What does military deployment really mean for families? We are all familiar with the notion of deployments, meaning that a military family member is leaving loved ones to serve our country. But for military families, there is much more involved than the actual separation.
The deployment process begins well before the soldier leaves on a mission. Each phase in the cycle has implications not only for the service member but also the entire family.
If you are not part of a military family, you may think that deployment is filled with stress and negative implications for families going through the experience. Although many families see deployments as stressful, they also see it as part of the military lifestyle (and research supports this view).
Families may walk away from the deployment with a newfound sense of resiliency, better relationships and a sense of positive growth for individuals and the family unit as a whole.