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Veterans' Health: Conditions and Stressors

An overview of what many veterans and their families experience after serving in war, including PTSD, traumatic brain injury, limb loss, and more.

Stresses on Military Families continued...

 While most children do well, military parents are advised to watch out for signs of stress. Infants lose their appetite in the absence of a caregiver, while children under six may regress to bedwetting, thumb sucking, and tantrums. Older children can regress as well and show serious fear for their deployed parent; teenagers are at risk of rebellion and falling grades. Children of all ages need a readjustment period when parents come home, according the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.       

Many military spouses, like Greentree, are determined to “thrive, not survive” deployments. Greentree instills pride in her sons and says, “We serve, too,” echoing the title of a popular storybook for military children.  

During Greentree’s husband’s deployments, she and her two sons hang a picture of him from a barbecue skewer and take “Mike on a Stick” on family outings.

“I cannot control what happens. But I can control how we react to it,” she says.

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Reviewed on May 06, 2011

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