Mar 7, 2010 2:04 PM by Mekialaya White

Red Cross helps our military heroes

Deployment can be incredibly stressful and straining on Southern Colorado's military families.

The Pikes Peak American Red Cross offered a free class on Saturday called "Coping with Deployments: Psychological First Aid for Military Families" to address that very issue. The course, offered free of charge, was open to military families of active duty, Reserve and National Guard forces, as well as their families.

The primary goal of the class was to provide pertient information pertaining to mental health issues as well as encourage solid a support system for soldiers. Its curriculum was developed by experts from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, to include active duty, National Guard and Reserve Commands.

"The best thing that a family can do for their service member is to support them in what they have to do. They have to ensure they're strong at home so their service member can be strong overseas," said Jaici Murcia, Director of Volunteer and Emergency Services for the Pikes Peak American Red Cross.

For helpful tips on dealing with deployment, click here.


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