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Old 04-21-2012, 10:25 AM
 
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As a few of you who've seen my posts on here may know i've been in the British Army for quite a while now and i've got one tour of Afghanistan left before i retire in 2014/15.

I've got 3 children with the youngest of them being 13 and articles like this scare the hell out of me more than being 'out there'.

I'm glad that organisations such as "Scotty's Little Soldiers" exist but the lack of long term from the Government is something that i feel needs to be sorted.

I hope the situation in the US is better.

Anyway, here's a link, the title says it all.

The cost of war for British military children - Channel 4 News

Baldrick.
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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A lot of children have been affected by 10+ years of combat deployments--particularly those that have lost a parent. There are a lot of programs designed for our children but honestly, I don't know what's out there beyond the military communities for kids who have lost a parent.

I have two tours in Afghanistan, both up in the east. I don't miss the place, that's for sure.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I believe that all children who lose a parent need help and attention; and should not be forgotten.

I have not looked at the statistics for a while. Beginning with the end of WWII, US military losses run higher during 'peacetime' than they do during conflicts. Training missions suffer much higher casualties then missions under enemy fire.

All of those servicemembers agreed to defend their nation. All dead servicemembers are just as dead, regardless of whether their death was caused by enemy fire, or by inattention.

All children who suffer the loss of a parent, and in similar straights and should be treated as such.

I do not think that we have any such organization focusing on helping military children. Once the servicemember is dead the US military pretty much washes it's hands of the matter.
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Old 04-22-2012, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Soldiers die in War. That seems to go with the Territory. Whole towns lost every military age male in the First Day on the Somme. I don't understand the point.
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I do not think that we have any such organization focusing on helping military children. Once the servicemember is dead the US military pretty much washes it's hands of the matter.
The Army has been guilty of that but has recently taken steps to ensure those families are continued to be taken care of.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:22 AM
 
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I haven't read here long. In fact, it was only when my nephew was severely injured in Afghanistan last Sunday, I posted.

All of this saddens me beyond words but I want to thank you, Baldrick and ArtyGuy for the kindness and support you gave me when I needed it most.

I've no answers to help except to pray and let y'all know you are in my thoughts. You held me up, gave me enough strength and courage to get through these last several days.

Thank you so much. So very, very much.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:54 PM
 
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Soldiers die in War. That seems to go with the Territory. Whole towns lost every military age male in the First Day on the Somme. I don't understand the point.
Large draftee armies made up of younger men have fewer family considerations then today's all volunter force of professionals. Today's military force comes with a much longer tail of dependent family members.

Given that the current wars are passing their 10 year anniversary and 1% of our population is doing 100% of the fighting while the other 99% are too busy with American Idol and the Kardashians, that puts a small population under alot of stress. Thoughtful consideration of how to help the children of our warfighters should not be too much to ask.

Unfortunately I think the burden of this one will fall where they all seem to fall - back on the men & women of the military. Apparently the rest of society is too busy to care.
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Old 04-23-2012, 02:35 PM
 
Location: On a Long Island in NY
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Large draftee armies made up of younger men have fewer family considerations then today's all volunter force of professionals. Today's military force comes with a much longer tail of dependent family members.

Given that the current wars are passing their 10 year anniversary and 1% of our population is doing 100% of the fighting while the other 99% are too busy with American Idol and the Kardashians, that puts a small population under alot of stress. Thoughtful consideration of how to help the children of our warfighters should not be too much to ask.

Unfortunately I think the burden of this one will fall where they all seem to fall - back on the men & women of the military. Apparently the rest of society is too busy to care.
That's more like .5% of the population. Not bringing back conscription after 9/11 was a big mistake.
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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Large draftee armies made up of younger men have fewer family considerations then today's all volunter force of professionals. Today's military force comes with a much longer tail of dependent family members.

Given that the current wars are passing their 10 year anniversary and 1% of our population is doing 100% of the fighting while the other 99% are too busy with American Idol and the Kardashians, that puts a small population under alot of stress. Thoughtful consideration of how to help the children of our warfighters should not be too much to ask.

Unfortunately I think the burden of this one will fall where they all seem to fall - back on the men & women of the military. Apparently the rest of society is too busy to care.
But the care of widows and orphans is the responsibility of the Government not the military. That is why discharged veterans and their families are cared for by the Veterans Administration not the particular branch of service.

Even Retirees cease being wards of their service once they are 65.
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