3.09.2016

Military Personnel Numbers...

Over 2.1 million military personnel have been deployed during the ongoing conflicts of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Forty-four percent of these men and women, nearly one million individuals, are parents (Dept of Defense, 2010). The combat tours of OEF/OIF service members have been longer than in previous conflicts, and more service members will be deployed for multiple tours than in any other conflict (Tanelian & Jaycox, 2008). Of the one million military parents who have been deployed, 48 percent have served at least twice, and often three or four times (Dept of Defense, 2010). Resiliency, which is the ability to cope with and recover from adversity, is the norm within military families rather than the exception (Walsh, 2003). Journal of Marital and Family Therapy - Sandoz, Moyer, and Armelie