The joy of homecoming is followed by a transition period as the entire family readjusts to being together. Family dynamics often change during the service member’s absence, with partners assuming new roles and responsibilities, children who have grown and matured, and new family routines and schedules established. Both the service member and his/her family may have multiple challenges to manage as they readjust to these changes, reestablish bonds and confront the many details of managing a household. If the service member experiences long-term health problems that are sometimes prevalent after deployment, such as depression, Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), the entire family has an additional challenge to manage.
The American Red Cross offers multiple skill-building opportunities to help service members and veterans—as well as their families and support systems—identify and cope effectively with the unique challenges that arise after a deployment and can linger, long after leaving the military, if left unaddressed.