Month of the Military Child
When one member joins, the whole family serves
The month of April is used to recognize how resilient and adaptable military children can and have to be but also to support and acknowledge their struggles that are part of the military lifestyle. This month, we are reminded that military children serve and sacrifice too.
Military families move every 2.9 years – many times moving in the middle of the school year. The anxiety of a change in school and home setting just once in a child’s life can be devastating – imagine having to experience several moves before the age of 18. The average military child attends six to nine schools before graduation. As Chris Dickson, a writer from the Navy Region Mid Atlantic Base Newspaper, states, “That’s a lot of lunchrooms to walk-in as the new kid.”
Another real anxiety faced by military children is having a parent deployed usually for 18 months at a time. Since 2001, more than 2 million children have had a parent deployed at least once. 1.3 million of those children are school-aged. Having a parent serving in a war zone can be very stressful for the family, particularly for children. The same can be said for children coping with a parent’s recovery from severe injury sustained while serving. In families with combat-related injuries, 68 percent report high distress in children. Connecting those children to their parents helps to ease emotional concerns that become apparent in children while a parent is deployed. Cell Phones For Soldiers assists by bridging the communication gap between families by providing free international calling cards.
The relatively higher stress levels of family life for children due to more frequent moves and/or the deployment of a parent has considerable implications for military children. Here are a few more sobering statistics about the military child:
- One in three children with a deployed parent is at “high-risk” for psychological issues.
- Depression is seen in about one in four children
- Academic problems occur in one in five children
- 37 percent of children with a deployed parent reported that they seriously worry about what could happen
- 34 percent of military parents feel “less or not confident” that their child’s school is responsive to the unique aspects of military family life
We at Cell Phones For Soldiers salute the 900,000 military children for their resilience, sacrifice, strength, and honor for serving our Nation — because when one member joins, the whole family truly serves. Join us in supporting military children by making a monetary or cell phone donation today!
As we all join in celebrating Earth Day this week, Cell Phones For Soldiers urges us to remember to recycle unwanted cell phones and accessories. Each year more than 130 million devices are decommissioned. The charity graciously accepts all cell phones from new to broken and any condition in between. The charity will even cover your shipping costs! Donating unwanted cell phones to Cell Phones For Soldiers keeps our planet a little bit cleaner, while supporting our troops and veterans. The charity converts donated phones into calling cards for troops abroad and emergency funding for veterans in need.
In the spirit of Earth Day, we highlight the charitable efforts of the MBTA(Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) Sustainability department. In February, the MBTA launched a new cell phone collection campaign, installing two Cell Phones For Soldiers collection boxes at the North Station’s commuter rail concourse. T passengers can simply drop off their old cell phones on the way to work, making it easy for Boston-area commuters to donate unwanted devices to support military heroes. The drop boxes will rotate every two months to South Station, Back Bay Station then back to North Station.
In 2012, the MBTA rolled out an internal cell phone collection campaign, which brought in more than 4,000 cell phones for the charity and translated into more than 240,000 minutes of free talk time for troops abroad. The success of the internal program sparked the initiative to offer rail passengers a simple and easy way to recycle unwanted cell phones and support military members.
The MBTA Sustainability department’s new cell phone collection campaign for Cell Phones For Soldiers bolsters Boston’s “Green Efforts” while providing “A Lifeline For America’s Bravest.” The charity thanks the many supporters, like the MBTA and their commuters, who help collect unwanted cell phones for our troops, veterans and Mother Earth.