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Military Children Are the Victims of War

Do Children Become War Victims When Their Parents Are Deployed?

It's been said that "army brats" know how to pack their bags and bid their goodbyes, but what happens when it's time for the kids to see their own parents off? While it's one thing when a husband or wife makes the conscious choice to marry a spouse who's in the military and bear the brunt of that decision, it's quite another for children of single parents to uproot their lives (yet again) to stay with relatives when mom or dad is deployed. A touching New York Times report examined the physical and emotional effects of such circumstances. It said:

And a paper published in the journal Pediatrics in late 2009 found that children in military families were more likely to report anxiety than children in civilian families. The longer a parent had been deployed in the previous three years, the researchers found, the more likely their children were to have had difficulties in school and at home.

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lizlee89 lizlee89 6 years
Betty Wayne; very well-said. As a parent, I would never want my children to experience mental or emotional distress, however, I feel like now-a-days we can't deal with anything and we use it as an excuse to be weak. If parents have this situation, they need to teach their children to be strong and grow up to be [to steal a line from the very wise Betty Wayne] "happy, productive adults....
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
Yes, absolutely, though no child's life can be perfect. Just because children have difficulties in school and at home doesn't mean they won't grow up to be happy, productive adults.
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