Nearly 900 U.S. children lost a parent in the war in Iraq by the end of November, estimates Scripps Howard.
Overall, Americans in uniform today are far more likely to be married and have children than in the military of the past, (Professor Charles) Moskos and others said. And the reliance in Iraq on reserve forces — who tend to be older and even more settled than active-duty soldiers — also means more offspring at home.
. . . According to the Scripps research, more than 40 percent of the 1,256 war dead through November were married, and 429 had children. At least half of those youngsters were 10 years old or younger. Among the parents who died were six women soldiers who had borne a total of 10 children among them — another historic first for females in the U.S. military.
More than 40 men died without ever seeing their children.