Homecoming Ideas

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The day is here, the time has finally passed, you service member will be back soon. You are getting excited and want to prepare, here are a few tips and things to keep in mind!

  • keep your cool: flight plans might be changed again, delays might occur, stay flexible in your preparations
  • treat yourself: get a Pedi, Mani, a new outfit, you deserve it, because you also served during those months of separation
  • don’t over do it: though many people are eager to great the deployed service member, too many people and things like surprise parties might feel a little overwhelming,
    remember, those men and women were only amongst themselves and have to get used to “the crowd” again
  • display your joy: welcome home posters, decoration at the front door of your house, your car and even yourself (customized shirts are great for such occasion)
  • a home cooked meal: nothing says welcome home like his or favorite dish nicely served, the simple things is what they missed most (besides you and your family of course)
  • the simple things: such as cuddling, hanging out on the couch, walking through a park, having a nice meal, playing with the kids – that will do just fine for beginning entertainment
  • get reacquainted: many things have happened that you do not share with your service member, allow some time to get to know him or her again – every experience stays
    with an individual and changes it – however, especially when they return from combat zones, don’t make them talk about what they did – though it might not be classified anymore, he or she might just not be ready yet – let them decide what to tell and when!
  • get back in to groove: while your service member was gone, things had to change at home, you basically ran the show yourself, so be ready to integrate your Military loved
    one back into your routines
  • final adjustment: it differs how easily each service member adjusts to the new old setting depending also if the deployment area was combat zone or not. If you find
    that your loved ones shows signs of mental stress and behavior that is “not like him or her” suggest professional help. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common condition among combat veterans, which can be treated and is nothing to be ashamed of!!!

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