect After Deployment

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Separation and reunification pose unique opportunities as well as challenges for all family members. The Red Cross, with support from Walmart, developed a series of workshops to assist all military families in managing the family’s readjustment.

As more members of the military return after long deployments in the service of our country, the American Red Cross stands ready to provide support to help veterans and their families readjust to life back home. On May 11, 2013, the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, in partnership with Walmart, will host a Reconnection Workshop at the Headquarters/Disaster Operations Center located at 2111 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207.

This facilitated session is called “Communicating Clearly” and will focus on building skills to enhance positive reconnections with armed forces personnel and their families following a military deployment.

“Deployments are a fact of life in the military,” said Trish Smitson, CEO of the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region. “Whether a service member’s absence is due to a training exercise, sea duty, combat, or duty in a remote location, separation and reunification pose unique opportunities as well as challenges for all family members. The American Red Cross, with support from Walmart, developed a series of workshops to assist all military families in managing the family’s readjustment to the service member’s return.”

Specially trained and licensed Red Cross mental health professionals lead participants through information and discussions designed to help them identify and respond to the challenges of readjusting to and transitioning back to a changed family dynamic. The workshops are targeted to service members and their spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others. Topics include Communicating Clearly, Exploring Stress and Trauma, Identifying Depression, Relating to Children, and Working through Anger. Participants can choose to participate in any or all of the workshops.

Workshops are free to military members and their families and occur in a supportive and confidential environment. Each workshop is approximately 2 hours in length. Participants can take them in any order and select those most applicable to their situation.

For more information about the current workshop being offered or to register call (513) 579-3970. For future workshops go to www.redcross.org/oh/cincinnati.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region serves a 36-county area in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana. American Red Cross and the United Way of Greater Cincinnati-partners in fundraising. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org/oh/cincinnati.