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The Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of deployment support programs to assist Commands, Sailors and their families.

Pre-Deployment


Fleet and Family Support Centers offer programs to ensure you are ready for deployment.Whether an experienced deployer or a first-timer, preparation is necessary to ensure Sailors and their families are prepared for deployments.

Fleet and Family Support Centers assist Sailors and their families in understanding and coping with the demands associated with the Navy lifestyle, especially with increased frequency of deployments with the goal of improving readiness.

The goal of deployment programs is to ensure the readiness and safety of each military member and to improve the quality of life of each family member, regardless of the length of their career or experiences thus far. The Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of deployment support programs to assist commands, Sailors and their families.

During Deployment


Fleet and Family Support Centers focus on families during deployments. We offer programs and services that will empower you, so take advantage of some of the many services available to Sailors and their families:

Get to know your Ombudsmen. Make sure you’re a part of the communication link between your unit and your Ombudsman.
Make friends and help others by becoming involved in your Family Readiness Group.  Find a new job. The Family Employment Readiness Program can help.


Volunteer!


Get a handle on your finances. Get assistance through the FFSC's Personal Financial Management Program.


Life Skills, such as anger management, parenting, stress and finances, can be learned and mastered.


It’s absolutely normal to want to talk to someone when your spouse is deployed. Everyone needs to share feelings, to vent, to ask, to find solutions with people who can help. Your FFSC understands this. Call the FFSC counselors to make an appointment.
 

Return and Reunion


Reuniting after a long deployment is fun, exciting and one of the best things about Navy life. Enjoy homecoming and be prepared to renegotiate your relationship as you reconnect.

Returning to Children: Homecoming is an exciting time, yet can also be very confusing for kids. The following reactions are often observed in children when a parent returns from deployment. Remember, each child is unique. Your child may react differently.

Reunions may be more challenging than anticipated as Sailors and family members adjust to life on shore together again. Your FFSC offers tips to help make the homecoming smoother for all.
 

Reintegration

After the homecoming celebration is over, establishing the “new” normal can take several months or more. Readjusting to family life, returning to work and coping with deployment related stress and injury is a process.

 

Challenges faced during reintegration are unlike those faced while deployed. You can begin to design solutions essential to the overall health and well-being of your family. Check out resources below as you begin to renegotiate roles & responsibilities, communicate with your children, and maintain resiliency & balance.

 

Navy Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control - dedicated to the mental health and well-being of Navy and Marine Corps service members and their families; promotes resilience; investigates and implement the best practices in the diagnoses and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI).


Defense Centers of Excellence - responsible for leading a national collaborative network of military, federal, family and community leaders; clinical experts; and academic institutions to best serve the urgent and enduring needs of warriors and their families with psychological health and/or traumatic brain injury concerns.


Real Warriors Campaign - promotes the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration for returning service members and their families.

The Focus Project - FOCUS (Families Over Coming Under Stress) provides resiliency training to military families; teaches practical skills to meet the challenges of deployment and reintegration, to communicate and solve problems effectively and to successfully set goals together.
After Deployment - provides wellness resources for the military community focused on psychological health issues often experienced following a deployment.

Sesame Workshop Talk, Listen, Connect - addresses issues related to multiple deployments, family changes that occur when a parent is physically or psychologically injured and the loss of a parent.
 

Courage to Care Courage to Talk - The injuries of war — combat or non combat-related, visible or invisible — are life-changing events for the injured, their families and children. Family and friends play a vital role in the recovery process, especially that of talking and listening. Courage to Talk provides resources to assist in having these challenging conversations.

Suicide Awareness and Prevention - Life counts, the first step in preventing suicide is to identify and understand the risk factors.

Resources

Information to help prepare Sailors and their families for deployment is available through the following resources.

American Red Cross: sends communications on behalf of family members who are facing emergencies or other important events to members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving all over the world. These communications are delivered around-the-clock, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Chaplain Care: Navy Chaplain Corps Vision: "Mission ready Sailors and Marines, and their families, demonstrating spiritual, moral and ethical maturity supported by the innovative delivery of religious ministry and compassionate pastoral care."

Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center: assists Individual Augmentee (IA) and GSA IA Sailors by ensuring they are properly uniformed and equipped while coordinating with the Army to ensure they get the proper stateside training.

Defense Finance and Accounting System: ensures the delivery of efficient, exceptional quality pay and financial information.


Military OneSource: Available by phone or online, free services are provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, Reserve service members, and their families.

Navy Individual Augmentee: identifies resources that will guide IA Sailors and families throughout the IA process from pre-deployment through re-deployment (de-mobilization).

Navy Legal Services Office: provides solutions to legal issues involving military operations, organization, and personnel.


Navy Knowledge Online: Navy’s knowledge portal, enabling Navy/USMC education, training and professional growth management for personnel throughout the fleet.


Navy Operational Stress Control: Recognizing how well you are navigating the stress in your life is an important indicator of your health and mission readiness.


Naval Services Family Line: Navy Family volunteers who believe in sharing their experiences as military spouses. Free publications are also available.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society:
nonprofit, charitable organization that provides financial, educational, and other assistance to Sailors, family members and survivors. Counseling, loans, grants, various services, and referral to other community resources are available.

Operation Purple: The National Military Family Association's Operation Purple camps are a time for having fun, making friends, and reminding military kids that they are the Nation's youngest heroes.

Safe Harbor:
Navy's lead organization for coordinating the non-medical care of wounded, ill, and injured Sailors, Coast Guardsmen and their families. Provides a lifetime of individually-tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

TRICARE: health care program serving active duty service members, National Guard and Reserve members, retirees, their families, survivors and certain former spouses worldwide. 

 

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