Helping families cope after soldiers' departure

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The good byes are never easy.

"They're happy for what their spouse or family member is doing, but there are a lot of different emotions going on," said Beck PRIDE Center's, Kelly McCoy.

Soldiers deployed and loved ones at home to take care of things while they're gone.  They are faced with added responsibilities in an already overwhelming situation.

"We have different services that are available for the families.   We have different agencies and referrals out here in the community that are willing to help the families out," said McCoy.

At the Beck PRIDE center at ASU, Kelly McCoy says they've had numerous agencies, fellow soldiers, and community members say they're willing to help soldiers' families in their communities.

McCoy says--those families just need to ask.

"We have heat and air guys who are willing to help out the families.   We also have plumbers who said if the families have some type of plumbing issue at home, they were willing to help out at the home and volunteer," said McCoy.

"There's a lot of separation anxiety they go through," said Jimmy Bushong.

Oak Grove Middle School Counselor Jimmy Bushong says it can be traumatic for a child when a parent is deployed.

"A lot of times, they just need to talk to somebody and get some of that emotion out," said Bushong.

He says they've had students who have had to deal with a parents departure, and he says they're ready and waiting to talk or just listen if they're needed again.

"Try to give them some coping strategies to deal with that situation," said Bushong.

Dealing with these situations is not easy, but at the Beck PRIDE Center, Kelly McCoy says the families are not alone.

"They have someone they can lean on, and that's what we're here for," said McCoy.

To contact the Beck PRIDE Center call 972-2624 or call 680-4110.

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