Essay On Wartime Deployment

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With the long-term deployment of United States military forces in several regions of the world, has led to new challenges for military members and their families. The constant deployment of a parent or a spouse to a combat zone has developed a challenge not seen in over a decade. Deployment is defined as any assignment away from the service member’s home, whether it is overseas or within the United States, or during peacetime or wartime. The effects of wartime deployments go past the average daily difficulties experienced in family life. The deployment affects the family, spouse, children and the military member. These deployments have caused psychological, financial, and other undue stress on the spouses and children of deployed service members. …show more content…
When service members return from their wartime deployments, re-entry into the family unit can be a very stressful and problematic. First of all, the spouse left behind to care for the family has taken the role of both parents during the service member 's absence. Because of the absence, the service member may be feared or perceived as a stranger to the family unit by younger children. If the deployed service member has suffered some or major physical or psychological damage, the damage may complicate the return of the service member. Depending on the severity of the physical disability, the parent may not be able to perform the activities and functions as a normal parent. Another complication may arise if the service member is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The service member suffering from symptoms such as depression may limit their participation in the family. Other symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder often drive many of the hostile changes within the families such as lack of intimacy, numbing and …show more content…
Every member of the family can struggle with different challenges resulting from an absent parent or spouse. The military family must deal with multiple levels of stress throughout the various stages of the deployment, as well as additional stress when the absent service member returns home. Though adults tend to cope with deployment better, the children face stronger psychological, emotional, and behavioral, effects of wartime

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