Iraq War Clinician Guide

The Impact of Deployment on the Military Family

About the Course:

The Iraq War Clinician Guide was developed by members of the National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense. It was developed specifically for clinicians and addresses the unique needs of veterans of the Iraq War. Chapter 13 addresses issues involving the families of military personnel. Clinicians need to be aware of these issues when working with families of deployed soldiers in order to identify those families that may need additional services.


National Center for PTSD and the Department of Veterans Affairs

Publication Date:

June, 2004, Second Edition


Waldrep, COL Douglas A., MC, USA; Cozza, COL Stephen J., MC, USA; and Chun, COL Ryo Dook, MC, USA

About the Author:

COL Douglas A. Waldrep, MC, USA; COL Stephen J. Cozza, MC, USA; and COL Ryo Dook Chun, MC, USA are associated with Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the impact of deployment on the military family. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify the five stages of deployment and the emotional changes associated with each.

  2. Describe common responses that children have to the deployment of a parent and how the responses vary with age.

  3. Discuss steps that parents can take to help their children and themselves deal with deployment-related stress.

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