Just when you think you have the military lifestyle figured out, you have a kid and have to re-learn everything, right? Well maybe not everything, but raising military children does bring with it a unique set of challenges. Luckily there are many organizations that support military kids throughout all stages of life. Bookmark these organizations and add a few more tools to your military toolbox.
Organizations that support military kids
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation: provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty.
Snowball Express: their mission is to provide hope and new happy memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. In December each year they bring children together from all over the world for a four-day experience filled with fun activities, like sporting events, dances, amusement parks and more.
Military Child Education Coalition: to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children
affected by mobility, transition, deployments and family separation.
MilKids Ed: source of education tips, advice, and support for families around the world. In 2017, MilKids Ed launched comprehensive education advocacy and coaching services tailored to meet the needs of families on the go.
Blue Star Families: in addition to their amazing military family survey, they offer a lot of programs and resources aimed at military children. Check out their Books on Bases program to promote childhood literacy. Blue Star Families was also one of my quarterly donation recipients.
United Through Reading: unites military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud together. Prior to a deployment or long absence, military personnel can make a free video recording of them reading a book aloud. That video is then sent to their children. United Through Reading was also one of my quarterly donation recipients.
Sesame Workshop: provides support and practical education with Talk, Listen, Connect, a multiphase outreach initiative to help kids through deployments, combat-related injuries, and the death of a loved one. Videos, storybooks, and workbooks especially created for this program guide families through these tough transitions by showing how real families — as well as furry monsters — deal with similar circumstances. How cool is this program?!
Scholarships for Military Children: scholarships funded through contributions are awarded annually for each commissary operated by the Defense Commissary Agency worldwide. At least one recipient will be selected at every commissary location where qualified applications are received. In 18 years, they’ve given out over $18 million in college scholarships to military kids.
Our Military Kids: supports children, ages 5-12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.
Camp Corral: the mission of Camp Corral is to transform the lives of children of wounded, injured, ill, and fallen military heroes by providing a unique summer camp experience. Activities like canoeing, swimming, fishing, arts and crafts, ropes course challenge, archery and horseback riding encourage the campers to create friendships and bond with other kids who share similar family situations.
Military Teen Adventure Camp: military teens have an opportunity to participate in high energy, high adventure, and high experience camps across the US at little to no cost. Each camp offers a unique outdoor experience that will allow kids to build their leadership, self-confidence, and teamwork skills while engaging with the outdoors. Camps have funding available to assist with transportation costs.
These are just a handful of the many organizations that support military kids. Do you have a favorite resource for raising your military kid? Share it in the comments below so we can all benefit.
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