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ERIC Number: EJ1018365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1054-8289
When a Parent Is Injured or Killed in Combat
Holmes, Allison K.; Rauch, Paula K.; Cozza, Stephen J.
Future of Children, v23 n2 p143-162 Fall 2013
Since the U.S. military began fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2002, approximately two million military children have seen a parent deploy into harm's way at least once, and many families have experienced multiple deployments. Most deployments end with a parent's safe return home, but more than 50,000 service members have been physically injured in combat, and even more are later diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the worst case, deployed parents do not return at all. This article examines the impact on dependent children of deployments that result in visible or physical injuries (for example, amputations or burns); invisible injuries, including TBI and PTSD; and a parent's death. Seven recommendations for service providers and policy makers are detailed. The article concludes that ultimately more research is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of existing programs and disseminate the findings so that resilience-based family programs can be expanded to providers in the community where families live and receive care.
Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution. 267 Wallace Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544. Tel: 609-258-6979; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
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