Archive for December, 2014


The transmission of trauma from parent to child is beginning to receive attention. Judith Shulevitz of the New Republic wrote “The Science of Suffering,” a comprehensive story that reports on the latest research. ( It details how research is now countering the traditional belief that family dynamics explained the “vicarious traumatization of the next generation.” The actual explanation lies in the genes themselves.

“…researchers are increasingly painting a picture of a psychopathology so fundamental, so, well, biological, that efforts to talk it away can seem like trying to shoot guns into a continent, in Joseph Conrad’s unforgettable image from Heart of Darkness. By far the most remarkable recent finding about this transmogrification of the body is that some proportion of it can be reproduced in the next generation. The children of survivorsa surprising number of them, anywaymay be born less able to metabolize stress. They may be born more susceptible to PTSD, a vulnerability expressed in their molecules, neurons, cells, and genes.” (my emphasis)

Shulevitz highlights the work of Rachel Yehuda, the “go-to person on the molecular biology of intergenerational trauma, although she may never have pursued this line of research were it not for the persistence of the children of trauma victims themselves.” Those last few words are important, because they underline the role we adult children of veterans must take in enabling the families of today’s newest generation of veterans to get they help they need and deserve.

Because while this article is magnificent for bringing attention to the lasting impact of trauma, it does not even mention children of veterans. It seems that though our country has come a long, long way in recognizing that combat creates trauma, we have yet to acknowledge that the veterans’ trauma reverberates through their families, and so through all of our society.

It is up to us, the adult children of veterans, to continue speaking our stories and contacting people like Dr. Yehuda to insist that she another researchers include children of veterans within their studies. We children of WWII veterans, of Korean War veterans, of Vietnam War veterans offer a rich and deep pool of lives lived, the cases waiting to be studied and learned from.

To not study us continues the denial of the significance of our parent veteran’s trauma as well as our own. To not study us makes it that much harder for families of our veterans to find support within their communities– local and national. And in the meantime, young children are suffering.


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