June Post It More tips on coping with deployment: Stage 5- Anticipation of Return: This is generally a happy and hectic time spent preparing for the return of the service member. Spouses, children, parents, and supervisors of the service member need to talk about realistic plans and expectations for the return and reunion. Stage 6 – Return Adjustment and Renegotiation: Couples and families must reset their expectations and renegotiate their roles during this stage. The key to successful adjustment and renegotiation is open communication. Families also need to be prepared to deal with the effects of combat stress on the returning service member. Such stress and trauma can be difficult to deal with. Troops with combat stress are often irritable, guarded, and want to be alone. Some may use increased alcohol or drugs in a failed attempt to “numb” the emotional pain they are experiencing. Attempts at renegotiation may result in increasing marital arguments. Combat stress in deployers is not always apparent immediately after their return. That is why it is important to notice ongoing behaviors not typically demonstrated in your Guard member and to call for help if these behaviors impose a serious concern for themselves or the welfare of any members of his/her family. Other post-deployment events : DoD Emphasizes Importance of Reintegration Phase of Post-Deployment. A recent memorandum from the Department of Defense prescribed the conduct of reintegration events for all National Guard and Reservists during all cycles of deployment. This DoD-sponsored Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is also intended for the family members of the Guard and Reserve. All returning 129th Rescue Wing members are invited to attend a Yellow Ribbon Event with their family members within the first 90 days of post-deployment. Please check your email for a Yellow Ribbon informational event announcement. These events consolidate all the DoD-recommended reintegration briefings and emerging new family support programs that pay greatest benefit to the Guard member and family within 90-120 days after return from a combat deployment. Notifications and invitations will be coordinated with the Wing Family Program Office until a dedicated Yellow Ribbon Specialist is assigned to this area. Marriage Enrichment retreats helpful particularly during reintegration. The Guard Marriage Enrichment Retreats also known as “Strong Bonds” is a recommended post-deployment event to assist in the reintegration process. However, this weekend retreat is not only helpful for post-deployment but also when experiencing other life transitions requiring an increased reliance on effective communication skills and emotional support addressing such events as: relocation, illness of family members, employment, expecting/raising children, retirement, etc. Special Thanks to Deployed Family Readiness POC’s This year, the Wing Family Readiness Program enjoyed the privilege of having two Family Readiness points of contact at two of our deployed locations. These Wing Family Readiness POC’s are: Senior Master Sgt. “Billy” Wunderlin, Enlisted Superintendent, Djibouti, Horn of Africa, and Senior Master Sgt. “Jackie” Alsobrook, Acting First Sergeant, Afghanistan. The Wing Family Program Office would like to express appreciation for their support to our deployed service members, ensuring that not only their personal needs for transition to the deployed location are met as quickly as possible but that any concerns they have to address family needs are immediately addressed. Thank you both for the expanded support your services provide to the Family Program and the peace of mind it brings to our families back home. Who’s In Your Network? Chain of Concern for Families: Each family belongs to a special Unit Family Readiness Group. The following flow chart is intended to help you reference your respective Chain of Concern who can address all your questions and concerns or requests for assistance beyond the homecoming. Louise Tamayo Elaine Vindiola Beverly Rogers Vacant Louise_opmom@ Oddparents2004 drrogers1@ Group Volunteer yahoo.com @yahoo.com comcast.net Coordinator Cell phone Cell phone Home phone (925) 786-8601 (510) 754-8756 (408) 366-2815 129th 129th 129th Mission 129th Operations Maintenance Support Medical Group Group Group Group Jamie Granada What is a Unit Volunteer Coordinator? jgranada@ They are your non-military point of contact to your Guard member’s unit. They work in yahoo.com compliment to the unit chain of command to carry out the Commander’s Family Readiness Cell phone Program. These coordinators are unpaid volunteers but are trained and supported by the Wing (209) 275-3101 Family Program Office. Some of them are spouses of Guard personnel assigned to the unit. 129th Rescue Others are former veterans or former military spouses from the community who have a real Squadron genuine heart for service to the military. Their primary purpose is to provide information to families during all stages of the deployment cycle to answer any questions, concerns or requests for family assistance regarding multiple Tamara facets of guard life: new to the Guard, new to the area, benefits, volunteer service, etc. Wineland Families contacted during deployment are those the deployed Guard member identified on their 129_news@ pre-deployment form as a spouse, fiancé, girlfriend/boyfriend, neighbor, friend, brother/sister, earthlink.net aunt/uncle, or children’s guardian they authorized their Unit Volunteer Coordinator to contact. Cell phone (408) 660-7476 During your Guard member’s tour of deployment, they are responsible for contacting you via a “well-being” phone call or email to ensure that you remain plugged into the official 130th Rescue communication loop for information and support. The advantage of being “plugged in” is that Squadron you are able to receive real-time information regarding your deployed Guard member versus having to rely on your own speculation based on lack of communication with the unit or inability to access the unit Family Readiness team. They can also provide you a referral to key military, Katie Kirsch community and nationally-known programs that support military families on a wide variety of subjects. katiekirsch2254@ gmail.com All of our volunteers speak from experience about coping with deployment and on that alone, Cell phone are driven to ensure you feel supported during all aspects of this deployment period. Currently, (209) 275-3101 there is only (1) Volunteer Coordinator for each major unit, but we can bring on more volunteers 131st Rescue for each unit. The Wing Family Program Office is also seeking a daytime volunteer to assist Squadron with general office support. If you are interested in becoming a Unit Volunteer Coordinator or volunteer in some other capacity, we would appreciate hearing from you. Contact Carolann Wunderlin, Wing Family Program Coordinator at email@example.com or (650) 603-9118.
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