Deployment of military mothers: Supportive and nonsupportive military programs, processes, and policies

Petra Goodman, Annette Turner, Janice Agazio, Meryia Throop, Diane Padden, Shawna Greiner, Shannon L. Hillier

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Military mothers and their children cope with unique issues when mothers are deployed. In this article, we present mothers' perspectives on how military resources affected them, their children, and their caregivers during deployment. Mothers described beneficial features of military programs such as family readiness groups and behavioral health care, processes such as unit support, and policies on length and timing of deployments. Aspects that were not supportive included inflexibility in family care plans, using personal leave time and funds for transporting children, denial of release to resolve caretaker issues, and limited time for reintegration. We offer recommendations for enhanced support to these families that the military could provide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-734
Number of pages6
JournalMilitary Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013


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