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American Red Cross Offers Class to Help Families Cope with Military Deployments

(Wilkes-Barre, PA), February 10th, 2014 – The Wyoming Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is offering Coping With Deployments: Psychological First Aid for Military Families, on February 25th at 6 p.m. at the American Red Cross Wyoming Valley Chapter. This important class addresses the stress and strain of deployments on military families and provides helpful tools for managing these challenges.

“While all branches of service pay increased attention to helping service members to cope with the psychological stress of combat, the Red Cross believes it’s just as important to ensure families are ready too,” said Jen Pierce, Service to the Armed Forces and International Services Director. “Loved ones often face their own challenges when a family member deploys and we don’t want to overlook their needs.”

Licensed Red Cross mental health professionals lead participants through information and discussions designed to help them respond to the challenges of having deployed loved ones. The course is targeted to spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others of service members and veterans. Participants learn the easy steps involved in psychological first aid- which involves providing immediate emotional support to people in distress. A section on referrals also teaches families how to identify other agencies or community resources they can turn to for help and support. All of this happens in a supportive and confidential environment.

The course is approximately 4 ½ hours in length and can be divided into an adult module (2 ½ hours) or a children’s module (2 hours). The children’s module specifically teaches adults how to help young people through the stressful changes that accompany a deployment in the family. The course is free to members of the military and their families. This course it is taught in a confidential environment. The Red Cross Military Families Support Group at the Wyoming Valley Chapter will meet monthly and is open to everyone that is currently separated from a loved one in the military.

To register for this class or to ask for more information; contact Janet Dzuranin at your local Red Cross chapter via phone 570-810-9093 or email

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.