Lindsey Brown is a member of the Family Readiness Group for Troop A 1-98th Cavalry in Pontotoc. The group helps support the troops and their families while fulfilling their military deployments. The unit is expected to leave for Iraq the first week in June.
Q:What is the toughest thing families and soldiers have to face during a deployment?
A: Being apart from one another is very hard on the soldier and his or her family. Constant worry about the safety of your spouse while they’re over in Iraq and family while they’re home going through the everyday routines that you’re normally there to help with is very common during deployments. Leaving behind children is also hard for soldiers and not having a parent around for a year is also very hard on the children.
Q:What is the biggest adjustments wives have to make when their husband is deployed?
A: Adjusting to everyday life can be difficult. Now you have to take care of everything from the children, to paying the bills, to making sure things stay normal around the house. That can be a huge adjustment. Everything is different for the spouse who’s left behind. Dealing with everything that is done by two people now has to all be done by one person and that can be stressful. The wife normally has to take a larger role when the husband is deployed. If you’re not used to doing some of the things that your deployed spouse usually does, then it’s sometimes hard to just be thrown in that situation.
Q:Are there services available to help families left behind? If so what are they and how can people get in touch with the right people?
A:There are family support groups at every unit. Churches are always readily available to help out where they can. Just call your local National Guard Armory for information on support groups.