She said a typical situation might involve husbands or wives who suddenly find themselves as single parents, overwhelmed, depressed and responsible for all household duties while worrying about a deployed spouse.
“It could mean anything from not tending to the basic needs of the child - feeding, changing diapers, leaving an older child unsupervised,” she said. “It may be she just can’t get out of bed in the morning. Her nerves are frayed and she loses her temper.
“They’re not horrible people. They’re parents that are just pushed beyond their resources for the most part.”
According to the report, the top worry among military families is pay and benefits.
Earlier this year, in response to budget cuts, the Defense Department proposed changes in salaries and health and retirement benefits that would slow pay raises over time and either impose or increase health care insurance fees.
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Kristina Wong is a national security reporter for The Washington Times, covering defense, foreign policy and intelligence affairs. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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