The children of soldiers

Nov 11, 2010

According to a study by the RAND Corporation, nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan report symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder or major depression. But a recent study published in the journal <i>Pediatrics</i> shows that the children of these soldiers are also suffering. The study shows that the child of a parent that is deployed in the military is 11% more likely to visit the doctor for a mental or behavioral problem than they are when their military parent is home from duty. The most common mental complaints? Stress, anxiety and attention deficit. Michelle Obama was recently in California bringing attention to the issues that so many military families face and calling the American people to action saying, “These women and men — they are heroes and it’s time that we recognize the challenges they face and the obstacles they overcome and the contributions they make.” What are the needs of these children, and are these needs being met?

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