Resources to Equip Families for
Deployment and Beyond

This FREE guide helps you:

  • Become more resilient
  • Strengthen your relationships
  • Learn coping strategies
  • Prepare for, manage, and succeed at reunion and reintegration

Everyone Serves can be downloaded in its entirety from, or accessed by section through the resource links below. Resources include videos, checklists and resources to help you through deployment and beyond.

Assess and Respond: Coping with the Stress of Deployment: Access this section of the guide during the pre-deployment stage to help develop strategies for managing stress. Worksheets and exercises help you anticipate and prepare for stress–and develop strategies to respond.

Pre-Deployment Checklists: For service members and their partners, spouses, and loved ones: Use these checklists before deployment to ensure you have completed paperwork needed during or after you/your service member deploys. We provide separate checklists for legal matters, family matters, personal property, financial matters, as well as a family care plan.

Key Contacts Checklist: What may seem like a simple step–gathering key contact information and account details–can be a big help during deployment. Use this checklist to create a comprehensive list, and make sure to share your list with friends, family, or neighbors.

Coping During Deployment:  If you are the loved one of a service member who is deployed, use this checklist below to remind yourself of some positive ways to cope with the deployment.

Getting Help:  Staying connected can sustain the support network before and during deployment, but it is natural to feel sad and anxious during these times. Sometimes we all need a little help. Check out these strategies to learn more.

Caregiver Preparation Guide: In the event you are needed as a caregiver, being prepared helps. These checklists help with the nitty-gritty of caregiver preparation.