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Deployment Support for Family Members

Families bear the brunt of the effects of deployment and their support is essential to the wellbeing and peace of mind of our Service members. The following family support links provide information on available services, programs and entitlements to ensure that family and loved ones are well provided for.

The Coming Home Project external link (non-government)

Deployment Health Assessment Program Video external link

Finding Support Resources in Your Community external link (non-government)

Health & Human Services: Supporting Military Families external link

Reserve Component Resource Center external link

Sesame Street: Military Family Outreach external link (non-government)

Preparing for Deployment

Female Urinary Diversion Device (FUDD)

When deployed, you may need to urinate in unsanitary locations or with male soldiers close by.  Toilet facilities may be primitive during deployment. You may need to urinate outside at the tree line, for example. Portable toilets and restrooms may be dirty. Convoy trips can be long. To avoid improvised explosive devices outside of the vehicle you may need to urinate within the vehicle.

Some women avoid urinating by reducing their fluid intake or holding their bladder too long. This is not a good idea. You need to stay hydrated to avoid heat illness, bladder infections and kidney stones.

The female urinary diversion device (FUDD) allows you to urinate discreetly while standing up or leaning back. You can urinate with minimal undressing - just unbutton your pants. When you use a FUDD, you’ll avoid exposure to poisonous plants and insects as well.  

Watch this FUDD YouTube video to learn more.......

To use the FUDD:

  • Stand with your back to the wind or facing the toilet.
  • Pull the extension tube through the spout until it stops
  • With your feet apart, adjust your clothing so that the top of the cup fits snugly against your body and the tube is out front of your pants.
  • Urinate. To avoid a leak, do not tilt the cup forward while using. When finished, use a flick of the wrist to remove remaining droplets, then wipe dry. Slide the tube back into the cup. Rinse, clean and dry when you can. Use the plastic bag to hold the FUDD between uses.
  • You may want to practice a few times in the shower to get the hang of it before you need to use the FUDD in the field.
  • Save your bladder: hydrate and use a FUDD.

To order, use NSN 4510 014702805: Female Urinary Diversion Device

Deployment Health Assessments

Deployment health assessments are designed to maximize the readiness of our fighting forces.  They provide an excellent opportunity for Service members to engage their healthcare provider to discuss new or existing health concerns and to receive needed care.  Assessments are required for all active duty, National Guard and reserve members. 

MILVAX: Medical Readiness Information external link 

Pre-Deployment Health Assessment Information external link (DD Form 2795)

Post-Deployment Health Assessment Information external link (DD Form 2796)

Post-Deployment Health Reassessment Information external link (DD Form 2900)

Understanding Deployment Health Assessments external link (non-government)

Women's Deployment Health Screening Requirements external link

Financial Readiness           

Army OneSource: Financial Readiness external link (non-government)

Money Management Resources external link

Money Smart: A Financial Education Program external link

Deployment-Related Nutrition

Nutrition in the Deployed Setting

Performance Nutrition (PHC)

Preparing for Redeployment

Returning from deployment can be exciting and stressful, as families readjust after extended periods of separation.  There are steps that you can take to make the redeployment a joyful period for you and your loved ones.  

AfterDeployment.org external link (non-government)

 Returning to Homelife After Deployment external link 

Sesame Street: Deployments, Homecomings & Changes external link (non-government)

Deployment and Environmental Health  (PHC)

The Army Institute of Public Health provides services and information pertinent to maintaining and improving environmental health on installations and in deployment locations.