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Snohomish County American Red Cross Helps Military Families After Deployment

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The Snohomish County Chapter of American Red Cross is offering a new workshop called “Reconnections” for veterans returning from deployment and their family members. Designed to meet the unique needs of the veterans who participate, facilitator Rick Fuhrman will help the group decide what topics to cover and what resources are included. The first in the series of five workshops is listed below

All workshops will focus on skill building for positive reconnections between armed forces personnel and their families following a military deployment.

“Deployments are a fact of life in the military,” said Chuck Morrison, Director, Snohomish County Red Cross. “Whether a service member’s absence is due to a training exercise, sea duty, combat, or unaccompanied duty in a remote location, separation and reunification pose unique opportunities as well as challenges for all family members. The American Red Cross, with support from Walmart, developed a series of workshops to assist all military families in managing the family’s readjustment to the service member’s return.”

Actively licensed and specially trained Red Cross mental health professionals will lead the participants through information and discussions designed to help them identify and respond to the challenges of transitioning back to a changed family dynamic. The workshops are designed for service members and their spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others. Topics will include Communicating Clearly, Exploring Stress and Trauma, Identifying Depression, Relating to Children, and Working Through Anger. Participants have the option of choosing any or all of the workshops.

Each workshop is approximately 2 hours in length. Participants can take them in any order and select those most applicable to their situation. Workshops are free to military members and their families and occur in a supportive and confidential environment.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

The Next Workshop will be:
Wednesday, March 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
at the Red Cross Office, 3rd floor
2530 Lombard Avenue
Everett, WA 98201

To Register: call 425.740.2320 or 425.304.4477. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org or http://www.snohomishcounty.redcross.org.

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