The number of children with members of their family in the armed forces who now seek outpatient mental health assistance has doubled since the ill fated Bush invasion of Iraq. Nearly two million children who had at least one parent in the military asked for mental health assistance during the past year. In 2003, about one million of these children were asking for mental health but now the number has doubled. There is some evidence the number increased alongside the famous “surge” of troops fighting in Iraq. We are a nation which compels members of the military to have a third or fourth deployment in combat zones so it is no surprise their children will be undergoing stress. Patricia Barron of the National Military Family Association says there is evidence children are taking more medication and displaying signs of anxiety and depression.
President Obama is sending thousands of troops into Afghanistan where the fighting will be dangerous and for some soldiers it will be still another deployment away from family. Isn’t it about time the president bit the bullet and requested Congress to reintroduce the draft in order to equalize the burden of defending freedom within their entire nation?