Military Kids Struggle with Deployment

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POSTED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 9:17am

UPDATED: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 10:11am

A new military study suggests children of deployed parents often struggle with their parent's absence.

Researchers found military children between three and eight years old made 18-percent more trips to the doctor for behavior problems when a parent was serving a tour of duty compared to when the parent was home.

They made 19-percent more doctor visits for stress disorders.

These findings are significant because while military doctors are aware of the burden on these children, civilian physicians treat two-thirds of military kids.

This study focused on all branches of the service.

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That's an understatement...I chose to stay home after I retired from the military just so that my child could have a stable home environment. Things are so much better now; I might have less disposable income these days but the decision to remain home is well worth it.

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