The Military Family
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The Military Family book
An article titled “It’s Tearing Families Apart” from 2006 reported on the families who had been directly affected since the beginning of the war in Iraq in 2003 (Skipp, 2006), directing our attention away from the service member and onto the family. A civilian reporter asked the author of a book entitled While They’re at War: The True Story of American Families on the Homefront (Henderson, 2006), if it ever bothered her husband that she was writing about the wives instead of about the real story! I believe the stories of how the families of the military are affected by their life in the military are the “real” stories, and are the stories that catch the nation’s attention. As Marie Wakeﬁeld (2007) wrote:
From a mental health perspective, it is very important to recognize that veterans do not experience war alone and that the experience of war does not end when a tour is over. Families, maybe for generations to come, are affected in many ways.