Your mom or dad is deployed or away training and you find out they've been injured. You may find out when your parent sits down and tells you. Or you may overhear your non-injured parent talking to someone else about it. You may even hear from a sibling who already found out. Everyone finds out differently. In most cases finding out about the injury is unexpected and can be a shock — the common fear for your parent's safety has become a reality.
Don't be surprised by having many different feelings, thoughts, and questions. You may even feel physically ill. Remember that during this time it's important to be aware of all your reactions and ask as many questions as you need to get more information. Some questions you might have are "How did he get hurt?" or "Is she going to die?" Not all your questions may be answerable at this time, but by asking them you're letting your parents know your concerns so they can give you more information when they know more.