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The disturbing uptick in child abuse cases within military families




U.S. Marines (USMC) silhouetted against the sunset on June 1, 2012. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) partnership with Operation Warfighter is just part of our commitment to helping veterans transition into civilian careers after their military service. USMC photo.
U.S. Marines (USMC) silhouetted against the sunset on June 1, 2012. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) partnership with Operation Warfighter is just part of our commitment to helping veterans transition into civilian careers after their military service. USMC photo.
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The military is struggling to address the issue of child abuse.

That's the finding of a recent investigation conducted by the L.A. Times

Previously unreleased reports by the Army, Navy and Air Force reveal numerous cases where military officials knew or suspected child abuse or neglect was happening — but failed to properly respond.

For more on this Alex Cohen spoke with Times' reporter David Cloud, who wrote about this issue.

Cloud spoke about his investigations findings, the programs working to prevent these types of cases and how the military has responded:

"In the military the priority is always on the soldier or the airmen or the sailor, it's not necessarily on the family. As much as as the military likes to portray itself as a family and needs the support of families because it's an all volunteer force, their focus is really on preparing service members to go to combat. So, if service members have health problems, if they have mental problems, if they have a whole array of problems...they get treatment. The questions really becomes whether the military is making it a priority enough to look after the families at the same time they're looking after the service members."

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