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Reuniting military families following deployment

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  By The Rev. Dr. Lester L. Westling, Jr., M.A., D.Min., LMFT
Captain, Chaplain Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)

  • Book includes instructional seminar DVD with text and film aids.
  • $21.95 plus $6.00 S&H
  • (California residents pay 8.625% Sales Tax)
  • For an autographed copy, contact Dr. Westling once your order is placed..


All That Glitters...


     When Johnny/Joanie Comes Marching Home 


Our military families endure the burdens of separation when a significant member is repeatedly, often suddenly, called far away to serve for extended periods of time. Not only handling the separations but also the reunions and restoration of the family circle are the subjects of this book. Deployments order service personnel to duties in distant places ashore and at sea. However, a special chapter deals specifically with what combat does to the combatant, to the family, and to the nation, with suggested coping strategies for those involved.


The book is in two parts. Part One deals with the military member and the family.


            Chapter 1: “Change Happens” – Changes in individuals and the

family occur during deployment separations.

Chapter 2: “The Combat Experience” – Hazardous duty has an

effect on the family as well as the deployed member.

Chapter 3: “In Search of Hope” – Positive resources within and

surrounding military people and their families.

Chapter 4: “A Lesson from R&R” – Defines Anticipatory Grief

Work, how fear in a familly can develope it, how it can become

irreversible even if inappropriate, and how to interrupt it.

Chapter 5: "The Reunion" -Expectations and positive

management of the reunion.


Part Two recreates seminars given over five years in the Pacific Fleet for returning sailors and Marines, with complementary seminars given at home port to prepare the waiting spouses for reunions. These Pre-Reunion Seminars have been edited to include all the services and for both genders - with women as well as men now returning to their families from combat and from duties overseas and in ships-of-the-line.


A DVD attached to the back cover contains the complete text of both seminars (the same as in Part Two of the book) formatted in 8.5 X 11 inches for easy podium use by facilitators, together with the two films used in these seminars. With these resources, the seminars can be conducted in the field, aboard ship, and with awaiting spouses at home base or port (or read individually).


The author is a disabled combat veteran, a licensed marriage and family therapist, an Episcopal Priest and retired military chaplain, with M.A. in Pastoral Psychology and Doctor of Ministry Degrees.





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