Bringing Families Back Together


The Challenge
Military children separated from their parents due to deployment can experience increased levels of anxiety, fear, and depression that may lead to trouble in school, bullying, substance abuse, and increased risky behavior.

Research also shows that post-deployment families often experience higher levels of stress, instability, and lower levels of family functioning including divorce. One of the main reasons is analysts estimate over 62% of troops returning are receiving support to treat PTSD or PTSD like symptoms.

Our Bringing Families Back Together program is designed to work on both the deployment and reintegration experience by giving children and families the tools to deal with this challenging situation.

We've also noticed that this program has a major effect on the strength of the family unit as a whole (not just the kids). We're continuing our research into how we can not only help the children, but also the family unit as a whole.

How We Help Them

Step 1: The With You All The Way! Dealing With Deployment Kit


The Deployment Kit is centered around the With You All the Way! Dealing With Deployment DVD which was created as a collaboration between The Comfort Crew and the USO.

This kit helps children deal with the challenges of pre-deployment and deployment and even establishes valuable knowledge for the reintegration process. This kit also introduces The Comfort Crew to children so that they know - We're With You All the Way!

The Deployment Kit Includes:
  • The animated With You All the Way! Dealing with Deployment DVD
  • A guided writing journal with prompts, calendar, map, and activities
  • Family Guidebook
  • A set of ten postcards featuring original artwork by Trevor
  • Cuzzie®, a plush bear offering support and companionship
  • A pair of imprinted dog tags to share with the deploying parent
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Step 2: Together Again: Helping Military Families Reconnect


As the troops start returning from over a decade of deployments, we have noticed the need for a dedicated resource to aid the reintegration process and help with the unique experiences in this challenging time.

The Together Again! Helping Military Families Reconnect Kit Includes:
  • The animated Together Again! Helping Military Families Reconnect DVD
  • A guided writing journal with prompts, calendar, map, and activities
  • Family Guidebook
  • Cuzzie Jr.®, a plush bear offering support and companionship
 

Key Metrics
Total Children Impacted: 161,000 Per Year
Per Child Support Needed : $29.64
Total Amount Needed Annually: $4,772,040
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The Comfort Crew is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. We are also supported by the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC#46891).