Advice from Jennifer Iveland of the VA Vet Center and a member of the Army Reserve's 785th Combat Stress Control Company, as listed in Rochester, MN's Post-Bulletin:
- Let them know you are glad they are back.
- Make use of their newly acquired experience, maturity and responsibility.
- Encourage their input.
- Don't isolate them.
- Don't force them to talk about their experience.
- Don't offer your opinion about the war unless you were there.
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Some further resources to tap into:
- National Center for PTSD: Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families [pdf]
- Turning Your Heart Toward Home Workbook [pdf]
- Journal of Clinical Psychology Expert Clinical Guidelines Series: Guide for Patients and Families [pdf]
- Navy's Lifelines Services Network: Combat Stress Reactions Online Video Series for Families
- THRIVEnet: Guide to Listening to War Veterans for Family Members
- Recommended Reading List for Military Families
- Get specific questions answered via an online community.
- Study: Military Kids Have Higher Blood Pressure, Heart Rates, and Stress Levels
- Increased Deployment Tempo Strains Military Family Ties
- Blog Explores Journey of WWII Offspring, PTSD
- Military Families: Preparing for Your Troop's Return Home
- Reconnecting with Your Kids After Deployment
- Families: Recommended Reading
- Military Family Resource: MarineParents.com
- Weekend Australian: PTSD Effects the Entire Family