The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has a variety of resources available for educators, family members, and professionals working with children of military families (click on the tabs and also scroll to the bottom of the page). As one would expect, the stressors experienced by the children “include deployment-related stressors such as parental separation, family reunification, and reintegration. Due to frequent moves, many military children experience disrupted relationships with friends, and must adapt to new schools and cultivate new community resources. Some children also experience the trauma of welcoming home a parent who returns with a combat injury or illness, or of facing a parent’s death. Recent research reveals an increase in military child maltreatment and neglect since the start of combat operations and deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq.”
- NCTSN Month of the Military Child page for additional resources.
- This prior post: Educational Benefits for Children of Wounded Veterans