The Sacrifice of Military Families

  • Carl Mirra
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Oral History book series (PSOH)


The impact of war is not limited to the battlefield. The families of soldiers also make great sacrifices when one of their members is engaged in combat. Sleepless nights, loved ones missing at holidays, a parent left alone to raise children, and the torment of wondering whether the knock on the door is a military officer in full dress bearing the bad news of the death of a loved one are among the anxieties that military families face. Tragically, as the number of fallen soldiers increases, more and more families are faced with the trauma of death. As the wife of one marine put it, “[b]eing married to a Marine is said to be the toughest job in the Corps.”1


Cell Phone Service Member Active Duty Military Family National Guard 
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    Scott Jason, “Left Behind: Wife and Son Wait for Marine to Return,” Merced Sun Star, December 19, 2007.Google Scholar
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    Col. Douglas Waldrep, Col. Stephen J. Cozza, and Col. Ryo Sook Chow. “Chapter XII. The Impact of Deployment on the Military Family” in National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Iraq War Clinician Guide, 2nd edition, (Washington, DC: Department of Veteran Affairs, June 2004), pp. 83–86. Jason, “Left Behind.”Google Scholar
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    Deployment statistics and quotations from generals in this paragraph from Ann Scott Tyson, “Possible Iraq Deployments Would Stretch Reserve Force,” Washington Post, November 5, 2006.Google Scholar
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    Faye Fiore, “Military Kin on U.S. Handling of War,” Newsday, December 7, 2007, p. A32.Google Scholar

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