Currently more than 130,000 military kids have a mother or
father deployed in wartime, according to the National Military
Family Association. If you're a military family or if you want to
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We know all about the mental health dangers facing troops
serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. But children suffer, too, when
their parents are deployed.
A nationwide retrospective study of more than 640,000 children
age 3 to 8 found that mental and behavioral health visits increased
11 percent in children when a military parent deployed; behavioral
disorders increased 19 percent and stress disorders 18 percent.
Rates for these disorders especially increased in older children
and children with military fathers and of married military parents.
More than 2 million U.S. children have been affected directly by a
parent's military deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 40
percent of these children younger than 5 years old, finds the
report by the Department of Pediatrics Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md.
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