The percentage of U.S. servicemembers who have family responsibilities, according to a recently published article in the journal Pediatrics -- Health and Mental Health Needs of Children in US Military Families. According to the article, "Up to 2 million US children have been exposed to a wartime deployment of a loved one in the past 10 years." The article is intended as a clinical report for all pediatricians, civilian and military.
In addition to military pediatricians and civilian pediatricians employed by military treatment facilities, nonmilitary general pediatricians care for >50% of children and family members before, during, and after wartime deployments. This clinical report is for all pediatricians, both active duty and civilian, to aid in caring for children whose loved ones have been, are, or will be deployed.