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Sad side issue from America’s wars: Children’s Mental Health Visits up

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 10-11-2010

It really seems America has forgotten about our wars in the Middle East, except as a frequent political ploy as politicians on both sides always take out time to “salute the troops.” Forgotten almost completely, too, is the human cost to the men and women abroad, but families torn up State-side and years or kids going without a mom or dad in the house.

Not surprisingly, there is a mental health cost here as well for the kids affected says a new study.

Young children in military families are about 10 percent more likely to see a doctor for a mental difficulty when a parent is deployed than when the parent is home, researchers are reporting Monday in the most comprehensive study to date of such families’ use of health insurance during wartime.

[From Children’s Mental Health Visits Up as Parent Deploys – Study – NYTimes.com]