The Effects on the Family During Military Deployment

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JOHN C. JENSEN
The Effects on the Family During Military Deployment
Families are important, everyone has one in some way or fashion. Frederick Buechner said, “You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you”. Military families, throughout their life, experience something that most other families will not even consider thinking about, and that is deployment; where one of the parents is gone for months at a time and sometimes even years. This is a very hard time for the children in the family as well as the spouse who is left home. According to Huebner (Mancini, Wilcox, Grass, Grass, 2007), 34% of children during a deployment have shown to have symptoms of depression. Such as loss of interest in regular activities, isolation, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, sadness and crying. When the parents are home, the family is strong, however when they are deployed no one can shy away from the fact that there are going to be effects without the entire family together. For example how does deployment effect everyday life; are there psychological effects, can it come depression, what does the remaining parent go through? Military life in general is hard on anyone. Add a family and it becomes even harder. The military is no longer the single man’s duty. Studies have shown that having a family in the military provides several advantages. Relative to single soldiers married soldiers have fewer job-related problems, are more committed and are expecting to serve longer. They also have fewer attrition rates and proportionally fewer indiscipline and substance abuse discharges (Cadigan, 2000). So what we have here are families grounded in core military ethics and morals. Some would think that families like this would breeze through a deployment, but that is not the case. A normal deployment...
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