It is not simply that we share with each other a common humanity, but that individually we have no humanity without each other.
- Sara Maitland
We all know that deployment is stressful for military families. But if you haven’t been in that situation, it’s hard to know how to help.
Navigating this unknown territory can cause some of us to back away, with only vague offers of help. The offers are sincere, but we don’t want to add to the burden we see.
Others err in the opposite direction, trying to insist on help that isn’t actually needed or wanted. Neither extreme is good, so today I’ll share some tips that will equip you to ease the burden of a military family, without adding stress.
In my next post, I’ll share some tips that ensure that if you visit a military family, it’s supportive, instead of stressful.
Edie Melson is a leading professional in the publishing industry. She also knows what it’s like to send a loved one off to war. Her oldest son went from high school graduation, to Marine Corp boot camp, to Iraq; where he served two tours fighting on the front lines as an infantry Marine. Fighting Fear: Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, is Edie’s heart project. Look for her two newest books for military families debuting in 2014: While My Son Serves and While My Husband Serves. You can also connect with Edie on Twitter and Facebook.