Transitions and Tradeoffs: A Social Worker's Snapshot of the American Military Family

  • Patricia Coccoma
Keywords: military families, stress, trauma, physical separations, deployment


With men and women of the U.S. military abroad at war, the risks and challenges they face performing those duties, while also remaining in contact with their families, can be significant. This article traces the personally and professionally rewarding experience of a social worker observing military service members' abilities to cope with stress and the determination of troops stationed overseas and their families to overcome those challenges and remain connected during a period of separation.