Veterans’ Combat Trauma Is Often Passed Onto Their Children

4 Apr | By Joyce Raezer , Steve Schwab and Mike Linnington

Joyce Raezer is executive director of the National Military Family Association; Steve Schwab is CEO of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation; and retired Lt. Gen. Mike Linnington is CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Zianni is the middle child in a family of five. Before and after school, she takes care of her younger siblings and helps her mom make dinner. But her most important role is keeping her siblings calm so they don’t add more stress to an already fragile environment.

Fifteen years in the Army and three tours in Iraq left Zianni’s dad with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety attacks and physical injuries. The family dynamic is centered around his care, and Zianni is often lost in the mix.


Author: Dian Welle