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Military Children

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.

'Operation: Educate The Educator' Initiative For Military Kids

AP | STACY A. ANDERSON | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education

WASHINGTON -- Madeline Stevens knows what it's like to be a military brat. "The first week of school, it's really hard," said Stevens, a 17-year-old ...

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.

Long Deployments Linked To Kids' Mental Health Problems

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.10.2011 | Healthy Living

Children with one or more parent on long-term deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan have a higher chance of mental health problems, according to a new stu...

Saluting Military Families This Memorial Day

Major Dan Rooney | Posted 07.30.2011 | Impact
Major Dan Rooney

This Memorial Day, it is not only appropriate, but imperative that we remember the other causalities of service: military families. Their needs are great.

'Hug-A-Hero' Dolls Help Military Kids Cope While Parents Serve

Posted 07.29.2011 | Impact

When military parents leave their children, many communication resources are available to keep them in contact. However, many find that keeping in tou...

New Initiative Demonstrates First Lady's Commitment to Military Families

Cheryl Serrano | Posted 06.14.2011 | Education
Cheryl Serrano

The specific challenges for our military families may not be clear to many Americans. This will soon change. First Lady Michelle Obama's initiative will highlight the struggles military children face.

Military Children Face Unique Academic Challenges

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Canon | Posted 09.13.2011 | Education

Michelle Hurley attended 12 different schools in six different states by the time she reached her high school graduation. She shifted between three di...

Toy Soldiers No More: Why We Owe Our Armed Forces Compassion

Laurel Corona | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laurel Corona

The question is whether we want to have a separate and invisible class of people who go to war when they are told to, by a government confident that we won't feel sufficiently affected to raise much of a fuss

Our Youngest Vets

Laurel Corona | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laurel Corona

Happy Veterans Day to the ones who serve. I'm talking about the children of veterans. Whatever we might think about America's current wars, the policies and actions of our government are not their doing.

Kids Serve Too: Watch out for the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Laurel Corona | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Laurel Corona

Military children don't want our pity, and they aren't an alien species. They're just children with some added stress in their lives. We should care equally about all children, but we owe something special to these.

The Faces of the Dead

Laurel Corona | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Laurel Corona

I know a great deal about loss from the experiences of my own life, but I don't think we really can remember how grief explodes us from inside.

PBS's 'This Emotional Life': But What About the Children?

Brenna Berger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brenna Berger

Nothing worries my husband and me more about these seemingly unending wars than the impact they are having on our kids. I knowingly married a solder. But the kids didn't ask for this.