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Military Kids Life
Since September 11, 2001, the US military has been working overtime. Troops have been serving deployment tours that are six months to over a year. Many units have been deployed for an extended period of time, come back to retrain, and then deployed gain. The constant coming and going of an active duty parent is stressful and can contribute to academic, emotional, behavioral, or other concerns. When you are never sure when or if mom or dad will be home, it’s hard to feel secure.
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MilKids at Home
Thousands of military connected children (and that’s just the active duty connected kids going to DoDEA schools) are in families with incomes so low that they qualify for free/reduced lunch. It means that we have military families who cannot afford to buy their kids lunches. It means that there are military children who are living in potentially food insecure homes.
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Unsung, Unseen Warriors
There is a TON of focus on our wounded veterans and veterans or active duty personnel, and rightly so. But their kids are often less visible. KOAH aims to change that by improving the demographic identification system used in US schools to include military information. This will help schools and teachers be more aware of the MilKids in their classrooms, and provide more timely service and help if needed
National Guard and Reserve
When most of America thinks of the military, we tend to think of active duty troops. We picture the men and women who serve 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These troops are stationed at military bases. There are other families who also serve, scattered throughout almost every single city, town and community in our great nation. The National Guard is the oldest military branch, founded in 1636 so that colonial settlements might be defended against aggression. Those who serve in the Guard are, by design, citizen soldiers. They hold regular jobs and may live far from military bases. Every branch of service also has reserve troops. Many service members join the reserves after serving on active duty. Other reservists join the reserves directly. Those who serve in either group may be called to active duty and serve on deployments or extended training.
MilKids in School
Imagine if our schools knew just a small piece of the struggle our Kids Of America's Heroes are dealing with. Or if a teacher knew any time a MilKid stepped foot into the classroom. Imagine all of the extra help and supports that could be offered to these brave children. Mental health supports, introductions to community groups or social networks, guidance toward medical resources, assistance with registering for school, and extra academic supports to help fill gaps are all well within the realm of possibility.
But only if teachers know that Kids Of America's Heroes are in the school.