Board Member Connie Milstein and all those who work with Blue Star Families celebrated the release of a new, free e-book last month titled “Everyone Serves: A Handbook for Family and Friends of Service Members During Pre-deployment, Deployment and Reintegration” as part of their partnership with Vulcan Productions and Health Net Federal Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Health Net, Inc. The book hopes to assist those closest to active military members cope with the emotional toll of deployments and reintegration.
“Everyone Serves” was developed by military family members for the family members, friends and larger support network of U.S. service members, sharing what they can except during deployment and reintegration, and offering tips for acting as a strong, cohesive support system throughout the process. The e-book features videos, interactive worksheets and a resources section all aimed at helping those touched by the military lifestyle. In the last 12 years of war, military deployments have affected more than 3 million military family members and friends, 2 million of whom are children.
“When your service member is deployed, you live for the day they come home,” said Vivian Greentree, Ph.D., a military spouse and Director of Research and Policy or Blue Star Families. “Even through the joy of being reunited, both deployments and homecomings take an emotion toll on everyone and each presents unique challenges. The Everyone Serves handbook is the first comprehensive resource for military family members and friends to help guide them through the many stages of deployment and reintegration.”
To view the e-book, visit Blue Star Families or download it from Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo or Sony.