Strengthening and Sustaining Army Families

April 16, 2010

The U.S. Army is the strength of the nation and its people are the strength of the Army. The Army’s Soldiers, civilians and families faithfully shoulder the load that their nation asks of them. Today, they receive strong deployment-related support, but the demands of more than eight years of continuous war weigh heavily on them. The strain is evident as they experience multiple deployments and extended separations.

Statistics demonstrate that strain. In communities most affected by the pace of deployment, fully one of three school-aged children is at risk for psychosocial problems at any given time. About 30 percent of children will have significantly increased anxiety; children three years of age and older are particularly vulnerable.