What the Research Says

The military has long provided the nation with an effective laboratory for social change. The practice of medical triage was developed during World War I; treatment of Vietnam War causalities led to breakthroughs in dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The military built a model for quality child care. Most significantly, the military provided the nation a model for racial integration.

Now, the military and civilian communities are working together to design strategies to help children traumatized by grief and loss. What they learn could have far-reaching ramifications: Those lessons can be applied in communities across the country from Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia to South Central Los Angeles, where children and families living in violence-prone communities struggle with those same issues every waking hour.