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Adjusting to Life After Deployment

The fear is hard to shake. Tension from months on high-alert doesn’t simply melt away when you return home. It haunts you in the oddest places – waiting in line at the store, driving to pick up your kids. You know there’s no danger of an IED exploding here, but tell your mind that.

Then there’s the family. Life is different since you returned. Your spouse handled everything from raising the kids to managing finances and maintaining the home. You wonder where you fit in now – why the kids seem hesitant to spend time with you. The honeymoon period of reintegration is definitely wearing off.

What now? Life after deployment – while full of relief and celebration – is no simple thing.

Just Military Loans, a trusted military lender, is happy to serve returning soldiers and their family members.

Here are some of the personal transition home stories from real men and women who have seen or experienced the aftermath of deployment.  In the following pages you can read these deployment transition interviews from the point of view of a mother, a wife, a Guardsman, or someone who has experienced three deployments.  Each story is unique, but you’re never alone in your experiences.  Sometimes storytelling can be a great outlet for both support and therapy.

A Mother’s Perspective A blogger discusses her son’s struggles during reintegration
When All Goes Awry – Marcia J Sargent shares her experiences as a Marine’s wife
When Home is a Strange Place – Lt.Col. Mitch “Taco” Bell writes about coming home on-edge
Great Support Helps the Transition – LTC John Tammes shares how he received help
The Surprise Attack After Deployment – SFC Robert White shares what to do when the stress creeps up on you
Learning to Be Flexible – MAJ RET Montgomery Granger discusses rolling with the changes, both before and after deployment

Offering loans for military is one way we help those who serve. Sharing stories about your experience with deployment is a way you can give back. Contact us and share your story. Select submissions will be added to section of our website for all to see.