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War and Families

  • By: Stevan Weine
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

In his 2006 cover of “Mrs. McGrath,” the American songwriter Bruce Springsteen reworked the Irish folk song that tells of a mother waiting 7 years for her son to return from war. When he finally comes home, it is with two legs lost to a cannonball, and the singer laments the pain war brings to soldiers and their mothers. Although wars have changed, they have innumerable ways of bringing pain to families. This entry describes some of the painful issues that families face and some approaches used to assist them.

Communication with Family Members

Today's U.S. soldiers are older and married with a child, whereas the average soldier in the Vietnam War was a teenager and single. The families of U.S. soldiers fighting in Iraq and ...

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