Congressional Briefing - March 1, 2010

Children on the Home Front: The Experiences of Children from Military Families

returning soldier hugs daughter, photo courtesy of DoD/Cherie A. Thurlby


Anita Chandra


Monday, March 1, 2010


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.

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About the Program

In 2009, about 2 million children in the United States had a parent in either the active or reserve component of the military. Until recently, little was known about the effects of parental deployment on children. RAND has recently completed the largest study to date of how military children are faring academically, socially, and emotionally during an extended period of wartime. Views from the Home Front: The Experience of Children from Military Families provides a broad snapshot of the challenges facing military children and their families. The study addresses two key questions:

  • How are school age military children faring compared with other children in the United States?
  • What types of issues do military children face related to deployment?

Please join us for an in-depth discussion on the significant risk factors affecting military children, their implications, and the next steps required to better understand this timely and critical issue.

This briefing focuses on work conducted by the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research.

About the Speaker

Anita Chandra is a behavioral scientist at RAND. Her background is in child and adolescent health, mental health, public health, and community-based participatory research and evaluation. Throughout her career, Chandra has worked with community partners to expand our understanding of the needs of children and families with respect to health and welfare issues, to improve youth and family programs, and to build evaluation capacity among community-based organizations. Other recent reports by Chandra include Children's Health in Washington, D.C.: Access and Health Challenges Despite High Insurance Coverage Rates, and The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations in Long-Term Human Recovery After Disaster: Reflections From Louisiana Four Years After Hurricane Katrina. Chandra received her Dr.P.H. in population and family health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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