Ongoing combat operations in Iraq
and Afghanistan put enormous stress on military personnel and their families.
At all levels, service members are
now facing their second, third and in some cases fourth deployment. Deployments
are longer and breaks between them are less frequent. As a result, military
families are under extreme stress both during and after deployments.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder,
anxiety, depression, substance abuse and marital problems are prevalent.
Seventy-five percent of veterans with partners report at least one family
adjustment issue. Nearly half of all active duty service members have children
and many of these youngsters experience emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Developing a comprehensive program
to address the unique issues faced by military personnel, their spouses and
children is the goal of the Military Families Initiative.