We figured the main thing would be getting a power of attorney so that I would be able to do anything that needed to be done while he was gone. Getting the power of attorney eliminated a lot of extra stress for us. Another big thing we did was created a contact list and made a few copies for my husband to take with him. He will try to call home whenever he has the opportunity. If he can't reach me on my phone then I want him to try other phone numbers that I could possibly be reached at. We wouldn't want to miss out on an opportunity to speak with each other.
If I had a list of things to do then maybe things would of been easier for my husband during his final weeks at home.
Here's a list of things that I've gathered from my own experience and from speaking with others.
- Confirm email address and contact information
- Obtain updated copy of orders and page 2 data
- Attend pre-deployment briefings
- Update power of attorney
- Make sure DOD ID's are current for all eligible family members
- Create an emergency contact list and make sure the deploying member has a few copies of the list.(can have one in seabag, one in rack, one in pocket of uniform)
- Create a budget for bills together
- Locate deed and mortgage papers
- Copies of Marriage License, Birth Certificate of deploying spouse and drivers license of deploying spouse
- Verify current allotments
- Get a calendar and update it together with all important events and dates. Try to make sure it's an electronic version and a hard copy version created for both of you.