What is afterdeployment.org?
The mission of afterdeployment.org is to help warriors and their loved ones manage the challenges that are often faced following a deployment. On the afterdeployment.org Website, you will find information and self-guided solutions for dealing with common post-deployment problems, such as stress, anger, depression, and relationship issues. The content is directed at service members, their families, veterans, and providers.
To access the self-assessments, quizzes, and other interactive features of afterdeployment, please visit the afterdeployment.org Website.
Reintegration: What should I expect when I come home?
Source: National Guard
Now that you’ve been home a few weeks, the reunion is over and the rush of excitement has begun to fade. The flags have been put away and the welcoming ceremonies and celebrations with friends are over. Your life has suddenly become private again, giving you the chance to put things back in order.
Where do you start? How do you begin making life normal again, when “normal” now means something different than before you were deployed? Although returning home after deployment is often a time of great happiness, the transition back to your life at home can also be difficult and stressful. This stress is a common reaction to situations faced by those who experience military deployments.
For National Guard and Reserve members, returning from deployment involves reintegration not only with family and friends, but also with their civilian employer. While their active-duty counterparts continue to “work” in the military, National Guard and Reserve members face a civilian work culture they have been away from for some time. Employers are crucial to enabling employees who are members of the National Guard and Reserve to serve their country. Moreover, employers’ active support and encouragement is critical to their employees’ success.
For more information on reintegration, please visit the following Real Warriors Campaign Website sections:
Administrative Discharge and Getting Re-evaluated: How does the Disability Evaluation System work?
Each of the military services is responsible for assuring the fitness of its service members and separating or retiring those who are unable to continue military service. Eligible service members whose military service is cut short due to a service-related disability incurred in the line of duty may receive benefits. Federal law, as well as Department of Defense and service regulations, requires a thorough review of each service member’s case to determine the level of disability and entitlement to disability retirement. Military services conduct this review process based on the steps of each service’s Disability Evaluation System.
According to DoD regulations, the Disability Evaluation System should include a medical evaluation board, a physical evaluation board, an appellate review process and a final disposition. The services should assign each member a physical evaluation board liaison office to help navigate the process.
To learn more and read about the process within each service, please visit the article titled Disability Evaluation System
on the Real Warriors Campaign Website.