Army Sgt. Edward Flick gets a kiss from his daughter, Happy Homecoming!

Returning home after military deployment can be a challenging and overwhelming experience for service members and their families. Psychologist Dr. Terry Lyles emphasizes the importance of planning and communication to ensure a peaceful and supportive homecoming. He suggests a twoong approach, starting with a period of calm and intimate family time for the service member to relax and reconnect. In the second phase, they can gradually reintegrate into the extended family and community. It is crucial to involve the service member in the decision-making process and respect their need for control. Trauma, whether seen or felt, can have a profound impact soldiers, and it's essential to understand and empathize with their experiences. However, if a service member consistently isolates themselves or shows signs of depression, professional help may be necessary for their recovery and reintegration.

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