Military deployments are hard on families for many reasons. There’s the emotion of missing a loved one mixed with the fear for their safety. There’s the logistics and stress of running a family as a single parent while a spouse is away. And there’s the challenge and emotions involved in reunions, when couples and kids get reaquainted with one another, sometimes struggling to blend their lives as cohesively as they were before the deployment.
At Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, the Readiness and Deployment Support Program offers several resources to families of Marines and sailors serving at both MCAS Beaufort and at Naval Hospital Beaufort.
“That old saying, ‘If the Marines wanted you to have a wife they’d issue one for you’ is no longer relevant. It just doesn’t apply anymore,” said Christina Swick, readiness and deploy support trainer at MCAS Beaufort.
Swick leads programs specifically geared toward children of deployed Marines and sailors.
“We constantly change and evolve these workshops” to make sure we’re addressing concerns and issues families are facing today, Swick said.
The following resources are currently available at MCAS Beaufort: