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Military Children

The Awakening of University Schools of Education: Operation Educate the Educators

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 04.25.2016 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

April is the Month of the Military Child. Let's involve our university schools of education and affiliated disciplines to make our whole nation aware of the needs of military- and veteran-connected students in public schools.

Common Core Essential For Families of Vets, Active Forces

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 01.19.2016 | Education
Colonel David W. Sutherland

As U.S. society becomes increasingly mobile, the families of both active duty service members and veterans need a standard that allows for apples-to-apples comparisons between schools in different states. The Common Core deserve our support.

Operation Sending Hope: Making the Holidays Brighter for America's Military Families

Mia Toschi | Posted 11.10.2015 | Impact
Mia Toschi

he average military child will attend between six and nine schools, according to the Council for State Governments. Being the new kid on the block is rarely easy but being the new kid every year can often lead to bullying issues as these boys and girls try and make new friends and fit in.

Waking Up From War

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Joseph Bobrow

It's January 2007, the first moments of our first Coming Home Project retreat, an opportunity for veterans and families from around the country to come together to share stories and support one another. We gather for our first circle, thirty-three veterans and family members from seven states, with four facilitators.

L.A.'s Challenge to all Large U.S. Metropolitan Cities: Support Veterans' and Service Members' Children in Civilian Public Schools

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 11.06.2015 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

Nationwide, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) estimates that there are four million children whose parents have served our country since 9/11. The vast majority of children in veteran and military families are being educated in civilian public schools.

College Essays Highlight Military Life

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 10.15.2015 | College
Lisa Smith Molinari

Military children in particular must seize opportunities to mention their uncommon experiences in their applications. Honor, sacrifice, service, hardship, adventure, and worldliness -- these traits don't show up in the "hard numbers" of a student's GPA or test scores.

A Military Childs' Life

Stephanie Baroni-Cook | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Stephanie Baroni-Cook

In four months, she will be 2. I know there will be more work trips. Some will be a week, some will be a month, and in the future, depending on where we go, they may be many months. That is the military life. That is the life my husband and I chose. But it is not the life she chose.

Ghosts of Deployments Past

Terri Barnes | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Terri Barnes

No matter how many deployments come and go, the absence of the most important person in our lives leaves us vulnerable in ways hard to express. These ghosts of my Christmases past remind me. If your spouse is deployed this Christmas, I don't know what you face, but I remember you.

Military BRATS = Bright. Resilient. Active. Talented. Successful.

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
BJ Gallagher

I may not have been able to speak up when I was a child and people tried to change my name, but I'm not a little girl anymore. I can speak up now. I am not anybody's "little CHAMP." I am a military BRAT... and proud of it.

Robbie Couch

Boy Who Lost Dad And Uncle In Iraq Finds Comfort, Proves Why Military Family Services Matter | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.12.2014 | Impact

Rosanna Powers’ fiancé and brother died within 30 hours of each other in Iraq in 2004. Now, just over a decade after their deaths, she sees both of...

Beacon Art Creates Bronze for West Point

Jack Meyer | Posted 10.25.2014 | Arts
Jack Meyer

Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, located in the bucolic seaside hamlet of Stone Harbor, NJ, is home to a diverse array of contemporary artwork. Gary Jacketti, a classically trained sculptor, founded Beacon Art in 2009. His latest masterpiece, Goodbye, is a tribute to US military families.

Community-Based Approach Necessary to Preventing Suicides Among Military Families

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Ron Avi Astor

After 12 years of war, our national policy and national mindset should move toward creating welcoming and supportive civilian communities that will be there for the long run.

Honoring Our Littlest Warriors

Linda Davidson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Linda Davidson

Survey results consistently find that four out of five military children deal with increased stress and anxiety when a parent is deployed overseas or recovering from severe injury.

New Study Reveals Real Toll Of War On Military Kids

The Huffington Post | Nader Salass | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact

A new study finds that the half a million young children of parents on active duty are facing serious risks to their mental development. Child Tren...

Marathoner's Daughter: 'Are We at War, Mommy?'

Kerry Patton | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Kerry Patton

The recent bombings in Boston should serve as a reminder that the United States is in fact fighting a war. It should also serve as a reminder that the war is not just one being fought abroad, but also here inside the United States.

Through the Eyes of America's Young Military Children

Dorian de Wind | Posted 06.04.2013 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

April is the Month of the Military Child. As part of the celebration, a partnership made up of the Education Department, the Military Child Education Coalition and the Student 2 Student Initiative has organized an exhibit of nearly 50 paintings, drawings and writings by military children.

Supporting Grieving Military Children: What We All Need to Know

Bonnie Carroll | Posted 01.15.2013 | Impact
Bonnie Carroll

November 15 is National Children's Grief Awareness Day. At the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, we take today to recognize the special challenges that military children face after losing a parent, and the strengths they carry that can help them cope with loss too.

Making Universities and Colleges More Military Friendly

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 12.12.2012 | College
Ron Avi Astor

This divide between civilian and military culture on universities and colleges needs to close further, and there's a pressing need to move now.

Honoring the Sacrifice of Military Children

Ketia Swanier | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
Ketia Swanier

I moved seven times within 18 years, dealing with the struggles of various schools and relationships. That is why I understand the value of a military child's situation.

Giving Military Kids A Chance To Be Kids

Kim Rabb | Posted 06.18.2012 | Impact
Kim Rabb

While attempting to register my children for an Operation Purple Camp, which connects military children going through similar emotional and psychologi...

Over 50,000 Military Children Find Comfort In 'Battalion Buddies'

Carolyn Blashek | Posted 06.15.2012 | Impact
Carolyn Blashek

Hi Brave Young Warrior: I am your Battalion Buddy! I am here to cuddle and play with you while Mommy or Daddy is away! And my friends at Operation Gr...

A Military Child's Ultimate Sacrifice

Kim Rabb | Posted 06.10.2012 | Impact
Kim Rabb

April is Military Children's Month, yet many of us have never thanked a child for giving up a parent, grandparent or other dear relative, sometimes fo...

Military Kids are My Heroes

Stacy Bare | Posted 06.10.2012 | Parents
Stacy Bare

For me, these young people, who have not asked to be a member of the military or veteran community but are literally born into national service, are heroes.

Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 08.09.2012 | Impact
Ron Avi Astor

When will Congress stop ignoring the education of the children of military families who have sacrificed so much since the war on terror began?

Remember the Littlest Veterans

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.09.2012 | Parents
BJ Gallagher

Military brats serve their country, too, and they pay a price every day of their childhoods. They are the littlest soldiers -- the youngest veterans. Remember them. Thank them. Hug them.