The American Red Cross and Walmart are offering a new program for military families called Reconnection Workshops.

The American Red Cross and Walmart are offering a new program for military families called Reconnection Workshops.

These free workshops are for families preparing to welcome their service member home from deployment. Whether a service memberís absence is because of training, sea duty or combat, coming home poses unique opportunities and challenges for all family members. The Red Cross, with support from Walmart, developed these workshops to support military families in transition.

Specially trained Red Cross mental health professionals will lead participants through information and discussions designed to help them readjust to the changed family dynamic. The workshops are for service members and their spouses, children, parents, siblings and significant others.

Topics including Communicating Clearly, Exploring Stress and Trauma, Identifying Depression, Relating to Children and Working through Anger.

Each workshop lasts about 2 hours and is available to members and their families in a supportive and confidential environment.

Details: www.redcross.org/reconnectionworkshops or the local Red Cross office at 870-534-7312.