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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. We know they're not perfect—they're kids, after all—but military "brats" are a special breed. They tend to be adaptable, worldly, and well-traveled. 

    During my own military kids' growing up years, a PCS move was a time of adventure. A recently emptied base housing unit became the perfect foil for their unique brand of "wall ball." They made fast friends with the other neighborhood milkids when we arrived at a new base. Coming into a new community, new church, and new classes meant opportunities for more friends. They also seemed to notice other kids who were new and alone and reached out regularly. 

    But as the years went by, and the moves along with separations from their dad through deployments and training only increased, it became apparent that military life, in spite of our best efforts at staying positive, did indeed take a toll. We were lucky to have a supportive community, along with local resources oriented to military families. The saying "it takes a village" about raising children is never truer than when it comes to military life.

    Thankfully, these days there's more support than ever for military kids, so today we're highlighting a few resources. And if you don't see your favorite program or resource here, please let us know about it in the comments, and we may add it to our list!

    Resources for Military KidsSchool Resources

    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."

    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.

    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. 

    Related: A Back-to-School Guide for Military Families.

    Resources for Deployment or Separation from Parent

    The Comfort Crew for Military Kids

    A non-profit providing supportive resources and programs for military kids, including "Comfort Kits." 

    Hug-a-Hero

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

    United Through Reading

    A non-profit connecting separated military families through story time (parent recorded on video reading aloud a child's favorite book). Check with your command to see if they're already connected with this free program. 

    Resources for PCS Moves

    Youth Sponsorship Program

    Ease the moving transition through connecting kids with a peer before you even arrive. This program is administered by school and youth services programs at local installations. Learn more in our post, 

    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. 

    Military Kids Connect

    Created by Military OneSource, an interactional program for kids of all ages, along with resources for military parents. It addresses stresses for military kids, including PCS moves and many other topics. 

    Other Resources for Military Kids and Parents

    Mil Mom Adventures

    Info and insight on kid-friendly adventures, encouraging family time to build resilience.

    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. 

    Operation We Are Here

    Extensive list of resources for military kids and teens, covering topics such as suggested books, camps and programs, EFMP resources, family-friendly activities and more. 

    Milkid Mailkit

    Sign up your child to connect with another military child as a pen pal. Created by military spouse Brunella Costagliola and her husband Michael Gosselin, featuring stationery illustrated by Disney theme park designer and illustrator Valerio Mazzoli.

    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 is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has been published in several books and numerous national publications. She was a military spouse for nearly 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 newly retired 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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