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1 ST MEB/BHG. PRE-DEPLOYMENT BRIEF PHASE ONE. AGENDA. Opening Remarks Family Readiness G-2 /Afghanistan Legal S-1/Admin C ombat O perational S tress C ontrol Closing Remarks. Commanding General 1 st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. Brigadier General Joseph Osterman.

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Opening Remarks

Family Readiness

G-2 /Afghanistan



Combat Operational Stress Control

Closing Remarks

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Commanding General1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade

Brigadier General



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Commanding OfficerBrigade Headquarters Group




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Family Readiness Program

Mr. Wayne Bell

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Taking Care of Marines & Their Families

CMC Planning Guidance

“Marines take care of their own – period. This enduring pledge between Marines is never more sacred than during time of war. Just as every Marine makes a commitment to the Corps when they earn the title Marine, the Corps makes an enduring commitment to every Marine – and an enduring commitment to their family.” James T. Conway

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Family Readiness Program

• Communicate official command information

• Facilitate two-way communications between the

Command, Marines, and Families

• Provide information through resource referrals

• Provide readiness and deployment support to all

members of a Marines’ family, those that they

were born into, sworn into and married into.

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Definition of “Family”

  • Born into

  • Sworn into

  • Married into

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Family Readiness Command Team

Led by the Commanding Officer (CO), the Family

Readiness Command Team is responsible for

providing guidance and support to Marines and

their families. Members of the Family Readiness

Command Team include:


Executive Officer (XO),

Sergeant Major (SgtMaj),

Family Readiness Officer (FRO),


Senior spouses, and a Family Readiness Advisor.

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Family Readiness Officer

The Family Readiness Officer, (FRO)is member

of the unit who provides oversight and

coordination of all aspects of family readiness

for the Family Readiness Command Team, to

include official communication to all members

of a Marines family.

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Family Readiness Officer

FRO - Mr. Wayne R Bell

[email protected]

Deputy FRO - Cpl Heather Rupp

[email protected]

Off: (760) 763-2739

Cell: (760) 464-9103

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Senior Spouses

Mrs. Jennifer Osterman (MEB)

Mrs. Linda Oconnell (BHG)

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Family Readiness Advisor

Family Readiness Advisor is the spouse of an

enlisted or officer member of the unit who

Provides insight to the Family Readiness

Command Team regarding the overall Unit

Family Readiness Program.

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Family Readiness Advisors

Mrs. Nora Frederick (MEB)

Mrs. Monica Hacket (BHG)

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Family Readiness Assistants

Family Readiness Assistant

assists the FRO in the execution of the Unit

Family Readiness Program, and provides

feedback from unit families and

information and referral services.

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Family Readiness Assistants


Mrs. Karen Golden

Mrs. Jessica Perdew

Mrs. Steva Molinaro

Mrs. Joanne Baldwin

Mrs. Mrs. Michelle Cassel


Mrs. Brittany Geist

Mrs. Francine Cruz

Mrs. Yendi Parker

Mrs. Justine Blackwell

Mrs. Jennifer Smit

Mrs. Vanessa Adams

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Pre-Deployment Campaign Plan

PHASE I, 28 Oct

Family Readiness Program

G-2 /Afghanistan




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Pre-Deployment Campaign Plan



Family Security

Camp Leatherneck

Casualty Assistant Call Officer

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Pre-Deployment Campaign Plan





Red Cross

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Afghanistan Country Brief


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  • Geography

    • Terrain

    • Weather

    • Economy

    • Government

    • Narcotics

  • People

    • Ethnographics

    • Demographics

    • Culture

  • RC-South

  • Threat


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Amu Darya 846ft



Geography / Terrain


  • South Central Asia

  • Slightly smaller than Texas

  • Neighbors

    • Iran, Pakistan, China, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan

    • Varying Extremes


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  • Overall dry, dusty, and relatively cloud free

  • Terrain driven variations in temperatures, precipitation, snow and cloud cover

  • Can be 110F in lowlands during summer, but -30F in mountains during winter

  • Dust storms in the SW deserts

  • Cloud cover reaches a maximum in winter; still minimal compared to most regions of the world

  • Climate: arid to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers


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  • GDP: $23.03 billion

  • GDP Growth Rate: 7.5%

  • Debt: $8 billion

  • Population below poverty line: 53%

    • Unemployment rate: 40%

    • Inflation Rate: 40%

  • Imports:

    • $3.8 billion

    • Partners: Pakistan 37.2%, US 11.1%, India 5%, China 4.2%, Germany 4.2%

  • Exports:

