As our troops come home, we as civilians may feel the war is over, but for many of our men and women in uniform the war will live on in the memories they still carry. Everyone deals with these memories differently. Whether you are a spouse, friend, relative, or coworker, it is important to realize what they might be dealing with and where to find support.
Imagine how you would be affected if you had to experience what they have been through and then return home to an environment with the added stress of a family. It will not be easy.
On top of the lingering stress from war, many are returning home to high unemployment. No matter how noble and strong our soldiers are, everyone has limits. With this much stress piled up, some people can snap. The more we are aware that this is a real possibility, the less likely it will be for a momentary lack of impulse control to lead to tragedy.
Whether you are a soldier yourself, or you are a friend or family member of military personnel, it is important to be able to share your experiences and feelings with others. If you’re in need of help or advice once you return home, please click on the following links below.
Thank you for making our country a safer place to live.
Military OneSource (MOS) is not a child abuse hotline or crisis line but they can offer real help, anytime, anywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to all active duty, Guard and Reserve, and their families at no cost. Most popular reasons callers use MOS: Relationship issues, coping with deployments, parenting and other family matters, moving and relocating, spouse employment, grief and loss. MOS offers educational materials, flexible and accessible 12 in person non-medical counseling sessions available through either face to face counseling, telephonic consultations, and other online consultants.
To learn more about military programs located on military installations that serve children and families, please visit: www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil
To learn more about the Family Advocacy Program and how this program works to support vulnerable families and respond to child abuse and neglect, please visit: http://qolsearch.mhf.dod.mil/search/cgi-bin/query-meta?v%3aproject=militaryhomefront&v%3afile=viv_pcUpYj&v%3aframe=list&v%3astate=root|N198&id=N198&action=list&