Welcome to United Children of Veterans. This is a safe place, and I’m glad you’re here. My name is Christal Presley, and my goal is to educate the public about how children can be affected by a father’s or mother’s war experience–and to help children of veterans find each other, share their stories, and heal. Join our Facebook community, peruse the blog (just scroll down), and check out my book, Thirty Days with My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD.
UPDATE: Thirty Days with My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD is being turned into a movie! I’m working with a screenwriter now to adapt the book for the big screen.
This article in Mother Jones explores how spouses and kids of returning war veterans can exhibit PTSD symptoms of their own. It focuses on the case study of Katie, Brannan, and veteran Caleb Vines. A MUST read!
A new study from Syracuse’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families suggests that psychological treatment for spouses and children of veterans with PTSD may reduce the stresses and trauma on the family–and therefore, have a positive influence on veterans’ health.
Click here or on the picture below for this article from Stars and Stripes.
In this full PDF article originally published in Development and Psychopathology in 2001, authors Rachel Yehuda, Sarah Halligan, and Robert Grossman conclude that in intergenerational PTSD (the transmission of PTSD from parent to child), childhood trauma may be an important factor.
The article, “Childhood Trauma and Risk for PTSD: Relationship to Intergenerational Effects of Trauma, Parental PTSD, and Cortisol Excretion,” can be accessed by typing the name of the article into Google, scrolling past the abstracts to the PDF version, and downloading the file.
This article from American Journal of Orthopsychiatry is a review of the literature on intergenerational transmission of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from fathers to sons in families of war veterans. The review addresses several questions: (1) Which fathers have a greater tendency to transmit their distress to their offspring? (2) What is transmitted from father to child? (3) How is the distress transmitted and through which mechanisms? And finally, (4) Which children are more vulnerable to the transmission of PTSD distress in the family?
Veterans’ Children is the first community and support organization to address the generational consequences of living with war trauma- from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, to our present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The purpose of their website is to serve as a resource for healing and a forum for sharing stories.
On his website, Inheriting the Vietnam War Legacy, researcher Dr. Ken O’Brien summarizes his theory that genetics–or more precisely, epigenetics–play a role in the intergenerational transmission of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In her memoir, Falling through the Earth, Danielle Trussoni returns to Vietnam to explore the country where her father fought, as she explores memories of her childhood and how the war affected her family.
This abstract of “Transgenerational Transmission of Cortisol and PTSD Risk” published by Rachel Yehuda and Linda Blerer in Progress in Brain Research (2007), reports that adult children of Holocaust survivors with PTSD have a greater prevalence of PTSD themselves. The full-text PDF version of this article is available for purchase on the website above.