    • $274 Million

    • Partners: India 23.6%, Pakistan 22.5%, US 21.2%, Russia 4.1%

  • Trade Deficit of approx $3.5 billion

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  • Islamic Republic

  • Consisting of three branches: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial

  • First democratic presidential election was held on 09 October 2004

  • Constitution Ratified 26 January 2004

    • All laws must comply with Islam

    • Equal rights are guaranteed to women

    • Suffrage is universal at age 18

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  • Overview

    • Approx 32 Mil

    • Ethnic Mosaic

      • No real boundaries

    • First Loyalty to family and tribe

    • Afghan Nationalism is an abstract idea


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  • Ethnic Groups

  • Pashtuns

    • 44% of Population

    • Ethnic Majority

    • Sunni

  • Tajiks – 25% of population

  • Believed to be the original Persian population

  • Most refugees

  • Hazaras – 10% of population Descendents of Genghis Khan

  • Shi’ite


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Tajiks and Other Dari-Speaking Groups

  • The historical influence of Persia, now Iran, on the peoples of Afghanistan can be seen by the number of ethnic groups who speak Dari, the name given to the various dialects of Afghan Persian.


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  • Tribal Affiliation is most important

  • Patrilineal

  • Increases unity against threats

  • Prestige

    • Land/Livestock ownership

    • Religious leadership

    • Offspring


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The Family

  • Centered around the kala

  • Extended Family

    • Separated into work groups

  • Extremely Private

  • Social status is fixed

  • Marriage


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  • Men

    • Long tunics (perehan tunban)

      • Baggy trousers

      • Turbans or kolah

  • Women

    • Hijab

    • Chador

    • Burkha


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  • A smile, nod, and greeting

  • Cheek kissing is common

  • Hand shakes

    • Soft and gentle

    • May place hand on heart

    • Be the first to initiate

  • Small comfort zone when talking


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  • Eating and Drinking

    • Essentially Persian

    • Tea

  • Smoking Cigarettes

  • Gestures, Mannerisms & Taboos

    • Thumbs-up and OK

    • Feet

    • Heads

    • The Left Hand

    • Shame

    • Animals

    • Profanity

Remember: Afghans are not Arabs!


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  • Prefer to know someone before making commitment

    • Tea first

    • Multiple attendees

  • Mood dictates pace

  • Allow time for prayer


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Hizb-I Islami Gulbuddin (HIG)

Haqqani Network (HQN)

Al-Qaeda (AQ)

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Post Taliban: The Good

  • Elections in June 2004, September 2005

  • Reconstruction

  • Civil liberties

  • Women’s rights

  • Improved education


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Post Taliban: The Bad

  • Government has little control outside of Kabul

  • High unemployment

  • Security remains an issue

  • Poppy production has soared

  • Taliban Reintegration


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  • Presented by the Camp Pendleton Joint Legal Assistance Office

    Capt J. Marshall Moorhead

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Joint Legal Assistance Schedule

Location: 22 area (Air Station). Building 22161.


TUES & THURS at 0700

Appointments are scheduled on Friday mornings at 0700

Wills/Powers of Attorney Class: Mon & Wed at 1300

Notary Hours: All normal business hours

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What We Will Cover In 25 Minutes

Estate Planning

Landlord/Tenant Best Practices

Various Consumer Law issues

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Deployment Myths

Scams that affect Servicemembers and their family members.

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Components of an Estate Plan


Powers of Attorney.

Living Will

Advanced Healthcare Directive

Probate Avoidance Measures/Trusts

SGLI Advice


Death Gratuity

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Important Notes About Wills


It has to be a VOLUNTARY document in order to be valid.

Show me your last will and testament!

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What is a Will? Do you need one?

  • A will allows you to tell the world how to distribute your estate upon your death (where your stuff will go).

  • You may name an “executor” in your will. This person will actually execute the instructions in the will.


  • You’re single, you have no kids, and you want all of your stuff to go to your parents in equal shares.

  • You’re married, you have no kids, and you want all of your stuff to go to your spouse.

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You might want a will if…

  • If you have kids.Very important to appoint Guardians and successors Guardians.

    * Remember, most biological parents will have superior rights to appointed Guardians.

  • Part ownership in a family

    farm or business

  • Independently wealthy

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You Don’t Need a Will

If everything you own is pictured here, you

don’t need a will.

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Powers of Attorney 3 Types

  • General Power of Attorney

    Unlimited discretion to your agent.

    Very risky. Pain in your future.

  • Special Power of Attorney

    Agent can only do specific things.

