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Preparing For Deployment A Parent's Guide

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Transcript of Preparing For Deployment A Parent's Guide

So you are preparing for your son's or daughter's upcoming Deployment.
The first step is to visit us at the MFRC.

Why visit the MFRC ?
We are here to provide supports to the military members and their community during all phases of deployment.

We can provide mission updates, staying in touch services, mailing information, short term counseling, workshops and social activities for you while your loved one while is away.
Where are we located
We have two locations in Greater Victoria
visit http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/about-us/locations.php
Next Step ...Family Networks
Each unit has a volunteer
Family Network Representative
who has a military member posted to that unit. This individual volunteers their time to keep families and loved ones up to date on what is happening within the MFRC and the greater community.

Some of the information you will receive from your rep is :


Next Step...Pre-Deployment Briefing
Next you will want to attend your unit's Pre-Deployment Briefing. (If you live out of area a Power Point presentation will be available on our website at http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/deployment/family-networks/winnipeg.php)

This is where the Command Team, MFRC and various Base Departments will provide information about the upcoming deployment as well as the services and supports that are available.
I know this is a lot of information
We recommend several resources to assist you during your son or daughter's deployment. Including the ship's handbook, the MFRC deployment handbook, a pre-deployment checklist and an "everything" binder
Lastly... here are some tips
GOAL!
Preparing for Deployment
Where to start !
Colwood Pacific Activity Center
2610 Rosebank Rd, Colwood
Signal Hill
1505 Esquimalt Rd Esquimalt.
Our friendly Staff is here to assist.
This is the easiest way to keep you updated on what is happening throughout the deployment. This will also provide us with the necessary information to reach you if something happens.
Ongoing events
These include
Away Cafes
Deployment Dinners
Network events such as 1/2 parties, beach days, playgroups
Sunday Information Session times and locations
Adult Workshops
Important Information
If there is an emergency, change in mission or any other reason for the command team to reach out to friends and family; the family network contact list is used.
Homecoming
This may seem premature at this stage but have you thought about how homecoming day works. Talk to your Military Member about homecoming expectations.
These will include
Commodore/Command Team
AJAG
They will discuss
Power of Attorney
Travel Letters
Wills
Filing Taxes
BOR
Base Orderly Room
The BOR will attend to discuss
information about
Pay
Benefits
Allowances
HLTA/LTA

Health Services
They will explain the medical and dental services for members.
We will talk about the many service we offer including:
24 hour information line
Staying in Touch Service
Counseling
Family Navigator http://www.familynavigator.ca/
Mail Drop off
Away Cafes and Deployment Dinners
Deployment workshops for Adults and Children
Sunday Sessions
Family Networks
Pre-Deployment Brief
Fleet Mail Office
They will explain the morale mail system for sending care packages
They will discuss the mission and the deployment particulars.
The first thing you need to do is have your member update your information with the MFRC.
Why is this important ?
make sure to fill out both sides!!!
Start by filling having your loved one fill out the Family Information form.
http://esquimaltmfrc.com/wp-content/uploads/Family-Information-Fillable-Form-E.pdf

http://esquimaltmfrc.com/wp-content/uploads/Family-Information-fillable-FormF.pdf
Assistant Judge Advocate General
http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/deployment/upcoming-events.php
http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/assets/doc/deployment/Pre-Deployment-Checklist-Parents.pdf
http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/deployment/index.php

Questions or Concerns?
Don't hesitate to stop in or call the MFRC with your questions.

You can call us 24 hours 7 days a week at 250-363-2640 or toll free at 1-800-353-3329

or visit our website at www.esquimaltmfrc.com
Discuss Communication expectations
phone calls
emails
parcels/letters
Time with friends and family is important. Be sure to spend time together before they deploy.
Check out the "D" word video
Ensure you know how to contact your local MFRC if you have questions or concerns throughout their deployment.
Have concrete written plans for an unexpected family crisis or emergency.
Deployment Support Handbook
http://esquimaltmfrc.com/deployment/resources-services/#content-item-downloads

Unit Handbook
http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/assets/doc/deployment/WINNIPEG/Winnipeg-Deployment-book.pdf
Pre-Deployment Checklist
Everything Binder
To find your Family Network Rep visit

visit
: http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/deployment/family-networks/index.php
A Guide for Parents of a Military Member

These are open to family members and friends that are looking for connections to the community
24/7/365
250-363-2640
1-800-353-3329
toll-free
Available in English and French
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