For a service member’s family, homecomings are filled with many different emotions. There is excitement, relief, anxiety and other emotions flooding through their body systems. The entire family has gone through a transition, following the duties of the service members. Hence, adjusting through this transition can be a little confusing. So how do you handle the situation?

Allow your family to become reacquainted

First off, allow your family to become reacquainted. Talk to each other about everything to ensure you are all on the same page. Save all the drama and negative energy and replace it with love, trust and support for one another. You don’t need your family member, who has been away, to come home and deal with some bad vibe you are putting on. If there’s any family member unwilling to cooperate, the he or she need not be present around the service member. All of you need to readjust period.

Service member needs to align to the family changes

Second, the service member should align with the changes that have occurred in the family while the service member was away. Children may be in new grades, relatives may have gotten married and moved to another city, there might be new additions to the family, and also deaths. Understanding and accepting these changes will help you all cope together as a family and get any necessary help.

Don’t force the service member into anything

Once the service member gets home, remember not to force them into anything. Also, it is always advisable not to throw a big party on the first day of their arrival. Rather, key family members and relatives should be present as this is a time for family bonding. Most times, service members feel overwhelmed upon their arrival, so they need time to get their thoughts and emotions together. These can last a few days or weeks in extreme cases. The war may have had an impact on the service member’s mental wellbeing, so they need to be given time to gather everything together. Whatever the situation may be, just ensure that the service member is fully in the right place of mind to meet every other relative.

Ensure the service member is in good health

Finally, it is the duty of the family to ensure the service member is in good health. Take them to a therapy or a mental health counselor so they can talk about their experiences and lessons. This is necessary in situations where the service member becomes reserved after their return. They need to talk it out, so hiring the services of a therapist is always a great idea. This helps to remove and improve mental stress. Remember to always be at their side no matter the situation. Listen carefully and pay attention to whatever they tell you. At the end of the day, these service members deserve to live a happy life upon return.

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