Renegotiating a New Normal after Deployment

Section Four: Priorities and Resources

Resuming previous responsibilities, employment, and family roles mean dealing with a lot of tasks and small details.

Having a plan for what you need to address and prioritize can help you navigate changes more smoothly. Ask yourself the following questions: What changed during the deployment? Of the things that changed, what are my top 3 priorities for renegotiation? What will I do to adapt to these changes? Use your answers to guide your path for renegotiation and keep track of areas you’ve addressed and still need to address. Above all, renegotiating your new normal is an opportunity to grow and improve on your existing relationships. Watch the video to the right to learn about transformational growth, and consider ways you can let go of things that are holding you back from full reintegration.

Explore resources to help you adapt to the changes of reintegration.

Military OneSource has great information available on their website, and you can contact them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to talk to a live consultant who can connect you with resources in your local area. CG SUPRT for Coast Guard members and families provides confidential professional counseling, education, and referral services 24 hours a day. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) doesn’t just do medical. Additional resources under the VA include Vet Centers, Veterans Benefits Administration, and Veterans Service Organizations available to Service Members and their spouses for counseling and help with employment issues, education, housing, and so much more. There are also non-governmental organizations that are available to help military families. Links to all of these organizations’ websites can be found on the New Normal To-Do List found in the Resources tab. Finally, don’t forget about your Chaplain or faith-based organizations. They are able to connect you to resources and programs, as well as provide insight on many reintegration issues.