    Minimizes risk. Recommended!

  • Power of Attorney for the Care of Children

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Battle Damage Assessment

Everything on this page was purchased using General POAs while the Marine was deployed…

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Powers of Attorney

It is difficult if not impossible to revoke a power of attorney after you have given it!

If you want to find out if a business will accept a power of attorney, contact them.

- Banks, Credit Unions, Title Companies, etc.

  • Power of Attorney for the Care of Children

    • Is important if both biological parents are unavailable to act as a parent.

    • TEMPORARY responsibility over the child. Does not change any court-ordered custody.

    • You give this POA to a non-parent who is available in case of an emergency. Very important if you have kids.

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It is not paid automatically to your current spouse!

Whoever is on your SGLI benficiary form will be paid your $400,000.*

*You cannot put minor children on your SGLI beneficiary form without special language.

Please fill out the SGLI form correctly…

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Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) gives you rights!

(no longer called “Soldiers and Sailors”)

  • You can terminate your residential lease when you deploy for greater than 90 days or you PCS.

    • You must serve a copy of your orders on the landlord!

    • Landlord cannot charge you for breaking your lease.

    • Do it right to ensure you get your full security deposit back.

  • You cannot be evicted without a court order from a Superior Court judge.

  • You can terminate your automobile lease early without fee.

  • You can terminate your cell phone contract early without fee.

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Servicemembers Civil Relief Act II

More rights under the SCRA…

If you are sued while deployed, you canrequest that court put a “stay” on thecase until you return and are available.

If the court proceeds in your absence,they must provide you with a lawyer.

* This automatic stay under the SCRAdoes not apply to criminal actions/proceedings.

** Judges routinely refuse to implement this lawin state family law cases.

Being Sued???

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Identity Theft – Preventive Measures

Place an “Active Duty Fraud Alert” on your credit report.



www.transunion.comDon’t want pre-approved credit cards arriving in the mail?www.optoutprescreen.com

Want your yearly free credit report (for each bureau)?


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Cell Phones


You probably do not have an international calling plan!

- International Long Distance

- International Roaming

- International Data Fees

- International Text Messaging Fees

** We see this over and over at Legal Assistance.

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Cell Phones

Don’t take my word for it.

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A big issue especially for the unmarried Marines.

Common Occurrence: Marine deploys, hands keys to his buddy on his way out the door. Marine’s buddy gets the car towed. The towing company will not release vehicle to anyone other than registered owner. Vehicle sits in storage lot for 4 months, and the Marine owes ~$5,000 in towing/storage fees when he comes home. More often than not, the car is (illegally) sold at a lien sale. Marine still owes the amount of the car loan + any towing storage fees not paid for with purchase price. WHAT A MESS!

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Myths That Won’t Die

“I don’t have to pay my bills when I am deployed; they’re automatically frozen.” INCORRECT

“My buddy is going to start my car for me once a week and otherwise take care of it for me.” INCORRECT

“I don’t have to give a copy of my deployment orders to my landlord, he told me he supports the troops and will let me out of my lease.” INCORRECT

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Scams That Persist

Red Cross Scam

Purchasing Extra Life Insurance in a FOB

Area Code / Calling Card Scam (809) area code, only $2,425 a minute!

Be wary of anything asking you to “verify” your personal information.

Spouses: Most “work from home” schemes are scams - Contact MCCS for job assistance

The entire Coast Highway – for cars or electronics. This is important when you return from deployment and have money to be spent.

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Contact Us

Joint Legal Assistance Contact Information:

Building 22161 (next to Base Magistrate)

(760) 725-6558 Office


TUES & THURS at 0700

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Legal Assistance Staff

Maj Alan T Young Director MCI-W

Capt Grimm, Staff Attorney

Capt Moorhead, Staff Attorney

Capt Puckett, Staff Attorney

Capt Gwiazdon, Staff Attorney

Capt Heatherman, VITA OIC

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Lost/Expired ID

Vehicle Registration

  • All documents presented must be the original or a “certified” document from the county/state of origin.

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What would I need to bring with me ?

  • HSPD-12 requires that you bring two (2) forms of ID; one (1) must be positive picture ID, i. e. military ID card, military dependent’s ID card, driver’s license, state ID, US passport or valid foreign passport that contains a temporary I-551 stamp or temporary I-551 printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visa.

  • The second form of ID may be a birth certificate, social security card, if a current student, School ID with a photograph, voters registration card.

  • Children under the ate of 10 do not require a photo ID

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Where can I go to enroll in DEERS or get an ID card issued ?

