101 Tips for the Troops – #10

Answers – Tip #10

When you hear that you are being deployed or going on an extended absence for courses or trainings you, naturally, want to tell others.  Those are the people that  love, care and worry about you.  You definitely won’t be able to answer all of the questions that friends and family members throw your way but there are some that you can so that they feel a little less helpless.  Try to give everyone the same information so that some people aren’t feeling left out or like information is being kept from them.  You can do this in a bulk email or make a questions and answers chart and give it to everyone.  If you don’t know the answers, ask by going straight to the source and make sure that you are giving your family the facts and not other people’s guesses or assumptions.

Frequently Asked Questions:

* How long are you going to be gone for?

* How will we be able to reach you?

* What is the mailing address?

* Will you have access to email?

* How often will you be able to call and how long will the call be?

* If we miss your call what will happen?

* If anything happens to you, how will we hear about it?

* When you get back, how long will you have off?

* Will you get a break and come home to visit?

* How will we get urgent/really important news to you?

* How long will it take for you to get a package?

* What will you want/not want in a package?

* How will bills and other payments be made?

* Who will look after ______________?

For more information about our tips, resources and books go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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