The children of our nation's Veterans sometimes have a hard time understanding the
changes in their mom and dad after a deployment.  It's difficult, especially for the very
young, to understand why their loving, tender parent came back sad or angry.  
We hope to continue adding to this section.  If you know of other links we should add, or
would like to contribute to this page in any way,
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Helping Children Understand PTSD - an article written by staff

Explaining Your PTSD to Your Child - A "nitty gritty" look and what a parent struggling
with PTSD can say and how to say it.

Secondary PTSD in Children - what to watch for, what to do

Stress & Secondary PTSD in Children - Coping skills & ideas from an expert on stress
and children.

Helping Children Understand TBI - an article written by a former DoDDS teacher that
looks at how to talk to children of all age groups about TBI.

TBI Science Experiment - A "hands on" way to help kids understand what TBI is and how
it affects their injured parent's brain.

Web Resources for Children of Veterans

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and The Family - a web booklet from Veterans Affairs
Canada.  This is an excellent source of information and gives specific tips about meeting
the emotional needs of your child and about the signs / symptoms of stress in a child.

Supporting Young Children: Combat Stress, Injuries of War -  This is a great PDF booklet
(8 pages) published by the National Center for infants, Toddlers, & Families.  It has
information for a parent experiencing combat stress as well as for others in the

The Impact of a Veteran’s PTSD on Children - From the Illinois Warrior Assistance
Program, this is a shortened version of the info found in the next link from the National
Center for PTSD.

When a Child's Parent Has PTSD - a fact sheet from the National Center for PTSD.  This
information is a little "dry" and clinical, but still has some very good background
information and specific tips.

Returning from the War Zone - A Guide for Families - a booklet available in PDF format
from the National Center for PTSD.  It has a small section specifically about children on
page 3.

Center of Knowledge on Healthy Child Development - This is a resource listed on the
Veterans Affairs Canada site and has a WEALTH of information about parenting and
meeting the needs of your child, especially during difficult times.
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