Chaplains sponsor IA participation in post-deployment Reintegration support services (e.g., Returning Warrior Workshops, and CREDO retreats, and can help you deal with re-deployment stressors
Chaplains can teach healthy coping strategies for operational/combat stress symptoms.
Chaplains continue to advise the command and advocate for IA Sailors. They meet with returning Sailors to assist with reintegration, identify issues and constructive solutions, as well as other sources of assistance.
Chaplains know that re-adaptation may take time. They can help you with some of the roadblocks to a smooth return and reunion, including unrealistic expectations, alcohol abuse, anger, and depression.
Chaplains can teach you how to recognize the indicators of anger and resources to deal with your anger.
Chaplains can also advise Sailors and family members on mental health resources.
Chaplains assist Sailors and their families in dealing with the emotional and relational challenges of separation during a deployment.
Healthy communication about feelings is important during a deployment, especially when partners can report successful coping. Writing has advantages over email. Partners need to be able to support one another through difficulties without blaming each other for difficulties.
Chaplains teach anger management skills
Reminders about expectations, changes, money, and other matters are familiar points of post-deployment briefing, which IA Sailors may not receive.
Chaplains know child development and parenting concerns/resources for married and single parents
Reminders about expectations, changes, money, and other matters are familiar points of post-deployment briefings, which IA sailors may not receive.
Chaplains also know healthy support systems
Assist Sailors in recognizing the importance of the experiences and emotions of those at home. Provide reminders about expectations, changes, finances, and other matters. Teach healthy couple/relationship communication skills
To Access a Chaplain for IA Sailor Support
- Contact your Command Chaplain.
- For urgent matters, access the Duty Chaplain through your nearest Navy installation Quarterdeck.
- For routine matters, contact a US Fleet Forces Command Staff Chaplain for IA Sailors and Families:
Chaplains provide confidential, emotional and religious support throughout the deployment cycle. We stand ready to help you succeed in providing the best support possible for our Navy IAs. Thank you again for your service!
After-hour & weekend Chaplain support is available by contacting one of the following Command Quarterdecks:
Norfolk, VA: (757) 322-2866
JEB Little Creek, VA: (757) 462-7385
Oceana, VA: (757) 433-2366
Dam Neck Annex, VA: (757) 492-6234
Jacksonville, FL: (904) 542-2338
Mayport, FL: (904) 270-5401
San Diego, CA: (619) 524-5503
Coronado, CA: (619) 545-8123
Pt. Loma, CA: (619) 524-5503
Kitsap, WA: (360) 627-4024
Everett, WA: (425) 304-3366
Whidbey Island, WA: (360) 257-2631
Great Lakes, IL: (847) 688-3300