  • Pass & ID JRC

    • Bldg 130132

    • Hours: 0600-1800 (M-F)

    • 760-725-2442

    • Only on a walk-in basis

  • Pass & ID Main Gate

    • Bldg 20255T

    • Hours: 0730-1530 (M-W, F) 0730-1430 (Th)

    • 760-725-2768/2865

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Where can I go to enroll in DEERS or get an ID card issued ?

  • Pass & ID San Onofre

    • Bldg 51093

    • Hours: 0730-1530 (M-W, F) 0730-1430 (Th)

    • 760-763-6476

    • Only on a walk-in basis

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What would I need to enroll my spouse for the first time ?

  • A. Marriage certificate.

  • B. Social Security card: if you have a SSN, but do not have a social security card, a formal letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) with your social security number on it is acceptable.

  • C. Birth Certificate

  • D. 2 valid forms of ID (one must be a valid photo ID)

  • E. If previously married, final divorce decree

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What do I need to renew my dependent’s ID card ?

  • A. If you are already in DEERS and the sponsor accompanies you:

    • 1. Your old ID card and another form of ID.

      B. If the sponsor does not accompany you:

      --1. DD Form 1172 prepared at a DEERS/Rapids site or present a DD From signed by the sponsor whose signature has been notarized or present a current Power of Attorney (General or Special (note: the Special Power of Attorney must indicate authorization to enroll lawful dependents in military benefits programs and issuance of ID cards).

      --2. Your old ID card and another from of ID

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What would I need to enroll a child or a stepchild in DEERS ?

  • A. The sponsor need to accompany or a current Power of Attorney

  • B. Birth Certificate, Record of Birth or Hospital Proof of Birth

  • C. SSN card: if you have an SSN, bud do not have a social card, a formal letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) with the social security number on it is acceptable.

  • D. Marriage certificate.

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What do I need if my ID card is lost ?

  • Dependents

    • A. Children under the age of eighteen (18) must be accompanied by one of the parents.

    • B. Accompanied by the sponsor or present a current DD Form 1172 issued by a DEERS/RAPIDS site or present a current DD Form 1172 signed by the sponsor whose signature has been notarized or present a current Power of Attorney (General or Special (note: the Special Power of Attorney must indicate authorization to enroll lawful dependents in military benefits programs and issuance of ID cards)

    • C. Adults must present two (2) forms of ID (one must be proper photo ID)

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What do I need if my ID card is lost ?

  • Active Duty Members

    • A. Lost ID statement for E5 and below

    • B. Two (2) forms of ID (one must be prober photo ID)

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What do I need in order to be issued a Vehicle Decal ?

  • Basically, you will need the following

    • Per Base Order P5000.2J, you will need

      • 1. Military ID Card

      • 2. Current driver’s license

      • 3. Current vehicle registration

      • 4. Proof of vehicle insurance (whom ever is driving the vehicle must be on the insurance policy)

      • 5. Per MCO 5100.19E, all active duty personnel under the age of 26 must provide proof of completion of a driver improvement course.

      • Be aware that the above is not all inclusive.

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What do I need in order to be issued a vehicle decal ?

  • If you are driving a vehicle and you are not the registered owner, then you are required to have a notarized letter from the registered owner authorizing you to drive that vehicle before a decal can be issued.

  • Per Base Order 5090.1A, if you are driving an out of state vehicle, that vehicle must pass the California SMOG test before a decal can be issued.

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Combat Operational Stress Control




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Emotional Deployment Cycle: Phase-Specific Challenges For Service Members & Families

  • Putting the past into the past

  • Retraining

  • Future planning



  • Preparation

  • Anticipation

  • Uncertainty

  • Separation

  • Readapting

  • Reconnecting

  • Recovering

  • Sharing narratives

  • Dangers

  • Hardships

  • Fear of failure

  • Isolation



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Families and Deployment Stress Service Members & Families

Stress problems are common during deployments

Stress reactions fall along a continuum

There is an emotional cycle of deployment

Tools are available to help build resiliency, cope with separation,

and manage deployment stress

Deployment stress Beyond the Brief workshop will be available

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Emotional Cycle of Deployment: Service Members & FamiliesStress and Coping

Emotional Cycle of Deployment:Stress & Coping


of Deployment


of Deployment


Anticipation of the Deployment

Return and Readjustment

Level of Distress

“In the Groove”


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Direct Service Members & Families Sources of Pre-Deployment Stress

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Resources Service Members & Families

Stress & Anger Management


Counseling Service

Military OneSource

Combat Operational Stress Workshops

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QUESTIONS Service Members & Families