Returning Warriors Workshop Offers Sailors, Families Tools for Success

Story Number: NNS090127-04Release Date: 1/27/2009 6:25:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Shanika L. Futrell, Navy Public Affairs Support Element-East

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Nearly 200 demobilized Sailors returning from individual augmentee (IA) assignments or overseas deployments shared their experiences with shipmates and experienced counselors at the Returning Warriors Workshop (RWW) in Norfolk Jan. 24-25.

During the workshop, Sailors and their families learned how to overcome the conflicts they face at home and how to deal with the struggles associated with the transition from combat life to civilian life.

"This workshop is a great venue for our Sailors, both Reserve and active duty, coming back home to gain personal introspection and to be able to re-adapt to life in the United States and at the same time become aware of medical issues that the Sailor might not be aware of when they return," said Cmdr. Jerry Hupp, Chief of Staff, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Reserve Component Command (REDCOM Mid-Atlantic).

Several presentations and small group sessions were offered. Facilitators and therapists were available and were trained to assist participants with the issues discussed within the sessions.

"The group sessions are great because there's a sense of trust and a greater sense of disclosure," said Eric Harris, family support administrator, REDCOM Mid-Atlantic.

"This event is very beneficial because we had a chance to say all the things we were dealing with when we deployed, and we received guidance on how to fix these issues," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Ernest Ahiable. "Also, my significant other doesn't understand the Navy, but now she has a better understanding on how to contact the ombudsman and because so many others could relate, now she has that foundation from the other military spouses as well."

"This workshop is encouraged for the entire family not just the individual Sailor," said Harris. "A deployment affects the dynamics of the family, and we are able to help the family not just the individual."

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