BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – A new report is highlighting the stress military children face while their parents are deployed.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children whose parents serve during wartime are at an increased risk for social, emotional and behavioral problems.
During the last ten years, about 2 million children have been separated from a parent on active duty.
Doctors say the effects can become more severe the longer a service member is gone.
“One in four kids who have a loved one with a wartime deployment will show signs of depression, and one in three will have excessive worrying,” Dr. Andrew Garner, of the UH Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, said. “Almost half will have trouble sleeping.”
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