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PTSD Awareness: The Child

Jun 24, 2016

Long after a person experiences a traumatic event, the memories and stress linger. For some, coping mechanisms work and the impact of the event fades with time. For others, the memories and feelings manifest into mild to severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is a stress disorder which may develop in those who have been directly exposed to or been confronted with a distressing life event. The disorder may also present itself after a period of prolonged stress. The disorder has become so prevalent in our society, with 22 soldiers a day taking their own lives, that June has been named PTSD Awareness Month in an effort to raise awareness and promote effective treatments.

Soldiers aren’t the only ones who have to battle the effects of deployment. Military children often endure immense sacrifice resulting in emotions such as fear, instability, and anger. Losing a parent due to unseen circumstances can be particularly jarring for children whose development benefit from trust, consistency, and safety.

Children who had a parent die suddenly are three times more likely to develop depression than those with two living parents, simultaneously increasing the risk for PTSD. Coupled with military families who have moved several times, the experience of their parent not returning home from war and the impending responsibility to grow up fast as their family grieves, these children are in need of our help.

Therefore, Children of Fallen Patriots strongly supports scholars whose parents have taken their lives, and seeks to ease the financial burden of education so they may focus on their overall well-being.

For a young child, nothing can replace the loss of a mother or father, but Fallen Patriots can provide peace of mind that the child will receive the education their parent desired for them.

To learn more about the support Fallen Patriots provides for children of the fallen, visit our What We Do section.