Deployed Grandparents

I am a working empty nester grandmother that became a care giver to her granddaughters, when our USAF daughter was deployed to Afghanistan. The children had to adjust to a non military lifestyle and moving to our home in another state. My role changed from being a grandmother to an acting parent with all the responsibilities. Our daughter faced the separation and feeling of disconnection of her role as a mother. We faced many challenges, and gained a greater understanding of what military families face when their love ones are deployed. We did not know when our daughter returned, how challenging it would be to reconnect her to her children and her old lifestyle, even though she did not experience trauma. I have written a book soon to be published book “Deployed Grandparents being Parents”, my personal journey during this time. Hoping this will help others that are care giving children. Even though our daughter has returned we face the possibility of future deployments, so our journey will continue..

Debbie Nichols

2 thoughts on “Deployed Grandparents

  1. USMC Family Readiness Officer

    Hi Debbie,
    I think it would be great if you published the link to this website at We forward that link to parents of Marines for their one-stop-shop for all info. It is a fantastic site.

    I think your book and this website are fantastic ideas!!
    good luck to you!!

  2. Renee Gibbons

    Congratulations Debbie!! You and Alan are the best Grandparents and what a great thing to do to help other grand parents learn the ropes of what to do in this situation!! so excited for everyone to read this book!!

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