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By The Skanner News
Published: 05 April 2011

The longest war in United States history puts an incredible strain on both military service members and their families. The mother in Florida who killed her two teenage children in January – whose husband had been deployed to the Middle East multiple times – suffered from depression and substance abuse issues. Cases of depression among military spouses is significantly higher than in the civilian population.

"The rate of child neglect is nearly four times as high during the time soldiers were deployed," says Deborah Gibb, Research Analyst with RTI International.

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