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Office of Veterans Affairs

The Military Experience

The Military Experience and Deployments are characterized by the following:

Separation from family or loved ones
  • Most are leaving home for the first time
  • Separation from extended family and close friends
  • Separation from boyfriends and girlfriends
Relocate away from family and friends
  • May be assigned to a base in a different part of the country
  • Adjustments to new climates and culture
Deployments last from 6-18 months
Multiple deployments
  • Some serve more than one deployment before being discharged from the military
  • As of 2013, more than 977,500 have experienced 2 or more deployments
Emotional Cycle of Deployment:
  • Pre-deployment, Deployment, Sustainment, Re-deployment, Post-deployment

 See The Emotional Cycle of Deployment: Military Family Perspective for more information about the deployment cycle.

Emotional Cycle of Deployment Family Members/Dependents

Family members or dependents of Veterans/Service members may also need sup- port. They could be experiencing any of the following:

  • Separation from a loved one

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Difficulty transitioning

  • Difficulty adjusting to role changes

  • Loss or injuries of a loved one