Tough Topics

As part of a military family, children may have to face the unthinkable. Children can learn how to cope with and overcome very difficult situations, but your involvement is key to their success. The materials below will help children, teenagers and parents cope with tough topics, including the injury or death of a loved one.

Sensitive Information

The following content deals with sensitive topics, such as the injury of a parent or loved one. Co-viewing with younger children is recommended. With all ages of children, talk about ways to find comfort and support together while using these materials.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious medical condition that impacts the entire family. Learn how to talk with kids and how help them cope with a parent who has PTSD.

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

Invisible injuries, like concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI), impact the whole family. Hear expert advice and real children's stories about coping with a parent's mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

Physical Injury

Seeing a parent with a physical injury from combat can be tough. Learn how to help children cope with this tough situation.

Grief & Loss

Find advice for helping your child cope with the loss of a parent. Hear from children who have dealt with the death of their military parent.

Dr. Keith Lemmon, a military pediatrician, discusses common physical reactions to stress.

REACTIONS TO STRESS