Deployment and the Military Family

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Deployment and the Military Family
Amanda Meadows
SOC 101
Susan Fouriner
August 6, 2010

Deployments are a difficult time for military families. Deployment of a loved one affects the whole family. The service member may worry about how his family may fare without him or even miss milestones in his children’s lives. The spouse has to function as a single parent and take on responsibilities left behind by the service member. The children may suffer from behavioral problems and not adjust well to having a parent deployed.
Few studies have been done to examine the affects of deployment on military families. There are many hardships faced by military families. Unless you have experienced the demanding lifestyle of the families you
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Speaking from the perspective of a military spouse, my opinion is this; we are proud of our service to the United States as a family. The sacrifices that have been made are worth keeping our children and fellow citizens safe. We are a living and working part of the organism called society.
The military family may very well fit into the conflict perspective. The military family is constantly battling to protect the power of the nation from other nations. Families are a constant state of conflict with each other. The service member deploys. The children begin to experience behavioral problems. The spouse takes on extra roles acts as single parents.
With military families in a constant state of conflict there are now research groups doing studies to find out what the effects of deployment are on the whole family. As these groups release their findings we can offer families resources to help combat the conflicts of deployment. Some resources now being offered to improve quality of life are parenting classes adapted to military life style, child care, and mental health resources. Operation Purple Camp is one example of the studies that is helping military families. The program gave children to meet other children like them. It also surveyed the families on several different occasions to gather data (http://www.rand.org/pubs/working_papers/2008/RAND_WR566.pdf).
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