Separations from loved ones are part of the job when you are a Marine. They are hard on everyone and can be especially challenging for children. Children often do not understand where you are going, what you are doing, or when you are coming back. Staying in touch with loved ones while you are away can be reassuring for those left at home and help ease their concerns. Below are some tips to help you stay connected to your child, your young siblings, or any other children who are important to you.
You can also encourage your family to use the Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS) program, which helps address stresses related to military life. FOCUS offerings range from consultations and trainings to programs designed to help your kids, such as teaching children how to talk about stress or other feelings they may have during deployment. Go here to find out if your installation offers FOCUS and how to contact them.
If you have concerns about how your child is handling the separation, there are resources available. The Family Advocacy Program, New Parent Support Program, and Community Counseling Program are all available to help both parents and children of all ages. Contact Military OneSource at
800.342.9647 for additional resources and information.
Marine Corps Families are an integral part of our Corps. Our spouses and children play a vital role in mission success by serving alongside their Marine. We salute the resiliency, independence, and support, members of the Marine Corps community provide.
Whether your Marine is deployed for three months or one year, it is possible for your relationship to grow closer during your time apart by considering these suggested ideas.
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