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How do military families prepare for deployment?

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum.
Minnesota U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum addresses a crowd of nearly 500 National Guard members at the Arden Hills Armory on Thursday, April 25, 2019.
Courtesy of the Minnesota National Guard

In the next few weeks, nearly 700 Minnesota soldiers are headed to training before going on to the Middle East.

In 2020, additional National Guardsmen will join them. It is one of the largest deployments for the Minnesota National Guard since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

What does deployment do to families? And how do families navigate the reunion afterward?

Three National Guard members join the conversation to share their stories on how their families prepare for deployment.


Lt. Col. Brandi Degier, Minnesota Army National Guard, who returned from her second deployment in July after being in Kuwait for 10 months.

Maj. William Brama, Minnesota Air National Guard pilot who will be deploying later this year.

Maj. Marian Belinski, Minnesota Army National Guard member and former state family program director.

Is your family dealing with deployment? To hear some advice and learn about local resources, use the audio player above to listen.

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