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The Effects of Frequent Combat Tours on Military Personnel and their Families: How Counselors Can Help
David L. Fenell and Ruth Ann Fenell
The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with information concerning the stressors experienced by our nation’s warriors and their families. We will present the Deployment Cycle, a conceptual model describing the developmental phases experienced by military families as they prepare for the inevitable separation and reunion. In our discussion of the Deployment Cycle the important role of the school counselor in responding to the needs of military children will be presented. We will describe the military as a distinct culture and explain how the Cross Cultural Counseling Competencies developed by the American Counseling Association (ACA, 1992) are effective guidelines for use by counselors when providing services to military personnel and their family members. We will discuss specific difficulties experienced by combat veterans and strategies for counseling members of the warrior culture and their families.