Helping Military Families Cope With Extended Deployments

A mother, father or spouse being deployed with the military places a lot of strain on a family. And if that deployment gets extended it's even harder. That's why professional counselors from Marine OneSource held a workshop recently for Marine wives in Jacksonville.

Lyn Helton and Judy Dunn offered advice for dealing with the stress of an extension. Among other things, they advised focusing on things one can control and sticking to routines. Helton advised making a list of three things to do and three people to call to help with depression.

Sue Jurney is the wife of battalion commander Lieutenant Colonel William Jurney. She says she takes it one day at a time and focuses
on the difference her husband is making.