Special resources for our military children
Hello Military Community,
This week, in conjunction with Month of the Military Child, I will be highlighting a few resources that you and your families may find useful. As my husband will be leaving this month for another year overseas, our family is grateful for the help of these organizations.
Our Military Kids (www.ourmilitarykids.org) is one of my favorite resources for military kids. They provide tangible support to the children of ALL branches of active-duty deployed, including severely wounded warriors, National Guard and Reserves in the form of grant money for fine arts, sports and tutoring for children when their parent is away.
Grants are in the form of $500 and are paid to the company. You may use this grant twice during the deployment and EACH child in your household is entitled to a grant. Our family has personally used this grant each time my husband deployed for assistance with tutoring for our daughter and found them to be considerate with a great turnaround. Without their assistance our family could not afford the tutoring that was necessary for our daughter.
The Comfort Crew (www.ComfotCrew.org) was founded to support and comfort children managing the challenges of today’s military life: deployment, reintegration, moving, visible and invisible injuries, and grief. The Comfort Crew has endeavored to meet this goal by working directly with military children and families, recognizing their unique challenges, providing educational resources and supporting physical and emotional resiliency.
The Comfort Crew is in partnership with the USO and works directly with our military children, visiting them on and off bases around the world and providing a series of kits to meet the specific needs of military children. The Comfort Crew regularly hosts events to promote education resiliency, including the annual Camp Train 4 Life and the With You All the Way Symposium.
Celebrate the Military Child, or CtheMC (www.cthemc.org) is a program of the SFC Jared C. Monti Memorial Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization that brings parties to children of service members in every branch service and the reserves to honor the sacrifice that they make. CtheMC will bring parties directly to the military child.
They recognize the importance of parties in the military child’s life and believe that the gift of a celebration will provide normalcy, happiness and hope in military children’s otherwise ever-changing lives. CtheMC grassroots philosophy fosters the spirit of volunteerism and community service in adults, children and families who donate their time and resource in support of the mission.
Operation We Are Here (www.operationwearehere.com) is a great website that list military children resource books that help explain the daily ins and outs of service members’ activities to help them identify their questions and concerns for parents, friends and family. They are also a great resource for books that help deal with the daily emotional struggles associated with military life for our kids.
Eknowledge (www.eknowledge.com) helps military kids prepare for SAT & ACT testing. Free prep kits are available for service members’ and their families, compliments of professional athletes and the eKnowledge testing company.
The SAT and ACT PowerPrep Program, which retails for $200, is available free upon request. However, there is a nominal charge of $17.55 per program for materials and shipping. The DVD consists of 11 hours of video instruction, 3,000 files of supplemental test-prep materials, sample questions and practice tests.
United Through Reading is a wonderful organization that issues kits to service members so they can tape their voices reading books. The picture books and tapes are mailed to the children of the service member’s family. During my husband’s last deployment he mailed one to our daughter and all his nieces and nephews. They were all thrilled! And to this day, they have saved the books and tapes in a special place in memory of his deployment to Iraq.
I hope this Easter season brings you and your families’ happiness and love.
Till next week, blessings from my family to yours,
If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at Kim@MilitaryResourceBooks.com and visit my website for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.