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In the largest study ever done on the emotional impact of war on Army wives, it was found that wives of soldiers sent to war suffered significantly higher rates of mental health issues than those whose husbands stayed home. The rates were higher among wives whose husband deployed longer than 11 months; meaning if the husband was deployed between one and 11 months the wife had an 18% higher rate of suffering from depression than those whose husbands did not go to war; and if the deployment was more than 11 months wives had a 24% higher rate of suffering from depression. The study looked at more than 250,000 Army wives, of which two-thirds had husbands who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2003 and 2006. The study will be published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

This is another reminder of the toll that war causes not just for our soldiers lives, but their families. To read more about the study and commentary about the study click here.

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