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Kids of Military Personnel Face Elevated Emotional Risk

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

The children of parents on active military duty are vulnerable to long-term emotional strain, according to a new study from a research nonprofit called Child Trends.  As many as a half million American children face the elevated risk for emotional problems, particularly anxiety issues.  Further, if parents return from active duty with mental health struggles of their own, children face additional risk.  The Huffington Post has more:

David Murphey, the author of Child Trend’s study “Home Front Alert: The Risks Facing Young Children in Military Families,” told the Washington Post that this particular group of children is facing emotional obstacles that could develop into more serious long-term issues.

“We’re concerned that children exposed to stressful events, particularly traumatic stressful events, will have difficulty learning to cope with emotions, to do well socially and academically, and even have problems with their physical health,” he said. “As these younger children grow up, we can expect there will be at least a subset of them that will face very substantial problems.”

Murphey explains the delicate nature of these young children’s mental development in a recent Child Trends video.

“It could be the accumulation of those stresses as well as a single overwhelming stress that can lead to really lasting changes in the developing brain that can have negative implications for development further down the line,” he said.

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British Soldier Gave Birth in Afghanistan After Base Attack

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

A British soldier serving in Afghanistan has given birth to a baby boy at a base that had recently been attacked by the Taliban, NBC News is reporting. More on this remarkable birth story:

The child was born Tuesday at a field hospital in Camp Bastion in the war-torn Helmand province, the government said in a statement.

The mother, a gunner with the Royal Artillery, arrived in Afghanistan in March after the child was conceived, a U.K. spokeswoman confirmed. The woman only discovered she was pregnant and about to give birth when she complained of stomach pain.

On Friday night, two U.S. personnel were killed and several others wounded in an attack on the adjoining Camp Leatherneck. The Taliban has also promised to do everything it can to kill the U.K.’s Prince Harry, who is based at Bastion.

The U.K. government statement added that it is “not military policy to allow service women to deploy on operations if they are pregnant.”  Both mother and baby are reportedly in stable condition.

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Veterans Would Receive Infertility Coverage Under New Bill

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Veterans who are experiencing difficulty conceiving a child would be entitled to financial assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs to cover the considerable costs of in vitro fertilization (IVF) if a new bill passes both houses of Congress.

The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs voted last week in support of the bill, which was sponsored by Democrat Patty Murray of Washington state.  Murray argues the bill could help the 1,830 veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who the Pentagon says have suffered pelvic or genital injuries that could affect their ability to reproduce.  More from The Associated Press:

Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, introduced but then withdrew an amendment that would bring the measure in line with Department of Defense policy. That department provides IVF for severely injured or ill veterans but doesn’t cover the cost of artificial insemination using surrogates or donor eggs and sperm.

Murray said such an amendment would unfairly exclude from coverage veterans whose injuries are so severe as to eliminate any possibility that they could conceive or bear children. Burr, the ranking member of the committee, agreed to withdraw that amendment.

‘‘It is not our place to pick winners and losers based on the severity of the injury,’’ she said.

Burr also successfully introduced amendments allowing VA to provide adoption assistance to veterans with infertility conditions incurred in combat and to require the VA to report annually the number of veterans receiving treatment and the cost of that treatment.

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Photo of Military Moms Breastfeeding in Uniform Sparks Controversy

Friday, June 1st, 2012

A photograph of two mothers who are members of the military breastfeeding while wearing their uniforms is sparking controversy as it circulates across the Internet.  The photos are part of a breastfeeding awareness campaign called Mom2Mom of Fairchild Air Force Base.  Yahoo! News has more:

The photo is part of a local breastfeeding awareness campaign by Mom2Mom of Fairchild Air Force Base, a support group launched in January by Crystal Scott, a military spouse and mother of three. Among the intimate close-ups of smiling young mothers cuddling their adorable babies, the images of the two airmen stand out.

“People are comparing breastfeeding in uniform to urinating and defecating in uniform. They’re comparing it to the woman who posed in “Playboy” in uniform [in 2007]” Scott told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. “We never expected it to be like this.”

“I’m an X-ray tech and I breastfeed in my uniform all the time,” Scott says. “Granted they’re scrubs. But people do it all the time in their uniforms. If you have a hungry baby, why would you take the time to change completely?”

Image: Military moms, via Mom2Mom

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First Lady Celebrates Anniversary of Military Family Support Group

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden celebrated the first anniversary of Joining Forces, their initiative to recognize, honor and serve military families, this week.

The celebration includes a White House event announcing the winner of the group’s “Challenge,” a contest to see how communities are supporting military families in innovative ways.  Twenty finalists will be honored at the White House.

Additionally, the First Lady will appear on The Colbert Report to discuss Joining Forces, and she will address a group of high school girls whose families are part of the military.

Finally, Obama and Biden will announce a new initiative that is bringing together 150 of America’s leading nursing organizations and more than 450 nursing schools in 50 states and territories to ensure our nation’s nurses are prepared to help meet the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families.

Image: Father and son, via Shutterstock.

 

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