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    Do You Know About These Resources for Military Kids?

    Military kids are my heroes.

    Through a life not of their choosing, they show us firsthand every day how remarkable they are. Military "brats" are a special breed. They tend to be adaptable, worldly, and well-traveled. 

    Even with a parent's unwavering support and positivity, military life, deployments, and PCS moves can take a toll on children and you might need some help. Though you may have a supportive community or access to military oriented resources, the saying "it takes a village" about raising kids is never truer than in the context of military life.

    Thankfully, these days there's more support than ever for military kids, so we're highlighting a few resources in this post. There are so many programs out there, we couldn't possibly cover them all, but feel free to share your favorite program or resource in the comments.

    Resources for Military KidsEducational Resources

    1) Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)

    Education support for military kids with a mission of "inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments and family separation."

    2) Seasons of My Military Student

    From military spouses Amanda Trimillos, EdD, and Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman, a website and education resource book for military families of school-aged students and their teachers.

    3) Meg Flanagan Education Solutions

    Military spouse, mom, teacher, and author of the book, Talk to the Teacher, Meg offers numerous resources for military families including a free consult, education coaching, advocacy, and free resources. 

    Resources for Deployment or Separation from Parent

    1) The Comfort Crew for Military Kids

    A non-profit providing supportive resources and programs for military kids, including "Comfort Kits," the With You All the Way! tours, and the new Comfort Crew Academy and app. 

    2) Hug-a-Hero

    Originally known as "Daddy Dolls", you'll find custom comfort items created for military kids, using a photo you provide. 

    3) United Through Reading

    A non-profit connecting separated military families through recording and sharing story time moments for their families to enjoy while the military member is away. Download their free app, visit a Story Station near you, or find community events on their website. 

    Resources for PCS Moves

    1) Youth Sponsorship Program

    Ease the moving transition through connecting kids with a peer before you even arrive at your new duty station. This program is administered by school and youth services programs at local installations. Learn more in our post, Ease the PCS Transition with the Youth Sponsorship Program.

    2) Student 2 Student Program from Military Education Coalition

    An initiative from MCEC, the Student 2 Student connects military and civilian children with a goal of providing a welcome for new military kids and easing transitions. 

    3) Military OneSource Children, Youth, and Teens

    Find "MilLife Guides," products, resources, articles, and support for many topics affecting military kids, including managing stress, changing schools, and mental health support.  

    Other Resources for Military Kids and Parents

    1) Mil Mom Adventures

    Info and insight on kid-friendly adventures, encouraging family time to build resilience. You'll find destinations, resource reviews, and educational resources, all geared towards military families. 

    2) Operation Purple Camp

    From the National Military Family Association, a free week of camp for military children to connect with other military kids and receive support. 

    3) Operation We Are Here

    This Military Children & Teen Resource Directory is an extensive list of resources for military kids and teens. It covers topics such as suggested books, camps and programs, contests, EFMP resources, family-friendly activities, and so much more. 

    During April, Month of the Military Child and always, we can't ever express enough support for our heroes—military kids. Thank you! 

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    Jen McDonald


    Jen McDonald

    Jen McDonald is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the books You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse and Milspouse Matters: Sharing Strength Through Our Stories. Jen is also the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has written hundreds of articles and essays which have been published in other books and numerous publications. She was a military spouse for 30 years and is the mom of four, including one son in the military. One of her happiest roles now is being a grandmother. She and her veteran Air Force husband have been stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific and won’t count how many houses they’ve lived in because that would be too depressing. Her passion is encouraging young military spouses and regularly sharing about topics like military life, parenting, homeschooling...and now grandparenting! See more from Jen at her site, Jen McDonald and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest.

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