Armed Forces Retirement Home
The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) is an independent Agency in the Executive branch of the U.S. Government. The AFRH provides residences and related services for certain retired and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces (24 US Code 10, Subchapter 411). The AFRH currently has two campuses in Gulfport, MS (AFRH-G) and Washington, DC (AFRH-W).
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Soldier is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.