Secretary of Defense Robert Gates admitted families of those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are encountering serious stress. He also recognized stress on military men and women impacted families back home and had many personal ramifications within family members. “We obviously want to stop all kinds of violence among our soldiers and their families.” There is increasing fear stress has led to serious crimes and even death. An important factor is the extent of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and ways in which the military can assist members of the service to come forth and admit they are experiencing stress.
Perhaps, the greatest stress facing those in combat is being sent back and forth from combat to home and back to combat. This creates uncertainty and confusion within a family and adds the element of uncertainty to the lives of people.