Memorial Day is traditionally a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. Those who have so bravely served deserve to be remembered on this day, and every day. We must also remember those who currently serve. These women and men have taken leave of their loved ones, traveled far and put themselves in perilous circumstances.
For those they have left behind there is a publication, A Handbook for Family & Friends of Service Members Before, During and After Deployment. Divided into three distinct sections: pre-deployment, deployment and post-deployment, each segment explores topics related to relationships, self-care, communication and staying informed. Sample topics include:
Tools to keep your family and community strong throughout a deployment
Skills to strengthen or repair relationships
Tools to create open lines of communication with your spouse/partner/child
This handbook is available free from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA10-EMLKITM
A comprehensive resource regarding Veterans and Military Health is MedlinePlus. The National Library of Medicine staff has compiled links to information on Latest News, Coping, Specific Conditions, Related Issues, Tutorials, Videos, Financial Issues, Organizations, Statistics, and so much more.
For those who serve, and for those we’ve lost we hope for peace.– posted by Susan, Health Reference Services