Memorial Day is a holiday honored and celebrated in many different ways. While honoring and remembering the the lives of those in service for many today, we can also observe and recognize the challenges many military families face and lives lost in service. Especially the spouses, families, and children of fallen soldiers.The Central Coast serves the military families and children of Vandenberg Air force Base located in Lompoc, CA.
In the article, Bereaved Military Dependent Spouses and Children: Those Left Behind in a Decade of War (2001–2011), Military Medicine points to The National Military Family Bereavement Study (www.militarysurvivorstudy.org) “is such a longitudinal study of grief outcomes in bereaved military family members. These research efforts will shape intervention and support strategies that promote adaptation to loss, reduce risk, and further military survivor family health and resilience. “
According to Postpartum.net “Military families face unique stressors that make them more susceptible experiencing perinatal mood disorders.”
Get access to support and resources at Postpartum International's Weekly Military Moms Support Group for more help. Learn more here.
"Every Wednesday 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT
Our online groups are here to help you connect with other parents, talk about your experience, and learn about helpful tools and resources. Whether you are going through stress, adjustment to parenting, Baby Blues, or pregnancy or postpartum depression/anxiety, our groups are here for you. Military spouses, active duty personnel and veteran moms are welcome to attend. Our trained facilitators are military spouses and understand the unique stress of the military family life. Please let us know if you have any questions, and join us this week for a supportive and informative group."
To those grieving today, We see you. To those who anxiously await a loved one's return from service, We see you. You are not alone.
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Help for Military Families: https://www.postpartum.net/get-help/military-families/
Stephen J. Cozza, MC USA (Ret.), Joscelyn E. Fisher, PhD, Jing Zhou, MS, Jill Harrington-LaMorie, DSW, LCSW, Lareina La Flair, MPH, PhD, Carol S. Fullerton, PhD, Robert J. Ursano, USAF MC (Ret.), Bereaved Military Dependent Spouses and Children: Those Left Behind in a Decade of War (2001–2011), Military Medicine, Volume 182, Issue 3-4, March-April 2017, Pages e1684–e1690, https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-16-00101)