Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 76, No. 4, Winter 2005 (
MILITARY FAMILIES AND CHILDREN
DURING OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
COL Stephen J. Cozza, M.D., COL Ryo S. Chun, M.D.,
and COL James A. Polo, M.D.
The general public has become increasingly interested in the health and well
being of the children and families of military service members as the war in
Iraq continues. Observers recognize the potential stresses or traumas that this
population might undergo as a result of the military deployment or the possible
injury or death of military family members. While such concern is welcomed,
it is sometimes misplaced. Not infrequently, conclusions that are drawn are
fraught with misunderstanding and bias based upon lack of understanding of
the military community or a preconceived notion of the vulnerabilities of the
population. This problem is compounded by the paucity of scientiﬁc study. In
this article the authors review the strengths of military families as well as the
unique challenges that they face. The authors also highlight parental deploy-
ment, parental injury and parental death as unique stresses to military chil-
dren and families. Available and pertinent scientiﬁc information is reviewed.
COL Stephen J. Cozza, M.D., COL Ryo S. Chun, M.D., and COL James A. Polo, M.D., are
afﬁliated with Department of Psychiatry, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington,
Address correspondence to COL Stephen J. Cozza, M.D., Department of Psychiatry,
Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20307-
5001; e-mail: email@example.com.
2005 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.