Iraq and Afghanistan emotional toll on families deepens

As wars in Iraq and Afghanistan lengthen, emotional toll on military families deepens
By DAVID CRARY | AP National Writer
1:44 PM EDT, July 19, 2008
1 2 3 4 next FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) _ Far from the combat zones, the strains and separations of no-end-in-sight wars are taking an ever-growing toll on military families despite the armed services' earnest efforts to help.

Divorce lawyers see it in the breakup of youthful marriages as long, multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan fuel alienation and mistrust. Domestic violence experts see it in the scuffles that often precede a soldier's departure or sour a briefly joyous homecoming.

Teresa Moss, a counselor at Fort Campbell's Lincoln Elementary School, hears it in the voices of deployed soldiers' children as they meet in groups to share accounts of nightmares, bedwetting and heartache.

"They listen to each other. They hear that they aren't the only ones not able to sleep, having their teachers yell at them," Moss said.

Even for Army spouses with solid marriages, the repeated separations are an ordeal.

"Three deployments in, I still have days when I want to hide under the bed and cry," said Jessica Leonard, who is raising two small children and teaching a "family team building" class to other wives at Fort Campbell. Her husband, Capt. Lance Leonard, is in Iraq.,0,1461905.story
Be good for a national newspaper to do a feature similar to this for the wider public as some of the public dont actually realise the strain that families are under with their loved ones away.

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