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Deployments are challenging enough for those who leave their families, however, family members also face challenges during the time apart. The following information is provided to acquaint family members with things they can do to prepare for deployments before they happen, while their family member is deployed, and once they return home.

tabFamily Deployment Checklist 
  • Create a long-range budget to include once-a-year expenses 
  • Establish allotments, up to four months in advance if possible 
  • Checkbook maintenance: who will write checks, balance accounts
  • Update or create a will 
  • Locate important records, what and when bills are due 
  • Insurance - car, life, renters, or home. When are premiums due 
  • Power of attorney - do you need a general or specific POA 
  • Telephone calls: length of calls, budget bills
  • Duplicate calendars: note special events, birthdays, and school activities. Keep each other updated
  • Establish rules regarding children's discipline, chores, curfew, etc. 
  • Gifts: buy in advance and leave with a friend or family member for anniversaries, birthdays and special events 
  • Recognize and accept the range of emotions you are feeling, talk about them with your spouse
  • First sergeant's name and phone number: keep this information close at hand for emergencies and current and accurate information
  • Airman and Family Readiness Center: find out how their programs and services can help you survive deployment 
  • Develop a good support system: family, friends, church, school, co-workers, family readiness support groups and hobbies
  • Plan once-a-week outings for the parent manning the homefront 
  • Plan family days with quality time and no interruptions
  • Establish a routine that can be maintained before, during and after deployment
  • Plan family activities that help maintain the deployed parent's presence -- send photos, map your unit's itinerary, videotape everyday activities
tabFamily Deployment Links 

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