How Do Repeat Military Deployments Affect Servicemembers' Children?
Later this week 110 members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard will mobilize in support of combat operations in Afghanistan. The 237th Military Police Company will train in Texas for several months before departing to Khost Province.
77 of the soldiers are deploying for the first time. But others are on their second and third; one is one his fifth deployment.
It’s those repeated deployments that have been a signature of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – and a researcher at UNH, they could take a toll on servicemembers’ families.
Dr. Pablo Arriaza is assistant professor of social work at UNH and author of new research on the challenges children in military families can face when one or both parents are repeatedly deployed. He talks with All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the research, which was recently published in the Illinois Child Welfare Journal.
For families dealing with issues related to deployment, Dr. Arriaza recommended the website Military OneSource, which he says is handy not only for issues like depression and mental health but also as a resource on topics like education, careers and personal finance.