11 Facts About Military Families

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  1. 80 percent of military spouses are women under the age of 35.
  2. Military families relocate 2.4 times more often than civilian families; on average, every 2-3 years.
  3. Service members are more likely to be married at a younger age and have young children at home compared to their civilian counterparts.
  4. In military families across America, more than 900,000 children experienced the deployment of one or both parents multiple times.
  5. Almost one third of military children are at high risk to function abnormally in social groups.
  6. In families with combat-related injuries, 68 percent report high distress in children.
  7. Since 2001, more than 2 million children have had a parent deployed at least once.
  8. Over the last decade, more than 10,200 children have suffered the loss of an immediate family member in a combat or non-combat related death.
  9. Only 5 percent of military spouses are men.
  10. Children in military families often experience disrupted relationships and education because of frequent moves and distress at home.
  11. 62 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan service men and women receive some form of mental health care after returning to the states.

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Sources: Livestrong, PRB, Comfort Crew, NCTSN