The hidden casualties of war: The wives and children left behind

Barely a week goes past without another fallen hero in Afghanistan, but what becomes of the wives and children? Femail speaks to five families dealing with the reality of losing a soldier who was also a partner and father

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● The Forces Children’s Trust was set up to help children who have lost a parent during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The charity’s work includes organising holidays, parties, theatre trips and bereavement counselling.

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